April 17, 2012 > From Student Athletes to Seniors, Keeping Patients Well
From Student Athletes to Seniors, Keeping Patients Well
Seeing Common Musculoskeletal Issues from a Non-Surgical Viewpoint
Washington Township Medical Foundation sports medicine specialist Sandeep Gupta, M.D., says that when people think of sports medicine, their first thought is often of young people. But in his practice, it's a lot more than that.
"I want people to know that sports medicine isn't just about treating athletes but also helping adults who don't require a surgical approach to address their musculoskeletal issues," he explains. "A lot of orthopedic and sports medicine is about non-operative treatment, and people shouldn't automatically think that they're going to go under the knife when they seek medical advice."
Dr. Gupta, who recently joined the WTMF roster of physicians, says he wants to serve the community where he grew up.
"It was important to me being close to my mom and dad, and my first niece was born at Washington Hospital," he says. "My sister and my niece were very well taken care of at the hospital, and I had occasion to visit Washington Hospital a few times when I was young. The care was excellent, and the physicians were people I looked up to as mentors.
"Fremont is my home, and I wanted to establish my practice here. It's great to be back in the community."
Dr. Gupta says he joined WTMF specifically because he wanted to partner with Dr. Russell Nord, who serves as medical director of Washington Hospital's Sports Medicine Program.
"One of particular advantage of joining this medical group was the opportunity to work alongside Dr. Nord, who is very well trained, having performed fellowship training at Stanford University," Dr. Gupta says. "He worked with the 49ers, and I've also worked with professional athletes as a team physician for the Phillies. Working together, I find we both learn from each other's experience, and our team approach makes for a powerful combination."
In treating student athletes in the community, Dr. Gupta says his experience as a board-certified family practice physician has proven very valuable in addressing not only musculoskeletal issues, but other medical conditions as well.
"Joining Dr. Nord has been a bonus because a lot of people think sports medicine is just about bones and muscles, but particularly in the student athlete population, kids might have other health issues - like a cardiac condition - that also needs to be addressed," he says. "During my studies, I found I enjoyed focusing on the patient as a whole with a specialization in sports. With my medical background, even if I see patients for musculoskeletal issues, I have no issues arranging for other types of care that they might need."
Since he also specializes in back pain and arthritis, Dr. Gupta says he has the opportunity to work with patients of all ages, which he enjoys.
"In my practice, I see kids all the way up to people in their 90s," he says. "A major focus in my practice is on the older population, and for them one of the most common problems is arthritis, which is increasing. My focus is on non-operative treatments before they take the final step of joint replacement surgery.
"For these patients, I want them to be aware that surgery is not always the answer and that there are non-operative treatments for arthritis. I've worked in general medicine and as a general surgeon, so I have knowledge of both the medical and surgical aspects of treatment, which helps me work with patients to establish a range of treatment options."
Ultimately, with a broad knowledgebase in general surgery, orthopedics, and sports medicine training, Dr. Gupta says it gives him a unique approach to care that can help a variety of patients in the community. He also is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi, which he says gives him an advantage in speaking to patients in a language they feel most comfortable expressing themselves.
To learn more about sports medicine treatment for student athletes and adults, visit www.whhs.com/services/sports/ or call (510) 608-1320.
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