Sports medicine
Only the highest standards of care is applied in sports medicine. After all, the goal is not only to recover, but also restore an athlete-specific skill. Only supremely qualified doctors are suited to these challenges. Among the narrow areas of expertise are sports-specific cardiology, endocrinology, traumatology (injury-related treatments), gynaecology, paediatrics, physiotherapy, functional diagnostics and orthopaedics stand out in this industry.

Most patients turn to German clinics for treatments of joint injuries and arthrosis (excessive degeneration of joint tissues). In about 70% of cases, legs are affected by the injury. Every fifth patient suffers from pain in the shoulder and arm area. Head or spine injuries are much less common.

Treatment programmes are drawn up taking into account physical algorithms of the sport and are designed to re-adjust and re-align the athlete for the demands of the workouts. German clinics employ the latest therapeutic cures in the treatment of injuries through therapeutic training, sports massage, water procedures, balneation, reflexotherapy, use of pain-killers and anti-inflammatory drugs. In many cases, it is possible to restore physical shape bypassing the need for surgery.

If these methods prove insufficient or ineffective, surgical intervention is considered. Currently, most operations are performed using the least invasive methods, i.e. with an endoscope and camera inserted through a small incision. Post-operation complications are much less likely than when conventional surgery is applied, and patients have a much better chance of making a full recovery.

When chronic injuries or pain is concerned, shockwave therapy is usually applied. It not only improves blood circulation, but also stimulates the division of osteoblasts (bone forming cells), which enable rapid healing. This way many sports injuries can be treated on an outpatient basis.

Correct rehabilitation is particularly important to restoring joint mobility as quickly and effectively as possible. The Bogenhausen Klinik, the Vivantes Berlin group of multidisciplinary clinics and the Munich Schwabing Clinic have proven to be very popular among athletes.

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