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Sports Medicine Service

Our Boston Sports Medicine team provides comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation for sports-related injuries from recreational, amateur and professional sports. Our Harvard faculty specialize in ACL, MCL and meniscus injuries in athletes and non-athletes.

Mass General Sports Medicine High School Athletes Clinic
MassGeneral is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School

The Sports Medicine Service provides medical care to athletes and non-athletes of all ages, victims of work-related accidents and senior citizens.

Our doctors and rehabilitation therapists are nationally recognized for their expertise in managing athletic injuries, treating injuries of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, ankle and foot. Our goal is to help people remain healthy and active their entire lives.

Our team of specialists includes some of the most prominent practitioners of arthroscopic surgery and complex joint shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle reconstructions in the US. We treat the full spectrum of sports-related and orthopaedic conditions, including:

 

Our Sports Medicine Center is conveniently located at Mass General's main campus in downtown Boston. Services provided at our comprehensive facility include:

  • One-on-one evaluation and treatment from our acclaimed orthopaedic specialists
  • An experienced and highly skilled team of primary care physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers and physiatrists
  • State-of-the-art rehabilitation facilities with today's most advanced equipment
  • Specialized programs for strength and conditioning, injury prevention and cardiovascular health
  • In-house radiological services (e.g. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans)

Accessible Care from Recognized Experts in Sport Medicine

All our patients—athletes and non-athletes alike—receive the same outstanding and compassionate care from the country's leading sports medicine and orthopaedic professionals.

Our team of nationally renowned, board-certified specialists includes:

The Hub of Sports Medicine Research

Our pioneering role in research dates back to 1921, when Augustus Thorndike, MD, the "father of sports medicine," joined Mass General. Dr. Thorndike's spirit lives on today through Mass General research breakthroughs such as:

  • Innovations in arthroscopic surgery
  • Robotic, 3D knee reconstruction
  • Musculoskeletal tissue engineering

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Sports Medicine conditions, procedures and videos for the Sports Medicine Service at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Arthritis

Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases are characterized by pain, swelling, and limited movement in joints and connective tissues in the body.

Avascular Necrosis

Avascular necrosis is a disease that may cause bone or joint collapse as a result of loss of blood supply to the bone due to injury or other causes (such as long-term use of certain medications).

Back and Neck Pain

Low back pain can range from mild, dull, annoying pain, to persistent, severe, disabling pain in the lower back that restrict mobility. Neck pain is pain that occurs in the area of the seven cervical vertebrae in the neck area.

Elbow Pain and Problems

Common elbow problems include the following: arthritis - common forms of arthritis, bursitis, fractures, and injury.

Fractures

A fracture is a partial or complete bone break. When a fracture occurs, it is classified as either open or closed.

Knee Pain and Problems

Many knee problems are a result of the aging process and continual wear and stress on the knee joint (i.e., arthritis). Other knee problems are a result of an injury or a sudden movement that strains the knee.

Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

Lateral epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow, is characterized by pain in the back side of the elbow and forearm, along the thumb side when the arm is alongside the body with the thumb turned away. The pain is caused by damage to the tendons that bend the wrist backward away from the palm.

Ligament Injuries to the Knee

Ligament injuries to the knee include injuries to one of the four knee ligaments (elastic bands of tissue that connect bones to each other).

Lumbar Disc Disease (Herniated Disc)

Lumbar disc disease occurs in the lumbar area of the spine. As discs degenerate, fragments of the disc material can press on the nerve roots located just behind the disc space, causing pain, numbness or changes in sensation.

Lumbar Strain (Weight Lifter's Back)

A lumbar strain is an injury to the lower back, which results in damaged tendons and muscles that spasm and feel sore.

Medial Epicondylitis (Golfers and Baseball Elbow)

Medial epicondylitis, also known as golfer's elbow, baseball elbow, suitcase elbow, or forehand tennis elbow, is characterized by pain from the elbow to the wrist on the palm side of the forearm.

Neck Pain

The neck is located between the head and the shoulders. Because of its location and range of motion, it is often left unprotected and subject to injury.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a chronic, degenerative, joint disease characterized by the breakdown of joint cartilage and adjacent bone in the neck, lower back, knees, hips and/or fingers.

Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper's Knee)

Patellar tendonitis, also known as jumper’s knee, is a condition caused by inflammation of the tendon connecting the kneecap to the shin bone, often caused by overuse of the knee joint.

Patellofemoral Stress Syndrome (Runner's Knee)

Patellofemoral stress syndrome is a condition common among runners involving knee pain caused by irritation of the cartilage of the kneecap.

Rotator Cuff Injury

An injury to the rotator cuff, such as a tear, may happen suddenly when falling on an outstretched hand or develop over time due to repetitive activities.

Shoulder Dislocation

Dislocation of the shoulder means the displacement of the upper arm bone (humerus) out of the shoulder joint.

Soft-Tissue Injuries

Many activities can lead to soft-tissue damage of muscles, ligaments, and tendons.

Sprains and Strains

The majority of sports injuries are caused by minor trauma involving muscles, ligaments, and/or tendons, including contusions (bruises), sprains and strains.

Torn Meniscus

Meniscus tears can occur during a rotating movement while bearing weight, such as when twisting the upper leg while the foot stays in one place during sports and other activities.

Dr. Matthew T. Provencher, Chief of the Sports Medicine Service, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Dr. Matthew Provencher, Chief of the Sports Medicine Service medical director for the New England Patriots, was named one of the top sports knee surgeons of 2014 by Orthopedics This Week. The publication determined the list via a telephone survey of thought leaders in the field. In addition, earlier this year Provencher was named in the publication as one of the top shoulder surgeons of 2014 - one of only two individuals in the United States named to both lists.

 

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Life as a Red Sox team physician

The Sports Medicine Service at Massachusetts General Hospital provides comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation to injured recreational, amateur and professional athletes—and non-athletes—at all levels of activity.

One man's medical care journey at the MGH allows him to run the marathon

Running a marathon was Alfred Buccilli's dream growing up in Revere, Mass.

MGH hosts president of Latvia

MGH Hotline 10.08.10 Hundreds of clinical and research fellows train at the MGH each year and go on to achieve great things in their careers. One former fellow, who trained in the MGH Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the early 1990s, is the current President of the Republic of Latvia Valdis Zatlers.

Mass General Hospital Physicians make “The List”

Boston Magazine recognizes 134 MGH physicians on its annual list of top doctors in the Boston area.

MGH opens Sports Performance Center

The Mass General Orthopædics Sports Performance Center, which opened June 4 next to Gillette Stadium at the Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Health Care Center at Patriot Place in Foxborough.

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Service welcomes new chief

Matthew T. Provencher, MD, has been appointed chief of the MGH Sports Medicine Service in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Back in the game

After suffering with debilitating symptoms for almost two years, 19-year-old Trevor Kenkel of Montana is finally looking forward to a bright future.

Dr. Matthew T. Provencher, Chief of the Sports Medicine Service, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Dr. Matthew Provencher, Chief of the Sports Medicine Service medical director for the New England Patriots, was named one of the top sports knee surgeons of 2014 by Orthopedics This Week. The publication determined the list via a telephone survey of thought leaders in the field. In addition, earlier this year Provencher was named in the publication as one of the top shoulder surgeons of 2014 - one of only two individuals in the United States named to both lists.

 

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Part I: Knee Anatomy

This animation explains the anatomy of the ligaments which provide stability for the knee.

Part II: ACL Reconstruction Surgery

This animation demonstrates the procedure used in Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction surgery.

MGH hosts president of Latvia

The President of the Republic of Latvia, Dr. Valdis Zatlers visited the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery on September 28, 2010. President Zatlers is an orthopaedic surgeon and completed his Fellowship training in the early 1990s at Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s Sports Medicine Service. He was mentored by Dr. Bertram Zarins, MD, who currently is Chief Emeritus of the Sports Medicine Service. The President toured the Sports Medicine Center along with the Latvian ambassador to the United States, Mr. Andrejs Pildegovics, MGH President, Dr. Peter Slavin and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Harry Rubash.

Sports Medicine Service

Meet some of the members of our Sports Medicine Service.

Sports Medicine Service: Preparing for Surgery

Dr. Bertram Zarins has prepared this video to educate and inform patients on what they need to know before having orthopedic surgery at the Mass General Hospital Sports Medicine Service.

Sports Medicine Serivce: Knee Arthroscopy

Dr. Bertram Zarins has prepared this video to educate and inform patients on what they need to know before having Knee Arthroscopy Surgery at the Mass General Hospital Sports Medicine Service.

Sports Medicine Service: ACL Reconstruction

Dr. Bertram Zarins has prepared this video to educate and inform patients on what they need to know before having Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction surgery at the Mass General Hospital Sports Medicine Service.

Sports Medicine Service: Rotator Cuff Repair

Dr. Bertram Zarins has prepared this video to educate and inform patients on what they need to know before having shoulder rotator cuff repair surgery at the Mass General Hospital Sports Medicine Service.

Sports Medicine Service: Shoulder Arthroscopy

Dr. Bertram Zarins has prepared this video to educate and inform patients on what they need to know before having Shoulder Arthroscopy at the Mass General Hospital Sports Medicine Service.

Sports Medicine Service

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Sports Medicine Surgeons

Dr. Matthew Provencher, Chief, Sports Medicine Service at Mass General, Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon

Matthew Provencher, MD
Chief, Sports Medicine Service
ph: 617-726-7500
fax: 617-643-2030
175 Cambridge Street, Floor 4, Boston

Dr. Peter Asnis, Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon

Peter Asnis, MD
Sports Medicine
ph: 617-726-7500
fax: 617-643-2030
175 Cambridge Street, Floor 4, Boston

Dr. Eric Berkson, Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon

Eric Berkson, MD
Sports Medicine
ph: 508-718-4035
fax: 508-718-4036
20 Patriot Place, Foxborough

Dr. Arthur Boland, Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon

Arthur Boland, MD
Orthopaedic Consultant, Sports Medicine
ph: 617-726-7500
fax: 617-643-2030
175 Cambridge Street, Floor 4, Boston

Dr. Kelly McInnis, Physiatrist, Sports Medicine

Kelly McInnis, DO
Physiatrist
ph: 617-726-7500
fax: 617-643-2030
175 Cambridge Street, Floor 4, Boston

Dr. Luke Oh, Orthopaedic Elbow and Shoulder Surgeon

Luke Oh, MD
Sports Medicine; Shoulder, Elbow, Knee
ph: 508-718-4358
fax: 508-718-4354
175 Cambridge Street, Floor 4, Boston
20 Patriot Place, Foxborough

Dr. Dinesh Patel, Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dinesh Patel, MD
Chief, Arthroscopic Surgery
ph: 617-726-3555
fax: 617-726-5349
Yawkey, Suite 3G, Boston

Dr. Lars Richardson, Sports Medicine Service, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Lars Richardson, MD
Sports Medicine
ph: 617-726-6155
fax: 617-726-3438
175 Cambridge Street, Boston

Dr. George Theodore, Director, Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine

George Theodore, MD
Director, Foot & Ankle Sports Medicine
ph: 617-724-7009
fax: 617-643-1006
175 Cambridge Street, Boston

Dr. Bertram Zarins, Sports Medicine Surgeon

Bertram Zarins, MD
Sports Medicine
ph: 617-726-3421
fax: 617-726-3438
175 Cambridge Street, Floor 4, Boston

Shoulder Surgeons on the Sports Medicine Service Team

Dr. Thomas Holovacs, Shoulder and Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon

Thomas F. Holovacs, MD
Shoulder
ph: 617-726-0298
fax: 617-726-0620
Yawkey, Suite 3G, Boston

Dr. Jon J.P. Warner, Chief, Shoulder Service

Jon J.P. Warner, MD
Chief, Shoulder Service
ph: 617-724-7300
fax: 617-724-3846
Yawkey, Suite 3G, Boston

Advanced Practitioners

Sean Hazzard, PA-C Sports Medicine Service

Sean Hazzard, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Outpatient
ph: 617-643-0803
fax: 617-643-2030
175 Cambridge Street, Floor 4, Boston

Marilyn Maguire, inpatient NP Sports Medicine Service

Marilyn Maguire, NP
Nurse Practitioner
Inpatient

Kayla McKinnon, PA-C, Sports Medicine Service

Kayla McKinnon, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Outpatient
ph: 617-726-7500
fax: 617-643-2030
175 Cambridge Street, Floor 4, Boston

Deirdre Shea, NP, Sports Medicine Service

Deirdre Shea, NP
Nurse Practitioner
Outpatient
ph: 617-726-7500
fax: 617-643-2030
175 Cambridge Street, Floor 4, Boston

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