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Sports Medicine

Our Vision

As New York sports medicine specialists, we treat a wide range of orthopedic injuries common to all levels of athletes and the general population. At UHS Sports Medicine, we offer a comprehensive approach to evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation while also emphasizing steps you can take to prevent future injuries. We are here to keep you healthy and doing what you love, both on the field and off. We are a full-service provider in New York of orthopedic care, pain management, and treatment; our team is with you every step of the way through injury, recovery, and preventive care.

The majority of sports injuries do not require immediate surgery. Occasionally, an immobilizer, sling, crutches and/or x-ray are beneficial from one of our convenient area UHS Walk-In Centers. UHS Walk-In Centers closely communicate with UHS Sports Medicine to streamline access for any athletes seen. This team approach and collaboration care model makes us the destination for sports injuries. In many ways, every UHS Walk-In is an "Orthopedic Walk-In".

Even injuries that do not require same day treatment can cause stress and anxiety for athletes and their families. It can be difficult to find time for evaluation and treatments in already busy schedules. Calling or texting the UHS Sports Medicine Hotline at 607-75SPORT will get you direct access to an athletic trainer from our office Monday through Friday 8am to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 9pm. If calling outside of these hours, expect a return phone call the next day.

Our Athletic Trainers expedite access and will schedule an appointment with the appropriate UHS Sports Medicine specialist. This service is reserved for athletes of all levels. It is the fastest pathway to getting in front of a sports specialty trained physician.

Most likely, the answer is yes! If you play any organized sport or participate in regular athletic activity you are an athlete, as are both coaches and referees. This category also includes tactical athletes (i.e. law enforcement, members of the military, EMS, and fire fighting personnel).

Services We Offer

Screening & Prevention

Our rehabilitation specialists in sports performance are available to screen individual athletes or entire teams to identify predisposition for injury according to Functional Movement Screens and Selective Functional Movement Assessment national standards.

The UHS Sports Performance team, in collaboration with sports medicine physicians and therapists, can together create a strength and  a conditioning program to address these deficiencies. Studies have shown that these programs reduce injuries and make athletes faster and stronger. 

If you are interested in our screening and prevention programs, contact UHS Sports Performance at (607) 240-2739.

At the time of injury

Our covering physicians and athletic trainers are available to evaluate and treat athletes at the events they cover. If you're injured at an athletic event, our UHS Walk-in centers are available seven days a week.  A UHS Walk-in will expedite access for our area athletes and  will provide quick access to our Sports Medicine providers.

For minor aches and strains, direct access is available at our physical therapy clinics and can help get you back in the game faster. Our physical therapists are well-trained and communicate with our Sports Medicine providers regularly. Any concerning findings would generate an expedited physician appointment.

During your visit

Once established with your UHS Sports Medicine provider, a full spectrum of services are available at UHS and partnering locations. When developing your individualized treatment plan, your provider may recommend services such as:

Bridge Program

The UHS Bridge Program is a multifaceted approach to regaining pre-injury wellness. Designed for clients and patients, regardless of injury, who have maximized their benefit from Physical Therapy or Chiropractic Care, but are not yet ready to safely participate in high intensity activities. This is a way to bridge the gap and return to the higher demands of occupational, recreational, or performance based activities.

  • Individualized programs customized and progressed based on performance goals, occupational duties or injury restrictions
  • One-on- one and small group instruction by a dedicated Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Direct Communication between Bridge Program and referring Provider (MD/PT/Chiro) ensuring a smooth transition and to maximize effectiveness
  • Staff experienced in the reconditioning of post-surgical orthopedic injuries as well as chronic back/neck pain
  • Baseline movement and functional testing as needed

Goals the of Program

  1. Ensure a safe progression of fitness training for return to work, recreational, and/or sport activities.
  2. Promote total body reconditioning during the return from injury
  3. Give clients the tools and knowledge to enter into an independent strength and conditioning program for lifelong fitness

Patient Benefits

  • An affordable, self-pay program.
  • Flexible hours based on need.
  • Individual/Small group training atmosphere.
  • PT/MD/Chiro  involvement for continuity of care

For questions regarding the Bridge Program, please call (607) 240-2748.

Behavioral Health and Wellness Program

The UHS Behavioral Health and Wellness Program uses a biopsychosocial approach to promote recovery and improve quality of life. Utilizing evidence-based practice rooted in a cognitive-behavioral framework, sessions are short-term, skills-based, and tailored to individual needs. Behavioral Health and Wellness emphasizes a multidisciplinary collaboration with your referring Provider (MD/PT/AT) to improve treatment and care.

The Behavioral Health and Wellness Program provides evidence-based skills training to address common concerns related to pain and injury, including:

  • Low mood or worry about pain
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Staying engaged with meaningful arid enjoyable activities
  • Difficulty following treatment recommendations 

Treatments and Techniques:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Skills (e.g., changing unhelpful thinking, problem solving, managing anxiety about medical procedures)
  • Motivational Enhancement
  • Relaxation Response Training (e.g., progressive muscle relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing, guided imagery and visualization)
  • Mindfulness Training
  • Acceptance Skills

Patient Benefits:

  • Free
  • Short-term (4 to 6 visits) and brief (avg. 20 min)
  • Can be scheduled before or after an appointment with your referring provider
  • Telehealth option for remote sessions

For questions regarding the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program, please call (607) 240-2764.

Meet the Sports Medicine Team

Our Sports Medicine team consists of sports medicine doctors and specialists like Orthopedic Surgeons, Primary Care Sports Fellowship Trained Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers. Whenever indicated we work closely with our Chiropractic, Podiatry, Cardiology and Neurology colleagues.

Conditions We Treat

Concussion

The UHS Concussion Center is the leader in concussion management in the Southern Tier. UHS provides a range of services aimed at managing concussions to get an individual back to their normal functional activities as soon as safely possible. In the past, treatment was thought to be “just rest”; today there are several proactive methods to rehabilitate a concussed individual.

Click here to learn more about the UHS Concussion Center.

Concussion Hotline

If you have an athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion, call our Concussion Hotline at 607-75SPORT to get an appointment with the UHS Concussion Center.

 

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