Sports Medicine
Second Opinions

Sports Medicine Second Opinions

Cincinnati Children’s Sports Medicine offers second opinions for injuries received or pain experienced as a result of sports injuries or physical activity.

Why Should I Get a Sports Medicine Second Opinion?

Second opinions help you make decisions. They allow you to understand all of the available treatment options and make an informed treatment choice. Some patients come to us to better understand or confirm treatments offered by their current care team. Other patients get second opinions because their injury hasn’t responded well to an initial treatment or has returned after treatment.

Many parents also want an evaluation from a pediatric expert for their growing athlete. No matter what the reason is for your second opinion request, we are dedicated to finding the best option for you and getting you back to your sports or pre-injury activities.

How Do I Get a Sports Medicine Second Opinion?

Ask your doctor for a referral – Your primary care doctor can reach out to Cincinnati Children’s to start the second opinion process.

Call 513-803-4878. If you call after hours, we will call you back as soon as possible.

Fill out our contact online form. In the “Requesting” field, choose “Requesting a second opinion.”

What Can I Expect?

After we review your request, we will schedule an appointment with our team. Telehealth may be used if appropriate, due to distance or time constraints.

During your appointment, our team will discuss your diagnosis and current treatment. Then, the doctor will do an evaluation and recommend further testing needed and / or a treatment plan.

If you choose to have treatment at Cincinnati Children’s, the same care team will remain with you through every step of the process.

Do I Need to Bring Anything with Me?

To make your initial visit most efficient and effective for you, we recommend that you bring any medical records or test results you have had, related to the problem you are having. If you don’t have this information, we can still see the patient and do a full evaluation and make treatment recommendations.

Can I get a second opinion without traveling to Cincinnati?

Yes. Online second opinions are available to families and patients outside the Greater Cincinnati area (southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana). A specialist from the Sports Medicine team will review your case and answer specific questions about a diagnosis or treatment options. It’s easy, convenient, and secure. Our case manager will collect your medical records and guide you through the process.

Online second opinions are different than telehealth video visits. Our physician reviews your existing medical records and focuses on the questions you already gave us. As a result, online second opinions don’t need a video or phone call. Your second opinion report includes our physician’s written opinion about that medical condition, diagnosis or treatment plan.

Online second opinions are typically not covered by insurance and cost $850. There may be additional fees if a radiology or pathology specialist needs to review your records. The program is not available in all areas or for every patient, we will work with you to make sure it’s appropriate for you.