Lifelong Athlete Stays That Way, Thanks to ONS

Jeffrey B. Mendell has been active his entire life and he plans to remain that way for as long as he can.

At 64, the athletic Bedford resident and real estate developer still plows down mountain moguls in Colorado several times a year, bikes more than 50 miles per week along the backcountry roads of Greenwich and Bedford, and plays 50+ rounds of golf each season.

“I just love being active outdoors,” he said.

Over the years, however, Jeff’s intense athletic pursuits have taken a toll on his body.  In each instance, he turned to the specialists at Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists (ONS) to repair his injuries. “I’ve had two rotator cuff surgeries, meniscus surgeries on both knees and on the first ski day of 2016 I caught an edge and broke my wrist,” he explains.  “I know I’m going to have to slow down at some point…. but I’m just not ready to yet.”

Jeff said he thoroughly researched the best orthopedic surgeons in the NY area when he suffered his first injury several years ago. He consulted with orthopedic surgeons in New York City and, on a friend’s recommendation, he checked out Dr. Paul Sethi’s qualifications on the ONS website, www.onsmd.com.  Jeff was immediately impressed.  “I watched videos of Dr. Sethi speaking at medical conferences about complex knee and shoulder surgeries. I was attracted to both his intelligence and surgical experience. We met at ONS and after a thorough discussion, I was convinced that he was an especially talented surgeon and the right doctor for me.”

Dr. Sethi performed a very sophisticated procedure to repair Jeff’s severely damaged right rotator cuff and torn bicep tendon. This injury happened in a high speed fall while skiing. The procedure included the use of a synthetic patch to reattach the rotator cuff to the bone. The outcome was flawless. From that point on, Jeff has turned to ONS physicians and physical therapists to help him recover from his sports injuries.

“I’ve had outstanding outcomes from the surgeries I’ve had with the ONS team,” he said. “I send my family to ONS when they get hurt and I tell all my friends to go there when they suffer an orthopedic injury.  Personally, I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else.”

Got knee pain? Torn knee cartilage is a common painful summer sports injury

One of the most common summer sports injuries is a torn meniscus (knee cartilage). Although an injury that happens year-round in high energy and contact sports athletes, many people increase their risk for knee injuries during the summer when their involvement in sports intensifies.

The meniscus is a C-shaped rubbery cushion that serves as a shock absorber between the bottom of the thigh bone and the top of the shin bone. The meniscus helps to evenly distribute the body’s weight over the knee joint and allows the joint to move and turn smoothly.

With so much emphasis on staying healthy and keeping active, meniscal tears are on the rise and often occur in combination with other injuries such as a ligament tear to the ACL or MCL. Tennis players commonly run, twist and pivot as they play. Likewise, a golfer’s swing relies heavily on a twisting motion through the body.  A sudden twist too far or a stumble can strain the knee beyond its normal range, causing injury to the cartilage.  However, you don’t have to be involved in sports to tear your meniscus. Even day to day activities like getting out of a car have been known to cause a meniscus tear.

The most common symptoms of a torn meniscus are pain and swelling, persistent soreness on one side of the knee and sometimes a tendency for the knee to lock or have difficulty straightening. A diagnosis is made by x-ray and MRI. Unfortunately, the meniscus cannot heal itself due to the lack of blood supply in that area. Fortunately, a simple 20 to 30 minute surgery can be done that will allow the knee to function normally again. Continue reading “Got knee pain? Torn knee cartilage is a common painful summer sports injury”