Sports Medicine Overview

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Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is a premier sports medicine provider for athletes of all ages and skill levels. With a long tradition of innovation in medical and surgical orthopaedic care, a BWH sports medicine physician can provide a broad range of treatment for athletes competing at the high school, collegiate and professional level, as well as amateur and recreational athletes of all ages.

Sports medicine services at BWH

Sports medicine services at BWH include:

  • Arthroscopic surgery (shoulder, hip and knee)
  • Cartilage repair and transplantation, performed in collaboration with The Cartilage Repair Center, internationally recognized as one of the leading institutions for the treatment of cartilage defects and early arthritis.
  • Joint replacement (shoulder), where surgeons replace or restore a damaged joint to ease pain, increase mobility, and improve the patient's quality of life.
  • Ligament repair and transplantation (shoulder, hip and knee)
  • Joint preservation
  • Sports and shoulder surgery, including rotator cuff surgery

Women's sports medicine services

The BWH Women's Sports medicine Program provides comprehensive care for female patients with musculoskeletal sports injuries. Physicians in this innovative program are committed to providing the highest quality care for competitive and recreational athletes, as well as women who want to live a more active lifestyle. Dedicated to preventing and treating injuries, this program focuses on overall musculoskeletal health in female athletes.

The Women's Sports medicine program features a multidisciplinary team with a wide variety of specialties, including:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Rheumatology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Exercise physiology
  • Endocrinology should
  • Registered dietitians
  • Sports Psychology/Psychiatry

Since the passage of Title IX in 1972 there has been a dramatic increase in female athletic participation. There has also been a corresponding increase in the number of female athletes experiencing injuries. Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are of particular concern in women. In this video, Elizabeth G. Matzkin, MD, Surgical Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), explains that ACL injuries are significantly greater in women. ACL reconstruction surgery can repair these injuries however, these women many have a significantly greater risk of arthritis in their knees as they age.

Locations of BWH sports medicine services

Our sports medicine team sees patients at our main hospital campus in Boston as well as at the Brigham and Women's Ambulatory Care Center in Chestnut Hill; the Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain, and the Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Center in Foxborough.

Find a sports medicine specialist

To consult with a sports medicine doctor through BWH, call 1-800-294-9999 or use our online appointment request form. You may also search for a sports medicine physician through the Find a Doctor tool on the BWH website. You can search by name to find a specific physician, or by specialty to find a doctor with experience in specific injuries or treatment, such as a surgeon specializing in carpal tunnel syndrome or hip replacement surgery. And by searching by location, you can quickly find a doctor in a specific part of the region, such as a Boston foot doctor or Boston knee surgeon.

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