Sports Medicine

The field of sports medicine encompasses many aspects of daily modern life.  Yes, the term it is most widely applied to athletes competing in organized competitive sports, but it also applies to the industrial athlete or stay at home mom who suffers from a repetitive motion injury of the elbow, wrist, shoulder or back.  Athletic injuries can also be caused by normal work or play in the middle aged or elderly athlete who is active and exercises simply to stay in shape in order to reduce cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, relieve stress, maintain a healthy body weight, play golf or simply be able to play with their grandkids.
The central tenant of sports medicine is to treat, rehabilitate and heal the injury while allowing the athlete to remain “in the game.” This could be taken literally if they are actually involved in a competitive sport, or it could imply simply being able to continue working and providing for their family while the condition improves and the individual remains active.
As a young person Dr. Talty spent several years in competitive athletics and has suffered many of the minor and more devastating injuries she sees walk through her door.  She personally knows the journey of living through the pain and employing the proper rehabilitation, which allows one to move on to full recovery.  Her love of sports and staying active lead her into the field of sports medicine as her undergraduate major.  As a student athletic trainer she worked with both men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletics.  In that position she evaluated injuries on the field, learned about and became experienced working with physical therapists/certified athletic trainers in the training room on the concepts and performance of physical rehabilitation.  She had the great fortune to work with the team physician who uniquely required student athletic trainers to shadow him while he saw his private sports medicine patients in his outpatient clinic practice.  Additionally, she joined him on rounds in the hospital and even in the operating room for surgery. This type of training and experience is usually reserved for medical interns and residents – not undergraduate students.
The concepts and practice of sports medicine that incorporate healing, rebuilding, strengthening and retraining and are woven into the fabric on which Dr. Talty has based her entire medical career.  She particularly likes working with the aging athlete who is simply trying to stay active despite the inevitable changes the aging process presents.  This is why she has incorporated so many other subspecialties into her practice.  Staying healthy and active, naturally must address the body as a whole when looking at the aging and healing process itself.  Sports medicine may incorporate:
  • Keeping the body freely moving and balanced without mechanical restriction utilizing biomechanical manual medicine techniques.
  • Healing weakened, stretched or painful ligaments with Prolotherapy. 
  • Restoring the body’s natural hormone balance using bio-identical hormones in order for the tissues to remain strong, flexible and elastic. 
  • Identifying any underlying infections that may be destroying the body’s collagen matrix and causing multi-system pain, fatigue and disruption as in the case of Lyme disease.  
  • Balancing everything above and below the jaw joint if it has become dysfunctional, thus allowing the person to eat a healthy balanced diet free from the agonizing pain of temporal mandibular joint disease (TMJ-D).
Sports medicine combines the principles of osteopathic medicine by empowering individuals to once again run, bike and play with their children and grandchildren.   Enjoy playing golf, tennis and being able to participate in life’s adventures.  In other words, live their life fully physically, emotionally and spiritually with vitality!