Our sports medicine specialists have decades of experience treating elite and everyday athletes of all skill levels. They have a remarkable track record of helping athletes get back to playing in peak condition thanks to their in-depth knowledge of the demands on the musculoskeletal system from the rigorous training and competition at all levels.
Surgical & Nonsurgical Expertise Our primary care sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons, many of whom are athletes, bring extensive experience in advanced surgical and arthroscopic techniques to the treatment of patients with sports-related injuries, such as elbow, shoulder, and elbow pain. When possible, nonsurgical treatments are often used to begin treatment plans. These include the most recent biologic injection therapies, physical therapy and sports performance training. Our surgeons are well-known for their proficiency in procedures such as:
- Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament. They have developed a method for doing this using the patient’s own ligament.
- They are constantly focused on improving patient safety and outcomes, increasing durability of shoulder prostheses and reducing postoperative pain after shoulder replacement surgery.
- They perform hip impingement arthroscopy using preoperative three-dimensional CT. This allows them to pinpoint the source of the impingement, and then correct it using advanced arthroscopic techniques.
They also have the expertise to:
- Reconstruction and repair of the knee ligament
- Shoulder instability and rotator cuff injuries
- Management of elbow and shoulder arthritis
Access to a Comprehensive Range of Care
Our specialists have a wealth of experience in treating athletes. They also have access to specialists who can help with gynecological issues and cardiac conditions. The hospital offers a wide range of services and resources that are not available at other academic medical centers, which ensures patients have a seamless and comprehensive continuum of healthcare.
Our concussion program has been in existence for many years. It includes highly skilled sports injury specialists in neurology, orthopedics, and neuroscience. Their combined expertise, as well as results from cognitive, balance and neuropsychological testing, is key to determining when an athlete is able to safely return to play.
Team Physicians and Leaders of Sports Organizations
Many of our doctors have been competitive athletes. They also serve as team physicians and provide medical coverage to professional teams such as the New York Yankees, New York City Football Club, and NewYork–Presbyterian, which is also the official Hospital for the teams.
Our doctors also serve as team physicians for many high school and college athletic programs. This includes both athletes with disabilities and those who are able to do so. They provided physician coverage at events like the New York City Marathon and USA Triathlon Collegiate Club Championship.
Our faculty also serve as medical advisors to the National Basketball Association on cardiac care. They have held or are currently holding leadership positions in professional sports medicine organizations and societies, such as the Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association (MLBTPA), the National Football League Players’ Association (NFLPA), and the National Hockey League Players’ Association.
Our sports medicine specialists are conducting major research to improve arthroscopic surgical techniques and treatment outcomes for athletes with injuries. These are the areas that have been addressed by projects:
- Elbow arthroscopy
- Ice hockey can cause injuries to the head, neck, and shoulders.
- Professionals sustain elbow injuries.
- Rotator cuff repair
- For elbow ulnar collateral ligament dysfunction, platelet-rich plasma
They often collaborate with specialists in neurology, cardiology, and rehabilitation medicine, with a particular expertise in sports-related issues.
OUR APPROACH to CARE
Personalized Sports Medicine Care
Our sports medicine doctors aim to help patients regain the life and activities they had before their injury. Our multifaceted approach to care includes a thorough medical history and physical exam, as well as imaging studies that can often be done the same day.
Radiology specialists utilize the most recent technology in diagnostic imaging and therapeutic imaging to assess musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiac abnormalities, as well as other issues that could compromise an athlete’s overall health. These imaging modalities include Xray, MRI and PET CT. Our radiology specialists are recognized worldwide as a leader in ultrasound-based diagnostic and therapeutic guidance for athletes and other musculoskeletal conditions. Our care plan for athletes includes musculoskeletal ultrasound.
Surgery is done as soon as possible, depending on the severity of the injury. This is done in orthopedic operating rooms. Postoperative care includes occupational and physical therapy. They are performed at the patient’s bedside, and continue when they return home.