Penn Orthopaedics

Penn Orthopaedics

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

When Shoulder Pain Disrupts Sleep

Peaceful, undisturbed sleep.

Andrew F. Kuntz, MD
Isn’t that what we’re all looking for?

Unfortunately for many, shoulder pain and the nagging discomfort that accompanies it have led to countless sleepless nights.

Sleep is a critical component to good health. Tossing and turning throughout the night can cause you to be less active and mentally exhausted during the day. It can even reduce the time it takes your body to recovery from injuries.

One of the most common shoulder injuries, a torn rotator cuff is often the source of intense pain and restlessness. The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles that connect the upper arm to the shoulder blade. You may have gotten this from wear and tear over time or from some type of quick motion that led to a tear.

It’s Time to Get Your Zzz’s

The good news is that there are things you can do on your own and with your doctor to break the cycle. With changes to your lifestyle – and possibly medication – you should be able to get back to enjoying a good night’s rest.

trouble sleeping"Depending on the type of injury, adjustments in sleeping posture, anti-inflammatory medication, heating pads and ice packs can all help to relax a painful shoulder," said Andrew F. Kuntz, MD, shoulder surgeon at Penn Orthopaedics. "However, if those non-operative treatments are unsuccessful, it’s time to seek medical atten

If you have shoulder problems, the Penn Shoulder Service provides comprehensive care and surgery. Surgery is typically recommended if:

Symptoms last more than six to 12 months
  • Your tendon tear is bigger than three centimeters
  • You experience significant weakness/ loss of function
  • Your tendon tear was caused by a traumatic injury 
The team will work with you to customize a treatment plan to help you feel better and sleep better.

"If you're tired of the pain and wakefulness, the specialists at Penn Medicine can help,” said Dr. Kuntz. "Our nationally and internationally recognized orthopaedic specialists create and use the latest advances in shoulder diagnosis, treatment, surgery and rehabilitation to get you back to living pain-free."

Ready to start a pain-free, restful life? 
Schedule an appointment today.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Penn Orthopaedics Welcomes Dr. Lyons and Dr. Manta

Penn Orthopaedics is excited to welcome Christopher J. Lyons, MD and John P. Manta, MD. Specializing in fracture care, knee and hip replacement, and shoulder arthroscopy, as well as injuries that apply to the athletic patient, Dr. Lyons and Dr. Manta have more than 40 years of combined experience and serve all patients from pediatric to geriatric.

Dr. Lyons and Dr. Manta proudly serve all of Chester County, including: Exton, West Grove, West Chester, Downingtown, Kennett Square, Chadds Ford, Malvern, Frazer, and Chester Springs. Both operate at Penn Medicine Chester County.

Christopher J. Lyons, MD
Christopher J. Lyons, MD
Christopher J. Lyons, MD
Christopher J. Lyons, MD, joins the department of orthopaedic surgery as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery.  After receiving his medical degree from the Temple University School of Medicine, he subsequently completed his residency in orthopaedics at the Temple University Hospital.

Dr. Lyons treats a wide range of orthopaedic conditions from arthritis to fractures. He performs minimally invasive total knee and total hip replacements, in addition to having extensive experience as an orthopaedic trauma surgeon.

John P. Manta, MD
John P. Manta, MD
John P. Manta, MD, joins the department of orthopaedic surgery as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. He completed medical school, a general surgery internship, and an Orthopaedic residency at Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Manta continued his training with a fellowship in sports medicine at Georgetown University, where he worked with some of the leaders in the sports medicine field.

Dr. Manta specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery. In addition, Dr. Manta has extensive expertise in arthroscopic rotator cuff and instability repair of the shoulder and meniscus surgery of the knee.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lyons or Dr. Manta, visit

Friday, February 13, 2015

Penn Sports Medicine Teams Up With Philadelphia Love Run

Last year, despite buckets of rain falling down on the city, more than 10,000 runners ventured out to take part in the first-ever Love Run Philadelphia. Called “The Race That Loves You Back”, this 13.1-mile race is scheduled for Sunday, March 29 and expected to surpass last year’s number of runners.

Penn Sports Medicine
Rahul Kapur, MD
Members from Penn Sports Medicine were asked to serve as the Official Medical Team for the 2015 Love Run.

“We are proud to be part of the Philadelphia Love Run”, says Rahul Kapur, MD, head medical team physician for Penn Athletics and Penn Sports. “Although we hope nobody needs our services, our medical team is well equipped to assist those in need. We wish all the runners the best of luck and look forward to cheering everyone on in this great community event.”

Penn Sports Medicine physicians will supervise medical staff at mobile medical tents along the course and finish line. The Penn team will also provide training to the nurses, paramedics, EMTs and athletic training volunteers who will be staffing the half marathon on race day.

About the Philadelphia Love Run

Join thousands from the Philadelphia region and around the nation for an unforgettable weekend in Philadelphia. This half marathon offers runners a combination of competing in a world-class event with thousands of others and an opportunity to experience all the great sights and sounds of Philadelphia.

The course, which will take you through Center City, is also walker-friendly.

From free Phillies ticket, to vanity bibs, to team challenges, to incredible Philadelphia-themed finish food, this is one race that loves you back!

Event Details:
When: March 29, 2015, 8:00 am
Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Art Museum, Eakins Oval
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About Penn Sports Medicine

The specialists at Penn Sports Medicine treat everyone from the weekend warrior to the professional athlete--providing comprehensive care for athletes of all ages and abilities.
Sports medicine services are provided to those who receive injuries from sport, recreation and exercise activities. The goal is to develop individualized care plans to help patients return to normal activities as quickly as possible with the most appropriate diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for their particular sports injury.

Suffering from a specific condition, the experts at Penn Sports Medicine can help.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Advances in Throwing: Latest on Injury Treatment and Performance Optimization

Join us for a one-day conference at Penn Medicine to learn about the latest tools and techniques to optimize performance for the throwing athlete – including pitchers and quarterbacks. This dynamic program, intended for athletic trainers, coaches, physical therapists and physicians, will feature specialists from Penn Medicine and beyond who will share their expertise on the latest methods to manage the throwing athlete:

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  • Proper biomechanical principles to evaluate the kinetic chain
  • Sound treatment for common injuries
  • Optimize training for peak performance
  • Updates on the latest surgical techniques – including Tommy John surgery

Event Details

Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015 
Time: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
Location: Scheie Auditorium
               Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
               51 N. 39th St.
               Philadelphia, PA
Need help getting to the event? Find driving directions or other visitor information

Keynote Speakers

Superior Labral Anterior-Posterior (SLAP) and Posterior Instability in Throwers
James P. Bradley, MD, Burke and Bradley Orthopedics – Pittsburgh, PA
Dr. Bradley is Head Team Orthopedic Surgeon of the Pittsburgh Steelers and has been named as one of the Top 19 Sports Medicine Specialists in the U.S.

The Disabled Throwing Shoulder - What I've learned in 30 years
Craig D. Morgan, MD, Morgan Kalman Clinic – Wilmington, DE
Dr. Morgan has cared for Major League Baseball pitchers, Olympic-level athletes and golfers on the LPGA.


7:00 a.m. - Check in and breakfast
7:45 a.m. - Opening Remarks
8:00 a.m. - Throwing Center Overview
John Kelly, MD
Penn Orthopaedics

8:15 a.m. - Surgical Anatomy of the Shoulder
Brian Sennett, MD
Penn Orthopaedics

8:30 a.m. - Pathomechanics of the Throwers Shoulder
Steve Thomas, Athletic Trainer

8:45 a.m. - Evaluation of Movement Dysfunction and Injury Prevention for the Throwing Athlete
Mark Miller, Athletic Trainer

9:00 a.m. - Non-Operative Rehab of Shoulder Injuries
Brian Leggin, Physical Therapist

9:15 a.m. - Deceleration, Throwing a 5 oz. Baseball
Jim Davidson, Strength Coach
9:30 a.m. - Coffee and Fellowship
10:00 a.m. - Labral Injuries: Evaluation and Treatment
Jim Carey, MD
Penn Orthopaedics

10:15 a.m. - Rotator Cuff Injury in the Throwing Athlete
Miltiadis Zgonis, MD
Penn Orthopaedics

10:30 a.m. - Postoperative Instability/SLAP repair rehabilitation in the Throwing Athlete
Marty Kelley, Physical Therapist

10:45 a.m. - Return to Play Algorithms for the Overhead Athlete
Marisa Pontillo, Physical Therapist

11:00 a.m. - SLAP's and Posterior Instability in Throwers
James P. Bradley, MD
11:45 a.m. - Lunch
12:45 p.m. - Valgus Extension Overload at the Elbow
Russell Huffman, MD
Penn Orthopaedics

1:00 p.m. - UCL Reconstruction
Russell Huffman, MD
Penn Orthopaedics

1:15 p.m. - Eccentric strengthening for quicker return to Play
Chris McKenzie, Physical Therapist
1:30 p.m. - Break
1:50 p.m. - Case Based Surgical Approaches to Rotator Cuff and Labral Injuries
Panel Discussion Moderated by: 
John Kelly, MD
Penn Orthopaedics

2:30 p.m. - Elbow, Prevention and Treatment of UCL Injuries
Panel Discussion Moderated by: 
John Kelly, MD
Penn Orthopaedics

3:15 p.m. - Performance Optimization, a closer look at GIRD, Scapular Dyskenisis and Strengthening Techniques
Panel Discussion Moderated by: 
John Kelly, MD
Penn Orthopaedics

4:00 p.m. - The Disabled Throwing Shoulder - What I've learned in 30 years
Craig D. Morgan, MD
4:45 p.m. - Closing Remarks

Continuing Education Units

Attendees are eligible for eight (8) Continuing Education Units for athletic training.

Who Should Attend

This program is intended for athletic trainers, coaches, physical therapists and physicians. Registration fee includes breakfast and lunch:
  • Athletic Trainers/Coaches: $100
  • Physical Therapists: $150
  • Physicians: $200
Total available tickets: 150

Register Now

Monday, December 1, 2014

2015 Cartilage Repair Symposium: Translational Strategies for Osteochondral Repair

Penn Orthopaedics is hosting the 2015 Cartilage Repair Symposium: Translational Strategies for Osteochondral Repair. The program will create a true clinical and scientific gathering focused on the cutting edge of osteochondral and cartilage repair.

Engineered Cartilage Segments
Engineered Cartilage Segments


Friday, April 24-Saturday, April 25, 2015


Smilow Center for Translational Research
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA

Course Directors: James L. Carey, MD and Robert L. Mauck, Ph.D.

Featuring International Keynote Speaker Elisaveta Kon, M.D., Rizzoli Orthopedics Institute and additional Keynote Speakers including Rocky Tuan, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Scott Rodeo, M.D., Hospital for Special Surgery, and Wayne McIlwraith, Ph.D., D.Sc., Colorado State University.

The symposium will include invited talks by key thought leaders in the field of osteochondral repair, biomaterials, stem cells, tissue engineering, animal models, and imaging, as well as clinical methods for the treatment of cartilage, osteochondral, and fibrocartilage damage in the knee. Speakers will also discuss rehabilitative protocols that promote successful recovery.

Human Tissue Lab
Human Tissue Lab
Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in hands on training in the most advanced repair techniques in the Human Tissue Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania. The intent of this meeting is to build consensus, informed by clinical practice and basic and translational research, to define new directions in the field that will drive the treatment of osteochondral injuries in the knee from the current status of repair towards the promise of regeneration.

The symposium has been designed for health care professionals, including:
  • Orthopaedic surgeons
  • Scientists and engineers
  • Non-operative sports medicine physicians
  • Physical therapists
  • Athletic trainers
  • Nurses
  • Physician assistants
  • Residents and medical students
  • Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
The general sessions will include presentations, discussion and question segments, and interactive case studies. On Friday afternoon, there will be a hands-on workshop in the Human Tissue Laboratory. Conference participants that are registered for this portion will have an opportunity to practice skills on a cadaver.

Register for the 2015 Cartilage Repair Symposium

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Serving Wounded Warriors

In 1918, in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the armistice ended and World War I began. This infamous day in history also marked the origin of Veteran’s Day.

While Memorial Day honors those who died in active military service, Veteran’s Day honors all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, living and dead.

John L. Esterhai, MD
It is estimated that one in ten Americans is an armed forces veteran, with around 1.6 million living in the tri-state area. The Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center (PVAMC) now cares many of those who proudly served. This acute referral center for VA health care facilities administers over 400,000 visits per year, for the city of Philadelphia and its six surrounding counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. It is staffed by nearly 2,000 employees and is an critical part of the VA Healthcare Network.

Many of these wounded warriors cared for through the PVAMC suffer from injuries that result in significantly impaired musculoskeletal structures, limb amputations or other types of traumatic orthopaedic injury. Penn Orthopaedics and the extended care team help these individuals cope with and overcome the physical, emotional and neurological trauma they've experienced.

Residents care for veterans in an intensive, general orthopaedic practice setting under the direct supervision of the department’s top doctors, many of whom volunteer their time out of respect and appreciation for the sacrifice they have made. Over 5,200 patients are seen and more than 450 major procedures are performed each year. For each patient, the goal is simple: provide state of the art, complication-free compassionate care.

“Our four-fold mission is to honor America’s veterans with world-class health care, advance medical knowledge through research, train healthcare professionals and be prepared to serve in the event of a crisis,” says John L. Esterhai, MD, Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

While there are two nationally observed days that recognize those who have worn the country’s uniforms, the PVAMC treats every day as an opportunity to restore the honor, dignity and health of these proud, wounded warriors.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Men Get Osteoporosis, Too, But are Rarely Screened reports on the results of a new study showing that even though one in four men over age 50 will sustain a fracture because of osteoporosis, few are getting screened and treated for the disease.

Penn Orthopaedics Discusses Osteoporosis“Quite often there is a higher suspicion in women,” said David Bozentka, MD, chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. “We forget that men get it as well. It’s important that we make sure we assess them.”

For men who want to stave off osteoporosis, "stay active with weight-bearing exercise and make sure vitamin D and calcium intake is appropriate," said Bozentka.

Read the full article here.