What is Sports Medicine?
Sports medicine is a broad subspecialty of orthopedic surgery. It involves diagnosis and surgical and nonsurgical treatment of injuries related to sports activities in athletes of all ages.
Sports medicine is truly a team approach, as orthopedic surgeons, non surgical physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers, dieticians, sports psychologists, and coaches collaborate on treatment and return to play plans.
Orthopedic sports medicine specialists are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal problems. They have completed four years of undergraduate, four years of medical school, five years of orthopedic surgery residency training, and an additional year of surgical “fellowship” training focused on sports medicine.
Sports medicine typically focuses on arthroscopic treatments for various conditions. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique utilizing a fiber optic camera or “scope” about the size of a #2 pencil. Using small incisions and specialized tools, surgeries can be performed with less soft tissue trauma. Common arthroscopic surgeries include anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions, meniscal treatment, rotator cuff repair, and shoulder instability repair. Additional arthroscopic procedures can be performed in the elbow, ankle, wrist, and hip.
Dr. Wymore is fellowship trained in sports medicine and board certified by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, AAOS. To stay current with the latest research, he maintains active membership in both the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and Arthroscopic Association of North America (AANA) professional associations.
Dr. Wymore’s clinical focus is in the arthroscopic and open treatment of disorders of the knee, shoulder, and elbow, including complex ligament reconstruction, cartilage restoration, shoulder instability and throwing injuries. Additionally, he serves as the head team physician for the College of Southern Maryland and St. Mary’s Ryken High School. He is the supervising physician for the athletic trainers for all St. Mary’s and Charles county high schools.