Sports Medicine & Sports Medicine Primary Care

Our sports medicine experts at NYU Langone treat the full spectrum of athletic injuries in children and adults, from high school athletes, to professional athletes, to recreational athletes, such as golfers, runners, and tennis players. Our surgeons perform more than 3,000 procedures annually, including arthroscopic procedures on the knee, shoulder, elbow, and ankle.

Our sports medicine physicians also employ advanced, nonsurgical techniques to aid healing, including injections using platelet-rich plasma therapy. And, we focus on the rehabilitation of sports-related injuries to prevent such injuries from happening again.

Much of the care for sports-related injuries and conditions is provided through our Sports Medicine Center at the Center for Musculoskeletal Care. We also offer training to help you start a fitness program or increase your athletic performance through our Sports Performance Center.

Conditions we provide treatment for include:

  • Achilles tendonitis, which is inflammation of the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone
  • Achilles tendon rupture, which is separation of the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone
  • anserine tendinobursitis syndrome, also called anserine tendonitis, which is pain just below the knee joint caused by friction between bone and muscle
  • anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, which is a tear in the ligament in the middle of the knee joint
  • bursitis, which is inflammation of the thin sac that lies between bone and soft tissue in the shoulder, elbow, knee, and hip
  • compartment syndrome, which can cause pain, swelling, numbness and tingling in the arms, hands, legs, feet, or buttocks, and can be acute, chronic, exercise-induced, or recurrent
  • extensor tendon rupture, which makes it difficult to straighten your finger
  • hamstring strain, which is a series of small tears in the muscle in the back of the thigh
  • hip labral tears, an injury to the tissue that holds the hip joint in place
  • hip pointer, a bruise to the upper part of the hip
  • jumper's knee, also known as patellar apicitis, patellar tendonitis, patellar tendinosis, or patellar tendinopathy, which is an injury to the tendon that connects the kneecap to the lower leg bone
  • knee sprain, the stretching or tearing of ligaments that support the knee
  • ligament sprain, an injury to the tissue that holds bones together that most often affects the knee, ankle, thumb, finger, or shoulder
  • medial distal tibial syndrome, also known as shin splints or spike soreness, an exercise-related pain in the shins
  • meniscal tear, which is injury to cartilage in the knee
  • muscle strain or pulled muscle, pain that most often affects the calf, gluteus, groin, hamstring, or quadriceps
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease, also known as osteochondrosis, which causes inflammation of the bone and soft tissue below the knee
  • patellofemoral pain syndrome, also known as runner’s knee, which causes pain under the kneecap
  • posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury, which is damage to the connective tissue in the knee that keeps the shinbone from moving too far backward
  • posterior tibial tendonitis, also known as posterior tibial tendinopathy and posterior tibial tendinosis, which causes pain and swelling in the foot and ankle
  • rotator cuff tendinosis or rotator cuff tendonitis, which is inflammation or tears to the tendons that connect the rotator cuff to the bicep
  • sprain, which is damage to the ligament that connects bones across a joint which, as a sports injury, most often occurs in the ankle, elbow, knee, or shoulder
  • tendinopathy, which is tendinosis (tiny tears) or tendonitis (inflammation) to the tendons in the heel, knee, shoulder, wrist, ankle, or quadriceps

Procedures we perform include:

  • adhesive capsulitis, used to relieve tightness in the shoulder joint, either through arthroscopic surgery to remove scar tissue, or closed manipulation, during which a doctor moves the arm to break up scar tissue without surgery
  • arthrocentesis, which removes fluid build-up in the knee or shoulder
  • arthroscopy, in which a small camera is inserted into a hip, shoulder, or knee joint to diagnose injury, remove bone or cartilage, or repair tendons and ligaments
  • capsular release of the shoulder
  • cartilage repair and reconstruction, including autologous chondrocyte implantation, DeNovo® implantation, osteochondral allograft, and autograft transplantation
  • cartilage repair, restoration, and transplantation
  • cruciate ligament surgery and reconstruction of the ACL, PCL, and MCL (knee tears), including bone-patellar tendon-bone autograft and allograft, hamstring autograft and allograft, and the treatment of osteochondritis dessecans
  • elbow ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, also known as Tommy John surgery, which uses a tendon from elsewhere in the body to repair a damaged elbow tendon
  • knee osteotomy to ease arthritis pain, including medial opening wedge high tibial osteotomy and lateral opening wedge distal femoral osteotomy
  • meniscectomy, removal of painful, damaged cartilage in the knee joint
  • meniscus repair, including meniscus allograft transplantation, inside-out and all-inside meniscus repair
  • patellar instability surgery to put a dislocated kneecap back into place
  • proximal hamstring repair
  • SLAP and labral repair of the shoulder
  • pectoralis major repair for shoulder injuries most commonly seen in professional weight lifters
  • tendolysis, also known as tenolysis, which is surgery most often performed on the hand and wrist to release a tendon damaged by adhesions
  • tendon repair surgery

Preparing for Sports Medicine Surgery

Our Sports Medicine Patient Guide to Surgery and Sports Medicine Surgery e-Guide can help you prepare for sports medicine surgery, and learn about what to expect during your recovery.