Northwestern launches The Center for Sports and Rehab

Kate Martin | September 03, 2013

Specialty clinic will focus on sports injuries and rehabilitation.

Northwestern Health Sciences University will launch The Center for Sports and Rehab, a subspecialty clinic practice focusing on sports injuries and rehabilitation. Dr. Travis McCathie, a chiropractic physician and athletic trainer in the Bloomington Health Clinic, will lead the Center.

Dr. McCathie is developing a multidisciplinary clinic in which a team of providers collaborates on patient care. Providers may include chiropractors, physical therapists, athletic trainers, nutritionists and others. The Center will have a clinical component, as well as an outreach and research component.

Dr. McCathie views the challenge of increasing physician referrals as an opportunity rather than an obstacle. He is reaching out to his wide network of athletes and health care providers to build relationships and explore new partnership opportunities. “Currently, some sports medicine doctors will refer to a chiropractor, and support chiropractic treatment, but few if any regularly refer outside of their system to a doctor of chiropractic,” he says. “Ultimately, I’d like chiropractic to be at the table within the sports medicine community.”

One of the first steps is recruiting a physical therapist, and helping to build that practice to capacity within one year. That pattern would be replicated, adding a chiropractor then a second physical therapist and helping to build their practices.

He currently works with all the pro runners and many elite runners in Minnesota.  He focuses on hips and lower extremity concerns, leaving plenty of opportunity for the Center to add sub-specialties in upper extremity, shoulders, neck and wrist.

 “The Center for Sports and Rehab will be good for students,” says Dr. McCathie. “It expands and broadens their clinical experience as well as the vocabulary they may be using when they start to practice and see patients that present with something other than back-related concerns.”

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