Many people are unsure of what injuries are best treated in a sports medicine environment. Again, it is any injury where optimal recovery is the goal. The actual occurrence usually doesn't happen while playing sports. They happen while working around the house, in care accidents, workplace mishaps and other non-athletic endeavors.

  • Orthopedic Procedures other than hip and knee replacements
  • Shoulder repairs
  • Knee surgeries including ACL, MCL and others
  • Ankle surgeries
  • Hand surgeries
  • Muscle pulls
  • Back injuries
  • Concussions
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Foot Injuries
  • And many more.

To learn if your injury can be treated by our Sports Medicine Team, call HealthFinder at (504) 456-5000.

Sports Medicine at EJGH

Sports Medicine is the combination of diagnostics, orthopedics, rehabilitation, therapy, pain management, fitness and nutrition all working together to help you overcome an injury or pain so you return to your full quality of life. Blue Cross-Blue Shield measured the outcomes of orthopedic patients throughout Louisiana and designated EJGH a Center of Excellence.

EJGH is proud to offer off-campus sites like The Wellness Center and Outpatient Rehab Center as convenient access points to our patients, providing the community with accessible locations to receive the standard of care they have grown accustom to.

EJGH Sports Medicine program includes:


Repairing an injury starts with a proper diagnosis. At East Jefferson Imaging Center, you will find state-of-the-art technologies that include the area's most powerful CT and the state's most open field MRI in a setting that is built to allow for walk in, walk out convenience. These tools, and others, are in the hands of Radiologists who specialize in musculoskeletal imaging and other areas that allow for the fastest most accurate diagnosis possible. It is the information acquired at EJIC that will give your physician the pinpoint accuracy needed to determine whether surgery is called for.


The orthopedists at East Jefferson General Hospital have a reputation for excellence that is hard earned. Our orthopedists have worked with baseball Hall of Famers and weekend athletes helping each get back in the game better than before. Blue Cross-Blue Shield measured the outcomes of orthopedic patients throughout Louisiana and is a designated Center of Excellence. The orthopedists at EJGH cover the entire spectrum of bone/joint care including minimally invasive repair of the knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, hands and back.

Outpatient Rehab and Physical Therapy

Perhaps nothing impacts your overall surgical outcome as much as the quality of your post-surgical rehabilitation. At EJGH, your therapy begins the day of your procedure. The continuum of care continues at EJGH's outpatient rehabilitation center just off of Veterans Highway. This state-of-the-art facility gives our therapists greater space and resources than can be found elsewhere. One-on-one care built around your specific needs is the hallmark of rehab services available at EJ Outpatient Rehab.

Pain Management

From the moment you become injured, pain is often the debilitating aspect of your injury. Whether you require surgery or not, managing that pain is paramount to your recovery. At EJGH, our physicians often work hand-in-hand with The Pain Management Institute at East Jefferson General Hospital to develop a pain management system that will afford you relief while allowing you to return to normal activities in the quickest, safest manner possible.

Food & Nutrition

One of the most overlooked aspects of positive performance is the role of nutrition. A qualified nutritionist can develop an eating plan built around your specific needs. The right plan can help you lose weight, gain weight, sleep better, gain energy, run further or faster and more. The Outpatient Nutritionists at EJGH can develop a meal plan for you, and your entire family, that is both effective and delicious.

EJGH Wellness Center

The best way of preventing a recurrence of this injury and/or preventing future ones, is an effective, ongoing fitness program designed by professionals to ensure maximum results and optimal injury prevention. That is exactly what you will find when you retain a personal trainer at EJGH Wellness Center, located just off of the EJGH main campus. Staffed by exercise physiologists and disease management specialists, EJGH Wellness Center is positioned to help you meet all your fitness and wellness goals.

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

EJGH is recognized as a Blue Distinction Centers-Plus for Knee and Hip Replacement, providing comprehensive inpatient knee and hip replacement services, including total knee replacement and total hip replacement surgeries.

The Orthopedic Services at East Jefferson General Hospital feature a team of surgeons, therapists, nurses and professionals who are all dedicated to providing the highest level of care to every patient, every time.

Each orthopedist in our Orthopedic Division is largely set in two distinct variations:

Our Sports Medicine Program offers comprehensive treatment, including exercise, medicine, and recovery programs all designed to get younger, more active patients back to, or beyond their pre-injury levels of performance.


EJ Orthopedics - Lakeview


Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Abhishek Kumar is a part of the EJ Lakeview medical practice and specializes in non-invasive surgeries to the spine. He is an expert in the diagnosis and management of both routine and complex disorders of the lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine and has a special interest in spinal deformity and minimally invasive spine surgery. By treating degenerative and traumatic conditions of the back with minimal invasion, he is able to limit pain, provide a shorter hospital stay and bring better outcomes.

Dr. Kumar completed his medical training at the University of Calgary and his Orthopedic Surgery residency at the renowned McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Following this, he was accepted for a fellowship in Spine surgery at the prestigious Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York before arriving in New Orleans.

Dr. Kumar is available and taking appointments at EJGH Lakeview delivering personalized care and clinical excellence to the community. To make an appointment with Dr. Kumar, call EJGH Lakeview at 504-503-6760.

Total Joint Replacement Surgery

Total Joint Replacement Surgery is a procedure that can provide relief and restore freedom to those who suffer with debilitating pain in their arthritic hip and knee joints. Your arthritic joint is removed and completely replaced with a manufactured joint that is designed to simulate the smooth motion of a non-arthritic joint.

For more information on Total Joint Replacement Surgery, email us at jointinfo@ejgh.org.

Knee or Hip Replacement Surgery

A total knee or Hip replacement is an operation to replace the worn or damaged parts of your joint. The surfaces of the diseased joint are removed and replaced with a mechanical artificial joint that is called prosthesis. This surgery can relieve the pain and stiffness in your knee joint.

With your new hip or knee replacement (also called arthroplasty) and the help of your orthopedic team, you may be able to resume some of the activities you once enjoyed. You may be permitted to go on long walks, dance, and play golf, garden, and ride a bicycle.

The following list includes health care providers and suppliers that have established a sharing agreement with East Jefferson General Hospital in order to share in financial rewards and/or losses in the CJR model:

Collaborator Name: Collaborator Address: Start Date of Sharing Arrangement with
CJR Participant Hospital:
Jeffery Sketchler, M.D. 3939 Houma Blvd. Ste 21; Metairie, LA 70006 1-Oct-16
Warren Bourgeois, M.D. 3939 Houma Blvd. Ste 18; Metairie, LA 70006 1-Jan-17


Anterior Hip Replacement

This form of hip surgery allows the surgeon to make the incision at the front of the hip instead of through the buttocks or side of the hip. This approach allows the doctor to access the hip socket without having to cut through several major muscle groups. This has resulted in significantly less recovery time, a smaller incision, shorter hospital stays, and a quicker return to work and normal activity for patients.

For an examination to determine if you are a candidate for Total Knee or Hip Replacement, call HealthFinder at (504) 456-5000. They can help you find a doctor who fits your needs and your insurance plan.

Rehab & Recovery

Even your surgeon will agree that most important person impacting the results of your surgery will be you. The more you can follow the guidelines before and after your surgery, the greater results you will enjoy. In our pre-surgery educational class, rehabilitation will be discussed in detail. East Jefferson General Hospital offers dedicated and excellent therapists who will begin working with you the day of, or day after, your surgery. Then, after your discharge, we offer outpatient rehab services along with a secondary recovery and rehab period at our Outpatient Rehabilitation Center located at 3601 Houma Blvd., Suite 200. All these components working with you help to ensure the outcome you desire: greater mobility with less or no pain associated with that mobility.

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Contact Information

Call HealthFinder to contact a Total Joint Surgeon or to speak with the Sports Medicine Navigator at (504) 456-5000.