Published on February 12th, 20180
Expert in Non-Surgical Healing Joins St. Luke’s Orthopedic Care
Decosy Hercules, D.O., has joined St. Luke’s University Health Network as a Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician, expanding access to St. Luke’s Orthopedic Care.
Based at St. Luke’s Monroe Campus and in Lehighton, he serves as the team physician for Jim Thorpe, Mahanoy Area, Marian Catholic, Northern Lehigh and Tamaqua high schools.
Dr. Hercules specializes in non-surgical fracture care, concussion management, acute treatment for sprains and strains, overuse injuries, return-to-play decisions after injury or illness, pre-participation sports examinations and soft tissue injections/aspirations.
“I went to an osteopathic medical school, so I can offer patients with certain cases of aches and pains immediate relief with hands-on manipulative therapy,” Dr. Hercules said. “I’m a big fan of all the non-operative surgical care treatments, including the use of corticosteroid injections.”
Dr. Hercules graduated from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine after earning his undergraduate work at Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology and minors in chemistry and classics.
He completed his residency in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy at CarePoint Health Christ Hospital in Jersey City, N.J., followed by a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at St. Luke’s.
During his St. Luke’s fellowship, he worked as a team physician with Easton High School, Moravian College as well as with St. Luke’s 5K and Half Marathon and the Runner’s World 5K, 10K and Half Marathon.
“The good things about being a primary care sports physician is that it’s not just sports, I see the general population as well,” Dr. Hercules explained. “I see normal patients every day who are injured at home or work. It’s more like total orthopedic care.”
At CarePoint, the osteopathic-based family medicine residency allowed him to also work on common medical issues like diabetes and blood pressure while treating a diverse population from many different backgrounds.
Forming a personal connection with patients is important to Dr. Hercules, and learning about different cultures during his residency greatly impacted his approach to patient care.
“You have to be able to communicate effectively if you’re going to treat patients properly, regardless of your expertise,” he said. “As a primary care sports physician, that strong connection with patient allows me to reinforce the diagnosis and treatment options.”
That approach fits in perfectly with St. Luke’s philosophy of promoting injury prevention and a healthy lifestyle while caring for athletes and non-athletes.
“I chose St. Luke’s because I wanted to be at a place where you felt like you were part of a family and not just another number,” Dr. Hercules said. “St. Luke’s offers that family feeling to the community, the physicians and the administrators.
Providing care and treatment for acute injuries, overuse injuries, concussion management, return-to-play decisions after illness or injury, athletes with acute and chronic illnesses, pre-participation sports examination and soft tissue injections/aspirations.
New Patient Appointments
New patients can schedule an appointment with Dr. Hercules by contacting St. Luke’s Orthopedic Care at 484-526-1735.