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What is Sports Medicine?

Sports medicine is an area of medicine devoted to the treatment and prevention of sports-related injuries. While many professional athletes pursue and receive sports medicine, the field is accessible by all. Anyone who has experienced a setback due to movement or exercise can benefit. The goal of sports medicine is always to assist patients in getting back to their normal routines as quickly and easily as possible. 

Common concerns addressed by sports medicine in New Jersey include the following:

  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Knee and shoulder trauma
  • Tendonitis
  • Asthma due to exercise
  • Illnesses induced by heat
  • Concussions
  • Cartilage injuries

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Abnormal twisting motions beyond the knee’s natural limits can result in trauma to two crucial parts of the knee joint, namely the MCL and the ACL ligament. Typical symptoms include a loud popping sound that comes from the tearing of ligaments within the joint, extreme sharp pain and associated inflammation, and restricted movement including the ability to bend or stretch the knee.

Knee Injuries


There are two main causes of rotator cuff tears: injury and degeneration. An injury to the rotator cuff, such as a tear, may happen suddenly when falling on an outstretched hand. It may also develop over time due to repetitive activities. The most common symptoms of a rotator cuff tear are recurrent pain, grating or cracking when moving your arm and limited ability to move your arm. 

Shoulder Injuries


When a bone is broken in the extremities such as the elbow or shoulder, the condition is serious and requires immediate treatment to heal and prevent permanent damage to the bone or surrounding soft tissue. The symptoms include severe pain, tenderness, swelling, or limited motion. 

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High-risk sports

Injuries can happen in any sport, but some carry a higher risk of causing damage, including:

  • Horseback riding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Hang gliding
  • Rock climbing
  • Hockey
  • Biking
  • Snowboarding
  • Skiing
  • Ski jumping
  • Football
  • Diving
  • Wrestling
  • Gymnastics
  • Golf
  • Volleyball
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A state-of-the-art sports medicine treatment plan customized to your needs

During your private consultation with Dr. Porter, he will assess your concerns and perform a detailed physical evaluation to determine the most effective treatment approach. Dr. Porter is a trusted authority when it comes to noninvasive as well as minimally invasive treatment options. These may include:

Joint injectionsJoint injections are effective for addressing conditions such as arthritis and chronic pain in the knees, shoulders, and other areas. The goal of this approach is to minimize swelling and inflammation, enhancing the patient’s mobility and range of motion. Corticosteroid injections can help offset osteoarthritis, while hyaluronic acid injections can reduce joint pain in the knees.

Musculoskeletal ultrasound — Using sound waves as a diagnostic tool has allowed sports medicine doctors to improve their accuracy and precision in terms of treatment. Previously, many musculoskeletal structures could only be viewed using an MRI or CT scan. Today, ultrasound technology is helping our physicians practicing sports medicine in NJ to provide relief in the most minimally invasive and innovative ways possible.

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Our Approach to Your Recovery

At Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics, we understand that every athlete’s journey to recovery is unique. Our comprehensive approach to sports medicine focuses on personalized care, combining advanced medical treatments with customized rehabilitation plans. Dr. Porter and our team of specialists work to help you regain your strength, mobility, and confidence, ensuring a smooth and effective recovery process.
We utilize the latest non-invasive and minimally invasive techniques to address your needs. We aim to get you back to your peak performance levels quickly and safely. Whether through tailored physical therapy, state-of-the-art imaging technologies, or innovative treatments like PRP Therapy, we aim to provide the highest standard of care. Your recovery plan will be meticulously crafted to support your athletic goals, promoting long-term health and preventing future injuries.

Rehab Services for Sports Medicine

 Our comprehensive rehab services are an integral part of our sports medicine program. We understand that effective rehabilitation is crucial for a full recovery and a return to peak performance. Our experienced physical therapists work closely with Dr. Porter to develop personalized rehab plans tailored to each athlete’s unique needs and goals. Our rehab services embrace various effective therapies and exercises to restore strength, flexibility, and function. We employ the latest techniques and equipment to ensure that your rehabilitation process is effective and efficient.

 Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics’ sports medicine rehabilitation services include the following to help you return to the activities you love with confidence:

  • Physical Therapy: Customized exercise programs to improve strength, flexibility, and endurance.
  • Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques for reducing pain and improving mobility.
  • Sports-Specific Training: Exercises tailored to your specific sport to enhance performance and prevent future injuries.
  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation: Comprehensive plans to facilitate recovery and optimize outcomes after surgery.
  • Injury Prevention Programs: Strategies to reduce the risk of future injuries and maintain overall health.


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Why Choose Dr. Porter for Sports Medicine in New Jersey?

Dr. Porter is a board-certified and highly trained Orthopedic Surgeon that specializes in sports medicine in NJ, and can address issues such as knee and shoulder pain. He earned his medical degree at Rutgers Medical School. From there, he went on to become the Chief Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Dr. Porter expanded his knowledge in the field further by completing a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Miami Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute. During his fellowship, Dr. Porter focused on minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques for the treatment of sports-related injuries. Throughout his career he has worked with numerous athletic teams, most notably the NHL Florida Panthers, the NBA Heat and the NFL Miami Dolphins.

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Is it beneficial to warm up and cool down before and after sports?

It is beneficial to warm up and cool down to help improve performance and prevent injuries. Warming up before you play increases your circulation, which increases the flow of oxygen in your blood and causes more oxygen to reach your muscles. Warming up helps to prepare your heart, lungs, and muscles for strenuous exercise and may help reduce muscle soreness and decrease the risk of injury. Cooling down after your workout helps to regulate the heart rate, blood pressure, and blood flow.

Should I stretch before playing sports?

Intentional stretching before a workout is an important part of preparing to play. Stretching helps to prepare your muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and other tissues loosened up and prepared for strenuous exercise.

What should I do if I feel pain or suspect an injury?

Do not continue to play or exercise. Rest the part of your body that is causing pain or that you think may be injured. Apply an icepack or cold compress over the area. Continue this four to eight times a day for no more than 20 minutes at a time. You can also support the injured part of your body with an elastic compression bandage.

Is there anything I can do to prevent sports injuries?

You can help prevent sports injuries by increasing flexibility with proper stretching before you work out, warming up before you play, and doing a proper cool down afterward, using proper equipment to protect yourself during activity, and staying well hydrated, which helps reduce muscle fatigue that can lead to injury.

Can I walk on a sprained knee?

It’s important not to put weight on the knee for 48 to 72 hours, or possibly longer, as this may cause increased pain and swelling. Resting the ligaments, muscles, and tendons gives the knee time to heal. You can use crutches to help keep the weight off the knee for about a week. Once the swelling begins to subside, you will be better able to walk with a knee brace.

How Does Your Advanced Treatment Work?

Dr. Porter will thoroughly evaluate your condition to determine the most effective treatment. He is conservative and may recommend modified activity, physical therapy, or bracing before resorting to surgery, but when surgery is necessary, you want a surgeon who employs next-generation techniques. Dr. Porter is among the most talented orthopedic surgeons practicing in the USA and offers his professional help and knowledge of sports medicine in NJ to professional athletes and amateur players who are suffering an injury.

If you are suffering from back or neck pain, it is crucial for you to receive a professional diagnosis as soon as possible. Dr. Rovner is one of the best spine surgeons in NJ who has the experience and expertise necessary to help patients actualize successful outcomes with orthopedic spine surgery.

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