Dr. Matarazzo is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopy. He specializes in complex shoulder and knee injuries using minimally invasive techniques including smaller incisions and arthroscopy.

After earning his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Matarazzo completed his general surgery internship and orthopedic surgery residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University. He then completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, where he served as Assistant Team Physician for the New York Jets and New York Islanders, as well as for the Hofstra University and Hunter College Athletic Departments.

Dr. Matarazzo is the Director of our Sports Medicine department. He currently serves as the Academic Medical Doctor for the Athletic Training Program at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He is also the team physician for Palm Beach State College, Park Vista High School, Boynton Beach High School, Village Academy and Santaluces Community High School. Dr. Matarzzo is also a golf medicine expert with a comprehensive understanding of the game. He is certified by the Titleist Performance Institute, which is the world’s leading educational organization and research facility dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing.
What is runner’s knee?
by  OCPBC  

Most commonly known as Patellofemoral Syndrome, Runner’s Knee is an injury caused by overuse through repetitive high impact activates such as jumping, running and lunging. While this injury commonly affects runners and people who live an active lifestyle, Runner’s Knee also affects anyone who sits for a long period of time. If one works long hours behind a desk, the kneecap can become overtired by a constantly flexed knee.

Runner’s knee symptoms
  • Pain in front of the kneecap
  • Difficulty and pain when bending the knee to kneel, walk and run
  • Uncomfortable pain when ascending and descending stairs
  • Swelling and popping in the knee

In order to confirm a diagnosis of Patellofemoral Syndrome, a physical examination and X-rays will occur. Once the X-ray confirms the injury, one of our OCPBC doctors will outline the best treatment for the lifestyle of the patient. In most cases, the injury can be treated without surgery using the R.I.C.E treatment. Through Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation, this treatment is the first start to relieving pain in the patient.

However, if the injury to the kneecap is much worse through confirmation of an x-ray, surgery may be in the patient’s best interest if the cartilage is damaged or if the kneecap needs to be properly aligned.  All of these various methods will be at the discretion of your OCPBC surgeon in order to provide you the best healing for your kneecap.

Once the kneecap has been eased of pain through either the R.I.C.E system or surgery, an OCPBC doctor will most likely recommend physical therapy that provides strength and range of motion back into the kneecap. A protective brace and tape will also provide the knee extra support as one begins to resume their physical activities.

Injury prevention with OCPBC
Basic prevention to avoid runner’s knee is to stay in shape, stretch properly before exercising, wear proper running shoes and use proper running form that will keep the knees supported when going the distance. We are highly experienced with injury care and have treated thousands of patients suffering from numerous different injuries, including runner’s knee. If you are experiencing symptoms of Patellofemoral Syndrome, give us a call at 561-967-6500.


Lake Worth Office
180 JFK Drive
Suite 100
Atlantis, FL 33462
Boynton Beach Office
10275 Hagen Ranch Road
Suite 200
Boynton Beach, FL 33437
Wellington Office
1221 South State Rd 7
Suite 200
Wellington, FL 33414
Main number for all offices: 561.967.6500