Don’t get sidelined by a sports-related injury

Don’t get sidelined by a sports-related injury

Sports injuries can range greatly depending on the injury and its severity, but thanks to Bergen Medical Associates’ team of experts who specialize in treating sports-related injuries of all kinds, patients don’t have to be sidelined from the activities they love for long!

Following, Bergen Medical Associates’ five Board-Certified sports medicine team members share their specialties and approaches to treating sports-related injuries:

Dr. Nicole Brand Physiatry Bergen Medical

Nicole Brand, MD. Physiatry

“Some of the most common sports injuries I address include neck and back pain due to muscle strain/spasm, arthritis, radiculopathy and spinal stenosis as well as joint pain in the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees due to muscle sprain, arthritis, tendonitis and bursitis,” said physiatrist Nicole Brand, MD. “Treatments for these can include diagnostic and therapeutic image-guided injections, use of non-opioid medications (e.g., anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, neuropathic medications, etc.), and referrals for physical therapy with an ultimate goal of helping patients improve their functionality and quality of life so that they can continue to do their daily activities.”

Deana Nes, D.O.

Deana Nes, DO. Rheumatology

“I see patients with various musculoskeletal issues ranging from inflammatory types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis to various sports-related injuries,” said rheumatologist Deana Nes, DO. “Rotator cuff disorders, shoulder bursitis, hip bursitis and trigger fingers are among the most common sports-related injuries that I manage, and treatment can include physical therapy, oral anti-inflammatory medications and localized injections.”


Dr Edward Ewald

Edward Ewald, M.D. Rheumatology

With over 30 years in practice, rheumatologist Edward Ewald, MD specializes in treating tendonitis (the inflammation or irritation of a tendon) and bursitis (inflammation of the bursa sacs that cushion bones, tendons, and muscles) — both of which can be triggered by a sports-related injury. According to Dr. Ewald, “Our ultimate goal is to resolve the problem through rest, physical therapy, medications and/or injections, and avoiding the exacerbating activity.”

Dr. Jeff Chung

Jeff Chung, MD. Rheumatology

“Milder sports injuries can heal in a few days or weeks with rest and at-home strategies, while treatment plans for more serious or extensive injuries can include injections to reduce swelling and pain, prescription anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy to heal and strengthen injured body parts,” noted rheumatologist Jeff Chung, MD. “My sports medicine focus is to help keep people safe when pursuing their fitness goals as one facet of staying healthy lifelong.”

Dr. Samantha Rosenzweig

Samantha Rosenzweig, DPM. Podiatry

“As a podiatrist, I treat injuries of the foot and ankle, which include fractures, sprains, tendonitis, arthritis of the foot and ankle, and more,” said podiatrist Samantha Rosenzweig, DPM, a six-year veteran of her field. “Some of the most common injuries I see include ankle sprains, stress fractures and heel pain, and treatments may include bracing and strapping, oral medication, cortisone injections, physical therapy, and the use of orthotics.” According to Dr. Rosenzweig, “My goal when treating patients with a sports-related injury is a quick, safe and effective return to their sport — e.g., getting them back to doing the activity they love and enjoy.”

A Holistic Approach to Treating Sports-Related Injuries

All of the practice’s sports medicine experts agree that Bergen Medical Associates takes a 360-degree approach to treating sports-related injuries.

According to Dr. Nes, “Our greatest strength in sports medicine at Bergen Medical Associates is our diverse team of musculoskeletal specialists, each of whom is able to bring their own tools, approaches and expertise to the table.”

“One of Bergen Medical Associates’ top benefits is that we offer multiple medical disciplines under one roof to provide holistic care for sports-related injuries, including physiatry pain management and/or rheumatology arthritis treatment as well as podiatric treatment for foot-related conditions,” Dr. Chung concurred.

Overall, concluded Dr. Rosenzweig, “Bergen Medical Associates offers an all-encompassing approach to sports medicine, and, as a team, our doctors can address all sports-related issues, from your neck down to your toes.”

Bergen Medical Associates has six convenient offices throughout northern New Jersey (located in Emerson, Paramus (2), Ridgewood, Northvale, and Montvale). For more information or to make an appointment, contact us or call 201-967-8221.

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