Emergency sports medicine care

Overview

The sports medicine doctors at the Department of Emergency Medicine at North Shore University Hospital provide nonsurgical, in-office procedures for a variety of acute injuries and chronic conditions. Conditions treated range from ligament sprains and muscle strains to fractures and concussions. 

Our physicians:

  • Are board-certified in sports medicine
  • Completed advanced training in Northwell Health's highly-competitive sports medicine fellowship program
  • Can diagnose and manage illnesses and musculoskeletal injuries related to sports, exercise and rehabilitation
  • Treat patients of all ages and athletic abilities—from the elite athlete to the person exercising for health and fitness

Our services

Approximately 90 percent of all sports injuries do not require surgery and our specialists can accurately diagnose and manage your sports injury with a full arsenal of the most advanced nonsurgical treatments.  These include: 

  • Medications
  • Injections
  • Splinting
  • Casting
  • Functional bracing
  • Physical therapy 

We also provide on-site X-rays and pre-participation physical examinations to ensure that you are physically ready to participate in your sport.

In-office procedures

Our staff of sports medicine specialists provides the following office procedures:

  • Joint Aspiration - Joint aspirations (taking fluid out of a joint) are usually performed under local anesthesia. Joint aspiration is usually done as a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure. Fluid obtained from a joint aspiration can be sent for laboratory analysis. Drainage of a large joint effusion (abnormal buildup of joint fluid) can provide pain relief and improved mobility.
  • Joint Injection - Joint injections (i.e., corticosteroids, hyaluronic acid) are usually performed under local anesthesia to treat inflammatory joint conditions like osteoarthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Joint injections are given to treat inflammatory joint conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, tendonitis, bursitis and occasionally osteoarthritis.
  • Tendon/Ligament Injections - Injections that help heal collagen-based connective tissues like tendons and ligaments after an injury
  • Trigger Point Injections - Injections such as cortisone are made directly into the central point or trigger point of a joint or muscle injury to relieve pain
  • Nerve Hydrodissection - Treats and relieves the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome and other nerve entrapments.
  • Steroid Injections - Also known as cortisone injections, steroid shots are a common treatment for inflammation of tendons, bursa and joints.
  • Hyaluronic Acid Injections - Hyaluronic acid injections known by the brand names Hyalgan® and Synvisc® are viscous lubricating substances given to relieve the symptoms of arthritis in joints.       
  • Prolotherapy - Also known as non-surgical ligament reconstruction, prolotherapy involves injecting a sugar-based solution into a ligament or tendon at the bone in order to stimulate it to repair itself.   
  • PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Injections - This therapy injects a portion of the patient's own blood to promote healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints.
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound - This diagnostic imaging procedure provides pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and soft tissue throughout the body to diagnose tendon and ligament tears, muscle abnormalities and other musculoskeletal problems.
  • Ultrasound Guided Injections - Musculoskeletal ultrasound helps our sports medicine specialists pinpoint the source of pain and treat it effectively with appropriate injections.
  • ImPACT Neurocognitive Assessment (for concussion) - This widely used system is a scientifically validated computerized concussion system that helps our sports medicine doctors make sound return-to-play decisions following concussions.
  • Splinting, Casting, Functional Bracing - We provide many options for splinting, casting and functional bracing that secures your injury and allows it to heal.
  • Pre-Participation Physical Examination - Our sports medicine specialists perform comprehensive pre-participation physical examinations to identify athletes who may be at risk for further injury or illness due to medical or orthopaedic conditions that have not been resolved.
  • Onsite X-ray - We provide the convenience of on-site diagnostic X-ray equipment.

Conditions and injuries we treat

Our experienced staff of sports medicine specialists diagnoses and treats the following conditions:

Acute Injuries

  • Ligament Sprains – Sprains are stretched or torn ligaments, the strong bands of tissue that connects bones at a joint. 
  • Tendon/Muscle Strains – Strains are injuries to tendons and muscles. Tendons connect muscles to bones.
  • Fractures – The majority of fractures, or broken bones, are successfully treated nonsurgically.
  • Cartilage injury – Cartilage is the protective covering on bones that protects them from rubbing against one another. One of the most common and potentially serious types of cartilage damage is to the articular cartilage between a joint (usually the knee).
  • Contusion – A contusion occurs when a direct blow from a blunt object strikes part of the body, crushing underlying muscle fibers and connective tissue without breaking the skin. Most contusions heal quickly, but severe ones can cause deep tissue damage that can keep the athlete out of sports for months.
  • Concussion – A common sports injury, a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head or body that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull.

Overuse or chronic conditions

  • Tendonitis/tendinosis (such as rotator cuff, tennis elbow) – Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendons. Tendinosis is the degeneration of a tendon that fails to heal from tendonitis.
  • Stress fractures – hairline fractures on the surface of bones
  • Bursitis – inflammation of the bursa, fluid-filled sacs that cushion joints
  • Arthritis – inflammation of the joints and connective tissue
  • Nerve entrapment (such as carpal tunnel) – repeated and long-term nerve compression, usually of nerves near inflamed or swollen joints

For more information about our sports medicine services, call us at (516) 396-8523.