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September 13, 2021

OrthoCT Spine Team 1631307666So many people suffer with all types of back pain, and it often gets in the way of doing simple daily activities or causes problems performing at work. OrthoConnecticut's Spine Team is highly regarded as one of the finest in the region, and our physicians, Justin Paul, MD, PhD and Abiola Atanda, MD, care for patients of all ages with debilitating or simple spine issues. Contrary to what you may believe, the majority of spine patients are treated without surgery, and when surgery is required, the practice uses minimally invasive procedures whenever possible.

Older adults commonly have age-related back, neck, and spinal pain or stiffness from cartilage, joints, and discs wearing down from everyday usage or losing water and shrinking as we age. Over time, we can also experience narrowing of the space around our spine, or spinal stenosis, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and/or spinal nerves causing symptoms ranging from pain, numbness, tingling to progressive loss of function. Spinal arthritis, also a degenerative condition, can occur when the joints above and below the vertebrae begin to degenerate. In addition to age-related wearing down of the disc and other tissues, this can result in an abnormal curvature of the spine, commonly referred to as Degenerative Scoliosis. This condition can cause a debilitating functional problem. Some adults experience decreased bone mass – osteopenia or osteoporosis, which leaves us more vulnerable to vertebral fractures even with a low-impact injury or fall.

If you experience neck and back pain, don’t ignore it! If it’s age-related or due to injury, there are many treatments that can help and it doesn’t necessarily mean you need surgery. Our Spine Team is here to help you get back to living the life you love!

September 03, 2021

Abiola_A._AtandaOrthoConnecticut is delighted to welcome Spine Specialist Abiola A. Atanda, M.D. to the Spine Team. Dr. Atanda will be seeing patients in Danbury, Southbury, and New Milford.

He is trained in adult and pediatric spine surgery by the world-renowned Norton Leatherman Spine Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Atanda is committed to using the latest technological skills to provide positive outcomes for his patients. Some of his specializations include robotic-assisted surgery, degenerative and deformity surgery, and treatment for spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, disc herniation, trauma, tumors, and infections of the spine. Dr. Atanda’s expertise and specialty training will be a strong addition to OrthoConnecticut’s already comprehensive spine services.

Dr. Atanda’s prior experience and recognitions highlight his compassion and motivation to help others. He spent April of the past year volunteering as a visiting academic physician at FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital in Ghana. Dr. Atanda has also been recognized as the recipient of the Carl J. Herzog Presidential Award, the Dorothy M. Forde-Bolden MD Award, and graduated Fisk University with Beta Kappa Chi National Honors.

To make an appointment with Dr. Atanda, or any of the other OrthoConnecticut physicians, or to learn more, visit or call 1.833.ORTHOCT (1-833-678-4628).

August 27, 2021

OrthoConnecticut is proud to announce that fourteen of their board-certified orthopedic surgeons, hand surgeons, and sports medicine physicians received 2021 Top Doctor recognition from Connecticut Magazine, Moffly Media, and Castle Connolly Top Doctors.

Every year for at least a decade, Castle Connolly Top Doctors awards have been given to OrthoConnecticut’s physicians for their medical expertise and excellence including the 2021 honorees: Brian A. Bast, D.O., M.D., Michael G. Brand, M.D., Angelo Ciminiello, M.D., Jeffrey V. DeLuca, M.D., Joseph DiGiovanni, M.D., Mark J. Fletcher, M.D., Joshua B. Frank, M.D., Edmund A. Ganal, M.D., Ross Henshaw, M.D., John G. Lunt, M.D., Michael M. Lynch, M.D., Michael G. Soojian, M.D., Robert Yaghoubian, M.D., and Aaron N. Insel, M.D. who is also a Castle Connolly Rising Stars for 2021.

The Top Doctors distinction is a physician-peer nominated, rigorously screened and vetted honor from the renowned research team at Castle Connolly that no one can pay to receive. Before a doctor is selected, careful screening is conducted which includes review of education, training, as well as professional expertise. The Castle Connolly Top Doctors are amongst those most highly regarded by their peers.

Learn more about OrthoConnecticut 2021 Top Doctors in Connecticut Magazine’s 2021Top Doctors June issue, and Moffly Media’s Fairfield County Top Doctors 2021 January regional issues: Stamford Magazine, Greenwich Magazine, New Canaan/Darien + Rowayton Magazine, Westport Magazine.

August 23, 2021

OrthoConnecticut now offers Cast21 lightweight, waterproof, and comfortable lattice mesh-like arm casting in fun colors designed for an active lifestyle. This upgraded cast alternative is now available to our patients in the Danbury, Darien, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Southbury, and Westport offices.

The many benefits of this innovative cast include no longer having to deal with a cast that is itchy, smelly, or uncomfortable, and does not need to be cut off with a saw (unlike traditional casting). As if being waterproof wasn’t enough of an advantage the fact that physicians no longer need a saw is a big plus for children (and adults) who can be apprehensive of the saw.

What's more is that Cast21 can be applied in as short a time as 3-minutes. It molds quickly and cures fast so our patients have a shorter, easier visit. The waterproof and breathable nature of the lattice structure also helps prevent infections and skin complications.

We're pleased that OrthoConnecticut patients can heal with a more comfortable option and still maintain an active lifestyle. No more needing to cover your cast with a plastic bag to bathe or sitting out summer pool parties. Cast 21 is a welcome addition to improving our patients everyday life while recovering comfortably.

Learn more about Cast21 at

August 13, 2021

dr atandaOrthoConnecticut has announced that Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Abiola A. Atanda, M.D., will join the practice on August 15th. He will have office hours in the Danbury, Southbury, and New Milford office locations.

"I am excited to be joining the outstanding team at OrthoConnecticut,” says Dr. Atanda. “This is an incredible opportunity for me to work with a team of physicians equally committed to providing quality spine care for patients. I look forward to working alongside leaders in the field to provide specialized spine care, and state-of-the-art cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine surgery to our patients.”

Dr. Atanda earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Fisk University and obtained his medical degree from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, both in Tennessee. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at New York University Langone Orthopedic Hospital (Hospital for Joint Diseases). Dr. Atanda went on to perform advanced training in adult and pediatric spine surgery during his fellowship in Orthopedic and Neurosurgery at the world-renowned Norton Leatherman Spine Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Atanda is committed to individualized care to achieve excellent patient outcomes, through optimal nonsurgical and surgical care. He specializes in navigation and robotic-assisted surgery for degenerative and deformity surgery, as well as in treatment for trauma, tumors, and infections of the spine.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Atanda to our OrthoConnecticut team. We are committed to our community, and by adding his expertise to the OrthoConnecticut Spine Team, we are better equipped to provide the highest level of comprehensive care to our patients and our community,” stated Dr. Michael Brand, President of OrthoConnecticut.

Dr. Atanda is fellowship trained and has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles on orthopedics and the spine. He is also passionate about global spine care. He was a visiting academic physician at FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital in Ghana, a nonprofit organization started by the world-renowned Spine Surgeon, Dr. Oheneha Boachie-Adjei. Dr. Atanda is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society. He has been honored and awarded as the Carl J. Herzog Presidential Award Recipient, Dorothy M. Forde-Bolden MD Award, and with Beta Kappa Chi National Honors. He will be operating out of Danbury Hospital and the Western Connecticut Orthopedic Surgical Center (WCOSC).

To arrange an appointment with Dr. Atanda, contact the office at (203) 797-1500 ext. 6620, or go to