“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
— Thomas Edison
Sport medicine is the study and practice of medical principles related to the science of sports and physical activity, particularly in the areas of:
- Diagnosis and treatment
- Injury prevention
- Sports training and athletic performance
Sport medicine is the medicine and science of physical activity and sport for individuals of all ages and abilities. It promotes well being through physical activity and prevents illness due to inactivity.
What is a Sport Medicine Physician?
Sport Medicine Physicians have specialized training and skills in the care of active individuals of all ages and skill levels. They have an interest in health promotion through physical activity, disease prevention or modification, lifelong exercise and injury assessment, diagnosis and treatment. They have expertise in specialized areas of athlete care such as exercise in pregnancy, female athlete triad, the aging athlete and sport team concerns.
Sport Medicine Physicians are able to assist in the care of all non- surgical muscle and joint problems including osteoarthritis, sprains and strains and overuse conditions. They are knowledgeable about rehabilitation and bracing or splinting of injuries. Physical activity prescription for patients with chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease and asthma is also provided by Sport Medicine Physicians.
Sport Physicians are also able to care for teams at home or abroad and can provide information about athlete nutrition, injury prevention and travel concerns. They work collaboratively with other practitioners, therapists and trainers and with different sport organizations.
Sport Medicine Physicians bridge the gap between the Family Physician and the orthopaedic surgeon or other specialists. Your Family Doctor can refer you to a Sport Medicine Physician.
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Dance, like any specialized activity, has specialized problems. In order to provide optimal care for dancers, the medical professional must understand the distinct needs of each dancer and the demands of dance.
At Pivot, our health care professionals understand the needs of each dance form and the dancer. We are able to treat each dancer’s injury keeping in mind the technical demands, footwear concerns, and need for uninterrupted training.
Our health care professionals work together as a team to offer the most comprehensive treatment and to best suit the needs of each dancer to achieve a return to optimal health. Communication with the dancer’s teachers and studios is encouraged.
Pivot has been involved in the care of professional and student dancers from numerous Toronto dance studios, George Brown College, Ballet Jörgen Canada, Ryerson University Dance program, Je Danse, York University, and The National Ballet School.
Make an appointment with one of our physiotherapists skilled in Pointe shoe fitting to ensure your shoes are working with your feet and keeping you on your toes.
Performing Arts Medicine
Performing artists are very special, talented and gifted individuals and as such have needs that are somewhat different than other populations. In order to provide optimal care for performing artists, the medical professional must understand the distinct needs of each artist or athlete and the demands of their respective performing art or sport. Performing arts medicine addresses the physiological and psychological needs of the artist with the goal of obtaining peak performance. It focuses on helping artists and arts teachers deal with the psychological stressors inherent in the field. Arts medicine specialists deal with performance preparation and issues of arousal, audition anxiety, mood disturbances, sleep disorders, injury prevention and recovery, inadequate nutrition and low energy availability, post performance depression, career transition and decision about career changes. Discussion of possible support services is also addressed.
A medical referral is necessary from a family physician, sport medicine doctor or any other physician involved in the care of the athlete or performer.
To book an appointment with our performing arts medical specialist, please call (416) 767-4868.
Orthopaedic Surgery Consultations
Orthopaedic surgeons are specialists who treat bone and joints disorders that require surgical correction. Many orthopaedic surgeons have specific expertise in different techniques such as arthroscopic repair of torn Anterior Cruciate Ligaments or Rotator Cuff repairs. Some specialize in total joint replacement for osteoarthritic knees or hips or in conditions of the spine.
Some Orthopaedic Surgeons, such as Dr. Manoj Bhargava, have additional fellowship training in Sport Orthopaedic injuries. They understand the complexity of such injuries and the need for excellent functional and prompt recovery. They are knowledgeable in bracing and rehabilitation for active individuals, through work or recreational activities.
Referrals to Orthopaedic surgeons can be made by your Family Doctor or a Sport Medicine Specialist. Wait times for consultations can be lengthy, but at Pivot Sport Medicine and Orthopaedics we strive for timely appointments.
Physiatrists or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialists are medical doctors who diagnose and treat pain or loss of function resulting from injury or illness. In particular, they help manage conditions related to nerves, muscles, or bones. They provide non-surgical treatments and often work closely with other health professionals such as neurologists, rheumatologists, orthopedic surgeons, psychologists, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists.
Referrals to Physiatrists can be made by your Family Doctor or a Sport Medicine Specialist. Wait times for consultations can be lengthy, but at Pivot Sport Medicine and Orthopaedics we strive for timely appointments.