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What Is Sports Medicine And How Does It Promote Health

There are many benefits to being active and engaging in sports, but injuries are an unfortunate yet fairly common occurrence which can severely impact one’s quality of life. Learn more about how sports medicine treats Singaporeans, as well as some types of treatments that sports injury specialists use to promote both recovery and holistic health.

Sports Injury Specialist treating a patient

What is Sports Medicine?

Sports medicine is a specialty in medicine concerned with both physical fitness and health, as well as treating and preventing injuries related to sports and exercise. Contrary to popular belief, sports medicine is not just for professional athletes or sporty individuals, but benefits people from all walks of life. This is particularly so for elderly patients and those with chronic conditions, who often take much longer to recover from minor injuries compared to healthier and younger individuals and may experience a greater decline in quality of life. These chronic injuries may have the same pathophysiology as sports injuries but occur later in non-exercising populations, and the same treatment modalities can be used. 

A common question on people’s minds is the difference between sports medicine and physiotherapy. In fact, physiotherapy is just one of the various treatment modalities utilised in sports medicine to treat musculoskeletal injuries. Beyond applying sports therapy and treatment, sports injury specialists also provide expert advice on nutrition and balanced diets, weight loss and management, as well as lifestyle management and modification. They also educate patients in exercise routines, helping prevent and manage chronic diseases prevalent in Singapore, such as hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease, amongst others.

Some of the most common injuries that sports injury specialists see include sprains and strains, dislocations and fractures, and ligament tears. Sports medicine serves an important role in treating injuries before they become aggravated and severe. It is highly recommended to address sports injuries as soon as one experiences them, even if they may seem minor at first with aches, stiffness, or localised pain. By seeking early treatment, one is able to avoid extensive treatment and return to an active and healthy lifestyle.

What treatments does Sports Medicine utilise?

At Thomson Wellth, our sports medicine clinic in Singapore offers musculoskeletal injury consultation and treatment for sports-related injuries and conditions as well as age related degeneration, ranging from physical therapy to Radiofrequency Treatment, Low Level Laser Therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma Injection (PRP), Joint HA Injections and Cortisone Injections. 

PRP therapy injects a concentration of the patient’s own platelets, white blood cells, and growth factors harvested from a small amount of the patient’s own blood into the affected area to promote healing and recovery. Low Level Laser Treatment utilises pulses of low-powered laser light that help decrease both pain and inflammation, while promoting healing of wounds, tissues, and nerves. INDIBA® Active Cell Therapy utilises radiofrequency energy to promote cellular function, reduce pain, and accelerate healing, making it ideal for patients with active lifestyles.

Low Level Laser Treatment

Our Singapore-based sports injury specialist has years of experience, specialising in managing musculoskeletal pain from both sports injuries as well as age-related degenerative and musculoskeletal conditions. During your first visit, our specialist will assess your condition, allowing him to properly diagnose your conditions and recommend an effective treatment plan and timeline best suited to your expected health outcomes.

Looking for effective sports medicine and treatment in Singapore? Contact us today to find out more about our rates and services.

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