Sport cardiology and the treatment of overuse or overload injuries are two very important yet very diverse disciplines in sports medicine.
In sport cardiology
the emphasis is on identifying any potential underlying cardiac diseases which (may) give rise to complaints during or after sports.
Potential examinations during the consultation with the sports doctors include:
an exercise test
on the bicycle
Based on the outcome of these examinations, the sports doctor, Dr. Frank Pauwels
will formulate a recommendation or refer the patient to the cardiologists or rhythmologists for further examinations or elaboration.
Sports are and continue to be a very healthy activity but in some cases they are associated with pain of the knee, shoulder, Achilles heel, lower back, etc.
Often this is due to a repeated wrong use during the sports activity, which, in turn, gives rise to chronic overload injuries.
Based on an extensive clinical examination and potential additional examinations (ultrasound, X-rays, CT scan, MRI scan and isotope scan) the sports doctor will start up treatment and provide advice about specific sport training. He will try to remediate the overload injuries so the patient can continue to practice his/her sport.
In the context of cardiac diseases, the team works closely with the Cardiology Department and the Heart Rhythm Management Centre. Chronic overload injuries are treated in collaboration with the radiology, isotopes, orthopaedic and physiotherapy departments.<top>