August 14, 2017

What’s the secret to beating bone and joint health injuries? Get to the right treatment or medical team

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Aug. 14, 2017)—Orthopaedic surgeons are medical doctors with extensive training in the diagnosis as well as surgical and nonsurgical treatment of injuries to the musculoskeletal system. Orthopaedists can help prevent injuries; put people back together; provide patients with in-home exercises and ergonomically proper reconditioning programs; or pair patients with rehabilitation professionals for nonsurgical or post-surgical rehabilitation therapies. According to a new literature review published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, therapeutic modalities—or physical therapy—can be a useful addition to exercise or to manipulative therapy to help improve bone-and-joint–based function affected by pain and/or injury. 

July 05, 2017

Don’t let lower back injuries take you down for the count

ROSEMONT, Ill. (July 5, 2017)—Nearly one in three competitive athletes experiences low back pain. According to a literature review in the July 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, lower (lumbar) back pain is a commonly reported symptom among the general population; however, low back pain among elite athletes who play varsity or professional sports requires additional important considerations. 

July 05, 2017

Reducing stress, optimizing coping strategies may diminish need for opioids following ankle surgery

ROSEMONT, Ill. (July 5, 2017)—Helping patients to better manage stress and improve coping strategies related to pain may minimize the need for opioids following ankle fracture surgery, according to new research appearing in the July 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

June 22, 2017

Give your back a break this summer

ROSEMONT, Ill.—People are constantly on the move during the warm summer months. It’s a popular time for family vacations, moving to a new home, or catching up on outdoor yard chores.

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2015 AAOS Diversity Award: Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD

Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD, is the honoree of the 2015 AAOS Diversity Award for her continuing
commitment to diversity in orthopaedics. Dr. Mason’s personal mission is to teach, facilitate, and empower aspiring physicians to reach their maximum potential as physician leaders.

Over the past ten years, Dr. Mason has served as the founder/director of Nth Dimensions Educational Solutions, Inc. (Nth Dimensions), a non-profit organization whose mission is first, to increase gender and racial ethnic diversity representation in orthopaedic surgery and second, to decrease healthcare disparities and improve patient outcomes.

Nth Dimensions, in the last decade, has introduced more than 2,000 pre-medical and medical students to the world of orthopaedics under Dr. Mason’s leadership. Through unique collaborations between orthopaedic mentors, associations, and orthopaedic industry, Nth Dimensions has been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities in orthopaedics. Specifically, the AAOS Nth Dimensions Orthopaedic Summer Internship Program is a longitudinal, clinical, and research pipeline initiative, which has produced an impressive match rate for Nth Dimensions Scholars in competitive orthopaedic residency programs. In 2013, 90% of Nth Dimensions Scholars successfully
matched in orthopaedics.

Inspired by her husband, Dr. Thomas Mason, family, and colleagues, Dr. Mason rallied from an early clinical retirement due to rheumatoid arthritis to create an avenue for innovation in orthopaedic surgery. A dedicated mentor and AAOS fellow, Dr. Mason has served as chair of the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society Mentoring Committee since 2002. She is a current member of
the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society and the AAOS Leadership Development Committee.

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2015 AAOS Humanitarian Award: John F. Lovejoy Jr, MD

John F. Lovejoy Jr, MD of Jacksonville, Fla., is the honoree for the AAOS 2015 Humanitarian Award for having distinguished himself through outstanding musculoskeletal-related humanitarian activities. For more than 30 years, Dr. Lovejoy selflessly contributed time and resources to benefit the less fortunate. Over the last decade, he’s traveled to Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Haiti—a small, full-service hospital that offers tertiary medical care serving a population of more than 250,000—to provide equipment, skilled personnel, education and surgical services. His goal: give the Haitians the tools, education, and opportunity to serve their own.

Within five days after the Haiti earthquake in 2010, Dr. Lovejoy and his surgical team returned to Hôpital Sacré Coeur to provide medical relief efforts. They transformed the 73-bed hospital into a more than 500-bed facility similar to a MASH unit. The surgical team, which included his son, operated on more than 180 cases that first week and more than 150 cases with approximately 400-500 patients during a second trip two weeks later.

The earthquake made conditions increasingly difficult for the injured to immediately seek/access medical care. Delayed treatment for victims meant an increased number of amputees in the country. Recognizing the needs of all the amputees in Haiti, upon return to Jacksonville, Dr. Lovejoy spent many hours designing, funding and shipping a portable, state-of-the-art orthotics/prosthetics laboratory to Haiti and providing his expertise to Hôpital Sacré Coeur. A physical therapy building and program also was built adjacent to the hospital where amputees at the hospital were fitted with prostheses, and Haitians were training to become certified prosthetist orthotists.

Over the years, Dr. Lovejoy has recruited more than 500 orthopaedic surgeons and many more ancillary personnel to participate in humanitarian efforts. He recruited U.S. orthopaedic teams to teach and correct limb deformities, built a prosthetic shop, and improved their capability and skills so that local orthopaedists would be able to deliver a higher level of care.

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2015 AAOS William W. Tipton, Jr, MD, Leadership Award: Andrew J. Weiland, MD

Andrew J. Weiland, MD, is an attending orthopedist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He is currently Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Professor of Surgery (Plastic) at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, is the honoree of the tenth annual William W. Tipton, Jr, MD Leadership Award for his work as a researcher, mentor, educator, and leader. Established by friends, colleagues, and partner organizations through AAOS and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), the Tipton Award honors the qualities exemplified by the late Dr. Tipton, including commitment to mentorship, diversity, bridge-building, and collaboration.

Dr. Weiland has been a visiting professor in almost all 50 states. He is considered an outstanding mentor, and has taught hand and microvascular surgery to fellows and residents for almost four decades. Dr. Weiland has served as President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), the American Orthopaedic Society (AOA), the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM), and treasurer of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). He is past chairman of the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH) and was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) and currently serves as treasurer. He has been recipient of the Kappa Delta Award twice in 1986 and 1991 for microvascular bone and allograft transplantation research.

Most recently, his residents, fellows and colleagues made substantial contributions to establish the Weiland Medal (within the ASSH) to annually recognize a mid-career scientist who has made substantive contributions to hand surgery.

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Building Orthopaedics

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What would you do if a runaway car smashed your plans to walk down the aisle?

What would you do if a runaway car smashed your plans to walk down the aisle?

Eight months after his limb-threatening accident, Ari’s march down the aisle was a testament to what patient determination — and advanced orthopaedic surgery — can achieve. Go, Ari.

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