Welcome

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. Everybody 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.

I also 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.

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. All treatments begin with full movement assessment to understand the root pathology of the dysfunction. Not all pain stems from the location where you feel it.  I use Osteopathic Manipulation, as well as Cupping and Dry needling. I specialize in steroid-free injections therapies such as Trigger Point therapy, Prolotherapy, Neural Therapy, and Biopuncture. These modalities are normally combined with Corrective Exercise that I prescribe for you to do at home, in addition to nutritional and lifestyle counseling.

I am currently continuing my education with a specialization in contemporary Medical Acupuncture and IV Vitamin Infusion Therapy. 

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Bio

EDUCATION

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.

why i chose integrative medicine

Aside from being a 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.  I needed to focus more on the body, how it moves, how it self-corrects when there is dysfunction, and how that leads to pain.

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 break down movement patterns. For the injuries that are resistant to most other therapies, I also trained in Prolotherapy and Regenerative Medicine, which involves special types of steroid-free injection therapy. I continue to hone my skills and will be adding contemporary medical acupuncture and IV vitamin infusion therapy in the next several months to our practice.

I believe that now I have the knowledge and resources to help active men and women frustrated by pain and injury, return to what they love to do so they can live and find joy in play again.

 

Hobbies

My number one favorite thing to do is spend time with my beautiful wife Mary Anne, an acupuncturist, who I practice with, and my adorable son and daughter. Other than that, I am a jock and a geek, staying active and constantly reading up on new effective treatments and techniques in my specialty.

Together with my wife, Mary Anne Matta, a licensed & board-certified acupuncturist, we opened our own integrative medical practice, MEETING POINT HEALTH.

 

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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.

COUNSELING

During sessions, you will be given counseling and advice on nutrition, supplements, exercise, and performance.

STAY TUNED FOR THE ADDITION OF MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE AND IV VITAMIN INFUSION THERAPY TO MEETING POINT HEALTH

 

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Appointments

To make an initial appointment, please click below for a complimentary 30-minute session.  Dr. Matta is an out-of-network, but will provide you will necessary paperwork should you need to obtain reimbursement. Fees are paid at the time of service.

Dr. Matta has recently moved his practice home. Meeting Point Health offers multiple options in the treatment of pain, performance, and nutrition, including prolotherapy, acupuncture, and osteopathy.

meeting point health
447 militia hill road, fort Washington pa 19034
hello@steveandmaryanne.com
267-314-7555

 


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