What is a Sports Medicine Physician?

A physician with specialized training who promotes lifelong fitness and wellness, and encourages prevention of illness and injury. This physician helps the patient maximize function and minimize disability and time away from sports, work, or school. Sports medicine physicians are leaders of the sports medicine team for either local sports teams or college and professional teams.

The field of sports medicine consists of health care providers who work in synchrony to provide a “team approach” to achieve better health for the patient. At the head of this team of professionals is the physician who diagnoses the condition and directs the treatment plan.
Any doctor can claim to do “sports medicine,” but only physicians specially trained in sports medicine are uniquely qualified truly to practice sports medicine.

The evolving standard for sports medicine training is completion of a sports medicine fellowship. A fellowship is a specialized training program completed only after the physician has already done an internship and residency. While there may be many good sports medicine physicians who have not done fellowships, completion of a sports medicine fellowship assures you that the doctor has undertaken a comprehensive and advanced level of specialty training. Also, a sports medicine physician may take a certified examination at the end of their training to obtain added qualifications in sports medicine. In addition, you would also want a physician who is an active member of one of the large national sports medicine organizations. These include:

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)
American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM)
American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
AMSSM Sports Medicine Physician brochure

There are two types of sports medicine physicians: surgeons and non-surgeons. There are also two different types of sports medicine fellowships: surgical and non-surgical (also known as “primary care” fellowships).Surgical fellows learn the latest and greatest in surgical techniques. Primary care fellows learn everything else. Primary care sports medicine physicians have a primary specialty in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Since over 90% of sports injuries don’t require surgery, more and more people—and an increasing number of college and professional teams—are turning to primary care sports medicine specialists. If your problem needs surgery you can always be referred to a surgeon. But if surgery is not indicated—or desired—you will generally be better served by a primary care sports medicine specialist.

Do I have to be an athlete to be seen by a sports medicine physician?

Any musculoskeletal problem can be managed by a sports medicine physician whether you are an athlete or not. 90% of musculoskeletal problems do not require surgery and can be handled by a sports medicine physician. If surgery is required, then you will be referred to the surgeon that specializes for your particular problem.

What is an Osteopathic Physician or a D.O.?

Osteopathic physicians, or D.O.s, are fully licensed medical doctors, like M.D.s, able to prescribe medicine, deliver babies, perform surgery. They can specialize in all medical specialties, including family practice, cardiology, surgery, pediatrics, and so on. Osteopathic theory focuses on the body’s ability to heal itself. A.T. Still, M.D., the founder of osteopathy, claimed that the role of the physician was to “find health.” He viewed the body as a self-regulating, self-healing organism that only needed to be given an optimum environment in which to thrive. The goal of the osteopathic physician is to promote such an optimum environment.

Osteopathy, or osteopathic medicine, is a system of health care based on viewing the patient as a whole individual, rather than as a collection of various parts. One of the distinguishing features of osteopathic medicine is the use of osteopathic manipulation (also known as osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) or osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT)).

The osteopathic profession was started in the late 1800′s by an M.D., Andrew Taylor Still. Dr. Still was frustrated with the limitations of what modern medicine had to offer at that time. He watched helplessly as four of his children died from spinal meningitis. He embarked on a long and detailed personal study of anatomy and physiology. He eventually discovered that the human body is a wonderfully complex structure that possesses an inner ability to heal itself if only given the right environment to do so.
Dr. Still developed a treatment approach that included not only what was useful from modern medicine but also added manipulative treatment to help create an ideal structural environment in order for the body’s healing functions to thrive. Known as the “lightning bone setter” for his manipulation techniques, Dr. Still pioneered the use of medical manipulation in the United States. Today, osteopathic medicine includes not only OMM but also nutrition, exercise, and – when appropriate – medicine and surgery for a truly comprehensive medical treatment approach.
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What insurance plans do you accept?

I accept the majority of all insurance plans in Oklahoma including private payers as well as medicare, medicaid, and sooner care. Please call 918-394-2767 if you have questions about needing a referral or if we accept your insurance.

Do you seee worker’s compensation patients?

I see workers compensation patients with any injury from head to toe. If you have questions about getting approved for your worker’s compensation insurance please call 918-394-2767.

What should I bring before I come for an appointment?

You should bring your list of medications, allergies, any X-Rays, MRI’s, or CT scans that you have pertaining to your problem.

What sports teams or events do you cover?

Currently, I am the team physician for the Bixby Schools. I am on the sidelines for all of the varsity football games and I attend other sports throughout the year. I also help out with the Williams Route 66 marathon. The teams I have worked with in the past are the Chicago Storm, a professional indoor soccer team, North Park University, University of Colorado, Denver University, and local high school teams in Chicago and in Denver. I have also covered the Chicago Marathon, the Chicago Urbanathlon, the MS150 bike race, the Downer’s Grove cycling Criterium, and the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race.

Do you perform pre-participation physical exams or sports physicals?

I offer sports physicals at my office as well as participate in mass preparticipation physicals at various high schools in the Tulsa area.

What is the best way to contact you?

The best way to contact me is to call my cell at 918-691-8869 or email me at taglaser@csosortho.com. You may also try my office number if I am with a patient at 918-394-2767.

What are your office hours and locations?

My office hours and locations are the following:
Bixby Office
12800 S. Memorial Suite D
Bixby, OK 74008
918-394-2767 Phone
918-394-2772 Fax

Monday 7 AM- 4 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8 AM- 5PM
Thursday available per request

Tulsa Office
6585 South Yale Suite #200
Tulsa, OK 74136
918-481-2767 Phone
918-481-7611 Fax

Thursday 7AM- 4PM