Yes, OrthoNY can now claim to have visited the Antarctica. This picture is of Jeremy Muller (husband of OrthoNY employee Meagan Muller). Jeremy is stationed there for three months with his US Air Force colleagues from the Stratton Air National Guard based at Schenectady, New York.
Meagan made Jeremy promise to “take that shirt and make sure you take a good photo and no matter how cold it is the only top you can have on is the OrthoNY shirt.” The photo was taken November 18, 2013 at McMurdo Station, Antarctica in front of Castle Rock. It was minus 3 degrees!!
Jeremy, thank you for listening to Meagan and for bringing OrthoNY to the ”bottom” of the world.
You may have a rotator cuff injury if you have pain in your shoulder, especially at night, and difficulty or weakness with overhead activities.
What is a Rotator Cuff?
A rotator cuff is a combination of muscles and tendons in your shoulder. They connect to the top of the humerus (upper arm bone), and help to position your hand in space. The rotator cuff also helps to stabilize the shoulder joint which has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body.
What Are Rotator Cuff Disorders?
Some of the common rotator cuff problems include:
• Tendonitis or inflammation of the tendons
• Bursitis or inflammation of the bursa, a small, fluid-filled sac that serves as a cushion between the tendons and bones.
• Impingement or abnormal contract between the bursa and underlying rotator cuff with bone above it.
• Rotator cuff tendon tears.
• Calcific tendonitis or buildup of calcium in the rotator cuff tendons
Treating Rotator Cuff Injuries
Properly treating rotator cuff injuries is important. If they go untreated for too long, often systems will worsen and treatment may be more difficult. Treatment options include:
• Resting the shoulder.
• Using anti-inflammatory medicine to relieve pain and decrease the amount of swelling.
• Physical therapy to help increase shoulder strength and range of motion.
• Steroid shots in the shoulder. Though steroid shots don’t cure all rotator cuff disorders, they help reduce pain and swelling and can help improve symptoms associated with many problems affecting the rotator cuff.
Alyssa Greer, physician assistant with OrthoNY, was the female champion at the 13th Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge. MVP Health Care sponsored this 5K race in the Saratoga Spa State Park on Saturday, October 19, 2013 to benefit Saratoga Bridges. Saratoga Bridges has proudly provided the highest level of quality professional services to people with developmental disabilities and their families for more than 55 years.
Over 2,000 runners, walkers, spectators and volunteers packed the Columbia Pavilion, raising $30,000 NET for Saratoga Bridges’ programs and services. Alyssa led the female runners by coming in at a time of 19 minutes and 14 seconds, coming in 6th place overall! To see the 5K Results– CLICK HERE.
Alyssa works in OrthoNY’s Saratoga and Malta, Route 9 offices.
OrthoNY, in conjunction with St. Peter’s Hospital and Stryker Medical Equipment Corporation, sponsored an informational lecture on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany. Johnny Bench, Hall of Fame Major League catcher with the Cincinnati Reds, joined Drs. Fred Fletcher and Frank Congiusta of OrthoNY, to speak about total joint replacement options for patients with osteoarthritis.
Mr. Bench spoke of this experience having both of his hips replaced with both seriousness and humor. Over 350 persons enjoyed the presentation. Johnny also attended a cocktail party in his honor at St. Peter’s Hospital and a dinner with OrthoNY physicians the night before the lecture.
Kristin Kandiel, a physician assistant who works with Dr. William Montgomery at OrthoNY, was a proud participant in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in London, England in September 2013. This race used an identical course and venue as the London 2012 Olympic Games. Kristin participated with 5000 athletes from all over the world!
We are happy to announce here that Kristin finished 4th for the Americans and 36th in the world!!!
Dr. Jon Gainor, Total Joint Replacement specialist at OrthoNY, will be in attendance at the NY’s #1 Over 50 Boomer Expo being held
this Sunday, October 6, 2013 at the Saratoga Springs City Center from 11am to 4pm. The cost for this event is “free.”
This dynamic Expo will feature life enhancing information, products and services, entertainment and Raffle prizes, 100 booths from Kayaks
to Health Care to bicycles to Retirement Planning. Get your questions answered by the professionals! Enjoy the Iron Chef Throwdown & food tastings by
ShopRite. Come to this exciting Expo that culminates with a performance by Tribute artists Donny Elvis at 4:00.
Dr. Gainor will be available to answer your questions about Total Knee and Hip surgery, general Orthopaedics, and OrthoNY, the recent
merger between Orthopaedic Associates of Saratoga and Northeast Orthopaedics of Albany. Stop by and say, “Hi”, and tell
him you heard about it on the OrthoNY website or on the OrthoNY Facebook page.
Enjoy the weekend and the Boomer Expo this Sunday. For More Information Call: 518-395-3045
Tournament brings patients together to celebrate joint replacement success
(SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY) – OrthoNY will host the 13th Annual “Best Foot Forward” Golf Invitational next Wednesday, September 25, at Brookhaven Golf Course in Porters Corners. More than 100 golfers, all practice patients, are registered.
The unique tournament is free for invited golfers and celebrates their successful recovery from joint replacement surgery. Festivities kick off with lunch at noon, followed by nine holes of golf, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Prizes will be awarded to the winners, and for the longest drive and closest-to-the-pin. Golfers will also have the chance to shoot for a $10,000 hole-in-one.
“We started the ‘Best Foot Forward’ with just 27 golfers in 2001,” states Regina Colaes, COO, Saratoga Region. “Not only has it grown with the number of joint replacements we see, it has become a popular event because of the camaraderie. Complete strangers, with seemingly nothing in common other than a joint replacement, have become good friends because of this tournament, and beyond it.”
CEO Alan Okun commented, “OrthoNY is pleased to host this special golf outing for joint replacement patients. It’s the ultimate example of how we are saving lifestyles®, enabling people to recover and return to the activities they love.”
OrthoNY providers will be guest lecturers at the Albany Medical Center’s Center for Physician Assistant Studies. This program is a 28-month Physician Assistant Program leading to a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. The following physicians are speaking to the students this week and next:
- Frank Congiusta, MD – Total Joint Surgeon — Hip and Pelvis Problems; Knee and Lower Leg Problems
- William Montgomery, MD – Spine Surgeon — Back and Spine Problems
- Samuel Dellenbaugh, MD – Foot and Ankle Surgeon — Foot and Ankle Problems
- Richard Dalaba, PA – Principles of Orthopedic Evaluation & General Fracture Management
- Cody Misener, PA – Shoulder Problems
Listen in as Hall-of-Fame catcher and Stryker total hip recipient Johnny Bench shares his personal experience with joint replacement. Johnny Lee Bench is a former professional baseball catcher who played in the Major Leagues for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983 and is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Bench, a 14-time All-Star selection and a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, was a key member of The Big Red Machine, which won six division titles, four National League pennants, and two World Series championships. ESPN has called him the greatest catcher in baseball history
• Arthritis of the Hip and Knee
• Surgical and Non-Surgical Joint Pain Treatment Options
• Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery
Where? The Desmond Hotel, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12211
When? Wednesday, September 25, 2013
9:30am to Noon
Light morning refreshments provided.
How? Space is limited! To Register call 518-525-2227
Sponsored by Stryker Orthopaedics and St. Peter’s Hospital
Football season is right around the corner. With contact sports comes a higher risk for athletic injuries, such as tearing the ACL. An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is when a tear occurs in the knee ligaments that join the upper and lower leg bones. The injuries can vary from small tears to severe tears.
What Causes ACL Injuries?
ACL injuries most commonly occur during sports. Any contact that causes the knee joint to bend backwards, twist or bend from side to side can cause ACL injury. Some examples of situations that could potentially cause an injury to the ACL include:
Getting hit hard on the side of the knee during a football tackle
Overextending the knee joint while running
Stopping abruptly while running
Changing direction while running or landing from a jump
How Do I Know If I Tore My ACL?
Though the symptoms vary based on how severe the injury is, there are specific symptoms that occur with any ACL injury. Often times, there will be a “popping” sound when the injury occurs. Pain and knee swelling within six hours of injury are also common with ACL injuries.
Treating an ACL Injury
An ACL injury doesn’t mean your sports career is over. In order to reduce the chance of permanent damage, the most common first aid technique is the RICE method.
Rest the knee
Ice the knee
Compress the knee with an elastic bandage
Elevate the leg above your heart to reduce swelling
Though the RICE method is very effective for minor ACL injuries, more serious cases may require the injured person to walk with crutches or may require surgery. If your physician decides that surgery is the most effective treatment for your type of tear, several months of rehab may also be included in your treatment.
Make an appointment with a member of our sports team today if you think you have an ACL injury. Or come to one of our urgent care offices if you think you need immediate treatment.