Dr. Jennings has been trained in two medical specialties.
Orthopedic surgery is a medical specialty focused on the repair of any part of the musculoskeletal system. Although the name identifies the specialty as being surgical, not all procedures performed by orthopedic surgeons involve actual surgical procedures or operations. Because the musculoskeletal system is comprised of the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and bones, there are many different complications and injuries that an orthopedic surgeon may treat.
Orthopedic surgeons may be consulted after a patient has received an injury resulting from spine disorders, hip disorders, musculoskeletal tumors, sports injuries, hand and arm disorders, foot and ankle disorders, limb deformities, congenital disorders and cerebral palsy, among many others. Some of the most common procedures performed by orthopedic surgeons include knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy, carpal tunnel release, removal of support implants, hip replacement, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and repair of the rotator cuff tendon, among many others.
Orthopedic surgeons not only operate on and treat patients, but they are also often involved in diagnostic procedures and related care. When crafting a treatment plan, either surgical or non-surgical, orthopedic surgeons must take into account any impending side effects of the procedure, as well as the time and effort of rehabilitation therapy that will need to take place, among other factors. Orthopedic surgeons are also trained to educate patients on the prevention of injury and the treatment they are receiving, as well as any diet and lifestyle changes that may be able to assist in recovery or the prevention of further injury.
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Sports medicine is a medical specialty that encompasses the study, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of injuries or disorders relating to sports and physical activities. Physicians that practice in the area of sports medicine are often referred to as sports medicine specialists. Many types of physicians can practice sports medicine, including orthopedists, psychiatrists and primary care sports medicine physicians.
When a patient sustains an injury while playing sports, or has a condition that affects their performance in physical activity, they are often referred to a sports medicine specialist who has specialized knowledge in the treatment of these types of injuries. The spectrum of care provided by sports medicine specialists is quite wide – it can encompass injuries such as muscle strains and tears, sprains, dislocations, concussions, injuries to tendons and ligaments, fractures, injuries to cartilage, tendinitis, asthma, overuse injuries, heat-related illnesses and nutritional issues, among others.
Sports medicine specialists may be employed in a wide range of settings. For example, these physicians may provide care as part of a private practice (often as part of an orthopedic practice), where adolescents and young adults who play sports may receive treatment for any injuries they may sustain. In other cases, professional sports teams and colleges may employ a sports medicine specialist full time to care for members of the team both on and off the field. These specialists may also be found providing care in hospitals.
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