Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick • Somerset

Sports Medicine Services

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset offers you an extensive range of therapeutic programs and services based on the most advanced treatment approaches and technologies in rehabilitative medicine. Our staff is professionally trained in several specialized therapy treatment techniques:
Graston Technique
The Graston Technique is a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that helps our therapist detect and treat scar tissue and limitations that effect ideal functional movement. This helps the patient by:
• Decreasing the overall time of treatment
• Enabling faster rehabilitation and recovery
• Decreasing the need for anti-inflammatory medications
• Helping improve chronic health conditions that were thought to be permanent

The Graston Technique has been clinically proven to have faster and improved outcomes in treating both acute and chronic conditions including:
• Cervical Sprains/Strains
• Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
• Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
• Achilles Tendinitis
• Shin Splints
• Lumbar Sprains/Strains
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
• Trigger Finger
• Scar Tissue Reduction

Jones Strain & Counter Strain
Jones Institute Strain & Counter Strain is a manual therapy technique, meaning the therapist uses only their hands, to treat muscle and joint pain and dysfunction. It involves the gentle positioning of (spasming) muscles and (dysfunctional) joints in the direction of comfort or tissue ease. This causes the muscle to relax, decreasing tension on the influenced joints, helping increase range of motion and relieving pain. Strain and counter strain is beneficial for the treatment of acute sports injuries, ankle sprains, post-surgical conditions and chronic osteoarthritis.

McKenzie Method
The McKenzie Method is an assessment and treatment technique for spinal disorders. After a thorough assessment of past pain and pain response to repeated movements, the clinician can assess which spinal disorders is occurring and use a specific group of exercises aimed at alleviating that disorder, restoring pain-free function to the spine.

Kinesio Taping Method
The Kinesio Taping Method is a technique performed over and around muscles to give support and prevent over-contraction. Kinesio Taping is extremely useful when performed with specific therapeutic exercises in the rehabilitation program.

Mulligan Concept
The Mulligan Concept consists of mobilizations with movement in the extremities and sustained natural apophyseal glides in the spine. These techniques help increase range of motion and reduce pain in the dysfunctional joints. Once one of our skilled physical therapists has completed a comprehensive evaluation; he or she will create a treatment plan tailored to your needs and goals.

Our Concussion Recovery Program offers a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to the evaluation and management of concussions caused by sports injuries, falls or other head trauma.

Community Sports Medicine Clinics & Training Programs
Our dedication to keeping the athletic community healthy and active is evidenced by the comprehensive nature of our programming. In addition to providing specialized assessment and treatment for sports-related injuries, our clinical team is also actively involved in educating athletes, coaches, and parents about injury prevention and recognition. We believe that sports training and education are integral factors to our programs. We provide programs to the community focused on proper strength building, flexibility, conditioning, endurance, and training techniques to minimize the risk of injury occurrence.

Through integration with local colleges, school districts, community venues and professional sports teams, Somerset Sports Medicine has helped thousands of individuals to better understand how to care for their bodies before, during and after participating in athletics.

For more information on our upcoming Community Sports Medicine Clinics, please visit our Calendar of Events.