In episode 10 of the Princeton Spine & Joint Center podcast, Dr. Scott Curtis, Director of Sports Medicine here at the practice, had a great conversation with Nicole Groszew Mattonelli from Professional Physical Therapy here in Princeton about Sport Specific Physical Therapy. Nicole is an orthopedic physical therapist and a sport specific physical therapist who has a wealth of knowledge on different types of sport specific physical therapy protocols. They talked about a lot of different things including generalized physical therapy, what it is and what are some of the expectations behind physical therapy. Scott and Nicole also talked about sport specific physical therapy and a functional progression to getting an athlete back to doing what they want to do. They used the example of runners’ sport specific injuries and different ways that they get them back to running. So if you’ve ever done physical therapy or are an athlete who has had chronic or acute injuries that required physical therapy, we think you will enjoy this episode.

Nicole Groszew Mattonelli, PT, DPT OCS Clinical Director of Professional Physical Therapy in Princeton

Dr. Nicole Groszew Mattonelli received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ). Prior to that, she attended Kean University where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Biology. Nicole was a student athlete at Kean, as a member of the women’s soccer team, spotlighted for player of the week among other conference honors.

Dr. Nicole Groszew Mattonelli is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics. She has been practicing in an Outpatient setting for the last six years in clinics with an emphasis on manual therapy and corrective exercise. Her future goals include continuing to expand her knowledge base with attending continuing education courses to further her manual therapy skills and continue with professional development.

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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