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What is the difference between a Sports Medicine Specialist and an Orthopedic Surgeon?

Both are well trained in musculoskeletal medicine. Sports Medicine Specialists specialize in the non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Orthopedic surgeons are also trained in the operative treatment of these conditions. However, approximately 90% of all sports injuries are non-surgical. We can maximize non-operative treatment, guide appropriate referrals to physical and occupational therapies, and if necessary expedite referral to an orthopedic/sports surgeon.

Do we only treat competitive athletes?

No, Sports Medicine Specialists are ideal physicians for the non-athlete as well, and are excellent resources for the individual who wishes to become active or begin an exercise program. For the “weekend warrior” or “industrial athlete” who experiences an injury, the same expertise used for the competitive athlete can be applied to return the individual as quickly as possible to full function.

Do I need an appointment?

Not Necessarily! If your pain or injury is new or urgent, you can just walk in! Walk In services are not for everyone—if your pain is chronic in nature, it is to your benefit to make an appointment to allow our providers adequate time to assess your chronic condition fully. In most cases, we can get you scheduled within 1 or 2 days. We do prioritize our scheduled appointments, and, because your care and comfort is our main concern, our staff will triage your pain and injury. This may mean that occasionally another patient will be taken back to an exam room before you.

Do I need a Referral?

Our providers do not require a referral in most cases. Most commercial insurance plans do not require a referral to obtain the services we provide here. However, if you are unsure of your Insurance Plan coverage and exclusions, it would be wise to call your Insurance Company and ask them. If you have an established provider assigned to your Workers Compensation case, you will need to contact your adjustor first.

Are PICSM Providers ‘In Network’ or part of a ‘PPO’?

The providers here at PICSM are contracted with most of the dominant insurance plans in this area.  This means we have signed a contract to be in their network of Preferred Providers or PPO.  You can see a list of most of the plans we contract with here.  If you do not see your Insurance Company on the list, you may need to check with your specific company.

What should I bring to my appointment?

For your first appointment with us, we will need your Health History, your Insurance Card and your co-pay. You can access our patient forms online to help with your wait time in our waiting room. These forms can be found here and most importantly we will need the Registration/Health History and the Injury Information Sheet. There will be a couple more bits of information we will obtain from you when you arrive. If you have had images (ultrasound, MRI, CT or xray) taken of your injury, please bring those as well. If your images were taken locally, we may be able to access these online and we will ask you to sign an authorization allowing us to do so.

What if I need surgery or Physical Therapy?

Our providers work really well with many other providers in this region. If your condition requires a surgical consult, Physical Therapy or other services that we cannot provide, we will work closely with you to get all of your information to the best provider for your wants and/or specific issues. We will do our best to streamline this process to make it efficient and timely for you.

Why See a Sports Medicine Doctor When I am Over 55?

We will find a way to keep you active and healthy. Sports Medicine Specialists are invested in keeping you moving and doing the things you love. We are well positioned to help keep you moving by looking at the whole person, not just one joint. Simply put, we want our patients to keep moving and enjoying life, the tired old statement “well, if that hurts, don’t do it” is not an option at our clinic.