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Princeton Spine and Joint Center

Jan 21, 2020

Welcome to Episode #23 of the Princeton Spine and Joint Center Podcast. In this episode Dr. Scott Curtis, Sports Medicine Director at Princeton Spine and Joint Center, discussed ACL Injuries with Nick Cifelli, a Sports Physical Therapist who works with Progression Physical Therapy in Princeton New Jersey as well as The Training Room in Southern New Jersey.

The focus of this episode on ACL Injuries included primary and secondary prevention of ACL tears and rehabilitation. Scott Curtis and Nick Cifelli discussed what the ACL is and how it can be injured, how to diagnose a tear, and how to manage it both surgically and non-surgically. So if you have ever experienced an ACL injury or you are a parent of a child who has, you will learn a lot from this episode of the Princeton Spine and Joint Center Podcast.

Nick Cifelli, PT, DPT, CSCS

Nick grew up in Ewing, NJ and graduated from Ewing High School in 2009 where he played both soccer and baseball. As an undergraduate, Nick attended The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and received a degree in Health and Exercise Science. He was a collegiate baseball player during his time at TCNJ, and also worked in the athletic training room. Upon graduating from TCNJ in 2013, he began personal training and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Nick graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in 2017 with a Doctorate in Physical therapy. His personal interests include weight lifting, golfing, skiing, playing soccer, and going to the beach.

Bachelor’s in Exercise Science from The College of New Jersey
Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University

Continuing Education:

Selective Functional Movement Assessment
Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars MT-1: Essential Peripheral
Soft Tissue Techniques – Release with Fascialization


Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

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.