/ by UK HealthCare
Dr. Srikanth Nithyanandam, a family medicine physician with specialized training in primary care sports medicine, has recently joined the UK HealthCare – Georgetown family. Dr. Nithyanandam provides the full spectrum of primary care for his patients, as well as preventive care and personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Nithyanandam is committed to helping active individuals and athletes keep doing what they love. He values patients deeply and seeks to ensure that they have a comprehensive understanding of their condition and potential treatment options.
We recently chatted with Dr. Nithyanandam about his work at UK HealthCare – Georgetown, including the Sports Medicine Walk-In Clinic, available for sport or athletic injuries, ages 8 and up, on Mondays from 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m., with no appointment needed.
Tell us about the Walk-in Clinic.
The walk-in clinic starts at 7:30 every Monday morning, so you can come in any time and be seen. No appointment is necessary.
The walk-in clinic was primarily started to see patients who get injured over the weekend. I see a lot of “weekend warriors” who may have been injured or gotten a concussion.
We started the clinic to establish relationships with local athletes and weekend warriors who needed a doctor who understands the unique demands of their favorite sports or activities. I do my own splinting and casting for basic fractures. Sometimes I use my ultrasound machine to perform scanning to arrive at a diagnosis.
What types of patients do you see at the Walk-In Clinic? Is it only for “serious” athletes?
I see a very broad range of patients. Anything that falls under sports medicine, from normal aches and pains to concussions, eating disorders and anything else that has to do with sports. If you are an active athlete or having been trying to get active, whatever it is, we are here to help you.
Currently, I see many athletes from Georgetown College along with local high school athletes and weekend warriors. Sometime I get patients referred to me through our own practice
Do you do TeleHealth? How does that work with orthopaedic injuries?
We definitely do telehealth. Even with musculoskeletal injuries, we can make a clinical diagnosis. You may not get a “traditional” exam, but we still can do basic exams and still arrive at the clinical diagnosis.
How are you equipped to help athletes in particular?
During my sports medicine fellowship training, I covered Division 1 and 2 colleges and various high schools, and that has really honed my skills to be able to take care of serious college and high school athletes, weekend warriors, and serious runners to be able to help them achieve their goals.
We also have a great relationship with our physical therapists in town, so we are able to constantly monitor patient progress and do treatment modifications if necessary.
Sometimes I perform joint injections, for example, on a runner with hip arthritis, or peritendon sheath injections to help patients get better without the need for surgery.
If a condition needs surgery, we can plug in with the right sports medicine surgeon for management of that particular condition. Sports medicine is not just treating musculoskeletal injuries but is also focusing on prevention of injuries, helping with eating disorders, concussions, asthma, exercise prescriptions, and the list goes on.
What’s your favorite sport to play or watch?
My favorite sport has always been basketball. Growing up, and even still, my favorite players are LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. I even have a Kobe Bryant poster in my office.