A message to our local and national athletes, from professional to recreational:
Your safety comes first.
SPORTS MEDICINE DURING COVID-19
COVID-19 has created an extraordinary need for healthcare providers across the country to carefully consider how we deliver care. Here at Washington University Orthopedics, we remain committed to your safety and the safety of our community. This commitment guides our approach to clinical care.
In sports medicine, our goal remains to get you back into action as quickly and safely as possible while recognizing the unique challenge we currently face. As we’ve seen at the professional, Olympic and collegiate level — where seasons are suspended or delayed and events are postponed or cancelled — the usual urgency of return-to-play does not apply with the same rules as before.
Helping each other through this challenge should be the highest priority for us all.
We take our commitment to our community very seriously, from washing our hands, keeping social distance and adjusting how we approach treatment. Making crucial supplies available for those who need them most — patients, nurses, physicians and hospitals — guides our plan to temporarily delay any surgery that does not have a significant medical risk.
To this end, common knee, shoulder and hip arthroscopies, like ACL reconstructions and labral repairs, are being rescheduled for a later date. By delaying surgery, we minimize your exposure as a patient and save critical medical supplies.
We hope by doing our part, like the St. Louis Blues, NCAA, International Olympic Committee and other teams and athletes around the world, we are helping all of us get through this and come out stronger and healthier together. Thank you for your understanding and support.
The Sports Medicine Division of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, made up of Matthew Matava, MD, Robert Brophy, MD, Mark Halstead, MD, Matthew Smith, MD, Ljiljana Bogunovic, MD, Jeffrey Nepple, MD, MS, and Marie Freise, PA-C, PT, brings world-class care to patients of all ages. Our providers specialize in the treatment of a wide variety of injuries to the shoulder, elbow, knee, hip, foot and ankle, in addition to athletic concussions.
Most importantly, our providers are dedicated to providing the highest level of care and service to you and your family. As a specialty, sports medicine treats injuries in all patients, not just elite athletes. Whether you need surgery, therapy or just reassurance that you can get back to the gym or playing field, our sports medicine specialists are here for you.
Click on the links below to read more about common injuries and treatments related to each body part.
Sports medicine specialists employ a multidisciplinary approach to treating sports injuries and offer non-surgical and surgical treatment as well as minimally invasive procedures to treat a wide range of sports-related medical conditions. Our physicians work closely with physical therapists, athletic trainers, physiatrists and rehabilitation medicine specialists, as well as primary care sports medicine providers, human performance experts and sports nutritionists to coordinate care and optimize an athlete’s recovery.
Our sports medicine service has a conservative approach to treating the majority of sports-related injuries, with treatment options tailored to each individual patient's needs and their goals to return to an active lifestyle. In fact, only one out of 10 patients require surgery for their condition.
If surgery is recommended for an injury, we have experience in performing some of the most common surgical procedures including knee and shoulder arthroscopies, meniscectomies, ACL reconstructions, acromioplasties, rotator cuff repairs, shoulder stabilizations, and meniscal repairs. More complex procedures include complex cartilage restoration, meniscal transplantation, ligament reconstruction of the elbow, cultured chondrocyte transplantations, osteochondral plug transplantations, and complex and revision ligament reconstructions.
Arthroscopy of all major joints, including the knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle when appropriate, can aid in an athlete’s rapid recovery and return to mobility. Our rehabilitation program is tailored to the athlete’s injury and sport, and includes motion and strengthening exercises.