Do you play sports? Work hard? Is your job physically demanding? If so, chances are you’ve injured yourself at some point in your life. Orthopedic injury and the need for orthopedic care, as well as numerous facilities and experts to take care of bone fracture rehabilitation, sports injuries or any type of traumatic injury caused by sports is the job of a sports medicine specialist.
Sports medicine is a special field of care within the health industry that focuses mainly on injury or prevention of sports injury to those involved in sports, fitness fields and various forms of recreation. The field may be practices by a Medical Doctor (M.D.) or a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) to provide a wide range of services.
A medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy or even a surgeon may specialize in one or more fields of sports medicine practice, including:
- Sports Medicine Diagnosis and Treatment
- Sports Medicine Injury Prevention
- Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
Depending on the location, type and severity of an injury and the diagnosis and treatment of it, physical therapy and rehabilitative services can cost tens of thousands of dollars for individuals. In some cases, a health insurance policy may cover some costs, but not all. In the United States, limitations and exclusions on policy coverage may severely inhibit full recovery. Medical travelers venturing to locations in Mexico and South America, Asia or locations in Europe such as Terme Selce in Croatia or the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz facility in Switzerland may save thousands of dollars on the cost of physical therapy, rehabilitation, sports massage and additional treatments in the field as per recommendations by a physician.