WHAT IS A SPORTS MEDICINE DOCTOR?

If you or your child sustain an injury during exercise, sports participation, or any type of physical activity, you may be advised to see a sports medicine trained doctor for treatment. A sports medicine trained doctor has specialized training in both the treatment and prevention of sports-related injuries and is also knowledgeable about preventing injury in active people. These specialized doctors are board certified and have extensive additional training through residencies and fellowships.

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WHAT IS A SPORTS MEDICINE DOCTOR?

a surgical procedure to repair a torn tissue or realign bones is necessary.


Most sports medicine doctors also serve as team physicians for local teams and clubs. These physicians must fulfill many additional responsibilities, including:


Sports medicine specialists are ideal physicians for the non-athlete as well. They 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.


When Should You Call a Sports Medicine Doctor?

If you or your child sustain a significant injury during exercise or sports, a potential trip to an urgent treatment clinic or emergency room may be necessary. Signs of a significant injury include severe pain, swelling, numbness and an inability to put any weight through the injured area. If none of these symptoms are present, a visit with a sports medicine doctor can usually be arranged very quickly. Bluegrass Orthopaedics has recently opened a state-of-the-art Sports Medicine and Physical Performance Center located next to the main campus in Yorkshire Medical Park off Richmond Road. The first floor is home to over 5,500 square feet of physical therapy space, including a large sports turf area, while the second floor includes 16 physician exam rooms and medical imaging. The Sports Medicine and Physical Performance Center features the most advanced technology in sports medicine and athletic care, along with a physical therapy suite with numerous amenities. To make an appointment at our new Sports Medicine and Physical Performance Center, call (859) 263-5140.


Bluegrass Orthopaedics physicians, including Dr. Wallace Huff and Dr. Ryan Donegan, will be seeing patients daily at this clinic. Dr. Huff specializes in sports medicine and regenerative medicine, while Dr. Donegan has a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery. Both these physicians come with a team of physician assistants – Michael Blackburn, PA-C; Cheslee Bloyd, PA-C; and Harold Dennis Jr., MS, PA-C. Not only will these physicians have ample space with 16 exam rooms, but there will also be on-site medical imaging and diagnostic ultrasound available for patient- centered, efficient medical care.


“Our new location has been designed to offer our patients a convenient, comfortable encounter with our physicians, therapists and staff while increasing overall efficiency and keeping our patients’ comfort first and foremost,” said Mike Fitzgerald, CEO of Bluegrass Orthopaedics. “From our new physical therapy suite, the expanded sports medicine department and our expanded patient services, Bluegrass Orthopaedics has truly developed a facility that is unlike any other in Central Kentucky.”


Other Sports Medicine Professionals

Other professionals may work in conjunction with a sports medicine doctor to provide care. These healthcare professionals often work hand in hand with the sports medicine doctor with open door communication policies to better serve each individual patient. These include:


ANDREW CARLSON MS, ATC

At Bluegrass Orthopaedics, we want each patient to feel like they are the center focus. To do so, we combine our commitment of being the most affordable, high quality orthopaedic practice in the commonwealth. Ensuring our time-honored belief that at the core are our values, integrity, respect and compassion. For questions or to make an appointment, please call

859-263-5140.

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If you or your child sustain an injury during exercise, sports participation, or any type of physical activity, you may be advised to see a sports medicine trained doctor for treatment. A sports medicine trained doctor has specialized training in both the treatment and prevention of sports-related injuries and is also knowledgeable about preventing injury in active people. These specialized doctors are board certified and have extensive additional training through residencies and fellowships. Although sports medicine doctors do work with professional and collegiate athletes, they also treat children and teens involved in sports, as well as adults who exercise for personal fitness or work in physically demanding jobs and construction workers. Examples of injuries treated by a sports medicine doctor include:



Many sports injuries do not necessarily require surgery. Treatment for sports injuries can include the use of immobilization with a cast or sling, physical therapy or injections. In some severe cases,