CALL NOW: 732-653-1000 Book an Appointment
PT After Spine Surgery

If I Have Spinal Surgery, Should I Wait Before Starting Physical Therapy?

While spine surgery is not for everyone, for those who must undergo surgery, I am often asked my opinion as to whether physical therapy is needed after surgery. Some patients and even doctors have been nervous about early physical therapy, preferring to wait 4-6 weeks prior to starting PT.

However, one disadvantage of waiting is that during the first few weeks after surgery, patients have relatively little feedback from a health care professional on how to move, and bend and take care of their back. Whereas, if involved in physical therapy, the patient is able to learn and be more closely monitored as he/she heals.

Continue Reading

Pars Fracture in Cheerleading

Adolescent Back Pain

While low back pain in adolescents is less common than in the elderly, there are some instances in which a young person should seek medical advice. One such condition is pars fracture

This cause of low back pain can be seen in young athletes in sports as cheerleading, soccer, football, wrestling, weight lifting, volleyball, rowing, dancing and gymnastics. 

Continue Reading

Spinal Curves

All The Right (Spinal) Curves…

…in all the right places! (Part I)

“Doc, I know why I have lower back pain,” says the new patient in the exam room. “My general practitioner said I have curvature of the spine.”

Do I look at the patient in disbelief? Or do I assume that they are describing a scoliosis deformity or a congenital spinal problem? Only after a detailed history, examination and x-rays could we really understand what “problem” the patient was actually trying to describe.

When we assess our patients’ spine we make it a priority to look and see which HEALTHY CURVES are in place. That’s right folks, not all curves are bad, especially if they are in the right places.

Continue Reading

Stress Fracture of the Tibia

Stress Fracture of the Tibia

Shin pain in runners (Part III)

To continue our series on shin pain in runners, an important diagnosis is shin pain caused by a stress fracture. Clues to this condition are symptoms of sharp pain at a localized area overlying the shin bone, near the junction of the middle and distal thirds. Typically pain is constant, and worse with the foot landing on the ground.

Continue Reading

Running - Sports Injuries

Compartment Syndrome

Shin pain in runners (Part II)

This post is a follow up to my previous blog on shin pain in runners. Another cause of shin pain after or during running is due to a condition known as Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome (CECS).

This syndrome is due to increased pressure within a closed space where the muscles attempt to expand but are unable to do so. As a result of this, a runner experiences pain only when running. There should be no pain at rest and pain when running should resolve within several minutes of rest.

Continue Reading

Shin Splints

What are Shin Splints?

Shin pain in runners (Part I)

Not every pain in the shin is the same. Many runners who have shin pain may be suffering from something other than “shin splints.” In today’s post, we will investigate this particular diagnosis, however, stay tuned for future posts on other common and not so common causes of shin pain in runners.

Continue Reading

Start Your Exercise Regimen

Starting an Exercise Regimen

Exercise has many proven health benefits such as lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, improving mental health and mood, increasing metabolism and muscle and bone strength, as well as enhancing balance and reaction times.

Even knowing about all of the great benefits, a common reason people delay beginning an exercise regimen is that they are unfamiliar with exercise basics such as how often or long to exercise or more importantly, what to do!

Today’s topic will focus on how to begin a realistic exercise program, which is one of the most important aspects to successfully incorporating exercise into your life.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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

Continue Reading



Orthopedic Surgeon

  • Aberdeen

    557 South Atlantic Ave.
    Aberdeen, NJ 07747

  • Barnegat

    175 Gunning River Rd.
    Barnegat, NJ 08005

  • Jackson

    728 Bennetts Mills Rd.
    Jackson, NJ 08527

  • Freehold

    501 Iron Bridge Rd, Suite 2
    Freehold, NJ 07728

  • Manchester

    60 Lacey Rd.
    Manchester, NJ 08759

  • Point Pleasant

    1104 Arnold Ave.
    Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

  • Neptune

    4057 Asbury Ave.
    Neptune, NJ 07753

  • Surgery Center

    475 Route 70
    Lakewood, NJ 08701

  • Toms River

    367 Lakehurst Rd.
    Toms River, NJ 08755

  • Lincroft

    5 Swimming River Road
    Lincroft, NJ 07738

  • Rahway

    1082 Saint Georges Ave
    Rahway, NJ 07065

Schedule an appointment online.


View our educational videos.

View Videos

Learn to prevent injuries.

Learn More


If you’re looking for a multi-specialty medical group that offers interventional pain management, sports medicine, chiropractic care, acupuncture therapy, physical 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 eleven 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, Rahway, 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.