ONS Scholarship Awarded to Matheus Chaves

In June, Dr. Delos, MD, presented the ONS Scholarship to graduating student athlete Matheus Chavez.

In June, Dr. Delos, MD, presented the ONS Scholarship to graduating student athlete Matheus Chaves.

As a way of giving back to the community, ONS awards a yearly scholarship to a graduating high school student that has exceled in both academics and athletics. This June, Dr. Demetris Delos presented Matheus Chaves with the ONS scholarship. Matheus is set to begin courses at Florida Atlantic University this fall where he plans to study Exercise Science. He hopes to become an athletic trainer and after completion of his bachelor’s degree Matheus plans to return to the Fairfield County area to continue his education and become a physical therapist.

For the past three years, Matheus has worked with local youth at the Greenwich Boys and Girls Club as a camp counselor where he was awarded the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Youth of the Year Award. We congratulate Matheus for his contribution to the community and his high school academic and sports career that involved soccer, track and field and wrestling.

When asked what advice he has for upcoming high school seniors Matheus said, ”

When we asked Matheus what advice he would like to offer upconing high school seniors he said, “while going through the college selection process everything works out for a reason. Don’t worry if you don’t get in to the one you thought was your top pick, all things work out.”

From all of us at ONS, we wish Matheus well!

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USA Rugby National Team Physician Marc Kowalsky, MD: Injury Prevention Strategy

Kowalsky MD World Rugby 2015 Pacific Nations CupONS Orthopedic Surgeon, Marc Kowalsky, MD, USA Rugby National Team physician returned from the Pacific Nations Cup this week.

“The USA Rugby National Team lost to Samoa in the first round of the Pacific Nations Cup, 21-16 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California. This match was a preview of the match-up between these two teams in pool play for the Rugby World Cup this fall. While the Samoans, ranked 9th in the world they jumped out to an early lead in the first half. The Eagles battled valiantly in the second half, but fell short of victory by only five points.” (more about the game)

Dr. Kowalsky traveled with the team during their week of preparation, and served as team physician for the match. The Eagles contended with a tough Samoan team, known for their physical style of play. Fortunately, neither team sustained catastrophic injuries during the match.

Now back in Connecticut, Dr. Kowalsky looks forward to the fall season of high school, collegiate, and men’s rugby, passing along to athletes these tips for injury prevention strategy:

  1. Adequate nutrition and hydration are imperative not only to optimize performance, but also to avoid overuse injuries during training and competition.
  2. A supervised strength and conditioning program is essential.
  3. Athletes must respond early to symptoms of impending injury when possible, and seek the care of their training staff and team physician.

Dr. Kowalsky is not only team physician for USA Rugby National Team but also for Iona College Rugby Football club and White Plains Rugby Football Club.

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USA Rugby National Team

March 27, 2014; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; USA Men's Eagles training session before the second leg of the Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifier game against Uruguay at Life University

KOWALSKY, MD: March 27, 2014; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; USA Men’s Eagles training session before the second leg of the Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifier game against Uruguay at Life University

Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, with a 33% annual increase in participation among youth athletes. In part, the popularity of rugby in the US can be attributed to an increased visibility of the sport at the high school and collegiate levels, and the recent success of the USA Rugby National Team. The US fields a “7s” and a “15s” team, characterized by the number of players on the field during competition. The 7s team recently qualified for participation in the 2016 Rio Olympics. This will be the first time the sport is featured in Olympic competition since 1924. The 15s team, otherwise known as the Eagles, is currently ranked 16th in the world, and qualified to compete this fall at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists have a long-standing tradition of providing orthopedic care for young rugby players. ONS doctors have served as team physicians for the Greenwich High School rugby team, one of the strongest high school teams in the country. Currently, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. Marc Kowalsky is the team physician for the USA Rugby National Team. Having played rugby himself at Dartmouth College he understands the game from a medical and player’s perspective. He also serves as team physician for the Iona College Rugby Team and the White Plains Rugby Football Club.

“Injuries that are typically encountered in rugby encompass the entire spectrum of injuries treated in any collision sport.  As with American Football, there has been a significant increase in attention to concussion and traumatic brain injury in the sport. World Rugby, the governing body of international rugby, and USA Rugby, have devoted a significant amount of time, energy, and resources to optimize the prevention, detection and care of concussion and traumatic brain injury among rugby players.

Two of the important measures to prevent concussion from occurring are, avoiding contact in the sport at a young age, and proper instruction about safe tackling as contact is introduced.  At the elite level, techniques for safe tackling are certainly reinforced. From the perspective of the medical team, all members of the USA Rugby medical staff are required to complete the IRB Level 2 Immediate Care in Rugby Course to prepare for the management of catastrophic injuries during training and competition.  Physicians and trainers are additionally required to complete extensive training in the assessment and management of concussion in particular. 

Another key tool is a baseline neurocognitive exam to measure an athlete’s cognitive function, or the ability to process information. All players complete neurocognitive testing once they join the team, to establish baseline values for each athlete, which become important in the assessment of an athlete who may have sustained a concussion.”

Rugby,calcioWorld Rugby and USA Rugby continue to improve the medical team’s ability to assess injured athletes during competition. Clear guidelines have been established to guide treatment and determine an athlete’s ability to return to play.  All of these measures will be in place as the USA Rugby National Team prepares for competition in the Pacific Nation’s Cup, July 18, 2015. Dr. Kowalsky will accompany the team and serve as team physician.

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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 Salomon, 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.

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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

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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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STAMFORD OFFICE GRAND OPENING

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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.

Directions

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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