Kevin D. Heaton, DO is a Board Certified Family Practice Physician with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine as well as Registered in Musculoskeletal® (RMSK®) sonography certification. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all non-operative sports injuries. His areas of expertise include musculoskeletal ultrasound diagnosis and injection, platelet-rich plasma therapy, concussion management utilizing ImPACT neurocognitive testing, post-concussion syndrome treatment and overuse injuries.
Dr. Heaton is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has published works on the non-operative evaluation and treatment of sports medicine and musculoskeletal conditions.
Dr. Heaton graduated Magna Cum Laude with his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of New Hampshire and received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of New England. He completed his residency training in the Family Medicine Residency Program at Boston Medical Center, then completed his fellowship year as Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellow at Boston Medical Center.
Dr. Heaton covers Football games for both Andover and Newburyport High Schools.
Interview with Dr. Kevin Heaton on Sports Medicine
What is the difference between a Sports Medicine Physician and an Orthopedic Surgeon?
Both are well trained in musculoskeletal medicine. Sports Medicine Physicians specialize in the non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Orthopedic surgeons are also trained in the operative treatment of these conditions. However, approximately 90% of all sports injuries are non-surgical. The Sports Medicine Physician can maximize non-operative treatment, guide appropriate referrals to physical and occupational therapies, and if necessary, expedite referral to an orthopedic/sports surgeon.