Orthopedic Surgeon Somerville MA

Orthopedic surgeons treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders through surgical and nonsurgical methods. See below for local orthopedic surgeons in Somerville, MA that give access to orthopedic surgery, as well as advice and content on orthopedics.

Brian J Awbrey MD
(617) 726-3808
151 Merrimac St
Boston, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Elliott L Thrasher, MD
(617) 491-6766
300 Mount Auburn St Ste 505
Cambridge, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1966

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Gerald Gary Steinberg, MD
(508) 856-2336
1493 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ, Bronx Ny 10461
Graduation Year: 1969

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James A Karlson, MD
(617) 738-8642
300 Mount Auburn St Ste 505
Cambridge, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med, Providence Ri 02912
Graduation Year: 1988

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Ajeya Padmakar Joshi, MD
(617) 726-2942
1493 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1997

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Lawrence Ira Karlin, MD
(617) 355-6021
300 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA
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Children's Hospital Boston Orthopaedic Surger
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Robert Ernst Miegel
(617) 491-6766
300 Mount Auburn St
Cambridge, MA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Anne Holland Johnson
(917) 538-4656
330 Mount Auburn St
Cambridge, MA
Specialty
Foot & Ankle Surgery

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Mercedes D Von Deck
(617) 665-1566
1493 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Jane Catherine Lewis, MD
(617) 497-2070
61 Mooney St
Cambridge, MA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sd Sch Of Med, Vermillion Sd, 57069
Graduation Year: 1989

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Exercise Helps Reduce Pain, Disability After Lower Back Surgery

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An updated review from the Netherlands suggests that exercise programs starting four to six weeks after herniated disk surgery could lead to more rapid pain relief and a quicker recovery from disability - without increasing the risk of additional surgery.

Lumbar spine (lower back) surgery is a common treatment for a herniated or "slipped" disk, and patients need to know whether it is better to sit still or get moving during their recovery period.

An updated review from the Netherlands suggests that exercise programs starting four to six weeks after the operation could lead to more rapid pain relief and a quicker recovery from disability - without increasing the risk of additional surgery.

"Many people are operated on because of a herniated lumbar disc but there is still controversy with regard to rehabilitation," said lead author Raymond Ostelo, Ph.D., at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. "[Although] many different rehabilitation programs are available and prescribed for patients, some surgeons say that patients don't need rehabilitation programs at all once they are discharged from the hospital."

However, the review findings support a more active approach.

"In general, it appears that patients who participated in exercise programs recovered somewhat faster than those who received no treatment and that patients who participated in high-intensity programs reported slightly less short-term pain and disability than those in low-intensity programs," Ostelo said.

The review appears in the current issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research. Systematic reviews draw evidence-based conclusions about medical practice after considering both the content and quality of existing medical trials on a topic.

The updated review included 14 randomized controlled trials involving 1,927 participants.

There was a great deal of variation in the programs available following surgery, ranging from only stretching and strength training at home to 90 minutes of intensive aerobic, strength and stretching exercises three times a week.

The amount of support that patients received also varied widely: from a single two-hour training session to multiple visits with a team that included physiatrists, physical and massage therapists, and social workers. Because of the large differences in treatments, the authors were unable give guidance on which kind of exercise program works better.

None of the studies reported an increase in the number of patients who required additional surgery. There were also no indications that patients should restrict their activity after surgery.

"Given the ongoing controversy regarding the type - if any - and timing of rehabilitation programs, thi...

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Orthopedic tips from a Orthopedic Surgeon to Keep you well

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Check out these  orthopedic tips from a top orthopedic surgeon:orthopedic surgeon

FOOT DROP CAN CAUSE PAIN AND EMBARRASSMENT

Foot drop is condition that prohibits people from properly lifting their foot off the ground. This causes them to trip and fall and leads to a great deal of embarrassment.

Dr. Kevin Varner, an orthopedic surgeon with The Methodist Hospital in Houston, says the condition occurs when there is a weakness in the muscles that raise the foot up at the ankle. This is caused by trauma such as a knee dislocation or penetrating injury, such as knife wound, that damages the peroneal nerve that runs along the outside of the lower leg and branches off into each ankle, foot and first two toes.

Surgery involves rerouting the tendons from undamaged local muscles to restore foot elevation. If a local muscle is not available, one is taken from the leg or back. The nerve in the transplanted muscle will regenerate in about six months, with a gradual improvement in strength over a two year period.

TOTAL WRIST REPLACEMENT CAN EASE PAIN OF ARTHRITIS

A total wrist replacement can bring relief to thousands of people with arthritis who cannot even brush their teeth without severe pain.

Dr. Evan D. Collins, an orthopedic surgeon with The Methodist Hospital in Houston, says this is perfect for people who have tried cortisone shots, splints and casts, but still have severe pain. The surgery involves replacing the worn out wrist joint by cutting away the arthritic portion of the bone and replacing it with a metal implant and polyurethane or gliding surface.

The artificial wrist is limited in the amount of weight it can bear, so it's not effective for people who have jobs where there is a significant amount of lifting. However, it does relieve pain and helps maintain motion in the wrist.

ROTATOR CUFF INJURIES NOT JUST FOR PITCHERS

Pitchers are not the only ones who miss signi...

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