Cardiovascular Health

Your Guide to Cardiovascular Health

My name is Sandy Foukarakis and I’m a Physician Assistant (PA) with NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine and an adjunct Professor of Anatomy & Physiology at Georgian Court University. Prior to becoming a PA, I studied exercise physiology and worked as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. Aside from my career in medicine, I enjoy helping people learn how to exercise correctly and efficiently to target their goals. Over a few articles, I will be sharing some tips to help introduce you to effective strategies for starting an exercise regimen.

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Meniscus Injuries

Meniscus Injuries

What are menisci in the knee? These are a pair of complex tissue located between the thigh bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia). This tissue is shaped like a letter “C”, and their purpose is to reduce the compressive load that the cartilage must endure.

In young people, sports (such as basketball, football, soccer and skiing ) are the most common cause of meniscal injuries.

Symptoms of injury include:

  • locking of the knee
  • swelling
  • pain along the joint line

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Jumper's Knee

Jumper’s Knee

Before the basketball season gets underway, let’s review a common cause of knee pain in athletes. Jumper’s knee is also known as patellar tendinitis. A typical presentation is as follows:

  • Gradual onset of pain in the front of the knee, just below the knee cap
  • Pain worse after running or jumping
  • In adolescents, it may occur along with a bony bump over the attachment point of the tendon

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Prescription Opioid Risks

Here is a sobering statistic: Prescription opioids played a role in more than 16,235 deaths in the USA in 2013. 

Notice there are a few key points in that statement.  

1. Opioids – What are “opioids”?  These include drugs such as oxycodone/Roxicodone, Percocet, Vicodin/hydrocodone, Opana, Morphine, Dilaudid, Demerol, and Fentanyl.  

2. Prescription – that means that a doctor wrote a prescription for someone, so these data are not to be lumped together with illegal opioids such as heroin. 

Sometimes medicines intended for a patient are stolen, and sometimes medications intended for aid become an addiction, but nevertheless, the important point is that we are talking about medications which are legal.

3. 16,000 deaths. 

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Buttock Pain

Do you have buttock pain?

A common frustrating condition for patients is pain in the buttock region, which has several common and some less common causes. More common causes would be pain referred from the low back called the lumbar spine. Many people believe any pain radiating to the buttock is from a herniated disc, but that is not always the case.

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Spring Baseball Injury Prevention

For parents of youth pitchers we would like to bring increased awareness of throwing injuries that are preventable with proper pitch counts as well as education. There is no magic number of pitches for every individual athlete, although there are guidelines that can be found on the Little League Baseball Regulations website. More importantly, let’s review a few key points.

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What is sciatica?

Did you know that the word ‘sciatica’, does not necessarily refer to a specific medical condition? Rather, it is an expression used to describe pain radiating down the leg. So where does the pain come from? The main places it could be originating from are the nerves in the low back called “lumbar nerve roots” or the sciatic nerve itself which is a peripheral nerve that lives below the back beginning in the buttock area.

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Spinal Cord Stimulator Trials: Your Questions Answered

Spinal cord stimulation has been a successful treatment within the realm of electrodiagnostic medicine for quite some time. The best part about it is that you get to “test drive” an external version of the device to ensure that this is the proper treatment for you.

Listed below are some common questions we often get asked about spinal cord stimulator trials, along with our answers. Click on the question titles below to learn more.

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If you’re looking for a multi-specialty medical group that offers interventional pain management, sports medicine, chiropractic care, acupuncture therapy, and orthopedic surgery, look no further than NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine.

We have eight offices and one ambulatory surgery center (ASC) located in and around Monmouth County, NJ and Ocean County, NJ, and we have many patients that visit us from the following towns:

  • Jackson, NJ
  • Point Pleasant, NJ
  • Barnegat, NJ
  • Brick, NJ
  • Lakewood, NJ
  • Manchester, NJ
  • Aberdeen, NJ
  • Marlboro, NJ
  • Freehold, NJ
  • Monroe, NJ
  • Glassboro, NJ
  • Any many others

Since the beginning, our doctors and staff have been committed to treating patients who suffer from several different types of painful spine, joint, and orthopedic conditions. Furthermore, our goal is not only to reduce pain through physical rehabilitation, therapy, or any of our procedures and treatment options, but to help all of our patients have their functionality and quality of life restored.

Doctors with Superior Medical Knowledge and Compassion

One of the many benefits of choosing NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine is that we only use the most innovative and modern treatment options and procedures. Furthermore, every service and treatment option we offer is available at each of our six offices. Therefore, you should expect to receive the treatment you need whether you visit our office in Jackson, NJ, Point Pleasant, NJ, Barnegat, NJ, Manchester, NJ, Aberdeen, NJ or Tinton Falls, NJ. Furthermore, when patients come to one of our offices, they are always greeted with smiles and treated with kindness.

Every member of a team is respectful and empathetic, and will go to great lengths to ensure your pain management needs are addressed. Another reason to choose our medical practice is because our team makes it one of their highest priorities to stay at the forefront of medical research so that they’re offering the best care possible. Lastly, our physicians and staff also make certain that patients have the knowledge they need to help them live pain-free lives.

Comprehensive and Customized Care Provided by NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine

While some patients may only require one service and/or treatment option and procedure, others may require customized care plans to help them get back on their feet. After your initial evaluation, your physician will create a custom-tailored treatment plan that they feel will offer you with the pain relief you want. In fact, you should not only expect to be recommended with a treatment plan that will help to reduce and/or eliminate your pain, but one that will aid in increasing your activity level, and reducing the amount of pain medicine you take. In the end, you will be provided with a comprehensive and customized care plan that will greatly improve the quality of your life.

Even though pain is an unavoidable part of life, it doesn’t mean you must suffer from it all throughout your lifetime. To learn more the doctors and staff at NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine, our pain treatment options and procedures, and our locations in and around Ocean County, NJ, and Monmouth County, NJ, please browse our site. To make an appointment, please don’t hesitate to do so online, or give one of the offices closest to your home in Brick, NJ, Lakewood, NJ, Marlboro, NJ, Freehold, NJ, Glassboro, NJ, or another area a call today.