Welcome.

Who Am I and What Do I Do?
Hi. I’m Dr. Steve Matta.  At the heart of it, I am an Osteopathic Sports Medicine physician. I look at medicine as both a science and an art. Every body is different and I like to treat each one like a puzzle.  I will not slap on a diagnosis and hand you a prescription.  Because my approach to medicine is both integrative and holistic, it means I do not do surgery, I do not give any steroid or cortisone injections and I do not prescribe narcotic pain medications. Instead, I like to rely on the information I get from you in our interview along with an in-depth physical examination to figure out what the pathology is, whether it be musculoskeletal, neural, hormonal, or pathogenic.

Do I need to be an Athlete to see you?
Absolutely not. I see teachers, chefs, dentists, musicians, artists, photographers, as well as runners, cyclists, golfers, gymnasts or whatever your hobby may be. Anyone who moves and gets hurt will benefit from my services.

What kind of conditions do you treat?
The most common thing I treat is some sort of muscle, bone, or joint pain. Usually, this comes in the form of pain in the neck, back, knee, hip, ankle, wrist, elbow, shoulder, foot, hand, etc. I also treat other conditions like concussions, overtraining, nutritional disorders, and many other things that don’t necessarily fall into the categories I mentioned.  In addition, I also like to counsel individuals who don’t necessarily have pain but are having trouble with their workouts because of fatigue, lack of performance, or a muscle that just doesn’t seem to want to fire properly.  I also treat that weekend warrior that is training for a marathon or triathlon and is looking for guidance on a certain issue; or even individuals that are struggling to lose weight despite several efforts to do so.

What treatments do you offer?
I believe the treatments must always be tailored to the individual. After doing a full movement assessment to understand the pathology,  I use Osteopathic Manipulation to help increase the mobility of an area that is restricted and alleviate pain. I also use other therapies such as Cupping and Dry needling. Injections therapies are also highly effective. I find that steroid-free trigger point injections with lidocaine (an anesthetic) and/or a homeopathic injectable (think Arnica) are extremely effective in healing and pain relief.  Also, Prolotherapy is particularly useful in difficult conditions. These modalities are normally combined with Corrective Exercise that I prescribe for you to do at home, in addition to nutritional and lifestyle counseling.

Anything Else?
Yes. I love to educate on the whole body. This means I will likely discuss nutrition, sleep, supplementation, breathing, meditation, etc. with my patients to make sure that there is nothing in their life that is either hindering their progress or causing them pain. I typically will also look at lab work to see if there are other things going on that are mediating the condition.

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My Story

Aside from being an Osteopathic Sports Medicine physician, I am also a runner, golfer, and cyclist, so I have had my own share of pain and injury. For several years, I suffered from plantar fasciitis.  I tried the standard treatment modalities prescribed for such a pain – stretching, night splints, orthopedic inserts, physical therapy, even cortisone injections. Nothing worked, at least not permanently, A friend suggested I try acupuncture, and after three treatments, my pain was gone. I realized that a more holistic approach to sports medicine was warranted and necessary.

Since then I have made it my aim to provide my clients with the tools they need to both diagnose what the problem is and fix it. I first began by studying functional movement, popularized by Gray Cook, the founder of the Functional Movement Screen and eventually become a Selective Functional Movement Assessment practitioner. In addition, I studied David Weinstock’s Neurokinetic Therapy so I could better breakdown the muscle groups that through off the larger pattern. For the injuries that are resistant to most other therapies, I also got trained in Prolotherapy and Regenerative Medicine and am able to provide help for many dealing with chronic pain.

Now I believe I have knowledge and resources to help active men and women frustrated by pain and injury, return to what they love to do so they can lead an active, healthy life.

Biography

 

I am a licensed and board certified physician in sports medicine and family medicine.  I completed my medical education at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and my Masters in Business Administration at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.  I then went on to complete my Family Medicine Residency at Valley Baptist in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, and followed my residency training with a specialty fellowship in primary care sports medicine in Montclair, NJ at Mountainside Sports Medicine, a clinical affiliate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

I was formerly a team physician for the Antigua Professional Soccer Team in Antigua, Guatemala, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology Division I basketball and soccer teams, as well as several high school team sports.  I have provided medical coverage for various events, including the Philadelphia Triathlon and the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.

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Hobbies

My number one favorite thing to do is spend time with my beautiful wife Mary Anne (who you can check out here) and my adorable son and daughter.

Other than that, I regularly run, bike, and stay active with kettlebell training.

 

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Services

Prolotherapy

The current standards for the practice of injection work for pain include the use of steroids to stop the inflammatory process occuring in a painful joint. If you have had a cortisone injection in the past, you have likely had the experience of being pain-free for a short amount of time (a month or two), only to be reintroduced to your agony after the steroid’s effect has worn off.  The next course of action for most people is surgery, which may or may not be effective.  Prolotherapy is essentially the opposite of a steroid injection because it hits the restart button on an inflammatory process that has gone rogue.  Our bodies use inflammation to heal itself.  When you cut your finger, the body sends all kinds of hormonal messengers to the area to rebuild, restructure, and eliminate invading pathogens and toxins. The goal of prolotherapy is to work with your body to correct the inflammatory process, not halt it.

Does it hurt and what are the side effects?

Injections are done in the joints and aimed at the damaged ligament or tendon towards bone, which minimizes potential damage to nerves and other vessels. A typical treatment involves multiple injections in the site of injury.  When performed by a physician who has undergone the necessary hands-on training and certification to perform prolotherapy, any harmful side effects and risks are quite rare. Because prolotherapy is also mixed with lidocaine, the initial response is usually decreased pain and numbness in the injected area. After a few days, the patient will likely feel a dull ache and pain as the inflammatory process brings about healing and repair. It is imperative that the patient does not ice the area or take anti-inflammatory medications either before treatment or after, as this negates the therapeutic benefits.  As will all medical procedures, one should be aware of any potential side effects and risks, though rare, which include weakness, allergic reaction, pain, infection, headache, dizziness, and nausea.

How many treatments Do I need?

A typical series is 3-4 treatments to see relief, though depending on the nature of the injury (acute or chronic), one may need more or less. For some patients with chronic issues, a maintenance dose every now and then is helpful after an initial series.

Homeopathic Injectables

Also called Biopuncture, this form of injection therapy primarliy utilizes Arnica Montana, a known homeopathic remedy to relieve pain and inflammation in a joint or trigger point. It works much like prolotherapy, correcting the inflammatory mechanism and bringing about the needed blood flow to an area to bring about healing and reduce pain.  As with prolotherapy, this is an effective alternative to steroid injections and the side effects are the same.  A course of homeopathic injectables is usually done more frequently; usually 6 doses is a typical course of treatment. The effect is potentially faster than that of prolotherapy, though this varies from patient to patient.

trigger point therapy

For an athlete or weekend warrior with an acute non-emergent injury, a simple lidocaine injection into the site can reduce pain dramatically.

Nutritional Injection

For those with documented nutritional deficiencies, intramuscular injection of needed vitamins such as B-12 is an option.

OSTEOPATHY

Dr. Matta is an Osteopathic medical physician and specialist in Primary Care Sports Medicine. Osteopathic manipulation is a hands-on treatment of the body to bring the spine, joints, and myofascial networks back into balance, and can be very effective in increasing mobility and decreasing pain.

CUPPING

The modality of cupping has been practiced for centuries and is an integral treatment modality in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The treatment involves the placement of plastic cups over the skin and works by drawing blood flow back into an area that may not have been receiving adequate attention by the body. It is an effective treatment for pain and injury.

OTHER SERVICES

Included in any of your sessions is counseling and advice on nutrition, supplements, exercise and performance.

 

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Appointments

To make an appointment, click below. As you will see, Dr. Matta is not in-network with any insurance providers but will provide you will necessary paperwork should you need to obtain reimbursement. Fees are paid at the time of service. You also have the option of pre-payment at the time of scheduling.

If you need to contact us, please do so by email at steve@drstevematta.com

Dr. Stephen Matta will be seeing patients during limited hours at his new office location at Balance in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.

Balance Chestnut Hill
12 W. Willow Grove Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118

 


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