Sports Medicine Specialist

Omar Khatib, MD -  - Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

NJOSM Clinic

Omar Khatib, MD

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine located in Clifton, NJ

If you’re an athlete, weekend warrior, or physically active individual, sports medicine can lower your risk of injury, minimize pain, and improve your performance on the court or playing field. At NJOSM Clinic in Clifton, New Jersey, orthopedic surgeon Omar Khatib, MD, offers a full suite of sports medicine services, including diagnosis and treatment of ACL tears and meniscus tears, rotator cuff injuries, and labral tears. To schedule an appointment, book online or call the office today.

Sports Medicine Q&A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine deals with physical fitness and the treatment and prevention of sports-related injuries. At NJOSM Clinic, Dr. Khatib uses sports medicine to educate patients and help you engage in physical activity safely. 

People of all ages can benefit from sports medicine, including youth, high school, and professional athletes, people who enjoy working out, and seniors who want to slow down the natural aging process.

What are some conditions that sports medicine treats?

Dr. Khatib uses sports medicine to treat a variety of injuries, including:

  • Torn or ruptured anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL)
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Shoulder labral tears
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Knee injuries
  • Swollen muscles
  • Ruptured Achilles tendons

Dr. Khatib also uses sports medicine to treat fractures and dislocated joints.

What happens during a sports medicine appointment?

A sports medicine appointment presents an opportunity to address a specific injury or to improve your training regimen by gaining information to support your athletic goals and health. 

During your appointment, Dr. Khatib reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, and conducts a physical exam. Answer Dr. Khatib’s questions honestly and provide detailed information about your workouts. This helps him to develop a treatment plan that aligns with your needs.

If you’re experiencing pain and Dr. Khatib can’t pinpoint the cause, he might order laboratory tests or X-rays to make a more accurate diagnosis.

What can I do to lower my risk of a sports-related injury?

If you want to lower your risk of a sports-related injury, Dr. Khatib recommends warming up and stretching before exercise. This is because warm muscles are more flexible and less likely to overextend or tear.

It’s important to use the proper technique when exercising. Different activities require different positions and postures. Maintaining good form puts less stress on your joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. In addition, wear the proper equipment, and always cool down following a workout. 

If you experience pain during exercise, pay attention. Though you might feel like pushing through the pain, doing so is risky and may result in a significant setback or injury. During your sports medicine consultation, Dr. Khatib provides insights to help you preserve your health, regardless of the type of exercise you enjoy. 

To learn more about the benefits of sports medicine, schedule an appointment at NJOSM Clinic. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.