Lourdes Sports MedicineThe Lourdes Sports Medicine Center offers complete, timely and caring sports medicine treatment. Craig Kimmel, M.D. and Thomas Plut, D.O. specialize in the care of professional and amateur athletes. They aim to help patients attain their highest level of performance while minimizing their risk of re-injury.
What is Primary Care Sports Medicine?Primary care sports medicine is a subspecialty of primary care medicine provided by a physician with board-certified training in sports medicine, offering advanced diagnostics and treatment for scholastic, amateur, semiprofessional and professional athletes. Primary care physicians can be assured that specialists like Drs. Kimmel and Plut will provide a unique level of care for athletes of every rank. Orthopedic surgeons should know Dr. Kimmel's and Dr. Plut's training as primary care practitioners allow them to properly triage patients so that only the most appropriate candidates are referred for surgical intervention-which helps to create a more efficient healthcare experience for everyone.
Save Time and EffortThe Lourdes Center, conveniently located in our new, state-of-the art facility at 740 Marne Highway in Moorestown, sees referrals within 24 hours and sends referring physicians a faxed consultation report the same day. The center will obtain pre-authorization for all X-rays, MRIs, physical therapy and other required tests and services as approved by insurance. The center will for an orthopedic evaluation, if required, and expedite consultation from specialists.
Treatment Not Limited to "Athletes"An individual does not have to swing a racket, run down a track or shoot a basketball to get a sports injury. Rather, sports-type injuries can occur in everyday life, such as carrying a toddler up the stairs or lifting bags of topsoil while gardening.
For those who experience foot, ankle or lower back pain because of pes planus, the center provides the most advanced balance and gait analysis available today. The computerized FootMaxx system diagnoses biomechanical foot problems, and corrective orthotic inserts are designed based on the analysis. In addition, the center has a large inventory of the newest braces and supports, which can be custom-fit in the office to ensure ideal comfort and function. We are also pleased to offer advanced high-speed video analysis.
Getting Back in the GameIn resolving a sports injury,. the center staff also works to:
- Develop safe, effective athletic conditioning programs;
- Help referring physicians determine when athletes with medical conditions, such as mononucleosis or multiple concussions, can safely return to play;
- Treat athletes with infectious diseases such as skin rashes;
- Create customized sports nutrition programs to help athletes lose or gain weight safely.
We offer the latest in computerized biomechanical gait analysis for runners who want to optimize the performance and cushioning of their feet through customized orthotics. We offer the largest line of sports specific orthotics in the area. These include orthotics for running, basketball, baseball, softball, lacrosse, field hockey, tennis, skiing, football, wrestling, soccer and many others. We also offer multiple lines of sandal orthotics and dress orthotics. Each of our orthotics are customized to the individual and to their sports. They have a money back guarantee which cannot be found elsewhere in our area.
High-Speed Video Analysis
Our physicians can use their high-speed video analysis to diagnose challenging sports medicine injuries. The same technology can be used to slow down specific movements of an athlete to optimize their performance. We can then design a customized training program to not only rehabilitate an injury, but to prevent an injury, and to improve performance. These videos can then be brought to a sport specific coach for their review as well. Many world-class runners, pitchers, and professional tennis players have benefited from our services. So can you!
More Treatment OptionsLourdes Primary Care Sports Medicine staff can provide medical care necessary to reach peak performance, but it is also important to offer patients access to programs and services that address the emotional and spiritual well-being. Working with staff from the Lourdes Wellness Center in Collingswood, Drs. Kimmel and Plut are referring appropriate patients who are looking to round out their care. We offer a full range of treatments including massage therapy, craniosacral therapy, corrective muscle therapy, active dynamic stretching, acupuncture, hypnosis, sports nutrition, sports imagery and psychology, physical therapy, biofeedback, manipulation therapy, and much more through our partnership with the Lourdes Wellness Center. We often find these are a great alternative to traditional medications or surgery.
Available for ConsultationThe center is available for telephone consultation, answering questions on necessary testing for an initial workup of a sports injury or ailment and providing guidance on the appropriate first treatment. Drs. Kimmel and Plut are available for all sports medicine concerns.
About the Doctors
Thomas Plut D.O.
Dr. Plut's special areas of sports medicine interest include osteopathic manipulation, educating his patients on their diagnoses, injury prevention, promoting health, and biomechanical analysis of athletic problems. He is also a covering physician for the Marine Corps Marathon and has covered triathlons. Dr. Plut was an outstanding medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He did his post graduate training through the Crozer Keystone Health System. This training included their renowned Sports Medicine Fellowship program. Dr. Plut is available to treat athletes of all ages and ranks.
Craig Kimmel M.D.
Dr. Kimmel is the Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine for Lourdes Health System. Dr. Kimmel is a nationally renowned authority on sports medicine. He continues to lecture and teach physicians throughout the country. Three New Jersey Governors have asked for Dr. Kimmel's guidance with health-related issues for our state. Most recently, he was the chairman of Governor Cody's Steroid Commission Medical Committee. The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association has appointed Dr. Kimmel to oversee the state's sports drug testing program. He continues to advise them on a broad range of sports medicine topics. Many of the current NJSIAA regulations are based on his recommendations and expertise. Dr. Kimmel enjoys treating professional athletes and amateurs alike. He was an award-winning medical student at Hahnemann University Medical School in Philadelphia. He completed a residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital where he went on to direct their sports medicine program.
See this summary of a presentation by Dr. Kimmel on stress and integrative-medicine, including as they relate to sports: