Penn Orthopaedics

Penn Orthopaedics

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Penn Orthopaedics Recognized by U.S. News & World Report

Penn Orthopaedics has been ranked among the nation’s leaders, according to the U.S. News & World Report rankings released earlier this month.

Top orthopaedics in Philadelphia
In addition, the Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian (HUP/PPMC) are ranked among the top hospitals in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. The publication's prestigious annual ranking of hospitals placed HUP/PPMC 7th in its "Honor Roll", in recognition for excellence in multiple specialties. HUP/PPMC also ranks #1 in the region, while Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH) is ranked 6th in the region.

With over 30 orthopaedic surgeons spread across ten subspecialties, Penn Orthopaedics offers every aspect of musculoskeletal care – from total joint replacement to pain management and sports medicine. Focused on getting the patient back to living pain-free, physicians work with patients to develop a treatment and rehabilitation plan that best meets their needs.

How the Rankings are Determined

To create the 2014-15 rankings, U.S. News & World Report looked at data from nearly 5,000 hospitals and surveyed more than 9,500 physicians. Death rates, patient safety and hospital reputation are a few of the many factors considered. 144 hospitals were nationally ranked in a specialty. The Honor Roll features 17 of the Best Hospitals that scored near the top in at least six specialties.

Read more about the U.S. News & World Report 2014-15 Best Hospital Rankings

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Introducing the New Penn Musculoskeletal Center

Reinventing Orthopaedic Care

Penn Orthopaedics is proud to announce a whole new way of delivering orthopaedic care. On August 25, 2014, Penn Medicine will open the new Penn Musculoskeletal Center.

The Center will consist of 49 exam rooms and will occupy two floors of Penn Medicine University City, a new 200,000 square-foot facility located at 3737 Market Street.

The Ideal Patient Environment

Penn Musculoskeletal Center
The Penn Musculoskeletal Center will open August, 25.
The Penn Musculoskeletal Center was meticulously planned with the patient in mind. As a result, we created an ideal environment for personalized patient care - with emphasis on an improved experience to treat the range of orthopaedic disorders, injuries and other issues found in joints, bones or muscles.

This unique patient experience will be managed by a dedicated care coordinator who will be a single point of contact. Personal care coordinators will schedule pre-admissions testing and follow-up appointments, including appropriate rehab therapy.

Unlike other area institutes or centers, the Penn Musculoskeletal Center will provide superior musculoskeletal care by a team of Penn experts from multiple medical specialties:
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Good Shepherd Penn Partners Therapy 
  • Pain Medicine
  • Family Medicine/Sports Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Rheumatology
  • Musculoskeletal Radiology 
The Center was designed for optimal patient care.
For those who need it, an advanced radiology center is located within the Center to provide services such as digital x-ray, computed tomography (CT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scan) and ultrasound. Musculoskeletal radiologists will be on-site to make the imaging process easier for patients.

Outpatient surgery will be performed at The Surgery Center on the fifth floor of Penn Medicine University City. This facility is designed to maximize surgical efficiency, resulting in less patient waiting time – all set in a family-friendly environment.

All patient flow areas will be organized by specific conditions in common hubs with interactive educational materials and digital exhibits to help educate about relevant conditions and treatment options.

The Penn Center for Human Performance

The Penn Center for Human Performance
The Penn Center for Human Performance will be one of kind in Philadelphia.
The Penn Musculoskeletal Center will also be home to the new Penn Center for Human Performance, which is slated to open in the fall of 2014.

At the Penn Center for Human Performance, patients with musculoskeletal disorders will be evaluated both before and after treatment in an effort to measure the success of the clinical care plan.

Using cutting edge technology, individuals will receive immediate feedback regarding their physiological and biomechanical disorder and the related medical or surgical treatment plan. The Penn Center for Human Performance will optimize care for both patients and athletes alike.

What is Musculoskeletal Care?

Musculoskeletal CareThe first of its kind in Philadelphia, the Penn Musculoskeletal Center is set to revolutionize the way orthopaedic care is delivered.

The Center will provide the latest diagnostic techniques and the most advanced surgical and non-surgical options for the range of orthopaedic disorders, injuries and pain found in joints, muscles or bones.

The Penn Musculoskeletal Center is designed with the sole purpose of helping individuals live pain-free.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

If The Shoe Fits…Run!

Daniel C. Farber, MD, Foot and Ankle Surgeon, discusses the importance of picking the proper running shoe and offers advice while going through the selection process. 

To avid runners, there is much more to the sport than simply lacing up any type of running shoe. They know that selecting the proper shoe is an incredibly important part of preparing for any type of competition.

Running Shoe Selection
Daniel C. Farber, MD
If you're wearing a shoe that doesn't fit your feet properly, you have a better chance of developing an improper gait or poor biomechanics. This added pressure on the heel or ball of the foot could lead to pain, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, hallux valgus, (bunions) and lesser toe deformities.

When you're standing in the shoe store, most running shoes feel comfortable. Still, the true test doesn't come until you've pounded the pavement for several miles.

"Not all shoes are the same. Make sure you choose a shoe that fits your foot shape and running style," Dr. Farber recommends. "Remember that the most expensive shoe is not necessarily the best. The midrange shoes often have the more proven technology without the trendy price."

So, how do you sift through the many different brands and styles to ensure your feet stay happy and you stay pain-free?
  • Try on all shoes. Sizes among shoe brands and styles tend to vary. Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe. Judge the shoe by how it fits on your foot.
  • Select a shoe that conforms as nearly as possible to the shape of your foot.
  • Have your feet measured regularly. The size of your feet changes with age. For women, it may change during pregnancy.
  • Have BOTH feet measured. Most people have one foot larger than the other. Always fit to the larger foot.
  • Get fitted at the end of the day. The best time to measure your feet is at the end of the day when your feet are largest.
  • Stand during the fitting process. Standing allows you to check that there is adequate space (3/8" to 1/2") for your longest toe at the end of each shoe.
  • Comfort is important. Make sure the ball of the foot fits comfortably into the widest part (ball pocket) of the shoe.
  • Don’t expect them to stretch. Avoid purchasing shoes that feel too tight, expecting them to “stretch” to fit.
  • Minimize slippage. Your heel should fit comfortably in the shoe with a minimum amount of slippage.
  • Take a stroll. Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right.
Finally, remember that knowing when to replace your running shoes is just as important as picking the proper pair. Dr. Farber recommends that running shoes should be replaced every 3-6 months (or 300-500 miles) as they show signs of wear.

"With less activity, once a year is adequate Dr. Farber said. "If a shoe is in good condition, but has lost the cushioning of its insole, you can oftentimes simply rehab it with an over-the-counter insert."

"However, if the shoe looks and feels worn and doesn't support your foot well, replace it no matter what the age."

Highly skilled and highly specialized, Penn Orthopaedic physicians treat each joint condition, spinal disorder or sports injury with a personalized approach.
Learn more about Penn Orthopaedics.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Always on Call: The Role of Team Doctors Prior to NBA Draft

Each May, many of the top college and international basketball players come together for the NBA Draft Combine, a multi-day showcase occurring prior to the annual June NBA Draft. During this event, players are put through a variety of drills and interviews, their physical measurements are recorded and they are examined by team physicians.

Brian J. Sennett, MD
Penn Medicine is proud to serve as the Official Healthcare Provider of the Philadelphia 76ers. Through a team of core physicians, Penn Medicine provides medical services and treatments to the Sixers players.

Despite this very busy time of the year, Brian J. Sennett, MD, Head Team Physician & Orthopaedic Surgeon and Rahul Kapur, MD, Chief Medical Physician, took the time to provide just a glimpse of their roles during this very important offseason for the 76ers.

When did the medical team begin preparing for the NBA Draft?

Rahul Kapur, MD
Dr. Sennett: Our work for the draft really started during the season as we began compiling information on players we expected to enter the 2014 draft. For every player in attendance at the Combine, we prepared a short profile and continue to add to it throughout the offseason. It, obviously, ramped up once the season ended. Over the past few months all our focus shifted to the NBA Draft Combine and now to the draft itself.

Can you provide any insight as to what occurs at the NBA Draft Combine?

Dr. Kapur: Both of us attended the Combine in May. It’s truly a unique event. Groups of 10 to 15 physicians from various teams work together to perform physicals and various medical tests on the prospects. Some of the tests include a neurological evaluation, stress tests, pulmonary tests and lab work. From an orthopaedic standpoint, 6-10 images are taken of each player; as well as a thorough examination of any past injuries. It took about five hours to evaluate all 60 participants.

What happens after the Combine?

Dr. Sennett: After the Combine, Dr. Kapur and I compile detailed profiles of each player. We will then sit down with members of the front office and discuss every player. We may recommend players come to Philadelphia for further examination.

Dr. Kapur: There are also many players the team is interested in that don’t attend the Combine. Those players come to Philly and go through a thorough examination. We are in constant contact with the head trainer to see what players are coming next. As soon as we find out, we enter the players into the medical system and arrange all tests needed. There really are multiple departments needed in this process. We are on call 24/7 and could not accomplish what we do without the great work, across  Penn Medicine.

Where will you be spending draft night?

Dr. Sennett: We will be spending draft night at the Sixers Headquarters. We won’t know what the next moves will be, but we try to be prepared for any questions the front office may have throughout the evening. Not only do we need to have information on draft prospects readily available, but we also have to be ready for any possible trades the team is interested in. We need to be able to answer questions about nearly every player in the league.

Anything else you’d like to say about this partnership with the Sixers?

Dr. Kapur: It’s such a unique opportunity, not just for the players, but for us as well. We get to meet these young men and build relationships with some of them before they even come to the team. It’s really enjoyable to help the players and the organization grow.

Dr. Sennett: What an exciting time it is to be a fan of the Sixers. Not only are we fans, but we have the incredible opportunity to help shape the future of the organization. The Sixers are rebuilding and you can see the pieces are starting to fall in place for something really special. They are evaluating talent and we are helping to ensure that talent is around for years to come. We really enjoy providing care for the athletes and care for the team and, really, cannot wait to see the team continue to move forward.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Summertime Injuries – Penn Orthopaedics is Here to Help

Penn Orthopaedics
Summer is finally here and with it comes trips to the pool, going to the beach, outdoor runs, tending to our gardens, and firing up the grill.

For some, these extra activities are a kind of seasonal re-commitment to fitness, weight loss and relaxation. But these activities can also lead to unexpected injuries and accidents, some even needing medical attention.

As the motto goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Which means, knowing where to go if anything does happen is a good idea to have in mind.

“When the weather gets warmer, people tend to ramp up their activity,” said John D. Kelly IV, MD, Director of Sports Shoulder. “This can lead to overuse of certain joints, which then leads to extreme discomfort or worse.”

In case of injury, whether a sprained ankle, broken foot or any other musculoskeletal injury, the orthopaedic team at Penn Medicine is ready to help. In most cases, you can even see a physician on the same day.

“At the first signs of pain, it really is important to see a healthcare professional,” advises Kelly. “The quicker the injury can be diagnosed and treatment can begin, the quicker you can get back to enjoying the summer.”

Highly skilled and highly specialized, Penn Orthopaedic physicians treat each injury with a personalized approach. With ten orthopaedic subspecialties, physicians at Penn Orthopaedics not only treat more complex conditions - they are uniquely qualified to treat each condition individually.

Penn Orthopaedics offers same-day appointments for individuals looking to see a specialist promptly.

“You call with any musculoskeletal need and we’ll see you that day,” says L. Scott Levin, MD, chair of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Please be safe and enjoy this summer. If you need us, we’re a call (267-414-2983) or a click away.

Highly skilled and highly specialized, Penn Orthopaedic physicians treat each joint condition, spinal disorder or sports injury with a personalized approach.
Learn more about Penn Orthopaedics.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

National Arthritis Awareness Month: Tips to Relieve Pain

May is Arthritis Awareness Month. Arthritis affects over 50 million U.S. adults and continues to be the most common cause of disability in the nation.

Arthritis is the inflammation (or stress) of a joint - resulting from a disease, infection, genetic defect, injury, overuse or other unknown cause. There is no known cure, but proper early treatment can help prevent further joint damage.

Do you have arthritis?
At a Glance

  • Arthritis is not one single disease - there are 100+ types.
  • Women are more likely to be affected by arthritis than men.
  • 2/3 of arthritis sufferers are under the age of 65.
  • Overweight people are four to five times more likely to develop arthritis.
  • The three main types are:
    • Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form, is a degenerative disorder that causes the breakdown of cartilage in the joints.
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints along with possible joint and bone damage.
    • Juvenile Arthritis (JA) includes a number of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions affecting kids age 16 and under.

Treating Arthritis

Although there is no way to reverse cartilage loss or arthritis, there are numerous options to help relieve symptoms. Treatment of arthritis can include medications, injections, occupational and physical therapy, surgery and changes to one's lifestyle (rest, exercise, healthy eating).

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Six Surgeons from Penn Orthopaedics Earn 'Top Doc' Honors

Each year, Philadelphia magazine recognizes the area's outstanding doctors in their annual Top Doctors list. The list is viewed as a "gold standard for those seeking the finest medical care in the Philadelphia area."

We are pleased to announce that six surgeons from Penn Orthopaedics made the 2014 Top Doctors list:

Name Specialty
David J . Bozentka, MD Hand and upper extremity surgery, elbow surgery
Craig Israelite, MD Knee Replacement,Hip Replacement,Arthroscopic Surgery,Trauma
John D. Kelly, IV, MD Sports medicine, musculoskeletal disorders, rotator cuff surgery
L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS Toe-to-Hand Transfer,Reconstructive Microsurgery,Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery, Plastic Reconstructive Surgery
Brian J. Sennett, MD Arthroscopic Surgery,Cartilage Damage,Sports Injuries,Upper Extremity Trauma
Keith L. Wapner, MD Foot and ankle surgery, tendon surgery, arthritis 

The Top Doctors list recognizes not only doctors who excel in academic medicine and research, but also those with outstanding interpersonal skills. Philadelphia magazine selects physicians for its Top Doctors list through both a national and local nominating process completed by peer doctors.

Penn Medicine's department of orthopaedic surgery offers advanced, personally-tailored care and the latest treatment options for a variety of injuries and disorders within ten orthopaedic subspecialties. It is ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, making it one of the leading orthopaedic programs in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Learn more about Penn Orthopaedics.