HandSport Surgery Institute is an orthopedic hand surgery practice with special expertise in sports medicine located in Manhattan. As two of the country’s leading hand, wrist, and elbow surgeons specializing in minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Mark E. Pruzansky and Dr. Jason S. Pruzansky are committed to providing competitive and professional athletes with the highest level of care design to get them back on the field as soon as possible. If you sustain an injury during sports participation, exercise, or any other kind of physical activity, we encourage you to contact us quickly for a consultation.
When seeking out a sports medicine surgeon, it’s important to find one with the specialized training required to restore function and range of motion to injured patients to get you moving again—as soon as possible. While many think of professional athletes when they think of “Sports Medicine,” Dr. Mark Pruzansky and Dr. Jason Pruzansky also treat children, teenagers, and adults who become injured during a sports-related activity.
What is Orthopedic Sports Medicine?
A sports medicine orthopedic surgeon has received significant specialized training in the treatment and prevention of illness and injury, which includes comprehensive medical care for athletes, sports teams, and other active individuals participating in sports of all kinds. With three board certifications – hand surgery, orthopedic sports medicine & orthopedic surgery – Dr. Mark Pruzansky is the top 1.9% (October, 2020) of surgeons in the country.
A sports medicine surgeon’s training may include:
- A Board certification in orthopedic surgery
- Fellowship in Sports Medicine.
- Obtained a subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.
What does a Sports Medicine Surgeon do?
Surgeons in this field have specialized knowledge of musculoskeletal biomechanics, injury healing, and repair. They’re experienced with treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical, relating back to sports-related injuries and competition. Most important, they balance the principles and techniques of rehabilitation, which enable patients to return to their activities as quickly and as safely as possible.
Additionally, a Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon will:
- Advise on the condition and training of athletes for their sports.
- Provide fitness advice.
- Improve athletic performance.
- Advise athletes on their related health matters, dietary supplements, and dietary needs.
- Coordinate medical care for athletic team settings.
Why should you see a Sports Medicine Surgeon?
If you experience pain or discomfort when engaging in physical or sports-related activity, or during activities of daily living, it is important to see a professional, as a delayed response to pain or discomfort could have long-term ramifications for overall performance and return to physical activity. Dr. Mark Pruzansky and Dr. Jason Pruzansky have the experience needed to help patients reach a diagnosis and review treatment options, designed to return them to their activities as soon as possible.
Sports Medicine at HandSport Surgery Institute
Dr. Mark Pruzansky and Dr. Jason Pruzansky are known for their top-notch approach to patient care. The high staff-to-patient ratio enables a shorter check-in and check-out turnaround with more face-to-face consultation time. Their approach to diagnosing and treating sports-related injuries is informed by a deep understanding of biomechanics; the body’s kinetic chain and the transfer of energy from one part of the body to another. It is this knowledge that enables them to treat injuries and conditions to the upper extremities.
Rather than attempting to treat solely the location of the injury site, Dr. Mark Pruzansky and Dr. Jason Pruzansky treat the complex structures surrounding the injury. Because the body is a dynamic unit with interdependent segments, this method of treatment searches for factors outside of the hand to the elbow, which may be contributing to the problem.
Sprains and repetitive strain injuries are common injuries sustained while engaging in sports activities. Fractures and dislocations are also quite common, due to unpredictable high impact contact sports. Forceful physical impact with external forces such as balls, sports implements, and other players remain the most frequent cause of injury.
Common injuries to the upper extremities include:
- De Quervain’s and flexor or extensor tendinitis: chronic overuse of wrist motors or congenital predisposition.
- Distal radius fracture: fracture of the radius bone of the distal forearm.
- Extensor carpi ulnaris tendinitis: inflammation of the extensor carpi ulnaris tendon on the pinky
side of the wrist.
- Mallet finger, fractures, sprains, and dislocations: flexion deformity of the finger caused when the extensor tendon is damaged, broken phalanges and metacarpals, partially and completely torn ligaments with and without joint misalignment.
- Pisiform and hook of hamate fracture: fracture of one of the carpal bones of the wrist.
- Pitcher’s elbow, sprains, cuts: injury or irritation to the inside of the elbow, ligaments, and
- Scaphoid fracture and ligament tears: break of the scaphoid bone of the wrist and ligament disorders.
In most cases, Dr. Jason Pruzansky and Dr. Mark Pruzansky will want to avoid surgical intervention. After properly diagnosing your injury, an assessment will be made to determine whether or not your injury can be treated with conservative measures or if surgical intervention is required. In many cases, acute injuries will respond to rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
Injuries involving broken bones, sprains, and dislocations may be splinted or casted to immobilize the affected region in order to promote healing. With a specialization in minimally-invasive surgical techniques, reconstruction, and physical rehabilitation, the surgeons at HandSport Surgery Institute are the premier practice of its kind in New York City.
If You Believe You Have a Sports Injury, Contact HandSport Surgery Institute
Please contact us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment with our talented team. People experiencing basketball injuries should be evaluated to optimize performance and try to reduce the possibility of further injury and mobility issues.
If you have been injured, it’s important to be evaluated by a highly skilled professional. Call Dr. Mark Pruzansky and Dr. Jason Pruzansky at 212-249-8700 to schedule an appointment, obtain an accurate diagnosis, and begin recovery after your hand, wrist, or elbow injury.