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“Problem-solving with patients to help find the right diagnosis and intervention is essential to restoring physical health. This is true for athletes injured on the field as much as it is for people hurt at work lifting a heavy box or having pain while playing with their children or grandchildren.”
Dr. Justin Yucht is on a mission to restore quality of life for all-level athletes, young adults, adults, and seniors with sports and occupational injuries; arthritis; back, neck, and joint pain; carpal tunnel syndrome; and other musculoskeletal and painful ailments. He is a primary care sports medicine physician and a physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) specialist, which makes him uniquely qualified to tackle both complex cases and common physical impairments.
“I’m a problem-solver. My goal is to identify the root cause of people’s pain and impaired function,” he explains, “which helps me determine the best path to returning them to a fulfilling and active lifestyle.”
Before he became a physician, Justin studied visual arts and biology. But he discovered his true passion in medical school, where he found the PM&R/physiatry rotations to be the most engaging. “There was nothing that brought me as much joy as being able to restore or preserve quality of life for patients,” he states. He completed his physiatry residency training at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, followed by subspecialty sports medicine fellowship training at Crozer-Keystone, one of the first of such programs in the country. When he added sports medicine to his credentials, he became part of a small group of specialists uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat complex cases.
“I want to make sure that my patients have a good understanding of what’s going on with them so that they engage with the treatment plan,” he states, and he notes that this is part of why he takes the time to teach his patients about their conditions and to answer any questions they have.
A Bergen County native, Justin wanted to raise his family and practice medicine in North Jersey. He chose Vanguard for its collaborative approach, its focus on the whole patient, and its dedication to expanding the role of community-centered outreach for local sports programs.
When he is not working, Justin stays active with his wife and two young children. He enjoys drawing, cooking, reading, music, and traveling.