Scoliosis is one of the most common childhood spinal conditions. Overall, the disease affects roughly 1 to 2 percent of the American population, or 6 to 9 million people. Although the condition can affect anyone, it most often presents between the ages of 10 and 15. As far as spinal conditions go, most cases of scoliosis are relatively mild. Very often it causes nothing more than a visual deformity of the back, such as uneven shoulders or uneven hips. However, scoliosis can and does cause
Please join the Summit Medical Group family in congratulating four members of our talented orthopedics department for their inclusion in NJ Monthly’s Select Surgeons award list in the category of Bone and Joint Surgery. The Select Surgeons list compiles the most competent physicians in New Jersey. Winners from Summit Medical Group Orthopedics are: David Abrutyn Matthew Garberina James Kanellakos Matthew Zornitzer Dr. Abrutyn is a sports medicine expert who has written dozens
Please join the Summit Medical Group Orthopedics family in congratulating Dr. Joseph Said for the publication of his textbook chapter. Dr. Said’s chapter, “Anterior Transposition in Cubital Tunnel Syndrome,” will appear in the textbook Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, aimed at aspiring shoulder and elbow orthopedics specialists. Dr. Said is an acknowledged expert in treating cubital tunnel syndrome, having published three journal articles prior to the textbook chapter. He was tapped to write this
The knee is one of the largest and most complex of the body’s joints and is susceptible to many sources of pain. Knees can sustain acute injuries or be worn down chronically due to age and wear-and-tear. When treating knee pain, it is important to understand the source. Once the more common sources of knee pain—meniscus tears, ACL sprains and osteoarthritis, for example—are ruled out, it is up to an orthopedist to look to the lesser known causes of knee pain. Patellofemoral pain syndrome
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are not what they used to be: A recipe for pain and possibly permanent disability. Modern medical technique and technology allows serious athletes, weekend warriors and everyone else to return from an ACL tear or rupture potentially as good as new. Orthopedic surgeons can make this happen by performing ACL reconstructions. An ACL reconstruction is a procedure that creates an environment within the knee that encourages growth of new connective tissue.
Many shoulder injuries in overhead or throwing athletes can be prevented by following pitch counts, rest and a proper stretching program throughout the year. Proper conditioning (range of motion, stability and strength), mechanics and recovery time are all important factors in preventing injuries. The following are preventative exercises that may be incorporated into the routines of any athlete. Range of motion exercises may be performed daily; strengthening exercises can be performed three