Fellowship-trained and specialty-trained sports medicine doctors are medical specialists who care for amateur and professional athletes as well as people who participate in sports just for enjoyment, exercise, and health. These doctors and surgeons have gone beyond medical school, studying the interactions between medicine, sports, and athletes as well as the types of injuries and conditions athletes sustain. Offering this specialized medical care also means sports medicine doctors must have a deep level of understanding of the entire musculoskeletal system.
Sometimes, sports medicine doctors are called on to treat athletes who have suffered a traumatic sports injury. Many times, these are high-impact injuries caused by falling, being kicked, or colliding with another player. Typical sports injuries these sports medicine doctors see include leg fractures, ankle sprains, and knee injuries, such as an ACL tear or meniscus tear. Sometimes, these traumatic injuries require orthopaedic surgery.
After a doctor has diagnosed a sports-related injury or condition, the first treatment solutions they consider are nonsurgical options. These may include physical therapy, a type of medication, or another therapy that can enhance healing. However, sometimes the injuries are too severe and must be treated with orthopaedic surgery, like ligament reconstruction.
Today, there are many state-of-the-art medical tools available that surgeons and doctors utilize. For instance, some surgeons may use robotic-assisted or computer-assisted devices to perform knee replacement surgery. These devices help provide optimum outcomes as well as minimize potential complications.
Sports medicine surgeons and doctors are there to help people not only get better but also to properly treat them. This includes providing patients with the individualized care and rehabilitation they need so that it is possible for them to heal and return to the sports they love.
Know When It’s Time to Get Help
If you are noticing any of these symptoms—especially if you have been experiencing them for more than a few days—schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor or orthopaedic surgeon whose specialty is sports medicine.
- Abnormal joint sensations
- Ankle instability
- Joint locks up
- Joint tenderness
- Knee pain or hip pain that’s forcing you to limp
- Limited mobility
- Popping or crunching sound at the time of injury
- Shoulder pain
- Stiff joint or joints
- Tingling or pins and needles
A sports medicine specialist may diagnose you with one of these sports-related injuries or conditions:
- ACL tear
- Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis)
- Meniscus tear
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome
- Rotator cuff tear
- Sprain, such as an ankle sprain
- Strained hamstring
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
What Can You Expect at Our Sports Medicine Center?
Our Sports Medicine Center is designed to provide our patients with comprehensive education and exceptional sports medicine care through the vast experience, training, and knowledge of our sports medicine experts.
Having dedicated their practices to providing specialized sports medicine care, our sports medicine doctors are committed to offering the latest and most advanced surgical and nonsurgical treatment options, including robotic-assisted surgery, rotator cuff repair, meniscal transplantation, and arthroscopic surgery. They understand that while surgery is sometimes the best treatment solution for one patient, it is not always the right treatment option for every patient as there may be another nonsurgical option that is more beneficial for that patient.
For instance, sometimes our sports medicine specialists are able to prescribe a medicine that improves your condition or recommend physical therapy, which can bring about gradual improvements that can help with pain management. Our specialists will work with you to understand your individual needs and recommend the best treatment option for you.
If our doctors believe that a type of surgery, like knee replacement, is the best option for you, they will educate you on the surgical process and what to expect during the postsurgical period.
The Region's Sports Medicine Authority
Our doctors are dedicated to providing active individuals and athletes of all levels—from professional and Olympic athletes to college and high school athletes—with the exceptional sports medicine care they need to stay in the game.
Additionally, our doctors proudly provide orthopaedic and sports medicine care for several local high schools as well as:
- Monmouth University
- Georgian Court University
- Brookdale Community College
- CTR Soccer
- Sports City Extreme Speed School
Professional Orthopaedic Associates: Get Back to a Life Without Limits
Since 1985, we have been offering excellence in orthopaedic and sports medicine care. Our fellowship-trained and specialty-trained sports medicine specialists, Dr. Harry Bade, Dr. Christopher Johnson, Dr. Brian Torpey, Dr. Gregg Foos, Dr. David Gentile, Dr. Glenn Gabisan, Dr. Ryan Plyler, Dr. Christina Lusk-Cáceres, and Dr. Allen Nicholson, have years of expertise in diagnosing and treating sports-related injuries and conditions. They draw from this combined knowledge base to bring the very best care and treatment to our patients.
Additionally, they value and are committed to ongoing professional education. Our specialists attend courses and proactively learn the latest procedures and surgical techniques. They also serve as thought leaders, lecturing and writing about orthopaedic treatment related to sports medicine. Our doctors and surgeons are some of the most highly respected in our region.