ONS Sponsors KicIt

Spin to Win game helps to learn about ortho/neuro and physical therapy.

Spin to Win game helps to learn about ortho/neuro and physical therapy.

As a part of the Greenwich and Stamford communities, ONS selects opportunities to help  local athletes and non-profit causes. This past weekend, ONS sponsored the Stamford Kic It Triathlon which benefits Kids in Crisis.

Founded in 1978, Kids in Crisis works to help children and parents that are experiencing any kind of crisis, such as abuse, fights, family issues and more. The organization has 2 emergency shelters that provide a safe, healing environment for up to 20 children every day. The services are free and available to anyone. Last year Kids in Crisis helped over 6,000 children.

ONSbagsEach year, Kids in Crisis holds several events to raise support for the cause. There are three main events, Cards for Kids, Kic It Triathlon and a golf tournament. This past Sunday, June 28th, the 6th Annual KIC IT Triathlon was held at Mill River Park. ONS has been a sponsor of the event for 3 years. We are thrilled to help out such a great cause. The ONS booth featured fun, educational games like “Spin to Win”, to test your orthopedic/neurosurgical and physical therapy knowledge, and “Lil Bones,” an iPad educational game for all ages! Event-goers left our booth with ONS goodie bags that included educational literature, hot/cold packs, beach balls and other fun items. The proceeds from the triathlon and the other events help support Kids in Crisis and all they do for the children in our area.

Jason Solomon, PA-C

Jason Solomon, PA-C

This year we were proud to cheer on one of our own in the race. Jason Solomon, PA-C competed and said that although the roads were wet with rain water, the race is always a good race for any triathlete. Congratulations Jason on a great race!

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Are shoes the culprit of foot pain?

ONS orthopedic surgeon Michael Clain, who specializes in foot and ankle surgery met with News 12 On Health Reporter Gillian Neff to discuss whether the cause of foot pain is related to shoes.


Dr.Clain says foot issues like bunions and hammer toes are exacerbated by shoes. Bunions may appear to be bumps growing on the foot, but they’re actually bones shifted out of place by frequent wear and tear and it is best to find shoes that can accomodate your feet comfortably. Watch the NEWS12 “What’s Ailing You: Aching Foot Pain” with Gillian Neff.

For more on bunion surgery and the results read: Suffer from Bunion Pain? Dr. Clain Offers Solutions.

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ONS Stamford: Off to a Great Start


5 High Ridge Park, 3rd floor, Stamford, CT 06905

On the evening of June 22, 2015, Orthopedic & Neurosurgery Specialists (ONS) held a grand opening celebration of a second ONS location at 5 High Ridge Park in Stamford, CT. The event was a first look at the new facility for the public, complete with informative stations about injury prevention, exercise tips and sports medicine stations with medical models and video presentations. Throughout the evening, around 200 guests toured the office, and learned about injuries and treatments of the foot and ankle, hand and wrist, shoulder and elbow, hip and knee, spine and Platelet Rich Plasma treatment. ONS physicians were available to answer questions. ONS Physical Therapy showcased injury prevention exercises for tennis, golf and running. Local businesses participated in the evening as guests enjoyed food and beverage and displays and a drawing of exciting prizes. The ONS physicians, clinicians and staff members were pleased with the opportunity to meet and greet the Stamford community! To learn more about our new Stamford office please visit http://onsmd.com/ons-stamford/.

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Orthopedic and Neurosurgery Specialists (ONS) in Greenwich and Stamford, CT has opened an expanded, state-of-the-art medical office and physical therapy facility in North Stamford. The new office is conveniently located off the Merritt Parkway at exit 35 at 5 High Ridge Park on the 3rd floor. Patients who choose to see a physician at the new location will find an aesthetically comfortable and healing environment that features the latest technology in imaging and electronic medical records.

A public grand opening celebration, “Your Prescription for Success: A Sports Medicine Event” will take place on June 22nd from 6 to 8 p.m. at the new office located at 5 High Ridge Park, 3rd floor in Stamford.

Come visit our brand new Orthopedic, Sports Medicine & Spine Center and Physical Therapy facility in High Ridge Park.

  • Tour the new facility and enjoy food and beverages.
  • Check out our golf, tennis and running stations to learn injury prevention tips and exercises from ONS Physical Therapists.
  • ONS physicians will talk about sports medicine related conditions and treatments.
  • Enter our drawing for exciting prizes.

To schedule an appointment at the new office in Stamford with the following physicians call, 203-869-1145.

James Cunningham, MD
Demetris Delos, MD
Tim Greene, MD
Marc Kowalsky, MD
Sean Peden, MD
Scott Simon, MD
Christopher Sahler, MD
Katie Vadasdi, MD
Mark Vitale, MD

To schedule a physical therapy appointment call, 203-869-1145, option 3.


Northbound CT-15/Merritt Pkwy:

Exit 35 (CT-137/High Ridge Rd.), go straight at the light at the end of the exit ramp then continue on Buxton Farm Rd. In .7 miles, turn left onto Turn of River Rd. and continue into High Ridge Park. Building 5 is the 2nd building on the left.

Southbound CT-15/Merritt Pkwy:

Take Exit 35 (CT-137/High Ridge Rd.), at end of the ramp, turn right onto High Ridge Road (CT-137). In .1 miles, turn left onto Buxton Farm Road. In .7 miles, turn left onto Turn of River Rd. and continue into High Ridge Park. Building 5 is the 2nd building on the left.

  • Parking is in the rear of the building
  • Patient-drop off entrance and handicap accessible parking on lower level

ONS and ONS Physical Therapy are on the 3rd floor.


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ONS SPONSORS Navigators Stamford KIC-IT Triathlon

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 27-28
Saturday: Children ages 6 – 13
5th annual Navigators Stamford KIC IT Kids Triathlon
Sunday: Adults

ONSTeamKICITboothWEB8th annual Navigators Stamford KIC IT Olympic Triathlon (.9 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike, 6.2 mile run) and second annual Navigators Stamford KIC IT Sprint Triathlon (0.5 mile swim, 13.9 mile bike, 3.2 mile run). These USAT-sanctioned races are contested over exciting courses in the Long Island Sound and throughout the countryside of North Stamford and vibrant downtown Stamford.

Join us for a weekend packed with family fun! On Saturday, children ages 6 – 13 get in on the action with the fifth annual Navigators Stamford KIC IT Kids Triathlon. On Sunday, adults take center stage in the eighth annual Navigators Stamford KIC IT Olympic Triathlon (.9 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike, 6.2 mile run) and second annual Navigators Stamford KIC IT Sprint Triathlon (0.5 mile swim, 13.9 mile bike, 3.2 mile run). These USAT-sanctioned races are contested over exciting courses in the Long Island Sound and throughout the countryside of North Stamford and vibrant downtown Stamford.

The weekend raises funds for Kids in Crisis, the areaʼs only temporary emergency shelter and counseling center for families and children of all ages. Since 1978, Kids in Crisis has helped more than 124,000 parents and children struggling with abuse, neglect, homelessness and more.

On Sunday, after all the races, enjoy the Family Festival, complete with music. Stop by the ONS booth for the “Spin to Win” game and “lil’ Bones” game for kids.

To register for the races visit https://www.kicittriathlon.com/.

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An Arthritic Reality Check

Arthritis affects more than 52 million adults in the United States and is the most common cause of disability,” according to the CDC. The pain from arthritis can set the stage for a decline in physical activity and make it difficult to prevent chronic health problems. Unfortunately, some who suffer from this ailment stop their activity and become depressed from thoughts of the mobility they once had.

Solutions for Knee Pain ArticleJane E. Brody, author of the “Keep  Moving to Stay a Step Ahead of Arthritis” article in The New York Times recently attempted to relate to those suffering from arthritis by speaking of her own battle with having to put down the tennis racket after decades of enjoying the sport, and her story did not end there. Two years after that, she had joint replacement surgery, picked up an assortment of other activities that successfully replaced tennis as a main source of activity. Therefore, encouraging others to do the same and not succumb to the depression that can sometimes come in hand with arthritis.

The reality is that the majority of people dealing with arthritis do not fully understand what they are capable of. Less than 10% of participants with arthritic knees in a 10-year study met the national guidelines of doing two and a half hours of moderate physical activity a week. Yes, you read that correctly, a week! It gets better though. Participants did notice a significant improvement of function when the amount of activity per week was increased. Additional weight on the body creates unnecessary stress on the major joints as well, leaving a 10% decrease in weight able to make a noticeable difference. With this fact a recommendation of starter exercises were mentioned, including walking laps in a swimming pool and then increasing activity as the muscles gain strength.

For more insightful tips, come to Dr. Delos’ talk about “Solutions for Knee Pain in Active Patients with Arthritis” tonight! The program is free and open to the public! Registration Requested. Aside from the talk, please consult your physician if this article has hit home and/or your quality of life is not what it once was; ONS provides excellent service and care for those in need, proudly keeping up-to-date with developments in the field.

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Effects of Technology on Healthcare, Medicine, and Fitness

When: Wednesday June 3, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Greenwich Hospital Noble Conference Center
Speaker: Katie Vadasdi, MD

Katie Vadasdi, MD

Katie Vadasdi, MD

Katie Vadasdi, MD of ONS and Greenwich Hospital will be speaking about the impacts of technology on healthcare, medicine and fitness. The talk will focus specifically on remote access to medical care through digital clinics and applications that connect patients and their healthcare providers. She will discuss digital health information records that will allow individuals greater understanding of their medical history and greater control of their health prevention and treatment decisions. Dr. Vadasdi will also speak about how individuals of all athletic and activity levels can monitor, track and impact their health program including nutrition and exercise.

Event is FREE. Registration required by Tuesday, June 2. Optional box lunch is available for $10 with orders due by Friday, May 29. To register, call 203-863-4277 or 888-305-9253. Or register online at www.greenwichhospital.org.

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ONS is Expanding!

Stamford announcment art.smWe are excited to announce that ONS will open an expanded, state-of-the-art office and physical therapy facility at 5 High Ridge Park in North Stamford in June. Construction began in January and is expected to be completed by the end of May.

The Stamford location will offer a team of physicians and clinical staff dedicated to that office. Some of our other surgeons from Greenwich will also maintain a schedule to see patients in Stamford on a weekly basis. In addition to the doctors’ office, the site will feature a state-of-the-art physical therapy facility outfitted with the latest equipment in an aesthetically comfortable and healing environment.

The new facility is being added in order to accommodate ONS’s growing patient population in the Stamford, New Canaan, Darien and surrounding communities. “Many of our patients come from the Stamford area. Now they can receive the excellent level of orthopedic and neurosurgical care they count on without having to drive to Greenwich,” explained Dr. Seth Miller. In house x-ray and a fully integrated electronic medical records system will make the ONS Stamford office a convenient choice for patients in that area.

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Collaborative Solutions for Safety in Sport 2015

Gloria Cohen, MD

Gloria Cohen, MD

ONS specialists are on a mission to spread the word about health! Gloria Cohen, MD participated in the first Collaborative Solutions for Safety in Sport Meeting at the NFL Headquarters in New York City on March 26-27 with more than 20 other members of the AMSSM (American Medical Society for Sports Medicine); an organization of sports medicine physicians in multiple fields dedicated to education, research, and advocacy.

The meeting was strongly influenced by the “2013 Inter-Association Task Force for Preventing Sudden Death in Secondary School Athletic Programs: Best Practice Recommendations” giving it a focus on safety and health issues at the secondary sports level. Speakers encouraged best practices and protocols and this fit perfectly with Cohen’s belief in a comprehensive approach to prevention and treatment of injury. They concerned the establishment with heat-related illnesses, cardiac conditions (use of AEDs), head and neck injuries and the overarching need for emergency action plans in all high schools. ONS would like to thank the participants for understanding how important preventative care is.

Aside from the talk Dr. Cohen is not only a recognized authority in sports medicine, she is a successful competitive runner who has qualified twice for the New York Marathon. She has also held the title as head team physician for the Canadian National Olympic Cycling Team for 14 years while still enjoying off-road and road cycling herself. All in all, we are incredibly proud to have her on our team.

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Joint Replacement Symposium at Greenwich Hospital

hip replacementOn Wednesday, April 22nd, at 6:00 p.m., orthopedic surgeon/ joint replacement specialists from ONS and Greenwich Hospital will present a joint replacement symposium in the Noble Conference Center at Greenwich Hospital located at 5 Perryridge Road. Knee and hip specialists Frank Ennis, MD and Brian Kavanagh, MD; and shoulder specialist Seth Miller, MD will present information about the latest advances in joint replacement, including computer-assisted and minimal incision, muscle sparing techniques. Information about preparing for joint replacement, pain management and what to expect from the recovery process will be addressed by hospital anesthesiology, nursing and physical therapy department staff.

Many people suffer from severe pain caused by arthritis, a fracture or other conditions that make common activities such as walking, putting on shoes and socks or getting in and out of a car, extremely difficult. Today, over 900,000 hip and knee replacement surgeries are performed each year in the United States. An additional 53,000 shoulder replacements are performed. Deciding if- and when- it’s time to consider joint replacement surgery are important decisions.  This educational symposium is designed to provide anyone who is considering joint replacement with pertinent information to assist them in making the right decision for them.

Frank Ennis, MD specializes in hip and knee replacement and is fellowship trained in adult reconstructive surgery. Dr. Ennis is among the first orthopedic surgeons in the New York area to perform computer-assisted joint replacement. He completed undergraduate studies at Yale University and post-baccalaureate pre-medical studies at Harvard University. He graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and completed a residency at Yale University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He received his fellowship training at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Kavanagh

Dr. Kavanagh

Brian Kavanagh, MD has performed over 6500 joint replacement surgeries in the past 25 years. He graduated Princeton University and earned a medical degree at University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He did his internship and residency at the Mayo Clinic, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, and served on the faculty at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine for seven years. Dr. Kavanagh was on the teaching staff at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven for five years. Dr. Kavanagh was also an instructor in the hip and knee total joint fellowship program.

Seth Miller, MD is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. After his residency at New York Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, he completed a research fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and a shoulder surgery fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He served as an orthopaedic consultant to the New York Mets for more than eight years.  He is the current President of ONS.

All three surgeons are on staff at Greenwich Hospital, a recipient of The Joint Commission’s “Gold Seal of Approval™” for total hip and knee replacement surgery and spinal fusion. The certification for hip and knee replacement procedures recognizes the hospital’s commitment to maintain clinical excellence and patient satisfaction, while continuously working to improve patient care.  Greenwich Hospital’s total joint replacement program offers a level of continuity that sets it apart from other facilities. A clinical resource nurse helps patients every step of the way – before, during and after surgery and throughout rehabilitation and recovery. Patients receive the practical information, emotional support and follow-up care they need to guide them through the entire process.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions at the conclusion of the talk.  The program is free and open to the public. Registration Requested. Call (203) 863-4277 or register online at www.greenhosp.org.

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