At first glance, the two look very similar. Sports medicine does ascribe to a more sports-focused and athletics-inclined program. The main difference is that sports medicine offers a variety of treatment plans (including surgery), while physical therapy focuses solely on stretching and strengthening exercises to promote orthopaedic recovery.
For non-athletes, sports medicine focuses on personal goals and working to heal injuries before reaching for additional strength, range of motion, etc.
For athletes, sports medicine focuses on recovery from injuries as well as intense sessions and how to best prepare for future endeavors. The goal is to not only get them back to their sport quickly, but to also improve their performance through preventative care and rebuilding muscle and flexibility.
Whether you’re a professional athlete or just enjoy moving every day to feel good, an injury can set you back from your goals. Our team at Hernando Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgery can assess your injury and help you decide what treatment is right for you and your body.