Are Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy the Same Thing?

Are Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy the Same Thing Reno NVNo, they’re not. While sports medicine and physical therapy certainly overlap in numerous ways – in many cases, sports medicine specialists will even refer their patients to physical therapists for treatment – there are also many important differences between them.

What Does Sports Medicine Involve?

As the name suggests, sports medicine involves treating patients engaged in athletic pursuits, whether it be a group sport like football, or an individual activity like running. While many sports medicine specialists treat patients who were injured while participating in a sport – some common injuries include fractures, sprains, and ligament tears – they also assist individuals who are simply seeking to improve their athletic performance.

What Does Physical Therapy Involve?

In some ways, physical therapy is a broader field than sports medicine. While sports medicine specialists generally focus on treating athletes, physical therapists assist patients facing a wide range of conditions that aren’t necessarily sports-related, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and migraines. On the other hand, while sports medicine specialists generally handle all stages of treatment – including diagnosis, conservative treatment, and possibly even surgery – physical therapy tends to be more limited to noninvasive, hands-on treatment.

Contact Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic

Whether you require treatment from a sports medicine specialist or a physical therapist, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for at Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic. We believe in offering a comprehensive approach to treatment, and our team includes experienced sports medicine specialists and physical therapists, as well as skilled surgeons, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our Reno, Nevada, office or one of our other area locations.

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10539 Professional Circle, Suite 201
Reno, NV 89521

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Carson City, NV 89705

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Carson City, NV 89703

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Carson City, NV 89706


2874 N. Carson St. Suite 210
Carson City, NV 89703

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Gardnerville, NV 89410

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105 C Street
Hawthorne, NV 89415

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306 Surprise Street
Yerington, NV 89447

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2170 B South Ave
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

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At Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic, we take the time to get to know each patient so that we can develop a customized treatment plan that’s tailored to his or her specific needs, lifestyle, and goals.

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