Penn Orthopaedics

Penn Orthopaedics

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Question & Answer with Dr. Kelly

John D. Kelly IV, MD, is the Director of Sports Shoulder for Penn Orthopaedics and an Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Kelly specializes in the treatment of sports injuries and his clinical interests include holistic orthopaedics and arthroscopic surgery of the ankle, shoulder, knee and elbow.

John D. Kelly IV, MD
John D. Kelly IV, MD

What types of injuries do you tend to see?

I see a good amount of shoulder and elbow overuse injuries. When the weather warms up, people tend to ramp up their activity after being dormant for a while. Many will push themselves a bit too hard, too quickly. I see rotator cuff injuries, tears of the labrum, tennis elbow and arthritis.

What is your advice for individuals in pain?

I tell patients all the time to listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, see a healthcare professional. Far too often, people ignore the warning signs and end up injuring themselves far worse.

What are some warning signs to look out for?

If you start to have dull, aching pain you should definitely get it checked out. Other warning signs are reduced or limited mobility and pain at night.

How can Penn Orthopaedics help?

Obviously, if something is broken or torn, we can get you back to living pain-free. But it’s also about education. If someone is experiencing pain, our goal is to help them avoid further injury. We work with the patient so that, hopefully, they don’t experience these types of injuries again.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Penn Medicine: Caring for Philly’s Hometown Team

Athletics has been in the news lately, with the recent Olympic Games.

For a fortnight, we watched as triumphant athletes celebrate the highest highs and ascended the medals podium to claim their reward. But as skiers tumbled down mountains, snowboarders navigated the half pipe, sometimes within inches of their life, and figure skaters were plagued with back injuries, we also witnessed some painful lows.

We pay close attention to these elite athletes every two years, during both the summer and winter Olympics, but there are athletes in our midst pushing their bodies to the limit at the college and professional level year-round.

Imagine playing 82 games a year as a professional basketball player, three to four games per week, sometimes all in a different city, between September and April. It’s a rigorous, grueling schedule.

Late last year, Penn Medicine entered into a partnership with the Philadelphia 76ers to be the team’s official healthcare provider, putting two physicians here at center court in the efforts to keep our hometown hoops team healthy.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Meet Dr. Daniel Farber

Penn Orthopaedics is pleased to welcome Daniel C. Farber, MD, Foot and Ankle Surgeon. He comes to Penn after being in practice for over 10 years, with the past seven years at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

Why did you join Penn Orthopaedics?
Daniel C. Farber, MD
I was thrilled when the opportunity arose to join the Penn Orthopaedics Foot and Ankle team. I am excited to join forces with some great foot and ankle surgeons, as well as enhance the resident and fellow education efforts within this organization. Penn presents some fantastic potential for clinical and research collaboration.

What types of patients will you see and where?
I see patients of all ages from infants with clubfoot to older adults with progressive arthritis and everything in-between. I treat injuries, sports problems, tendon problems, bunions and more. I will be seeing patients at the Farm Journal Building near Pennsylvania Hospital.

What is your philosophy on patient care?
I strive to educate my patients to understand their condition so that they can participate in their care decisions. I individualize patient care so that each patient receives the best treatment.

What type of research will you be involved in?
I have some ongoing research on footwear trends of patients and physicians and will be assuming responsibility for coordinating multiple foot and ankle studies currently going on at Penn Orthopaedics. I am also involved in some basic science research happening at the McKay Laboratory at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

What do you enjoy doing outside of practicing medicine?
Most important to me is spending time with my wife and daughter and extended family here in Philadelphia. I also enjoy bicycling, skiing and reading.

Can you discuss what most excites you about Philadelphia?
I am excited to introduce my daughter to the rich history of this city, as well as enjoying some soft pretzels and hoagies.

Is there anything else you would like your potential patients to know?
I am excited to bring my 10+ years of experience to the Philadelphia area and look forward to getting to know my patients and help them achieve their goals.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Dr. Lee Named One of the Top Knee Surgeons in North America

Congratulations to Gwo-Chin Lee, M.D., who was listed on Orthopaedics This Week’s (OTW) recently released list of the Top 22 North American Knee Surgeons.

Gwo-Chin Lee, M.D
Gwo-Chin Lee, M.D
To compile this list, OTW collected survey responses from thought leaders in the field of orthopedic surgery. According to the publication, “When knee surgeons discuss their exemplary colleagues, these are the ones they are talking about.”

Below is the write-up for Dr. Lee as it appears in Orthopaedics This Week.

Gwo-Chin Lee, M.D. is an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and program director of the Adult Reconstruction fellowship at that institution. 

“Dr. Lee is a dedicated clinician, educator and researcher who has extensive experience in complex revision surgery and management of periprosthetic joint infections. He is unafraid of challenging the norms of knee surgery and continues to explore ways to improve outcomes in knee arthroplasty.” 

Review the entire list of the top 22 knee surgeons in North America according to Orthoapedics This Week. (subscription required)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Knee-Deep in the 2014 Winter Olympics

Lyman Currier - Sochi 2014
For six days, the world has watched, waited, and celebrated as their countries’ preeminent athletes have competed for medals, records, and ultimately a place in history among Olympic greats. The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi have unfolded with every bit of excitement and glory that one could expect from the world’s best. But while the spring-like temperatures that made for slushy halfpipes and treacherous downhill courses may have made some victories even sweeter, for others, they made the Olympic experience all too short.

As an avid fan of the Olympics, I’ve watched the Sochi games every night to see who would grab the gold. But I’ve also watched in horror as dreams have been lost in terrifying crash after crash. For example, the other night I watched as 18 of the 50 women competing in the women’s Super-G did not finish the course. In that particular event, where seven of the first eight competitors did not reach the bottom, gold-medal winner Anna Fenninger has been described as not having won “so much as she survived the slopes.”

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Friday, February 14, 2014

For Injured Lindsey Vonn, Patience is Key

James Carey, MD
James Carey, MD
As the Olympics unfold without her in Sochi, skiing superstar Lindsey Vonn is hard at work on American soil to rehabilitate her injured right knee. An article from reports that Vonn is spending hours each week in physical therapy, at the gym and in the pool with an eye toward a comeback.

"As anxious as she is to return to her sport, recovery can generally take four-and-a-half to six months, longer if a patient has other injures or has been previously injured, like Vonn", said James Carey, MD, director of the Penn Center for Cartilage Repair and assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. "A knee is fully functional when the patient regains normal range of motion and strength and can do sport-specific tasks without pain, he said."

Read the full article.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

When Shoulder Pain Disrupts Sleep

Sleepless nights can be caused by a number of things, everything from stress to noisy neighbors to a sleep disorder. Another reason many suffer from lack of sleep is chronic pain.

Andrew F. Kuntz, MD
For those suffering from shoulder discomfort, getting a good night’s rest can be, well, a major pain. Sleep is a critical component to good health. Tossing and turning throughout the night can lead to you being less active during the day, mentally exhausted and can reduce the time it takes your body to recovery from injuries.

"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 and Elbow Surgeon at Penn Orthopaedics. "However, if those non-operative treatments are unsuccessful, it’s time to seek medical attention."

The Penn Shoulder and Elbow Service provides comprehensive care and surgery for patients who have shoulder or elbow injuries or problems.

Ready to start living pain-free? Speak with a shoulder subspecialist who will work with you to customize a treatment plan to help you achieve your goals.

"If you're tired of the pain and tired of all the sleepless nights, 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 and elbow diagnosis, treatment, surgery and rehabilitation to get you back to living pain-free."