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Sports Medicine

The Montefiore Approach

The Division of Sports Medicine at Montefiore brings together a tremendous breadth of expertise to treat a wide range of athletic musculoskeletal injuries. Using a collaborative and comprehensive approach, we offer patients an array of surgical and non-surgical treatment options, from physical therapy and bracing to arthroscopic and open surgical approaches.

Our fellowship-trained specialists are dedicated to the diagnosis and management of injuries involving all regions of the body, including common injuries like anterior cruciate ligament tears, meniscus tears, shoulder instability, labral tears, rotator cuff tears, and nerve injuries. Our mission is to achieve maximal improvement in pain and function, ultimately returning our patients to their peak level of activity.

As an academic medical center, we are committed to the study of how injuries occur and the identification of innovative treatments to help achieve better outcomes. We are constantly striving to develop novel and cutting-edge techniques for the advancement of care within our own health system and beyond.

The experience of our patients and their loved ones—not simply their ailments—demands our full attention. Your dedicated care team will be there to discuss your condition, answer questions, assess treatment options and develop a treatment strategy that is best for you.

Athletic injuries present unique challenges. Musculoskeletal injuries and disorders can cause significant pain and dysfunction, limiting an individual’s ability to participate in sports, work duties and the normal activities of daily life. At Montefiore, we believe that optimal outcomes are the product of accurate diagnosis, appropriate and timely treatment, and patient-centered management.

Our collaborative and comprehensive approach combines the expertise of physical therapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation medicine specialists, pain management experts and orthopedic surgeons. Together, our specialists collectively assess and customize a treatment plan tailored to a patient’s individual needs.

As an academic medical center, we are deeply committed to advancing the science of medicine. Together with our Albert Einstein College of Medicine, one of the highest NIH-funded institutions in the country, we work toward excellence in sports medicine study and care. Our research efforts endeavor to better understand why patients develop sports and musculoskeletal injuries, and aim to improve operative and non-operative treatments. We routinely present our research findings in numerous national forums and publish our results in peer-reviewed medical journals.

Conditions We Treat

Montefiore treats a vast spectrum of conditions, a selection of which you will find listed below. In addition to these, we have experience treating many other conditions. Please contact us to schedule a consultation to review and discuss your specific healthcare needs.

Some Common Conditions
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tears
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears
  • Lateral collateral ligament (LCL) sprains
  • Meniscus tears
  • Patellar (kneecap) disorders, including instability (dislocations) and overload
  • Cartilage lesions
  • Shoulder instability (dislocations)
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Labral tears
  • Bursitis and tendinitis
  • Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
  • Fractures
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Nerve injuries and disorders
Patellofemoral pain syndrome is pain in the front of the knee. It frequently occurs in teenagers, manual laborers, and athletes. It sometimes is caused by wearing down, roughening, or softening of the cartilage under the kneecap. Patellofemoral pain syndrome may be caused by overuse, injury, excess weight, a kneecap that is not properly aligned (patellar tracking disorder), or changes under the kneecap. Read More
Patellar tracking disorder means that the kneecap (patella) shifts out of place as the leg bends or straightens. In most cases, the kneecap shifts too far toward the outside of the leg. In a few people, it shifts toward the inside. Your knee joint is a complex hinge that joins the two bones of the lower leg with the thighbone. Read More
The kneecap (patella) is normally positioned over the front of the knee joint at the base of the thighbone (femur). A kneecap can be dislocated, or moved out of its normal position, when:Symptoms of a dislocated kneecap may include: Read More
A subluxation is a partial dislocation. The kneecap, or patella, can sublux out of its normal position more easily when the thigh muscles are weak, when the patella is not firmly held by the surrounding tendons and ligaments, or when there is a problem with the alignment or structure of the knee bones.A patellar subluxation feels like the kneecap is shifting or jamming out of place. Usually, a subluxated patella returns to its normal position by itself. But repeated incidents can damage the cartilage on the back of the patella or stretch the connective ligaments. Read More

Our Treatments

Treatment plans are designed to maximize our patients’ functional outcomes, returning them to health and activity as quickly as possible. Whenever we can, we employ the use of non-operative treatments. When surgery is needed, we always consider the most conservative approach appropriate.

In many cases, surgery can be performed arthroscopically, using a camera and specialized instruments that are inserted through small incisions. Arthroscopic techniques permit faster recovery time, smaller incisions, decreased risk of infection and reduced blood loss.

Outpatient surgery is performed at the Hutchinson Ambulatory Surgery Center, a state-of-the-art facility equipped with high-definition arthroscopic cameras and monitors, X-ray imaging, and a vast array of implants and instruments.

For those seeking further information, we have included a few examples of common procedures that we perform.

Highlighted Treatments


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