Despite the wide myriad of benefits to physical activity, we are all aware of the potential for injury in sport. Even without injury, health conditions can often complicate one’s ability to stay fit and engaged in an active lifestyle. We count it a privilege to be part of your athletic team here at Beach Cities Medicine in Redondo Beach, California. David Wallis, MD is fellowship trained in Primary Care Sports Medicine and has worked for 15-20 years with professional teams and athletes as well as weekend warriors and recreational rookies. Schedule a visit online or call the office today.
Primary care sports medicine is a medical subspecialty that focuses on the diagnosis, management and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders. Sports medicine physicians are trained and experienced in treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, whether they stem from acute injuries, chronic overuse, or normal wear and tear. They are board-certified in a medical specialty, and then are also fellowship-trained in sports medicine, which requires an additional year or more of training and periodic testing to maintain a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine (CAQSM).
While sports medicine physicians and orthopaedic surgeons are both trained to treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system, sports medicine physicians specialize in non-surgical and minimally-invasive treatment options. The vast majority of injuries that present to a typical orthopedic surgeon's office do not require surgery. A primary care sports medicine physician - especially one who knows your medical background, your lifestyle, and your personal goals - can provide a great alternative to help diagnose your condition, develop a plan for recovery, and refer you to a surgeon who is highly skilled in treating your condition when surgery is needed.
In addition to helping recover from musculoskeletal conditions, primary care sports medicine physicians are specially trained in helping to manage injuries like concussions, skin wounds, and other issues that affect a patient’s ability to stay active. In addition, diseases such as viral infections (Covid, influenza, herpes), migraines, asthma, and abdominal issues can often sideline an athlete or an entire team. Primary care sports medicine physicians play a critical role on the medical staff of most professional sports teams for these very reasons.
Preparation for an active vacation can similarly require optimization of medical conditions, not to mention preparation for variables such as altitude and temperature that can have a major impact on your performance. Contingency planning is also key to optimizing chances of enjoying a healthy, successful voyage, including having a physician familiar with your medical background available to contact for advice if something comes up.
Dr. Wallis has been fortunate to work as a team physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the LA Galaxy, Chivas USA, the US National Soccer Team, the Ontario Reign hockey team, All-American Heavyweights Boxing, and other professional teams for many years. He brings his wealth of experience working with both great athletes as well as great colleagues and medical professionals to bear in taking care of you as well in his practice at Beach Cities Medicine.