We are currently Team Physicians for the following:
- Kean University
- Union County College
- WWF Ring-side
Clark School District
- Cranford School District
- Millburn School District
Pre-participation Physical Exam
The benefits of sports participation are clear . . .they inspire healthy lifestyles and build character and leadership abilities. A pre-participation physical exam (PPE) is an important tool to ensure the safe participation of student-athletes.
The primary purpose of the PPE is not to disqualify a student from competition, but to help maintain the health and safety of the student-athlete in training and competition.
The PPE should include a complete medical history and a physical exam. The medical history should include a review of past injuries, illnesses and surgeries, medication usage, drug allergies, asthma and seasonal allergies. The physical exam should include a check of height, weight, vision, heart rate and blood pressure.
If a medical condition is identified during the PPE, the medical practitioner (physician, nurse practitioner, or physician's assistant) must determine if the condition places the student-athlete at an increased risk for injury. If the practitioner determines that the condition does place the student at an increased risk, participation in the sport may be limited and/or denied. If participation is denied, recommendations for correction prior to participation should be communicated and a follow-up exam should be scheduled. If an illness or condition is resolved prior to the sport season, the student-athlete is normally allowed to participate.
Musculoskeletal Injury Evaluations
Simply put, 'musculoskeletal care' means the care of injuries to bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. Here are a few of the Acute musculoskeletal injuries we care for:
- Fractures: (any fracture in which the bone does not come through the skin)
- Sprain and Strains
- Muscle Pulls
- Ligament or Cartilage Injuries
- Bumps and Bruises
- Heel Pain, Plantar Fasciitis
Although some of these injuries may require surgical repair our experience and sports medicine literature show that the overwhelming majority do not. We will help get an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan that is right for you, and if you need surgery, we'll help speed up the process with quicker access to our surgery colleagues.
Chronic musculoskeletal injuries typically are problems that have been around for more than a few weeks. These types of injuries are very frustrating as they tend to limit activity and affect routines of daily life. The doctors at Sports Extra have experience in treating chronic problems and helping return patients to their desired levels of activity. Here are a few examples of chronic musculoskeletal problems we treat:
- Tendon Problems
- Back Pain
- Non-healing Acute Injuries
Patient Education Lecture Series
Back Evaluations - Including the Pregnant Patient
Treatment of back pain: An "aggressive, conservative" approach
most chronic, persistent back pain can be successfully treated without surgery. Following a careful medical evaluation for rare, serious causes, and, in some cases, X-ray or MRI imaging, treatment focuses on symptom relief and active, exercise-oriented rehabilitation of the back. Excessive bed rest or restricted activity promotes muscular stiffness, deconditioning, and delays recovery.
The role of medication in the management of back pain is primarily to relieve symptoms and facilitate an active, exercise-oriented rehabilitation program. An array of new medications is now available to assist in achieving this goal.
Whether your pain is caused by disease or injury, we can diagnose and develop an individual treatment program that will help you to lead a better quality of life. It is our goal to provide our patients individualized treatment and the most advanced services available.
We utilize the most recent and advanced techniques to treat acute, subacute and chronic pain. Our program recognizes that each person is an individual. We also recognize that pain can involve more than one component and can require a multidisciplinary approach. We are trained in the complexity of pain and will guide each patient through the treatment that is most appropriate for them.
Treatment Programs may include one or more of the following:
- Steroid Injections
- Manual Medicine Maniputlation
Home Exercise Programs
For many, ready access to home exercise equipment can make it easier to start and maintain an aerobic exercise program. Exercising in the comfort of one's own home is the preferred exercise option for many people because:
Exercise can be done in private
- Workouts can be done at any time and don't require travel to another location during limited hours
- Unlike outdoor activities, home exercise is not dependent on the weather, so staying with an exercise program may be easier
Evaluations of the Industrial Athletes
The Industrial Athlete uses the sports medicine approach to treat industrial workers - the same sports medicine approach that is used to treat professional athletes.
Our mission is to help companies prevent injuries and achieve a significant reduction in healthcare expenses by providing the highest quality, on-site, proactive healthcare management services for your employees.Our services include:
- Triage & Treatment
- Injury Rehabilitation
- Medical management
- Employee Fitness & Wellness Programs
Sutures of Minor Lacerations
Casting and Bracing
Concussion Evaluation and Treatment
We will do a neurologic examination, testing your strength, sensation, balance, reflexes, and memory. We also look at your eyes with a flashlight to see if your pupils are the same size. You may be tested again several times during the next hour to detect any worsening of brain function, which might occur if you have any bleeding or swelling in the brain. The treatment for a concussion is rest. Headache may be treated with a mild pain reliever. Nausea may be treated with a medicine.