Sports Medicine

When you have to stop exercising due to an injury, it can be frustrating and upsetting. Sports medicine care from the experts at North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute in Clifton, New Jersey, can help all types of active people, from the high-level athlete to the weekend warrior. Michael Russonella, DO, and his sports medicine team offer a variety of non-surgical and surgical treatments that can help you feel your best again, so you can get back to exercising and playing sports. Book online or by phone now.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine is the area of medicine that focuses on athletes and other physically active people. Sports medicine specialists like Dr. Russonella help patients recover from injury, prevent injuries, and improve general health and wellness.

What are the most common sports injuries?

Some of the sports injuries most commonly treated at North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Muscle injuries
  • Shin splints
  • Tendon injuries
  • Ligament injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries

Concussions are another type of sports injury that is sometimes overlooked because they are challenging to diagnose. Dr. Russonella is an expert in IMPACT Concussion Management, which he uses to investigate suspected concussions, and also to confirm when a concussion sufferer is ready to play again.


How are sports injuries treated?

Dr. Russonella and the physical therapy team work together to design a complete recovery plan for every sports medicine patient. Regardless of whether you’re an elite athlete, or you sustained an injury trying a new sport, the goal is to efficiently diagnose your issue, treat your problem, and help you avoid the same problem going forward.

Diagnosis starts with determining the root cause of the issue. Often, with sports injuries, this cause is improper form, weak muscles, or balance issues. With the root cause known, Dr. Russonella and the physical therapy team can co-manage your care.

The exact method of treatment varies by injury. In many cases, a non-surgical option is optimal for both pain relief and healing. For example, platelet-rich plasma therapy can help your body repair a torn ligament naturally while also reducing your pain level.

In other cases, you may need a surgical solution. For example, if you’re dealing with loose cartilage in your knee or shoulder, you may need an arthroscopic procedure to extract the cartilage and relieve your pain.

No matter what kind of treatment you need, it’s important to know that physical therapy is vital to recovery from most sports injuries. Physical therapy helps you regain your strength and relieve pain, as well as teaches you how to guard against future injury.

Book your sports medicine consultation from the best in the field today. Use the online tool or call the office now.

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It’s All about How We Treat You

At North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute Dr. Russonella is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care and comfort of athletes of all ages, including patients with non-related sports injuries.  To provide efficient and excellent care he focuses on personal interactions and individualized care for each and every patient. He is committed to improving the overall condition of the patient as well as their quality of life by offering various treatment options to minimize downtime and maximize recovery.

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