An Orthopedic Sports Medicine expert witness is an Orthopedic Surgeon who testifies on medical and surgical treatment of musculoskeletal issues in athletes. Orthopedic Sports Medicine (commonly spelled “Orthopaedic” in academia) is a subspecialty of Orthopedic Surgery dealing with the medical and surgical treatment of any musculoskeletal structure affecting athletic performance and sports. The term is confusing since the vast majority of Orthopedic Sports Medicine specialists also perform surgery, and because Sports Medicine specialists who are not surgeons can some from the fields of Pediatrics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, and Internal Medicine. To become an Orthopaedic Sports Medicine specialist, a physician first completes a 5-year Orthopedic Surgery residency program followed by fellowship to subspecialize in Orthopedic Sports Medicine. A qualified Orthopedic Sports Medicine expert witness will have certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery with a subspecialty certificate in Orthopedic Sports Medicine.
Orthopedic Sports Medicine specialists provide both operative and non-operative treatment for athletes. Non-operative care involves conditioning, training, fitness, nutrition, supplements, and management of soft tissue injuries. It may also involve the treatment of concussions, fatigue, muscle strains, and exercise-induced asthma. Operative procedures include arthroscopic surgery, joint replacement surgery (typically hip and knee), carpal tunnel release, treatment of meniscal tears and ligamentous injuries, and fixation of fractures including the wrist, humerus, clavicle, tibia, and hip. A qualified Orthopedic Sports Medicine expert witness can address any of these areas.
Litigation in Orthopedic Sports Medicine typically stems from allegations of misdiagnosis or poor surgical outcomes resulting in loss of function or an inability to return to sports. From the treatment of routine soft tissue injury to the most complex procedures in the field, Elite Medical Experts reviews all aspects of Orthopedic Sports Medicine litigation, including:
Given the complex issues involved in Orthopedic Sports Medicine, an experienced Board-Certified Orthopedic Sports Medicine expert witness from a top university medical center is an invaluable asset for challenging assignments. To secure an Orthopedic Sports Medicine expert witness for your case, please contact Elite Medical Experts and speak with a physician or nurse on our Case Strategy Team.