2017-18 Sentara Orthopedics Annual Report

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Sentara Sports Medicine

When you hear the term sports medicine, you may think that it’s medical care for professional athletes or younger people in competitive sports. While that is often true, sports medicine is really for everyone. Physical activity can increase your chances of living longer.expanded to other regions.

Throughout the regions, teams of sports medicine specialists are helping people of all ages to be active and able to do the everyday activities of life — whether it’s running a marathon or just walking the dog.

Sports medicine representatives from across the regions evaluated successful sports medicine programs across the country as well as consumer research. Their goal was to create criteria for a comprehensive sports medicine program that includes both non-surgical and surgical orthopedic physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers and other sports injury prevention and treatment professionals.

Sentara offers both surgical and community sports medicine services throughout Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Whether through early adoption of surgical techniques, a commitment to minimally invasive surgeries or providing a point of contact for local athletic trainers, Sentara is proud of a regional presence in orthopedics and sports medicine.

Community Sports Medicine Programs

  • The athletic trainers throughout the regions provide a link between the athletic community and surgeons. Sentara is a leading presence within the Blue Ridge, Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina communities, connecting orthopedic physicians and surgeons, orthopedic physical therapists and local athletic trainers.
  • The Concussion Clinic provides rapid evaluation to monitor any concerning symptoms associated with concussions. Sentara doctors perform cognitive testing and help prescribe post-concussion care, including vestibular (balance) rehabilitation.
  • Sentara RMH Medical Center sponsors an annual sports medicine two-day conference that is designed for physical therapists and athletic trainers. As Sentara is committed to specialized care and continuing education, this conference can be expanded to other regions.

Surgical Sports Medicine

The Orthopedic Hospital at Sentara Leigh has been recognized in the community for offering advanced outpatient sports surgery options for athletes of all types. Patients have traveled throughout the country to seek their surgical experience. The surgeons participate in national research and are thought leaders in the industry. For example, their research on arthroscopic rotator cuff repair showed even complex cases can be repaired with this less invasive procedure. For details about this innovative technique, explore our new surgical and procedural innovations.

Three Sentara Sports Medicine Centers

In early 2017, Sentara Albemarle Medical Center became the first to meet the established criteria for a Sentara Sports Medicine Center. Sentara RMH Medical Center quickly followed to establish the next Sentara Sports Medicine Center. Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital completed construction on its new Sentara Sports Medicine Center in late 2017 and opened in early 2018.


“I tore my meniscus in July during drills, and I didn’t want to miss the football season. Our team doctor ordered a specialized brace that took some of the force off the tear, and I played all season while working with an athletic trainer to strengthen the muscle around my knee. Finally in December, I decided to have the tear repaired. Everything went so well that I only missed a few days of school.”