Sports Medicine in Orange County
Sports medicine specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries related to
participating in sports and/or exercise, specifically the rotation or deformation of joints or
muscles caused by engaging in such physical activities. The sports medicine "team"
includes specialty physicians and surgeons, athletic trainers, physical therapists,
coaches, other personnel, as well as the athlete himself/herself. Because of the
competitive nature of sports, a primary focus of sports medicine is the rapid recovery of
patients, which drives many innovations in the field.
Sports medicine has always been difficult to define because it is not a single specialty, but
an area that involves health care professionals, researchers and educators from a wide
variety of disciplines. Its function is not only curative and rehabilitative, but especially
Despite this wide scope, there has been a tendency for many to assume that sport-related
problems are by default musculoskeletal and that sports medicine is an orthopaedic
specialty. There is much more to sports medicine than just musculoskeletal diagnosis
and treatment. Illness or injury in sport can be caused by many factors – from
environmental to physiological and psychological. Consequently, sports medicine can
encompass an array of specialties, including cardiology, pulmonology, dermatology,
ophthalmology, rehabilitation medicine, orthopaedic surgery, arthroscopy, exercise
physiology, biomechanics, and traumatology. For example, heat, cold or altitude during
training and competition can alter performance or may even be life threatening. The
female triad of disordered eating, menstrual disturbances, and bone density problems,
and the problems of pregnant or aging athletes demand knowledge from many diverse
fields. In addition, the management of endocrinological diseases and other such
problems in the athlete demands both medical expertise and sport-specific knowledge.
The use of supplements, pharmacological or otherwise, and the topics of doping control
and gender verification present complex moral, legal and health-related difficulties. Further
unique problems are associated with international sporting events, such as the effects of
travel and acclimatization, and the attempt to balance an athlete's participation with his or
her health. Much of this draws on new fields of study, in which extensive clinical and basic
science research is burgeoning.
Knight Physical Therapy specializes in sports medicine physical therapy for the high
school to professional athletes in Orange County. All our therapists are sports medicine
specialists with years of experience on and off the field. If you are an athlete and you need
the best in the business to get you back into your sports, give us a call today.
Dr. Cheng, Anaheim - Orange County
If you have a sport injury and you live in Orange County, please give us a call so we can
help you get rid of your pain. Knight Physical Therapy is in Orange County.
Our Anaheim office is only minutes away from Buena Park, Fullerton, La Palma, Cypress,
Cerritos, Artesia, La Mirada, and most of North Orange County.
Our Garden Grove office is only minutes away from Orange, Santa Ana, Westminster,
Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, Tustin, Irvine, and most of Central
We specialize in chronic and acute sports injuries.
Call today for an immediate appointment with one of our doctors.
Anaheim 714-758-9500 Garden Grove 714-750-4097