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Sports Medicine

Washington University sports medicine doctors at Barnes-Jewish Hospital are recognized for their skill and experience providing sports injury treatment for a wide range of sports injuries. They are focused on delivering the highest-quality advanced clinical care for both high-performance professional athletes and for anyone with a recreation or sports related injury.

Our sports medicine doctors have extensive expertise and experience that make Barnes-Jewish the orthopedic practice of choice for major professional sports teams in St. Louis, with Washington University orthopedic surgeons and primary care sports medicine physicians serving as team physicians for the St. Louis Rams football team and the St. Louis Blues hockey team. Our sports medicine doctors also provide medical coverage and consultation services to local sporting events and athletic teams including the Washington University Bears, Lafayette High School, Troy Buchanan High School and the Go! St. Louis Marathon.

Sports medicine specialists at Barnes-Jewish employ a multidisciplinary approach to sports injury treatment, including sport injuries resulting from concussions, running and other exercise-related medical conditions. Our sports medicine physicians offer nonsurgical and surgical treatment, including minimally invasive procedures such as arthroscopy to aid in an athlete’s rapid recovery and return to mobility.

Commonly performed sports medicine treatment include: 

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction (primary and revision)
  • Meniscectomies (removal of damaged knee cartilage)
  • Meniscus repairs
  • Knee ligament reconstruction and revision
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder instability treatment
  • Acromioplasties (relieve pressure on rotator cuff)
  • Arthroscopy of all major joints, including the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle and hip

More advanced sports medicine treatment can include: 

  • Cultured chondrocyte (cartilage cell) transplantation
  • Osteochondral plug transplantation (OATS or mosaicplasty)
  • Cartilage replacement
  • Meniscal transplantation
  • Osteotomy

Our sports medicine specialists also provide experienced evaluations for exertional compartment syndrome (painful condition in leg or arm muscles) and sports-related concussions, including the use of computerized neuropsychological testing.

Sports medicine specialists at Barnes-Jewish work closely with physical therapists, athletic trainers, physiatrists and rehabilitation specialists, as well as human performance experts and sports nutritionists to coordinate care and optimize athletic recovery. Rehabilitation, which includes range of motion and strengthening exercises, begins in either an inpatient or outpatient setting. All sports rehabilitation is tailored to the type of injury and sport to which a patient will return.


Orthopedic Care

Former Cardinal's pitcher Cliff Politte injured his arm during a high school baseball clinic. Dr. Matthew Smith, a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon, repaired Cliff's distal bicep tendon and helped him get back into training mode.

 
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