SOURCE: Methodist Center for Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

Methodist Center for Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

November 01, 2011 16:47 ET

Newly Accredited Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, First of Its Kind on Methodist Willowbrook Campus

Under the Direction of Dr. Scott Rand of the Methodist Center for Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine at Willowbrook, the Fellowship Will Focus on Primary Care Sports Medicine as an Innovative New Approach to Caring for Today's Athlete

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Nov 1, 2011) - An athlete's complete resource center, the Methodist Center for Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine at Willowbrook, is now home to the newly accredited Primary Care Sports Medicine (PCSM) Fellowship program, under which one Fellow will spend a year learning about the unique needs of the athletic population.

In addition to the things typically associated with sports medicine, such as sprains and strains, as well as fractures and dislocations, Primary Care Sports Medicine also involves the medical care of active patients. Concussions, asthma, heart problems, diabetes and nutrition are among the issues on which Primary Care Sports Medicine doctors focus.

The program received accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) through a peer review process and thorough evaluation of established standards and guidelines. There are 111 accredited programs around the country. This is one of only two programs in the greater Houston area.

Dr. Scott Rand, the Fellowship program director, will oversee all aspects of training and education that the Fellows receive including: experience treating a broad range of injuries and conditions -- from musculoskeletal injuries to brain injuries and acute as well as chronic illnesses; computerized neuropsychological testing in concussion management; electrophysiology; and other elective rotations in ski trauma, cardiology, hand surgery, foot and ankle surgery and neuropsychology.

"This program will not only enhance the sports medicine services offered at the center but also equip future physicians with the multidisciplinary skills and understanding to treat 'the athlete,' not just the injury or condition," said Rand.

"In order to truly care for an active person, you must understand the effect that exercise has on the body and on disease processes and you must also understand how different disease processes affect an athlete's ability to exercise safely. This is an innovative approach to treating athletes and the active in our society. The goal of Primary Care Sports Medicine is to utilize multiple tools to help athletes reach their full potential physically, as well as treat the overall individual for a safe return to sports. We are fortunate to be part of an organization that supports this initiative," added Rand.

Treating all ages and skill levels in the sports medicine clinic, from recreational athletes and weekend warriors to Olympic and professional athletes, the PCSM Fellows will also learn EMG interpretation, the use of rehabilitative medicine in treating injuries and osteopathic manipulation techniques.

According to Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Chief Executive Officer Beryl Ramsey, the new Fellowship program underscores the hospital's commitment to helping physicians emphasize health within the healthcare industry through innovation and education.

"We are pleased to have someone with Dr. Rand's experience directing this new Fellowship program and leading the next generation of primary care sports medicine physicians," said Ramsey.

"The Primary Care Sports Medicine Program sets the orthopedic and sports medicine center apart from any other in northwest Houston," added Ramsey.

The Center is home to some of the best board-certified and fellowship trained orthopedic and sports medicine physicians in Houston with subspecialties in hand and upper extremity, foot and ankle, hip and spine, as well as orthopedic sports and primary care sports medicine. The physicians work in a collaborative effort to treat the whole athlete.

The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellows will work closely with the orthopedic surgeons and other specialists both onsite and throughout the Houston area. Fellows will care for club sport and high school athletes in the training room and on the sidelines and will also work with the athletes at Rice University.

Located on Centerfield Drive on the Methodist Willowbrook campus, the 25,000 square foot facility provides comprehensive care for all area athletes and active individuals, offering physical and occupational therapies, rehabilitation services, and ImPACT baseline concussion testing and management using computerized neuropsychological testing. The center also features a human performance lab and expansive running and throwing lanes for athletic evaluations and return to sports assessments.

Saturday Morning Injury Clinic runs through November 5 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and provides injured athletes with a complete sports injury evaluation by the board certified sports medicine experts, as well as onsite digital x-rays (same day MRI if needed), casting, bracing, splinting and more.

To take a facility tour, learn more about Dr. Scott Rand and the Primary Care Sports Medicine program, or check the dates for upcoming seminars, sports clinics and ImPACT Concussion testing go to www.methodistwillowbrookortho.com, or call (855) WB ORTHO (926-7846).