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.
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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