Sports Medicine: Diagnosis and Evaluation
Our highly trained specialists work together to develop a customized treatment plan for you
Just as many sports are team-based activities, the physicians and specialists at Hurley Medical Center work with an entire team of medical and fitness professionals to evaluate each athlete’s injuries and the unique factors (age, gender, level of fitness) that may have contributed to the injury and will determine the success of treatment.
Our highly trained sports medicine team includes board certified orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, nurses, physician assistants, rehabilitation specialists and various medical support personnel. We work with each patient (and his or her primary care physician) on an individual basis to develop a treatment plan designed specifically for that patient. Blending clinical expertise with a compassionate, patient- and family-centered treatment philosophy, we have created a program known for excellence of care.
Functional capacity testing and physical evaluations
At the core of our evaluation methods is functional capacity testing. During your one-on-one examination with your physician, you will be tested for strength, flexibility, endurance, ability, your posture standing still, repetitive movements and other motions. If you have been injured, these tests will give us important information about the level and nature of your injury. If you have not experienced an injury but wish to prevent possible problems, these tests will give us a sense of your baseline fitness and long-term goals, and will enable us to provide recommendations for improving performance while minimizing risk.
Your physician will also conduct a thorough physical exam in order to assess your general health and your ability to benefit from treatment.
Imaging and other diagnostic and testing tools
Once your physical examination is complete, your physician may recommend x-rays, an MRI or a CT scan to further determine the exact location, nature and severity of your injury. Some of these images can be captured at our Bristol Road (in Flint) and Court Street (in Lapeer) outpatient clinics. For more advanced imaging, we may refer you to Hurley Medical Center’s Radiology Department.
We may also conduct other tests, using blood draws, urine samples and other methods, to determine whether or not an infection is present in an injury and to ensure that you are not suffering from a related or unrelated illness that may complicate your treatment or recovery. At Hurley Medical Center, we are committed to treating the entire person and recognize that injuries may point to other problems (such as osteoporosis or diabetes) that can benefit from additional treatment from Hurley’s trained specialists.