An Overview of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and What It Means to Be Board Certified

Dr. Stacie Grossfeld in Louisville, KY is double board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine through the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Dr. Stacie Grossfeld, Louisville orthopedic surgeon, is double-board certified in both orthopedic surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine through the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons. But what exactly does that mean? Is one more important than the other? How do you get board-certified?

You’re in luck! Because Orthopaedic Specialists is here with a short overview of sports medicine, board certifications, and what it means to be an orthopedic specialist.

Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery

When a doctor goes through medical school, eventually, they make it to their period of residency, which is where the hopeful doctor hones their skills in the specialty of their choice. There are plenty of medical specialties to choose from, be it pediatrics, cardiology, genecology, anesthesiology, family medicine, psychiatry, plastic surgery, dermatology, etc., and orthopaedic surgery is one of them. Due to the broad nature of each specialty, doctors can then choose to get even more granular and earn a certificate in a subspecialty. Common subspecialties in orthopedic surgery are:

  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedics
  • Hand Surgery
  • Musculoskeletal Oncology
  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics

So, Dr. Grossfeld was first board-certified in orthopedic surgery by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery after her residency and internship at the University of Minnesota, and then obtained her subspecialty in Sports Medicine after completing her fellowship at the Fowler-Kennedy Sports Medicine Center.

What are the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery’s Qualifications to Earn a Subspecialty?

According to the ABOS, “The Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine is for Board-Certified orthopaedic surgeons who have demonstrated qualifications in sports medicine beyond those expected of other orthopaedic surgeons by virtue of additional training, a practice characterized by a volume of cases in sports medicine, or have made significant contributions to this field.”

Other qualifications include:

  • Candidates must have completed a one year ACGME accredited fellowship in orthopaedic sports medicine
  • Candidates must have a one-year case list submitted, composed of at least 115 operative cases and 10 non-operative cases
  • Seventy five of the 115 operative cases must involve arthroscopy as a component of the procedure
  • Candidates must complete a four-hour examination consisting of 175 multiple-choice questions

How is an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Specialist Different From a Regular Orthopedic Surgeon?

Orthopedic sports medicine specialists are orthopaedic surgeons, but they specialize in treating and preventing athletic or exercise injuries. Many times, sports medicine specialists will also focus on other lifestyle factors, such as training, physical therapy exercises, and nutrition. This specialty is also applied to other mobility-related injuries for those with disabilities or chronic conditions like arthritis.

Common conditions that an orthopedic sports medicine specialist might treat are:

  • Trauma, broken bones, and fractures
  • Dislocations and separations
  • Tendonitis
  • Joint injections
  • Shoulder pain and injuries, such as:
    • Rotator cuff tears
    • Dislocated shoulders
    • Frozen shoulders
    • Pitcher’s shoulder
    • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
    • Swimmer’s shoulder
  • Nerve compression
  • Arthritis
  • Overuse injuries
  • Torn cartilage
  • Knee pain and injuries, such as:
    • ACL injuries
    • MCL injuries
    • PCL injuries
    • Knee arthroscopies
  • Foot and ankle injuries
  • Elbow, wrist, arm, and finger injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tennis elbow

If you or someone you love has suffered a sports injury in the Louisville, Kentucky-area, double-board certified orthopedic sports medicine physician and orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Stacie Grossfeld at Orthopaedic Specialists PLLC can help. Orthopaedic Specialists PLLC is accepting new patients, and same day appointments are available. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Orthopaedic Specialists PLLC today at 502-212-2663.