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Mathematical Sciences and Biology, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ
Medical University of the Americas–Nevis, St. Kitts and Nevis
Family Medicine, East Carolina University & Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, NC
Sports Medicine, Carolinas Healthcare System & Cabarrus, Concord, NC
Sports Medicine Specialist Promotes Lifelong Fitness and Wellness
“As a sports medicine specialist, I help my patients stay active safely, minimizing disability and time away from work, sports, and school.”
It was during his medical residency that Dr. Sultan Babar had an epiphany about sports medicine. “All the doctors knew the importance of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. They knew all about the heart, lungs, and brain because these organs are associated with life-threatening conditions. But they didn’t know as much about the musculoskeletal system and orthopedics. These often took a back seat, as we studied heart attacks over joint pain, and we were missing that essential component.”
Dr. Babar decided to address that knowledge gap—and gain that expertise—by pursuing a fellowship in sports medicine. He’s glad he did. “For the other systems, you can get a lot of ancillary data from sources such as laboratory values or blood pressure readings. But for sports medicine, your data comes from listening to and examining the patient. I enjoy making those connections and helping my patients maintain lifelong fitness and wellness.”
Sports Medicine for All Ages and Abilities
He connected so well with a college football team he treated that they gave him one of their Division 2 conference championship victory rings. He’s also worked with a professional sports team, a minor league baseball team, high school athletes, and people who are not part of a formal athletic system.
Importantly, sports medicine is not just for athletes. Dr. Babar helps anyone who has suffered a musculoskeletal injury regain full function. He also works with people with disabilities who are trying to increase mobility and capability.In addition, he treats children, such as for overuse injuries. “With children, their bones aren’t 100 percent mature, and as a result, they are susceptible to different injuries,” he explained. “It’s important to recognize the age of the athlete and tailor the treatment accordingly.”
Most treatments are noninvasive or minimally invasive, he noted. “Over the past couple of decades, sports medicine has really fine-tuned the procedures. We can perform more detailed procedures with smaller incisions, less recovery time, less pain, and an overall better experience.”
Originally from Pakistan, Dr. Babar has lived most of his life in New Jersey. He was attracted to Vanguard Medical Group because of its leading-edge approach. “I wanted to join an organization that was at the forefront of medicine and medical technology. Vanguard stood out as the practice that was keeping up with the changing world of medicine and delivering to the new technologically savvy generation.”
When he is not working, Dr. Babar enjoys playing tennis and watching football.