What is the difference between a Sport Physician and an Orthopedic Surgeon?
A Sport Physician is a General Practitioner who has a special interest in sports related injuries. An Orthopedic Surgeon performs surgery on bones, and their surrounding components.
Why do I need a referral to see a doctor at the Sport Medicine Centre?
Although the Centre is open to the general public, a referral from your family doctor is required to see a Sport Medicine Physcian. (A referral is not required to see a physiotherapist). The wait to see an orthopaedic surgeon at the Sport Medicine Centre can be up to 2 years. Requiring a referral ensures both that the wait is not any longer and that you and your family doctor agree that this specialist is the professional that is best able to help your particular concern.
How long of a wait is there before I can get in to see an Orthopedic Surgeon?
It is anywhere from a six months to a two year wait to see a surgeon. Once your doctor has sent us a referral letter, the Doctors are able to assess the severity of your injury and determine what priority booking your appointment will be.
Do I have to be an Athlete?
No, however the Sport Medicine Physicians do specialize in the treatment of sport related injuries and conditions.
If you have any further questions regarding the Sport Medicine Centre, please contact us.