Welcome to episode #18 of the Princeton Spine and Joint Center Podcast. In this episode Dr. Scott Curtis, Sports Medicine Director at Princeton Spine and Joint Center, sat down with Nicole Cleffi, a blood flow restriction physical therapist from Robert Wood Johnson Physical Therapy and the topic of conversation was blood flow restriction physical therapy. They talked about this new form of technology being used in physical therapy, what it is, and certain patients who it’s applicable for, and maybe some patients who its not so great for.
They talked about some of the expected outcomes and how it could help patients both postoperatively and for nonoperative musculoskeletal issues. Enjoy!

Nicole Cleffi, DPT
Physical Therapist at RWJ Sports Physical Therapy in Princeton, NJ Aug 2016 – present

Nicole received her doctorate of physical therapy from Columbia University in 2009 where she specialized in orthopedics. Prior to that, she attended Arcadia University where she received a BA in psychology. Being an athlete from a young age, Nicole always had an interest in sports. She fell in love with sports medicine after working as a student athletic trainer in both high school and college. Now with over 10 years of experience working in outpatient physical therapy, Nicole uses her extensive manual therapy and movement science training to help her patients get back to the things they love to do. In the clinic she see’s patients and athletes of all ages, but also works as the PT for Gymland’s Arena gymnastics team. In her free time, she enjoys running, cycling and traveling with her husband.

Scott Curtis, DO
Director of Sports Medicine at Princeton Spine and Joint Center

Dr. Scott Curtis is a board certified, fellowship trained physician who specializes in the care of sports related injuries and general musculoskeletal care. After attending Penn State University, Dr. Curtis received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and then completed his residency at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ where he was honored to serve as Chief Resident.

Dr. Curtis completed the renowned Sports Medicine Fellowship at Atlantic Sports Health where he worked with the New York Jets, Seton Hall University Athletics, College of St. Elizabeth Athletics and various high school teams. From weekend warriors to professional athletes, high school athletes to 90+ year old tennis players, Dr. Curtis has a singular focus to treat each patient as an individual, identify their concerns as well as their specific goals and help them reach their aspirations using the most effective non-surgical care options.

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