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Sports Medicine and Acupuncture in San Francisco

Sports medicine is essential for athletes and active individuals seeking specialized care for sports-related injuries and conditions. At Hana Holistic in San Francisco, we focus on optimizing performance and recovery through expert care, including acupuncture.

What is Sports Medicine?

Sports medicine is a speciality within family medicine that focuses on the musculoskeletal system. Sports medicine physicians treat conditions related to bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves, which are crucial for athletes and active individuals.

These physicians are often board-certified in family medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, physiatry, or paediatrics. With advanced training, they can manage a wide range of sports-related injuries and conditions. This includes knowledge of how different sports affect the body, allowing for tailored treatment and prevention strategies.


Sports medicine physicians undergo extensive training to understand the physical demands of various sports and how to best support the body’s ability to heal and strengthen. Beyond typical anatomy and physiology education, they receive specialized training in team and individual sports, learning how to prevent and treat sports injuries effectively. This expertise is vital for helping athletes of all levels, from recreational to professional, maintain their health and performance.

Expertise in Sports Medicine

At Hana Holistic, our sports medicine specialists have extensive training in various areas crucial to athlete care. They are skilled in ensuring safe recovery and return to activity following head injuries. They understand recovery principles, helping athletes heal faster and more effectively. Our physicians perform minor procedures and treat heart illness, providing comprehensive care for sports-related conditions.

Ultrasound diagnostics and procedures/injections are part of our advanced offerings, allowing precise treatment of musculoskeletal issues. Sports physicals and cardiovascular screening ensure athletes are fit to play and help prevent potential health issues. Preventive care is a significant focus, addressing sports and musculoskeletal injuries before they become serious problems.

Common Conditions Treated

Our sports medicine physicians treat a wide variety of conditions to keep athletes performing at their best. Joint pain, affecting areas such as shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, fingers, hips, knees, ankles, and feet, is a common issue. Muscle and tendon pain, including tendonitis, tendinopathy, and muscle sprains and strains, are also addressed. Ligament sprains, such as ACL, ankle, elbow, and shoulder injuries, are carefully managed to ensure proper healing.

Nerve entrapment conditions like carpal tunnel, ulnar tunnel, and posterior ankle impingement are treated with precision. We also handle osteoarthritis and overuse injuries, common among active individuals. Fractures are managed to promote optimal healing. Our comprehensive sports physicals and cardiovascular screening ensure athletes are in peak condition.

Concussion care, including evaluation, treatment, and follow-up, is provided to safeguard athletes’ health. Heat illness management, gait assessment, and treatment of gout and pseudogout are also part of our offerings. We address pain associated with running, throwing, working overhead, and repetitive motions, as well as some eating disorders and lack of menstruation-related to athletics.

Advanced Training and Certification

Sports medicine physicians undergo rigorous training to provide the highest level of care. After completing an undergraduate degree, they attend four years of medical school, followed by a three-year residency.

Many pursue additional fellowship training in sports medicine, focusing on evaluating and treating sports-related injuries using noninvasive techniques such as ultrasound. This advanced education ensures they are highly qualified to manage complex sports injuries and provide comprehensive care.

Collaboration with Specialists

While sports medicine physicians are not surgeons, they work closely with orthopedic surgeons and other specialists to provide seamless care before and after surgery. This collaborative approach ensures that athletes receive the best possible treatment for their injuries, promoting quicker recovery and optimal performance. Our team at Hana Holistic is dedicated to providing integrated care that addresses all aspects of an athlete's health and well-being.

Incorporating Acupuncture in Sports Medicine

Acupuncture is a valuable addition to sports medicine, offering natural pain relief and promoting healing. At Hana Holistic, we incorporate acupuncture to enhance the treatment of sports injuries.

Acupuncture helps reduce inflammation, improve blood flow, and release muscle tension, making it an effective complement to conventional sports medicine practices. This integrative approach ensures comprehensive care for athletes, addressing both immediate injuries and long-term health.

Take Control of Your Health

Sports medicine and acupuncture at Hana Holistic in San Francisco provide a comprehensive approach to athlete care.

By addressing the full spectrum of sports-related injuries and conditions, we help athletes stay healthy, prevent injuries, and perform at their best. Whether you're a recreational player, a student-athlete, or a professional, our dedicated team is here to support your health and wellness journey.

Take the first step towards optimal performance and recovery today.

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