About Sports Medicine
Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a high school, college, or professional athlete and obtain an injury, you need to see a doctor with the highest level of training and experience in sports medicine.
You should see a sports medicine specialist if you have any orthopaedic or musculoskeletal condition or any athletic or exercise-related concerns. Ideally, you should see a sports medicine doctor first before seeing an orthopaedic surgeon since 90% of injuries will not require surgery.
Victory Sports Medicine specialists treat any issue affecting your frame – that includes muscles, joints, and ligaments. Typical conditions in adults include sprains and breaks, osteoarthritis, and chronic pain caused by overuse of muscles, such as tendinopathy (tendonitis). In children and teens, we’re more apt to see wrist and tibia fractures, knee and leg pain, conditions related to growth spurts, and sports-related concussions. Many primary care doctors aren’t comfortable with the management of concussions because they haven’t had specialty training in that area.
As an active member of the New Hampshire State Advisory Council on Sport Concussions, one of our sports medicine doctors, Dr. Christopher Couture, is knowledgeable in many issues related to concussion management, including return to play decisions. The Advisory Council has piloted a program using the ImPACT™ test for high school athletes that assesses neuro-cognitive function, and Dr. Couture is part of a small group of physicians qualified to interpret those tests.
Our sports medicine doctors take a team approach in helping you return to your favorite sports and activities. The single most important piece of advice we give our patients is to not do too much too soon. We encourage patients to approach any new sport slowly, know the rules, and most importantly, know your body.