When you grow up around orthopaedic surgery, you are likely to either spend your childhood aspiring to be a surgeon or you’ll know it’s not a fit. For Dr. Matthew Prince, becoming an orthopaedic surgeon like his father was always the right career move. To get there, he studied medicine at the Michigan State Univeristy College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery through Michigan State University and McLaren Oakland hospital.
After completing his residency, Dr. Prince decided to add to his dream and turn his passion for athletics into a subspecialty in sports medicine. He completed his fellowship at Mayo Clinic, an elite training program.
Getting People Back to Their Best
“I grew up playing sports, so a sports medicine sub-specialty had an instant draw,” explained Dr. Prince. “My favorite part of the job is working with athletes from professional or college level to the regular weekend warrior. I want to get people back to the things they want to do.”
Dr. Prince specializes in procedures and treatments for the knee, shoulder and hip, and while that can sometimes include surgical procedures like scopes or replacements, Dr. Prince is passionate about non-surgical treatment options as well. “I take a very conservative approach to injuries,” he explained. “Orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in sports medicine are exposed to a lot more non-operative treatments during training.” He continues to explain that there are a lot of successful treatment plans for sports-related injuries that allow patients to avoid an operation.
Of course, to best avoid surgery Dr. Prince preaches prevention. “One of the bigger areas for preventative care is around ACL injuries,” he said. “I see a lot of people, particularly younger female patients, with ACL injuries.” For this, he recommends educating athletes about jumping and landing mechanisms that can best protect your ACL. “The unfortunate consequence of that first ACL tear is that your chance of tearing the opposite ACL increases dramatically.” He recommends taking advantage of the multiple educational resources available to help athletes understand the best prevention tips for their needs.
Partnering with the Community
One of the best parts of working with Crittenton, Dr. Prince said, is the opportunity to provide care to the community through partnerships with local teams. Crittenton was recently announced as the healthcare provider for Oakland University Athletics. Dr. Prince explained that the pairing provides an excellent opportunity to deliver the expert care student athletes need for injury prevention and treatment.
“I spend most of my time at Crittenton,” Dr. Prince said. “The OR staff is extremely motivated. There is enough stress associated with practicing surgery, so having a team that is as concerned with patient outcomes and delivering top of the line care is a huge benefit.” He adds that his patients have equally positive experiences and enjoy the hospital’s caring and compassionate staff.
When he is not at the hospital or seeing patients in his office, Dr. Prince can often be found playing sports himself. “I really like being outside,” he said. “So you can find me exercising most days before work, playing a pick-up game of soccer or basketball or spending time fishing or hunting.” Dr. Prince also enjoys spending his free time at home with his family.
Dr. Matthew Prince received his medical school training at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, MI. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery through Michigan State University and McLaren in Oakland, MI and his fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine.