While some providers view their role in sports medicine as working with injured athletes, Dr. Kristofer J. Jones approaches sports medicine a little differently. He believes that his role spans from helping you perform at your highest level when you’re healthy, and prevent injuries from occurring in the first place, to treating your acute and chronic injuries if and when they do occur. To take the first step toward accelerated performance or quick recovery, contact Dr. Jones’s practice in Los Angeles or book an appointment online today. While located in Westwood, we are proud to serve surrounding areas such as Santa Monica, Brentwood, Century City, Culver City, Downtown, and Sherman Oaks.
It’s important to note that there is no sports medicine residency program in the United States. Instead, doctors can become primary care physicians or orthopedic surgeons and then advance their knowledge and experience through specialty courses in sports medicine.
When selecting a sports medicine doctor, choose an orthopedic surgeon, who can provide both surgical and nonsurgical treatment for your injuries.
Each sports medicine clinic offers different services. Common services offered by sports medicine doctors include custom-made orthotics for performance enhancement, injury prevention, and diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic injuries.
Sports medicine doctors who aren’t orthopedic surgeons generally refer patients who require surgery while orthopedic surgeons can care for the patient from diagnosis through recovery.
You can choose to see a family medicine doctor or general surgeon for orthopedic treatment. In many cases, they prescribe conservative treatments and refer you to sports medicine if surgery or further treatment is required.
However, it’s important to note that sports medicine doctors have extensive experience in treating sports-related and orthopedic injuries and are a good choice for even your first line of treatment.
Whether you need a referral or not depends on your insurance policy. Contact your insurance provider’s member services department to find out if you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Jones directly or you need to be referred by your primary care physician. If you do need a referral, you can simply request from your doctor.
There are several reasons you might choose to schedule an appointment with a sports medicine doctor:
Even minor, intermittent pain might be cause to see a sports medicine doctor, who can diagnose the problem early and assist in preventing serious complications or time away from the game.