Princeton Spine & Joint Center (PSJC) is celebrating its 11th year in practice in Princeton. Founded by husband and wife team and Princeton natives Drs. Bracilovic and Cooper, PSJC has focused on getting people out of pain and back into their active lives without surgery.

Over the years, it has grown into a seven doctor group. Its doctors are board-certified and fellowship-trained. Between them, they have authored and edited 18 medical texts in their field. Their doctors are recognized as national and international leaders in their field.

“We have chosen to live in Princeton and raise our families here. At the same time, we are still passionate about research and moving our field forward into the future,” reports Dr. Perlman, co-director of PSJC’s regenerative medicine division and co-editor of the forthcoming book, “Regenerative Medicine for Spine and Joint Pain.”

“It’s really the best of both worlds. At PSJC is I get to spend time involved in research and lecturing but at the end of the day, what I love most about my role is the opportunity to use that knowledge and expertise to sit down with a patient one-on-one and map out a treatment plan together to get that person out of pain and back to their active and pain-free life. Nothing feels better than knowing that I’ve helped someone live a better, less painful life. And I get to do it every day in a beautiful town where I love to live.”

Dr. Curtis is the director of the sports medicine division at PSJC and notes, “I loved living in North Jersey and working with the New York Jets and Seton Hall University Athletics but I equally love working with Princeton University athletes and the local high school and junior high school athletes.”

Dr. Curtis emphasizes taking his time with each patient to be sure to arrive at an accurate diagnosis and then giving the patient all the essential information so they can make a plan of action together based on the patient’s particular needs and goals.

“One of the things I also emphasize,” Dr. Curtis notes, “is the importance of a maintenance treatment program to help prevent future injury once the acute injury is resolved. Sometimes this involves carefully evaluating the mechanics of the particular sport. Sometimes this involves uncovering muscle imbalances that may have contributed to the injury in the first place. Solving an acute problem is important, and that’s the first step. But making sure future injuries are prevented is also a really important part of comprehensive treatment. At the end of the day, we don’t take care of MRIs or just an injury. We have to take care of the whole person.”

One of the developments that Dr. Bracilovic is enjoying is her new role as director of the dance medicine division. PSJC is proud to be an official provider for Princeton Ballet School, and Dr. Bracilovic has a particular passion for educating and helping dancers stay healthy and dancing well into the future.

Princeton Spine & Joint Center, 601 Ewing Street, Building A-2, Princeton. 609-454-0760. www.princetonsjc.com

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