When an athlete gets hurt there is only so much we can do for them prior to sending them to an orthopedist for further evaluation and imaging. Aside from gathering a solid history, doing a good evaluation and setting up a proper therapy program may not be enough to keep the athlete on the field. My question is: at what point during this whole process do you refer your athlete to the doctor?
Furthermore, there are a number of fantastic surgeons and clinicians in every area. What dictates who and where you refer to? It has been my experience that a local doctor gets a good deal of the business but what about the athlete that needs specialized care? Then what dictates who you refer to? What about your friend/family member? Are we keeping the best surgeons a well-kept secret?