Orthopedics

Sports Medicine

High-quality Sports Medicine Care from New York’s #1 Hospital

Why Choose Us

Top Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Care

With decades of experience caring for elite and everyday athletes of all ages and skill, our sports medicine specialists offer extraordinary expertise in the treatment of sports-related injuries and conditions. Their in-depth knowledge and understanding of the demands placed on the musculoskeletal system by the rigors of training and performance in the range of sports and at all levels of competition have led to a distinguished record of helping athletes return to play in top condition.

Surgical and Nonsurgical Expertise
Our primary care sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons – many of whom have been athletes themselves – bring extensive experience in advanced arthroscopic and surgical techniques to the care of patients with shoulder, elbow, and sports-related injuries. Treatment plans often begin with nonsurgical interventions whenever possible. These include the latest biologic injection therapies, physical therapy, sports performance training, and other nonoperative approaches. Our surgeons are renowned for their expertise in procedures that include, but are not limited to:

  • Tommy John surgery for ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction for which they have developed a technique for repair using the patient’s own ligament
  • Shoulder replacement, with their efforts continually focused on methods to improve patient safety and outcomes, increase durability of shoulder prostheses, and reduce postoperative pain following shoulder replacement surgery
  • Hip impingement arthroscopy in which they use preoperative three-dimensional CT that enables them to accurately locate the source of the impingement and precisely correct the problem using advanced arthroscopic techniques

Their expertise also extends to:

  • Knee ligament reconstruction and repair
  • Rotator cuff injuries and shoulder instability
  • Shoulder and elbow arthritis management

Access to a Comprehensive Range of Care
Athletes who come to us for care benefit from the vast experience and expertise of our specialists in the musculoskeletal system, as well as access to specialists in cardiac and neurological conditions, mental health issues, gynecological health, and any concern affecting their performance and overall well-being. Patients benefit from a depth of services and resources found in a major academic medical center, ensuring a comprehensive and seamless continuum of healthcare.

Concussion Program
Our long-established concussion program includes highly experienced sports injury specialists in orthopedics, neurology, and neuropsychology whose combined expertise along with results of cognitive, balance, and neuropsychological testing, are key to determining when an athlete can safely return to play.

Team Physicians and Leaders of Sports Organizations
Many of our physicians have been competitive athletes and, in addition to their practices, serve as head team physicians and provide medical coverage for professional teams that include the New York Yankees and New York City Football Club for which NewYork-Presbyterian is also the teams’ official Hospital.

Our physicians also serve as team physicians to many collegiate and high school athletic programs, encompassing both able-bodied and athletes with disabilities. They have provided physician coverage for events such as the New York City Marathon, USA Triathlon Collegiate Club Championship, National Wheelchair Basketball Association Tournament, and USA Nordic Combined Ski Team competitions.

In addition, our faculty are medical advisors on cardiac care for the National Basketball Association and currently hold or have held leadership roles in professional sports medicine societies and organizations, including the Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association, the National Football League, and the National Hockey League Players’ Association.

Innovative Research
Major research efforts are underway by our sports medicine specialists that focus on refining arthroscopic and surgical techniques and improving treatment outcomes for patients with sports injuries and related conditions. Projects have focused on:

  • Elbow arthroscopy
  • Head, neck and shoulder injuries in ice hockey
  • Elbow injuries in professional baseball
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Platelet-rich plasma for elbow ulnar collateral ligament insufficiency

Their research pursuits are often collaborative with specialists in cardiology, neurology, and rehabilitation medicine with specific expertise in sports related issues.

Our Approach to Care

Personalized Sports Medicine Care

The overall goal of our sports medicine physicians is to enable their patients to resume the lives they and the activities they enjoyed before they were injured. Our approach to care is multifaceted, beginning with a complete medical history and physical examination, and inclusive of imaging studies, which can often be performed the same day as the initial physician visit.

Our radiology specialists use the latest technology in diagnostic and therapeutic imaging to evaluate musculoskeletal or neurological injuries, cardiac anomalies, or other presenting issues that may compromise an athlete’s health. These imaging modalities include X-ray, MRI, and PET CT. We have earned an international reputation as a leader in the use of ultrasound for diagnosing and providing therapeutic guidance for sports and other musculoskeletal disorders. Musculoskeletal ultrasound has become an integral component of our care plan for athletes.

When surgery is indicated, it is performed as early as possible and appropriate depending on the type and extent of injury, in dedicated orthopedic operating room suites. Physical and occupational therapy are an important part of postoperative care and begin at the bedside and continues when patients return home.