Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates (NERA), a physician-owned medical practice providing integrated, multidisciplinary care to patients with painful spinal and joint disorders in a comfortable environment. This group of musculoskeletal specialists focus their clinical skills on the evaluation and treatment of disabling musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions.
We treat these conditions using the most effective medical, interventional, rehabilitative, surgical and alternative treatments presently available. Additionally, we provide disability management and medico-legal consultative services that are frequently required while addressing these painful medical conditions.
Lehigh Valley’s pain experts of Dr. Scott Naftulin and the associates of Specialty Spine & NERA medical institute, use the most effective medical, interventional, rehabilitative, surgical and alternative treatments presently available.
Dr Naftulin and his team determines remedies of comfort & relief based on careful diagnose & evaluation of a patient.
Sports Medicine – Pain Evaluation, Treatment & Therapy
Chronic Pain Can Affect Physical Performance
Whether you are a sports professional, collegiate participant or an amateur enthusiast, Dr. Naftulin and the Specialty Spine, Sports & Pain Medicine team of associates have the knowledge, experience, compassion and empathy to evaluate and address the pain associated with your sports injury.
Dr Natfulin and associates promote the therapeutic benefits of physical activity, exercise and sport for individuals and communities.
Regenerative Medicine refers to the use of native and bioengineered cells, assistive devices, and engineering platforms to develop new treatments with the potential to fully heal the underlying causes of diseases, rather than only manage disease symptoms. In some forms such as organ and bone marrow transplant, regenerative medicine has been available for quite some time.
However, more recently, other forms of regenerative medicine including platelet-rich plasma(PRP), stem celland amniotic tissue injection, have become more readily available for the treatment of common musculoskeletal conditions. Medical research has demonstrated benefits from these therapies in treating osteoarthritis, tennis elbow, ligament injuries and disc pain. The tissues generally used are your own (autologous) and therefore the risks of infection or adverse reactions are minimized.
As a result, the treatment paradigm has changed. For instance, instead of repeated corticosteroid (steroid) injections which may provide quick pain relief, regenerative medicine techniques may slow or reverse the degenerative process causing the pain. However, the pain relief may be delayed for several months. Also, athletes are using these treatments to hasten their recovery from acute injuries, and in an attempt to avoid surgery.
Please review our additional articles on some of these effective, cutting-edge medical technologies.
Specialty Spine Care and NERA proudly accept most insurances including all Geisinger Health Plan products.