Sports Medicine Specialist

International Medical Clinics (IMC)

Family Medicine & OBGYNs located in Atlanta, GA

Sports medicine is a unique branch of health care designed to help you recover from a sports injury while allowing you to find alternative ways to train and condition so you can get back in the game. The sports medicine team at International Medical Clinics (IMC) in Atlanta is dedicated to ensuring you have a full recovery without spending too much time on the sidelines. Find out more about sports medicine solutions offered at IMC by booking an exam either online or over the phone.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine involves treating injuries you have as a result of playing sports or exercising, in addition to helping you rebuild strength so you can experience a full recovery. Depending on your needs and the details of your diagnosis, sports medicine can involve:

  • Diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation, such as physical therapy
  • Sports activity modifications 
  • Pain management solutions

Sports medicine can even include preventive measures. For instance, if you suffered from an ankle sprain because of ill-fitting shoes, your sports medicine specialist can help you select footwear and even orthotic inserts to lower your risk of re-injury. 

When should I see a sports medicine specialist?

The team of sports medicine specialists at IMC, which includes an orthopedist, podiatrist, and general surgeon (to name a few), encourage you to come in for an evaluation as soon as your sports injury occurs, or if you’re experiencing ongoing pain and discomfort. 

Some of the most common reasons athletes come into IMC are to diagnose and treat: 

  • Broken bones, dislocations or stress fractures
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
  • Sciatica or back pain 
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Achilles tendonitis 
  • Hamstring strains 
  • Ankle sprains
  • Shin splints 
  • Concussions 

The sports medicine specialists at IMC also treat topical issues that athletes regularly face, including fungal infections — like athlete’s foot — and ingrown toenails. 

Which type of sports medicine treatment do I need?

Once your dedicated physician at IMC diagnoses your sports injury, they talk with you about your diagnosis and all possible treatment solutions. Your sports medicine treatment plan may include:

  • Acupuncture 
  • Physical therapy
  • Topical numbing creams 
  • Bracing, casting, or splinting
  • Long-term pain management 
  • Antibiotic, antiviral, or antifungal medications
  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

If you have a more complex sports injury that requires surgical repair, you have access to a specialized surgical team at IMC, so you can get all of your diagnostic and pre- and postoperative care needs met under one roof. 

If you’ve suffered from a sports injury, the dedicated practitioners at IMC can help. Book your sports injury appointment online, or call the clinic directly.