Sports Medicine Service
Our Sports Medicine team provides comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation for sports-related injuries from recreational, amateur and professional sports. We specialize in ACL, MCL and meniscus injuries in athletes and non-athletes.
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:
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Ankle sprains
- Cartilage injuries in the knee (meniscus tears and articular cartilage defects)
- Golfer's elbow
- Ligament injuries to the knee (ACL, PCL, MCL & LCL injuries)
- Osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder or foot and ankle
- Peroneal tendon injuries
- Rotator cuff tears
- Shoulder instability
- Shoulder tendonitis and bursitis
- Tennis elbow
- Throwing injuries of the shoulder and elbow
- Torn ligaments
- Turf toe
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:
- Peter Asnis, MD
- Eric Berkson, MD
- Arthur Boland, MD
- Thomas Gill, IV, MD
- Kelly McInnis, DO
- Luke Oh, MD
- Dinesh Patel, MD
- George Theodore, MD
- Bertram Zarins, MD
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
Following is useful information about common sports injuries. The information is intended to inform you about the causes of the injuries, common symptoms, and the options available for treatment. Of course, each patient's condition is unique, and the best course of treatment always begins with a thorough physician evaluation. If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, please call (617) 726-7500 or request an appointment online.
Information about Knee Surgery:
Frequently Asked Questions about Shoulder Injuries:
Other Sports Injuries
Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases are characterized by pain, swelling, and limited movement in joints and connective tissues in the body.
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).
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.
Common elbow problems include the following: arthritis - common forms of arthritis, bursitis, fractures, and injury.
A fracture is a partial or complete bone break. When a fracture occurs, it is classified as either open or closed.
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, 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 include injuries to one of the four knee ligaments (elastic bands of tissue that connect bones to each other).
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.
A lumbar strain is an injury to the lower back, which results in damaged tendons and muscles that spasm and feel sore.
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.
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 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, 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 is a condition common among runners involving knee pain caused by irritation of the cartilage of the kneecap.
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.
Dislocation of the shoulder means the displacement of the upper arm bone (humerus) out of the shoulder joint.
Many activities can lead to soft-tissue damage of muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
The majority of sports injuries are caused by minor trauma involving muscles, ligaments, and/or tendons, including contusions (bruises), sprains and strains.
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.
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MGH's Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Services at the new Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Center at Patriot Place, a multispecialty ambulatory health care center in Foxboro, opened Feb. 2
Concussions are common injuries in young athletes. Despite the inherent dangers, however, they often go undiagnosed. To better monitor and enable proper treatment of concussions, staff at the Sports Medicine Service at Mass General are sponsoring new, innovative diagnostic software known as "ImPACT."
Athletes, even Little Leaguers, are often accustomed to expecting some type of injury or discomfort from their sport, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Sports Medicine Service explore how trauma injuries—like strains, sprains and overuse—can be avoided.
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.
Running a marathon was Alfred Buccilli's dream growing up in Revere, Mass.
MGH Hotline 07.02.10 Dinesh G. Patel, MD, chief of MGH Arthroscopic Surgery, is widely recognized as a world pioneer in the field of arthroscopic surgery -- a minimally invasive procedure that uses an endoscope and specially designed surgical instruments to examine and treat damage to a joint.
MGH Hotline 08.06.10 Only weeks after the dedication of the Dinesh G. Patel, MD, Arthroscopy Learning Laboratory, the lab’s resources are already being put to good use.
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.
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Boston Magazine recognizes 134 MGH physicians on its annual list of top doctors in the Boston area.
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.
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 Surgeons
Matthew Provencher, MD
Peter Asnis, MD
Eric Berkson, MD
Arthur Boland, MD
Thomas J. Gill, IV, MD
Kelly McInnis, MD
Luke Oh, MD
Dinesh Patel, MD
George Theodore, MD
Bertram Zarins, MD
Shoulder Surgeons on the Sports Medicine Service Team
Thomas F. Holovacs, MD
Jon J.P. Warner, MD
Sheryl Hassett, RN
Sean Hazzard, PA-C
Marilyn Maguire, NP
Brian Petrone, PA-C
Deirdre Shea, NP
Scott Waugh, PT, ATC