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Sports Medicine & Sports Injury Care 

Specialized Concussion Centers

Our state-of-the-art Concussion Centers provide individualized evaluation and treatment during the acute phase (1-5 days) after concussion or head injury in a medical model that maximizes recovery and reduces disability associated with head injury. 

Sports Physicals

We offer a variety of locations across New Jersey where you can easily schedule a sports physical/pre-participation physical examination (PPE) from our network of physicians. 

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Sports Injury Conditions We Treat 

  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Cartilage injuries (meniscus tears and articular cartilage defects)
  • Fractures
  • Golfer's elbow
  • Ligament injuries (ACL, PCL, MCL & LCL injuries)
  • Osteoarthritis of the shoulder, foot, ankle and knee
  • Peroneal tendon injuries
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Shoulder tendonitis and bursitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Throwing injuries of the shoulder and elbow
  • Bone marrow aspirate injections / stem cell treatments use your body’s natural ability to heal itself by using regenerative cells from your bone marrow to accelerate healing in osteoarthritis or tendon injuries.
  • Fracture Management: Directed by a board-certified orthopedic traumatologist, our Fracture Management program provides care and treatment of complex fractures and is a residency training site for orthopedic trauma.
  • Hydrotherapy exercises are an effective way to treat shoulder and elbow injuries.
  • Integrative medicine options, such as massages and acupressure.
  • Joint injections, when used in combination with rehabilitation therapy, can significantly reduce the need for surgery. 
  • Pain Management: We offer a wide variety of treatment options, from conservative drug therapies and epidural anesthesia to minimally invasive nerve stimulation techniques. 
  • Physical therapy & rehabilitation with advanced certified therapists.
  • Platelet-rich plasma injections of your own blood help rebuild damaged tissue and treat joint pain after an acute injury, such as ligament and muscle injuries, tennis elbow and golfer's elbow.
Arthroscopic repair of the knee, shoulder, elbow, hip, ankle, or wrist uses a small incision and tiny camera to examine and repair the tissues inside or around your joint. It’s used to treat SLAP tears, Bankart tears, tennis elbow and rotator cuff injuries.
  • ACL Reconstruction
  • Biceps repair and tenodesis surgery repairs the biceps tendon.
  • Cartilage Resurfacing
  • Labrum Repair
  • Meniscus Surgery
  • Patellar Realignment
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder resurfacing caps the upper arm bone with a smooth metal covering and replaces the shoulder blade socket with a strong plastic socket or tissue graft. 
  • Tommy John procedure repairs elbow ligaments with tendons from elsewhere in the body.

Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health


Our team of board-certified hand surgeons, wrist surgeons and support staff specialize in the most advanced orthopedic surgeries and treatments available and have received training from some of the top programs in the nation.


U.S. News & World Report has rated several of our adult orthopedic programs as High Performing in the areas of hip and knee replacement, as well as Hackensack University Medical Center being nationally ranked in Orthopedics.

Patient Experience

Our unique brand of collaborative medicine pools the knowledge of surgical and non-surgical specialists together so we can provide you with the best possible care, treatment and outcomes.

CDI Research Office
Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery & Innovation: Cutting-Edge Research for Orthopedic Care

Researchers at the Center for Discovery & Innovation (CDI) are collaborating with our orthopedic surgeons on innovations in orthopedic care and surgical procedures. One promising area of focus is restorative medicine, such as using stem cells to help manage orthopedic disorders. 

Patient Story

“I’m in a high-demand job that requires a high-performing knee. After undergoing minimally invasive robotic knee-replacement surgery, I was able to get back to work.” — Tim Gallin, Stuntman in more than 300 movies and TV shows, Glen Rock, N.J.

Tim Gallin
Patient speaking with doctor
Our Sports Medicine Experts

Our board-certified sports medicine physicians have undergone advanced training in their specialty. All of our Sports Medicine specialists share the same goal: To provide you with the most effective treatment available and the fastest recovery possible so you can return to doing the things you love.

4 Common Injuries from Combat Sports

Craig Van Dien, M.D., says that he frequently sees hand and wrist injuries related to combat sports.

Getting Back on Track After a Sports Injury

If you have sustained an injury, one of your first questions after treatment will be, “When can I get back in action?”

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