Sports Medicine Specialist

Ani Medical Group

Orthopaedics, Spine, Podiatry & Cardiology Practice located in Hazlet, NJ & Old Bridge, NJ

Everyone who stays active is susceptible to sports injuries, whether you’re a competitive athlete or your activity revolves around walking the dog. Sports medicine specialists like David Junkin, MD, at Ani Medical Group in Hazlet and Old Bridge, New Jersey, offer comprehensive services you need to recover from injuries, rehabilitate optimal strength, improve training, and prevent future injuries. To learn more about sports medicine services and treatment for musculoskeletal injuries, call Ani Medical Group or schedule an appointment online today.

Sports Medicine Q & A

What injuries are commonly treated by sports medicine physicians?

You’re most likely to sustain an injury if your activity involves repetitive movement or you participate in contact sports. Your risk also increases when you engage in movements such as twisting, overhead motion, weight loading, and suddenly changing directions while running.

The most common sports injuries include:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and other knee injuries
  • Ankle sprains
  • Meniscus tears
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Pitcher’s elbow
  • Shin splints
  • Back strain
  • Achilles tendinitis or rupture


If your injury seems minor, you may be tempted to continue your activity. However, prompt evaluation and treatment can prevent the problem from worsening and help you avoid future injuries.

What symptoms develop due to sports injuries?

The classic symptoms of sprains and fractures are pain, swelling, bruising, limited mobility, or difficulty using the affected body part. Shoulder injuries tend to make the joint feel loose and like it may dislocate.

If your injury affects a nerve, you may experience pain along the length of the nerve, usually radiating down your arms or legs. Nerve damage also causes muscle weakness and sensations such as electric shock-like pain, tingling, and numbness.

What types of treatments are provided by sports medicine physicians?

One of the most essential aspects of treating a musculoskeletal injury is giving it enough time to heal. This is also one of the most difficult therapies because it usually means time away from your sport or activity to rest the affected tissues.

While you heal, Dr. Junkin may immobilize your injury. Fractures must be kept steady for bones to heal properly, while the type of immobilization for soft tissue injuries depends on the location and severity of the problem. Your treatment may include other therapies, such as injections and other interventional pain medicine techniques.

Although surgery is usually the last option, Dr. Junkin may recommend immediate surgery when the injury is severe, it affects tissues that don’t heal well, or you’re a competitive athlete who wants to ensure optimal recovery. He also performs minimally invasive arthroscopy procedures to diagnose and treat joint issues.

Dr. Junkin offers comprehensive sports medicine services, which includes physical therapy, rehabilitation, and evaluation of your training regimen to avoid fatigue.  You’ll receive exceptional treatment and rehabilitation from sports injuries at Ani Medical Group. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the convenient online booking feature.