HSS Sports Rehab opens at Chelsea Piers
Athletes from around the world travel to Manhattan to visit the Hospital for Special Surgery for treatment of some of the most devastating injuries.
The trip for Connecticut residents needing pre- and post-operative care got shorter in March with the opening of HSS Sports Rehab provided by Stamford Health, a collaboration of the Hospital for Special Surgery and Stamford Health located at Chelsea Piers Connecticut. The Sports Rehab facility, located next to the HSS Stamford Outpatient Center, offers rehabilitative therapy for sports-related injuries and conditions in direct contact with the main facility on East 70th Street in New York City.
Founded to treat those wounded during the Civil War, Dr. Samuel Taylor said, “the Hospital for Special Surgery is the world’s largest academic medical center focused on muscular/skeletal health.”
“It’s unusual to be so focused,” he added.
The main hospital in Manhattan has 205 beds. It has no emergency room. Yet it is busy.
“Last year we treated 125,000 patients, about 30,000 surgical,” Taylor said. “Most patients are not surgery.”
Of those patients who need surgery, about 1,500 — or 5% — are from Connecticut, and now they have the convenience of staying in Connecticut for post-operative care with the team that treated them in New York City.
HSS Chief Marketing Officer John Englehart said many patients seek a second opinion before having surgery. And many, he said, are told they in fact do not need to go under the knife.
When an operation is needed, the Hospital for Special Surgery keeps its focus on procedures such as joint replacement and hand surgery. For the people who do those procedures, “they just do what they do,” Taylor said. “There aren’t a lot of generalists.”
This one hospital, Englehart said, performs 1% of all hip and knee replacements in the United States each year.
Those procedures all require post-surgical physical therapy, which is now available at HSS Sports Rehab. Staffed by clinicians in orthopedics, hand therapy and other areas, specialists at Sports Rehab treat young athletes, competitive athletes and recreational athletes, offering non-surgical, pre-operative and post-operative care.
The pristine new facility has 20 examination rooms, an MRI, three X-ray rooms, a casting room, and a special procedure room for injections.
The imaging rooms are linked to the main Hospital for Special Surgery, where radiologists can read them almost immediately. Englehart compared the diagnosis to detective work. Taylor said trained radiologists are interpreting what they see in images of injuries, kept in electronic records spanning HSS facilities. There is a continuum to the review of the records.
There’s also a vast room with exercise equipment, under the watch of physical therapists, where patients can work their repaired joints back into shape as the doctors order.
Taylor, a native of Greenwich who serves as a team physician for the New York Giants of the National Football League, said he was excited that the new location close to Fairfield County would provide access to “the same quality of care people around the world have come to expect.”
The Hospital for Special Surgery is the first national medical center for the United States Olympic Committee, and will have staff in Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics as the official hospital providing team physicians to 22 elite athletic programs, Englehart said.
Information on the Hospital for Special Surgery is available at hss.edu/sports-rehabilitation-and-performance-center.asp.