The specialty of Sports Medicine has its origins in the care of the injured competitive athlete. Today, Sports Medicine is for everyone. It has grown as a specialty to encompass the needs of all individuals with musculoskeletal injury or pain who desire to maintain or to pursue an active lifestyle.
The Sports Medicine Program at Orthopaedic Specialists of North Carolina espouses a multidisciplinary philosophy incorporating education & prevention, evaluation & diagnosis, and operative & non-operative treatment. Return to sport/activity for athletes and active individuals alike is paramount.
The injuries and conditions treated are usually, but not always, the result of injury sustained in competitive sport. Sometimes they are simply the result of the normal process of aging or of inactivity. The focus of the Sports Medicine physician is on those injuries affecting the knee, shoulder, ankle and elbow, but can (and does) involve any other area of the musculoskeletal system.
Orthopaedic Specialists of North Carolina serves as the Team Physician for many local schools (high school and college) and recreational sports leagues in the communities where we live and practice. We also proudly serve as the Team Physician and Orthopaedic Consultant for the Carolina Mudcats, affiliate of the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball.
Orthopaedic Specialists of North Carolina is committed to providing the highest level of orthopedic and musculoskeletal care to the student athletes of our area. The Sports Medicine Team strives to serve and to be ever available to you should the need arise.
We are available to coaches, athletic trainers, and athletes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any orthopedic conditions/injuries sustained during the course of organized sports participation. Our offices are open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday & Urgent Care @ Wakefield and Knightdale are open 9AM-9PM everyday. Call (919) 562-9410 to schedule an appointment at any of our 6 convenient locations.
We also provide a Weekend Walk-in Clinic every Saturday morning during football season from 9:00am-10:30 am in our Wakefield location. No appointment is necessary and all competitive athletes injured in organized athletics (High School, College, Semi-Pro, Professional) are welcome.
For after-hours injuries not deemed by athletic training staff or coaches as emergent, call our office (919) 210-6274. Our sports program coordinator can answer your questions and/or facilitate an appointment the next day. For all emergencies or serious injuries, please go directly to the nearest emergency department. If in doubt regarding the severity of the injury, go immediately to the nearest emergency department.
We find that it is often best to speak with your Team Doctor, Athletic Trainer, Coaching Staff, or our Sports Medicine Liaison to establish the procedure that works best for you when scheduling an appointment. When the athlete arrives for an appointment, we ask that a parent or guardian accompanies him/her or provides a written note of Consent to Treat.
Most insurers do not require a official referral from your primary care physician for injuries sustained in athletic competition. In those cases in which referral is required, please encourage the athlete to be referred to Orthopaedic Specialists of North Carolina when orthopedic care is needed. We may be able to help you with this process.
In addition to your primary insurance, you also have a “Secondary” or School sponsored insurance plan (this is mandatory for all high-school and College athletes and required by your Athletic Association). This secondary insurance plan will help to cover any additional expenses not covered by your primary insurance plan. To assist you and for your convenience, we will file both primary and secondary insurance claims. In order for your claim to be covered by Student Insurance, a claim form must be sent to United Healthcare within 90 days of the date you first received medical care.
If you have not been given a form by your athletic trainer we can provide you with one. When we have a completed form we will file your claim with the insurance company”.
After referring an athlete to Orthopaedic Specialists of North Carolina, a coach, athletic trainer or school/team representative may require or request information regarding the visit. Often this information is essential to the team for practice and game preparation and planning and more importantly is essential to keeping the athlete safe and allowing appropriate re-entry to sport. Frequently the team physician will call the coach, athletic trainer or school/team representative to discuss the findings. Any medical information given to a coach, athletic trainer or school/team representative in spoken or written form is confidential.