Injuries: How to manage care and when to get a second opinion

January 17th, 2011 by Dana White MS, RD, ATC · No Comments · Sports Medicine

Getting injured is never pleasant or convenient, but how you handle your athlete’s care can mean the difference between a speedy recovery and a long and painful process.

To get started, see a doctor that you trust. Get a referral from a fellow parent or ask the school’s athletic trainer to recommend someone. Pediatricians and many orthopedic MDs are not trained in sports medicine; they just aren’t familiar with the needs of an athlete.

Once a diagnosis has been made, keep these tips in mind:

  • Go with your gut: if you aren’t confident with the docs report, seek a second opinion.
  • Don’t rush to surgery – ask if physical therapy is an option.
  • Discuss with your athlete’s athletic trainer, they can help break down the details for you.

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