This specialty could just as well be termed sports and exercise medicine as it covers all kinds of physical activities undertaken for fun or fitness, or in a competitive environment.
Studies and research show that that exercise is beneficial — even essential — to maintaining physical, mental, and emotional health. In fact, exercise is the #1 prescription for helping to prevent and/or improve cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis; as well as stress, anxiety, and moderate mood swings.
Exercise is critical for strong bones and muscles, and becomes increasingly important as people age. Weight bearing exercise — that is, anything you do on your feet — can strengthen the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support joints. Range-of-motion activities, such as yoga and tai chi, help with flexibility, balance, and coordination. And strength training, using resistance, helps build muscle mass.
Both team and individual sports are beneficial. However, all types of exercise come with some risk, and injuries can occur.
Why choose CMO for sport or other exercise related problems?
At CMO you will find runners, skiers, golfers, cyclists, and enthusiasts of virtually every sport among our staff. We understand what it’s like to be out of the action — whether it’s end of your baseball season or a halt to your daily 2-mile walk.
CMO offers a comprehensive Sports Medicine Program, directed by Dr. Paul Cain. Our program integrates the services of our physicians, surgeons, physician assistants, physical therapists, and athletic trainers to provide diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries. We also provide guidance on injury prevention.
The CMO Sports Medicine Program offers a wide variety of services under one roof, including: on-site diagnostics — timely access to orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in sports medicine — physical therapy regimen set-up — access to certified athletic trainers for rehabilitation — and training programs to reduce the risk of joint injuries. Our program currently provides team physician coverage for Bates College and we serve as consultants for regional high school athletics programs. In addition to Dr. Cain, sports medicine physician and surgical services are provided by Dr. Patrick Fallon, Dr. James Timoney, Dr. Elizabeth Rothe, and Dr. Peter Sedgwick.