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Sports Medicine

Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, P.C.

Sports Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Lawrenceville, NJ

If you want to optimize your movement and prevent injuries, you need reliable sports medicine. The expert team at Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, P.C. in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, provides state-of-the-art sports medicine care for children as young as age 6 and adults of all ages and fitness levels. For family-centered sports medicine with a functional approach, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What is sports medicine?

Sports medicine focuses on keeping you healthy during all types of physical activities. Whether you participate in a sport, go to the gym, or exercise on your own, the sports medicine specialists at Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, P.C. are here to help you optimize your movement.

In addition to evaluating and treating sports injuries after they occur, the team emphasizes prevention. They practice a functional medicine approach, which aims to correct the root cause of illness and injury, such as a muscle imbalance or improper conditioning.

When should I see a sports medicine specialist?

You should schedule an appointment at Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, P.C. any time you or your child has pain related to physical activity. 

It’s also a good idea to schedule an appointment before starting a new sport or exercise regimen. Your sports medicine specialist helps you to identify imbalances that can ward off injuries down the road.

They diagnose and treat a wide range of sport injuries, including:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Sprains and strains
  • Concussions
  • Cartilage injuries
  • Tendinitis
  • Knee pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Wrist and hand pain
  • Foot and ankle pain

Symptoms vary depending on the specific injury, but many of these conditions also involve swelling and a restricted range of motion.

What procedures and treatments does sports medicine entail?

First, your sports medicine specialist at Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, P.C. reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam. They conduct a thorough functional evaluation, which assesses your movement, strength, and flexibility. 

They use this assessment to identify any biomechanical imbalances that may interfere with athletic performance.

Depending on your needs, they may also take a variety of tests, including X-rays, blood tests, and musculoskeletal ultrasounds. Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, P.C. is fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology to deliver the highest-quality care.

Your physician uses these tests to create an individualized treatment plan. Common sports medicine treatments include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Physical therapy
  • Immobilization in a cast or brace
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Alternative therapies like acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic

The team works with other sports medicine professionals, such as physical therapists, nutritionists, and athletic trainers, to optimize your movement.

If you or a loved one needs sports medicine, call Princeton Sports and Family Medicine, P.C., or book an appointment online today.