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Sports Medicine Doctor

A Sports Medicine Doctor is a physician with significant training in both the treatment and prevention of illness and injury. At Motion, our Sports Medicine doctors help patients maximize function and minimize time away from work, school and activities they love.

Dr. Veronica Jow performing a diagnostic ultrasound.

Conditions We Treat

Sports Medicine doctors primarily specialize in musculoskeletal (MSK) issues — conditions that affect muscles, bones, and joints, but also have knowledge in general health and injury/illness prevention strategies.

  • Muscle Injuries
    A muscle injury involves the overstretching, partial tearing, or complete tearing of the voluntary soft tissue structures that control movements (e.g., hamstring strain, lumbar strain, and achilles tendon rupture).
  • Joint injuries
    A joint injury occurs in a region where bones connect and can result in damage to bone, cartilage, or other soft tissue structures (e.g., ankle sprain, wrist sprain, and ACL tear).
  • Dislocations
    A dislocation is usually the result of a physical impact that causes the normal position of a joint to become misaligned.
  • Non-surgical fractures
    A non-surgical fracture occurs when a bone breaks and is immobilized to heal without the need for surgery.
  • Stress fractures
    A stress fracture is a thin crack in a bone that develops due to repetitive impact that the surrounding muscles can’t properly absorb.
  • Tendinopathies
    A tendinopathy is a degenerative condition that involves irritation at the tendon, a soft tissue structure that connects muscle to bone (e.g., patellar tendinopathy and rotator cuff tendinopathy).
  • Osteoarthritis
    Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition of joints that involves the wearing down of cartilage between the ends of bones, resulting in a loss of healthy joint space.
  • Radiculopathies
    A radiculopathy may develop due to compression or impingement of a nerve and result in local or referred pain.
  • Concussions
    A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that occurs from a sudden impact or force applied to the head/neck and can have negative effects on activity participation and quality of life.
  • Athletes with medical illnesses (e.g., diabetes, asthma, mono)
    Athletes with illnesses often need medical intervention and/or guidance in determining their level of function and ability to participate in their sport.
  • Pre-participation physicals
    Many sports or activities require individuals to receive an evaluation by a medical doctor prior to participation to assess for potential health or injury risks.
  • Exercise prescription
    A Sports Medicine Doctor can prescribe fitness-related activities that best fit a patient’s health history and lifestyle.
  • Injury prevention
    If imbalances or dysfunctions that could lead to injury are discovered in an evaluation, a Sports Medicine Doctor can prescribe a plan to address those dysfunctions before they lead to an injury.
  • Healthy lifestyle promotion
    A Sports Medicine Doctor can provide education and prescription regarding healthy habits to reduce risk of injury and illness throughout life.

Clinical Scope

The types of musculoskeletal health care services that a clinician is authorized to provide differ based on specialty. At Motion, a Sports Medicine Doctor brings specific strengths to the clinical team.

  • Diagnose
  • Order and interpret imaging
  • Perform diagnostic ultrasound
  • Procedures
  • Prescribe medication
  • Prescribe equipment
  • Refer and coordinate care with other specialists

Diagnose

Define and distinguish an injury or cause of pain.

Order and interpret imaging

Determine whether a particular injury needs further imaging, such as an x-ray, CT scan, or MRI, and evaluate the results in order to aid in diagnosis.

Prescribe and perform procedures

Prescribe and/or perform a number of procedures including but not limited to platelet rich plasma injection (PRP), joint and soft tissue injections for pain/inflammation, or aspirations.

Diagnostic ultrasound

Perform a musculoskeletal ultrasound as a diagnostic tool for visualizing different joint and soft tissue structures.


Meet our Sports Medicine Doctor

Dr. Veronica Jow, Medical Doctor, Sports Medicine

Veronica Jow
Medical Doctor,
Sports Medicine

I've been practicing Sports Medicine in the Bay Area for the past 9 years. While training to become a physician, I gravitated toward the patients who were motivated to return to or maintain an active lifestyle. I believe everyone is an athlete! … read full bio


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