Crouse Hospital has announced the launch of a sports medicine program that will provide comprehensive services and treatment for both children and adults, from student athletes, to sports enthusiasts, “weekend warriors” and competitive and professional athletes. The program features a continuum of care that includes complete orthopedic and general surgical services, nationally recognized cardiac care, concussion management and a full range of physical and occupational rehabilitation services.
Crouse also has been named the official hospital for Syracuse University Athletics and the official sports medicine hospital of the Syracuse Crunch hockey team.
The Crouse program is being led by the region’s premier sports medicine experts, including orthopedic surgeons Daniel DiChristina, MD, Head Team Physician for the Syracuse Crunch and partner in Orthopedics East; Irving Raphael, MD, Head Team Physician for SU Athletics and partner in RSM Medical Associates; Bradley Raphael, MD, Assistant Team Physician for SU Athletics and partner in RSM Medical Associates; Michael Wiese, MD, partner in Orthopedics East; and Paul Klawitter, MD, PhD, a board-certified specialist in primary care sports medicine, including sports-related concussion management.
A key element of the Crouse SportsMedicine program is Crouse SportsExpress, an after-hours and weekend walk-in clinic dedicated to the immediate treatment of non-emergent injuries, such as sports and work-related injuries, broken bones and sprains. The clinic will open Monday, Oct. 1, with hours Monday through Friday, 4:30 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome -- no appointment necessary.
In October 2012, Crouse SportsMedicine will add a concussion management and treatment component, led by Dr. Klawitter, to address traumatic sports-related brain injuries. Nearly one in five athletes playing contact sports suffers a concussion each season, enough for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to label this traumatic brain injury an “epidemic.”
The Crouse Concussion Care Program is designed to care for each athlete individually with a comprehensive treatment plan to promote full recovery and return to play following an appropriate period of recuperation. Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death. As a physician with specialized training and certification in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of sports-related concussions, Dr. Klawitter is uniquely qualified and experienced in this emerging specialty.