Sports medicine works with patients of all ages, emphasizing the importance of exercise in promoting a healthy lifestyle and helping to prevent injuries and illness. The practice specializes in treating injuries unique to physical exertion through sports and recreation or physically demanding labor, as well as injuries and illness related to inactivity.
The initial consultation will take a comprehensive look at the patient’s current level of physical activity, training techniques, posture, nutrition, prior injuries and overall medical history to work with the patient to find healthy, long-term solutions. The practice has an integrated approach, focusing on the whole person and setting age-appropriate goals for athletic performance and overall wellness.
Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Sports Medicine offers our patients an outstanding team, including a board-certified, fellowship-trained physician, employing the most up-to-date equipment and advanced diagnostic techniques to help patients of all ages lay the foundation for long-term good health through regular exercise.
Among other concerns, our practice addresses improving athletic performance, injury prevention, school sports physicals, age- and ability-appropriate personal fitness regimens, athletic or work injuries, overuse injuries, sprains, dislocations, fractures, concussions, cartilage injuries, tendonitis, heat illness, and exercise-induced asthma.
James Kelley, MD, leads the Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Sports Medicine services. Dr. Kelley and his team are committed to providing personalized, compassionate care, working closely with a patient’s primary care provider, athletic trainers, physical therapists, nutritionists, and other specialists as needed.
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Biomechanics studies the mechanics of movement. In sports medicine, the physician analyzes the patient’s movements and provides recommendations to minimize the risk of injury and increase athletic performance. Services include gait analysis using treadmill biomechanics.
Treatment of injuries resulting from athletics or other physical activity depend on the severity of the injury. Non-life- or limb-threatening injuries can receive initial treatment in urgent care, and it’s recommended the follow-up be with the sports medicine physician. In some cases, the physician can reset and splint fractures or treat soft tissue injuries right in the office. Services also include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to treat muscle, tendon and joint injuries.
Physical education provides the patient with the knowledge and skills to maintain the physical body through exercise. The physician works with the patient to identify the activities within the patient’s interest to reach and maintain appropriate fitness goals.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging technology used to help diagnose and perform interventional procedures for soft tissue conditions, such as sprains and muscle or ligament tears.
Exercise physiology looks at the body’s acute and chronic responses to physical exercise, including how the body adapts to exercise over time. The physician will analyze those responses and how the effects may reduce disease progression, improve performance, and affect physical development. Services include VO2max (maximal oxygen uptake) and resting metabolic rate (RMR) evaluation.
Imaging plays a key role in diagnosing, treating, and monitoring injuries and illness. We offer advanced imaging services, under the guidance and expertise of highly skilled medical professionals.