Our Division of Sports Medicine specializes in treating athletic injuries, both surgically and non-surgically.
In order to provide the most comprehensive care to patients, our fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeons often team up with other specialists: rehabilitation physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists.
Some of the injuries we treat include:
Whenever possible, we select noninvasive options such as physical therapy, pain medication or combination therapy. However, if an injury requires surgery, we often take an arthroscopic approach or use other minimally-invasive techniques that shorten recovery time and decrease the need for extensive rehabilitation therapy.
Sports Medicine isn't just for so-called weekend warriors.
We're doing more for athletes by partnering with amateur and semi-professional sports leagues in the NY Metro Area.
You'll even see our team members sharing the sidelines with high school and college teams. Lehman High School, Truman High School and Lehman College are just a few of the schools we currently partner with.
A torn rotator cuff in her shoulder prevented Catherine Schonberg from enjoying her passion of kayaking.
At age 68, other doctors told her it probably wasn't a good idea to keep kayaking because of her shoulder condition.
That's when she came to Montefiore and was examined by our Director of Sports Medicine, Dr. David Gonzalez.
Upon his examination and reviewing MRI results, he determined that her shoulder injury could be repaired by a minimally invasive arthroscopic technique.
The procedure was successful. And after undergoing physical therapy, Catherine was back in her kayak within six months. She entered the annual Kayak race on the Tuckahoe River South and won first place.
Our team is currently involved in numerous research projects in both the basic science laboratory and clinical patient setting. For example, we are currently conducting research to help identify the cause of pain from a tendon tear and enhance healing capabilities of tendon cells.
In another study, we are examining the role that diabetes and renal disease have on the healing time of patients who have undergone quadriceps or patella tendon repair surgery. We hope the data we uncover helps us reduce healing time with improved surgical techniques.
Research by our team found statistically relevant evidence that African Americans suffer significantly greater occurrences of tearing of the quadriceps tendon at younger ages than Caucasians. By studying tendons at microscopic levels we hope to develop preventative protocols and better treatments.