Sports Medicine is a branch of medicine that is dedicated to the study and treatment of activity-related injuries, typically in athletes but non-athletes as well. The field of sports medicine is wide in scope as it encompasses acute traumatic injuries, chronic overuse injuries as well as painful conditions which prevent or compromise physical activity.

Sports Medicine in Northern New Jersey

Doctor examines knee for injury in a sports medicine officeSports medicine specialists are dedicated to helping patients with activity-related injuries. These include injuries that occur in athletics, including professional, amateur, and recreational. This specialty also encompasses injuries related to bodily movements, such as walking or dancing.

At Bergen Medical Associates in northern New Jersey, sports medicine practitioners treat traumatic injuries and chronic overuse injuries. They also address painful conditions that may prevent or limit a patient’s physical activity.

What Is Sports Medicine?

The practice of sports medicine at Bergen Medical Associates involves physicians from multiple specialties, including, physiatrists, podiatrists, rheumatologists, and other specialties. Utilizing a whole-body approach, these medical specialists comprehensively examine injuries and painful conditions.

By understanding how injuries affect the body and physical function, providers can work collaboratively to assist patients in returning to athletic pursuits and physical activities. In addition, the sports medicine team can help patients prevent sports and exercise injuries through examination, education, and rehabilitative prescriptions.

What Conditions Can Sports Medicine Specialists Diagnose?

A comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach helps a variety of patients, including those who participate in school sports, fitness enthusiasts, and gardeners. Our team also cares for patients who are injured performing housework or engaging in hobbies. Whether an individual missed a step or sprained their ankle on the soccer field, the team of board-certified physicians at Bergen Medical Associates can help them recover function and lifestyle.

Here are some of the most common types of sports injuries:

  • Knee twists and other injuries
  • Fractures of limbs and ribs
  • Dislocated joints
  • Rotator cuff and shoulder injuries
  • Strains and sprains throughout the body
  • Swollen muscles and ligaments
  • Lower leg conditions

When Should a Patient See a Sports Medicine Specialist?

Sports medicine specialists can advise patients on how to avoid injuries. This type of education includes information on how to manage movements to minimize overuse injuries, such as those experienced by tennis players or golfers. Sports medicine specialists also can prescribe physical or rehabilitative therapies that build muscle groups, improve postures, or problem-solve the performance of movements.

The sports medicine-trained physicians at Bergen Medical Associates help patients prevent traumatic and overuse injuries, as well as the strains and sprains that may occur in everyday tasks or workouts. Their efforts focus on resolving problems and helping patients function at the highest possible level. The sports medicine services at Bergen Medical Associates include:

  • Rehabilitation plans
  • Nonsurgical treatment of tendon and ligament injuries
  • Osteoarthritis management
  • Injections for joints and soft tissue
  • Pain intervention strategies and treatments
  • Rheumatoid arthritis management

Sports Medicine at Bergen Medical Associates

Meet the team of musculoskeletal and orthopedic specialists at Bergen Medical Associates:

  • Samantha Rosenzweig, DPM, is a podiatrist who has surgical management training in forefoot deformities and specializes in arthritis of the big toe.
  • Jeff Chung, MD, is a board-certified rheumatologist, who has special interest in caring for patients with arthritis, inflammatory autoimmune conditions, and muscle disorders.
  • Deana Nes, DO, is a board-certified rheumatologist who has special expertise in neuromusculoskeletal medical science. She is fluent in English and Russian and conversant in medical Spanish.

Why Choose Sports Medicine Care at Bergen Medical Associates?

When there are athletic injuries, diagnosis and treatment from experienced musculoskeletal specialists can guide recovery. If injuries are severe, or swelling and painful areas persist, contact the sports medicine team at Bergen Medical Associates.

The team’s combined education and specializations enable effective treatment of injuries to muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones. The team also helps patients with chronic illnesses manage symptoms and learn new ways to function, in sports and everyday life. The sports medicine physicians at Bergen Medical Associates encourage physical activity for a healthy lifestyle and overall wellness.

Make an Appointment with a Sports Medicine Specialist

Bergen Medical Associates serves patients in northern New Jersey at locations throughout northern New Jersey. Patients can get the sports medicine diagnoses and treatments they need from experienced musculoskeletal specialists. Those with sports or other movement-related injuries can make an appointment with the Sports Medicine Department. Contact Bergen Medical Associates today.