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3 Things Primary Care Should Remember About Sports Medicine



A sports medicine specialist talks about collaborating with primary care and says there are 3 things that help make the partnership work so well.

"Sports medicine works very closely with primary care - we can help offload some of the musculoskeletal issues they see; they have an awful lot to deal with."

Kevin Carneiro, DO, a physiatrist and sports medicine specialist at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, spoke recently with Patient Care about the close and collaborative relationships he and his colleagues have with family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and other primary health care providers in the UNC system. It's a mutually supportive atmosphere where the shared goal is returning the patient to acvitiy or helping them improve their current activity level.

We asked him to tell us 3 things that primary care clinicians should think of when they hear a reference to sports medicine. Spoiler: One of them is that they are are really good at assembling multidisciplinary care teams. For the other 2, which are equally as good, listen to Dr Carneiro, below.

Other conversations with Dr Carneiro:

21st Century Sports Medicine: Not Your Grandfather's Concussion Protocol

A UNC Sports Medicine Specialist Explains what Sports Medicine Really Is

Kevin Carneiro, DO, is associate professor of neurosurgery and physical medicine rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC. Carneiro also is the medical director of the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes as well as the Executive Director of the Brain and Body Health Program at UNC. He is the physician for all patients in the Matthew Gfeller Concussion Clinic at UNC.

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