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WCA Sports Medicine Physician Achieves Recertification Status

WCA Hospital
Michael Mitchell, M.D., WCA Hospital Sports Medicine Physician, recently received re-certification status from the American Board of Family Practice.

Jamestown, New York (Friday, May 2, 2014)—Michael Mitchell, M.D., Medical Director of the WCA Hospital Sports Medicine Center has successfully completed the requirements for recertification as a sports medicine physician of the American Board of Family Practice and was awarded an ABFP Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine.   Dr. Mitchell is one of only 1,764 family practice physicians in the nation to receive this official recognition. 

The certification recognizes excellence among family practice physicians who provide care to persons who participate in athletics or exercise programs.  “My status as a certified sports medicine physician confirms my commitment to providing the best possible care to our athletes,” said Dr. Mitchell.  “Staying in the game is a critical part of being a successful athlete, but without proper care following physical injuries, an accident on the field or court can lead to missed games, short-handed teams and lost tournaments. Our Center's philosophy is to offer convenient access to a network of sports medicine professionals who will work together to get the athlete back in the game.”

Dr. Mitchell is a board certified family physician with over 20 years of experience.  He received his medical degree from Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Dr. Mitchell completed his residency program at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania and a fellowship in primary care sports medicine from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Sports Medicine and a charter member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.  Dr. Mitchell serves as team physician for Falconer High School, Jamestown Jammers, and Jamestown Community College. 

“Our sports medicine program relies upon the leadership skills and expert knowledge of Dr. Mitchell,” stated Daniel Johnson, WCA Hospital Physical Therapist and Director of Rehabilitation Services at the Center for Orthopedics, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation at WCA.  “Sports related injuries require specialize care to promote optimum healing.  WCA provides the highest quality of comprehensive medical care to the competitive and recreational athlete. Our specially trained team including Dr. Mitchell, physical therapists, occupational therapists and office staff offer specialized care in one convenient, modern location.”

The WCA Center For Orthopedics, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation brings together one team for a wide range of treatments and rehabilitation including orthopedic care, sports medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and hearing services.  The Center boasts a new spacious and beautifully decorated waiting room, new PT/OT gym, state-of-the-art sound room for hearing tests, and a centralized registration and reception area—all handicapped accessible with front-door parking for patients.  “At our Center, each patient receives an individualized care plan that is specially designed to relieve symptoms and restore mobility, strength, and function,” Johnson said.  “Overuse of hands, arms and shoulders can cause numerous ailments.  Our professional team helps individuals by reversing the painful effect of overuse injuries.”

The WCA Hospital Sports Medicine program treats athletes of all ages.  A physician referral is not required.  To learn more about the program or to schedule an appointment, call (716) 664-8604.  Convenient appointments available with minimal wait times.

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