SSM Health’s new, comprehensive Sports Medicine program brings together specialists and care partners from across the area with one goal: to get patients back to the activities they most enjoy.
The Sports Medicine program assembles a team of experts from SSM Health, along with care partners SLUCare Physician Group, SSM Health Physical Therapy, and physical medicine and rehab services at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. The team includes orthopedists, cardiologists, neurologists, therapists, nutritionists and psychologists, guaranteeing patients receive the top care best suited for their unique injury.
“The collaborative nature of this program among clinicians across the region means our patients have access to the most inclusive team of experts around,” says Scott Kaar, MD, SLUCare Physician Group. “This means we can treat everything from knee and hip pain to trauma, ankle and foot injuries, tumors, cardiovascular issues, concussions and more,” Dr. Kaar says.
One of the key attributes of the Sports Medicine program is a free hotline staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by clinicians.
“You’re actually going to get a certified athletic trainer on the other line,” says program manager, Katie Smith. “It’s a clinical person – no matter what time you call – who can triage the situation and talk you through the injury,” she says. That trainer can either tell the caller how to treat the injury at home or help get them connected with a physician for further evaluation.
There are 10 locations across the St. Louis region staffed with certified sports medicine orthopedic surgeons.
“The number of locations offers patients flexibility to be able to be seen by sports medicine fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons without having to travel long distances,” said Cody Bellard, MD, orthopedic surgeon, SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – St. Charles.
SSM Health Sports Medicine also focuses on staying active through education. SSM Health experts will offer support for athletes and coaches focusing on injury prevention, proper technique and overall health. That includes information on how to fuel a healthy body, concussions, overuse injuries, basic first aid and the development of an emergency plan.
For more information about SSM Health Sports Medicine or to find a specialist, call 833-776-7767 or visit us online at www.ssmhealth.com.