Sports Medicine Services 
Sports injuries are quite common and affect all types of individuals – from highly-trained, professional athletes to recreational, weekend warriors. These injuries may be acute (tears, fractures, sprains) or chronic (tendonitis, arthritis), and may require specialized medical care – otherwise known as sports medicine.

Saint Louis University Hospital’s Sports Medicine team specializes in both traumatic injuries and chronic problems caused by overuse. We have a simple philosophy when it comes to treating injured athletes: injuries should be evaluated early to help ensure what was a game-ender does not become a season-ender.

SLU Hospital’s Sports Medicine team consists of orthopaedic surgeons, neurologists, primary care physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers, who work together as to treat any type of sports-related injury in patients of all ages and skill levels. We employ a team approach — working with coaches and athletic trainers — to ensure that injured athletes have a seamless treatment and recovery plan. Additionally, we work to help athletes not only recover from injuries, but also to prevent re-injuries. 

From diagnostic and treatment services to follow-up rehabilitation, including physical and occupational therapy, our sports medicine team works to ensure patients make a full recovery so they can return to their daily and sports-related activities. Our goal is to help you get back in the game.

SLU Hospital’s sports medicine services include:

  • Minimally-invasive surgical options, including arthroscopy
  • Reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and lower extremity
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging including MRI, CT and plain radiographs
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation services

Common Sports Injuries

Our team of sports medicine specialists has experience treating the full gamut of sports-related injuries, including:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • ACL/PCL/MCL/LCL tears
  • Ankle sprains, twists and fractures
  • Concussions
  • Muscle strains
  • Runner’s knee
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder fractures, rotator cuff tears, and arthritis
  • Tennis elbow

We also treat dislocations, knee arthritis in aging athletes, rotator cuff injuries, spinal injuries and disorders, nerve-related injuries and ankle and wrist fractures.

Advanced Diagnostics and Treatments

SLU Hospital’s sports medicine specialists use the latest advanced technology available to diagnose and treat any type of sports injury. We have also outfitted our operating rooms with state-of-the-art equipment.

The following are some of the sports injury procedures we perform:

  • Knee ligament, cartilage and meniscus injuries of all types
    • ACL, PCL, LCL, MCL and other ligament repair/reconstruction
    • Meniscus repair and transplantation
    • Advanced cartilage repair, resurfacing and transplantation
    • Lower extremity realignment procedures including osteotomies
    • Patellar stabilization procedures
  • Shoulder dislocations and complex shoulder injuries
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder arthritis including replacement surgery
  • Elbow injuries such as arthritis and ligament reconstruction surgery
  • Femoroacetabular impingement, labral tears and snapping hip injuries
  • Early knee arthritis
  • Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections

Fall Saturday Sports Clinic

Sports injuries are never planned, but they always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times. That’s why SLU Hospital’s sports medicine team operates the Fall Saturday Sports Clinic (August through November) from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

If you’re a high school or college-level athlete experiencing swelling, numbness, intense pain, tenderness, stiffness or the loss of flexibility, you can visit the Clinic and be evaluated and treated by one of our board-certified sports medicine specialists. More importantly, you no longer have to wait until the following week to be seen by a specialist.

We also offer same-day imaging results on some of the most advanced imaging tools available in the St. Louis region. Plus, you don’t need an appointment to be seen. We promise to work together to get you back on the field. For more information about the Saturday Sports Clinic, call 314-256-3850.

For more information or to schedule a Sports Medicine appointment, please contact the Orthopaedic Center at Saint Louis University Hospital 1-800-637-5463.

To hear Scott Kaar, MD, from Saint Louis University Hospital, discuss ankle sprains, click here.