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Sports Rheumatology Services

At NYU Langone, our rheumatologists have expertise in caring for athletes and active people of all ages with arthritis and autoimmune disorders that affect the joints and soft tissues. We offer a combination of nonsurgical approaches—medications and physical therapy to lifestyle modifications—to keep you on the playing field. Our goal for you is optimal health and performance in your chosen sport or activity.

Our rheumatology experts offer the most sophisticated treatments available for a wide range of injuries and conditions.

Treatment for Athletes with Arthritis

Our experts treat all forms of arthritis in athletes, including the following:

For these and all conditions we help people manage, we use conservative nonsurgical treatments. These may include anti-inflammatory, immunosuppressive, immunomodulatory, or pain relief medications, as well as therapeutic injections of corticosteroids, hyaluronic acid, or other natural substances that can reduce inflammation or speed healing.


Description: U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” ranks NYU Langone among the top 10 hospitals in the country for rheumatology.

We may also recommend lifestyle-focused therapies. Depending on factors including your sport and goals, these may include strength-training or cross-training; sports-focused physical therapy and rehabilitation, offered through Rusk Rehabilitation; acupuncture; or guidance about nutrition and weight management. Throughout the treatment process, we collaborate with specialists on the Sports Health team to give you sport-specific training advice and recommendations to help you maintain fitness.

For some people with arthritis, surgery may be recommended. In this case, we refer you to a member of NYU Langone’s sports orthopedic surgery team.

Treatment for Athletes with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Our rheumatologists provide medical treatment as well as athletic training advice for adults and children with systemic lupus erythematosus and other connective tissue diseases. Our team helps you navigate the complexities of these disorders while remaining fit and active.

In addition, we have special expertise in caring for pregnant athletes with lupus.