Sports doctors are for everyone including athletes, active kids and all the adults who exercise or play a sport. Even people who play sports on weekends can get a sports injury. The first doctor would definitely be your family physician to contact but in case the injury increases then the doctor will refer to a sports medicine doctor who will take your specialized care.
Anyone practicing exercise, martial art, yoga or simply playing a sport on a weekend with family can get an acute sports injury. Sprains and strains are the common sports injury which can lead to serious muscle or knee injury or even broken bones, dislocated joints and injury to your Achilles tendon.
One can feel symptoms of an acute injury like sudden pain, swelling, weakness of the muscle, loss of Movement in the body, or for this location of bone and/or joint. Some injuries can start small but develop into something serious over time. It depends on the circumstances when it happened. Some people in enthusiasm train too hard for too long than they are habituated to.
Sports doctors help patients who have got injured while playing or exercising, have dislocated a part, trained too hard or got cracks in bones (stress fracture). They identify the problem and treat it completely. Providing medicines, conducting surgeries if needed, advising on future precautions, and giving dietary advice.
It is important to see an orthopedic surgeon when a bone or joint gets broken or dislocated respectively. Ligament fracture also needs prompt medical attention. A sports medicine doctor helps one to recover and return to their routines and sports.