Gritman|MFM sports medicine physician adds expertise, specialized clinic
From performance athletes to outdoor enthusiasts, we are fortunate to live in a place where being active is a way of life. Gritman|Moscow Family Medicine’s Sports Medicine Clinic can help keep you healthy, safe, active and performing at your peak.
The new clinic is led by our sports medicine physician, Dr. Jacob Christensen, who joined the Gritman|MFM team at Vandal Health this past fall. Dr. Christensen has dedicated his career to sports medicine, having completed a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of New Mexico and now serving as a team physician with University of Idaho Vandal Athletics.
“We want to keep people active, healthy and exercising as much as possible and as long as possible,” Dr. Christensen said. “You are going to get good, high-quality care at our Sports Medicine Clinic.”
The addition of the Gritman|MFM Sports Medicine Clinic is part of Gritman’s continuing commitment to excellence in care for athletes in regional high schools and at the University of Idaho. The Gritman-U of I partnership helps provide Doctor of Athletic Training students directly in regional high schools and helps to support the specialized athletic training needs of collegiate athletes.
Whether you are slowed by an injury, needing a sports physical or looking to begin a new training regiment, and no matter your age or skill level, our Sports Medicine Clinic is here for you. The clinic offers and treats:
- Non-operative treatment of sports injuries
- Ultrasound-guided injections
- Adolescent and teen wellness exams with sports physicals
- Acute musculoskeletal injuries (ankle sprains, shoulder strains, fractures, etc.)
- Overuse injuries (rotator cuff issues, tendinitis/tendinosis, stress fractures)
- Hip pain
- Acute back pain and neck pain
- Injury prevention
- Exercise prescription
- Return to play/exercise issues in sick or injured patients
- Care of athletes with medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, pregnancy, etc.
- Over-training and energy deficiency issues
- Osteopathic manipulative therapy
No referrals are required. Call 208-882-2011 to schedule an appointment or for more information.
What is a sports medicine physician?
Sports medicine physicians are medical doctors who specialize in the treatment of people who have injuries to their bones, muscles, joints, tendons or ligaments that result from physical activity. Such injuries may include cartilage tears, ligament ruptures of the knee and shoulder or knee problems. Sports medicine physicians promote lifelong fitness and wellness, and encourage prevention of illness and injury.
Do sports medicine physicians only treat competitive athletes?
No, sports medicine physicians are ideal physicians for the non-athlete as well and are excellent resources for those who would like to become active or begin an exercise program. If you have suffered an injury, the same expertise used for the competitive athlete can be applied to help you recover as quickly as possible.
What additional training do sports medicine physicians have?
Sports Medicine Physicians have received additional training in the non-musculoskeletal aspects of sports medicine. Common examples of these include:
- Mild traumatic brain injury and other head injuries
- Athletes with chronic or acute illness (such as infectious mononucleosis, asthma or diabetes)
- Nutrition, supplements, ergogenic aids and performance issues
- Exercise prescription for patients who want to increase their fitness
- Injury prevention
- Return to play decisions in the sick or injured athlete
- Strength training and conditioning
- Healthy lifestyle promotion