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October 02, 2020

As seen in Ridgefield's HamletHub

Dr. Theodore Wolfson, M.D. (left) reviewing patient case information with team memberTheodore S. Wolfson, M.D., OrthoConnecticut (left)Dr. Theodore Wolfson joined OrthoConnecticut only a month ago and he is already a stand-out within the sports medicine team.

“I moved to Connecticut and hit the ground running, so to speak,” said Dr. Wolfson. “I’m seeing patients in Danbury and Southbury and have been able to fill a need in both locations.”

At OrthoConnecticut, the practice recognizes that you do not need to be an elite athlete to receive elite care. Their approach is to provide specialized, nonoperative and operative sports medicine care harnessing the most current and innovative techniques available. Dr. Wolfson is trained and experienced in advanced arthroscopy, complex reconstruction, and cartilage restoration procedures of the knee, hip, and shoulder. “My goal is to help you get back to doing what you love as swiftly and painlessly as possible. Pain shouldn’t set you off track,” says Dr. Wolfson.

The practice’s mission is to provide leading-edge, patient-centered care, individualized to each patient's needs.  “What drew me to OrthoConnecticut is the patient-centered approach,” says Wolfson. “We firmly believe that every injury, every condition, and every patient is different. As a result, we tailor our recommendations and treatments to each patient's unique needs and goals” he continues. 

As an integrated musculoskeletal center, OrthoConnecticut offers multidisciplinary care under one roof. With a well-coordinated team of specialists, therapists, trainers, and nearby imaging, the practice provides efficient, comprehensive care focused on getting patients moving and back in the game.

Learn more about Dr. Wolfson and OrthoConnecticut online here.

 
 
October 02, 2020
From RehabRVNAhealth NewsSpotlight

Man holding knee, ready for joint replacement surgery

The decision to have elective surgery is rarely an easy one and joint replacement surgeries are no exception.  

To help individuals make informed decisions about surgery, experts Dr. John Dunleavy, M.D, Total Joint Specialist, Hip & Knee Surgeon, OrthoConnecticut, and Gigi Weiss, MSPT, RVNAhealth Director of Rehabilitative Services, recently led a virtual panel discussion co-hosted by the Ridgefield Library: “When to Say When: Am I Ready for a Joint Replacement?”

In the presentation, Dr. Dunleavy and Gigi Weiss covered such important information as:

  • Decision-making surgery checklist including such criteria as pain level; comfort level; health status, and more.

  • Non-surgical alternatives for foregoing or postponing surgery.

  • A primer on surgery and joint replacements today:

    • Advances in anesthesia and surgical technologies that have vastly improved the experience, recovery and outcomes for joint replacement candidates.

    • Partnerships between orthopedic practices (like OrthoConnecticut) and PT practices (like RVNAhealth Rehabilitation Services) that create a seamless and safe process before, during and after surgery.

  • Pre- and post-surgery strategies for going in your strongest and enhancing your recovery.  For example, a recent study shows that pre-surgery physical therapy reduces post-operative care by as much as 29% in patients with total knee or hip replacements.

We invite you to view the presentation here.

 
 
August 27, 2020

Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgeon, Theodore S. Wolfson, M.D., Joins OrthoConnecticut

 

OrthoConnecticut has announced that Sports Medicine Specialist and Orthopedic Knee, Hip & Shoulder Surgeon, Theodore S. Wolfson, M.D., will join the practice on September 1st. He will have office hours in both the Danbury and Southbury office locations.

Theodore Wolfson looking at X RayTheodore S. Wolfson, M.D., OrthoConnecticut, reviewing an X-ray.

"I am honored and excited to be joining the outstanding team at OrthoConnecticut,” says Dr. Wolfson. “ With family throughout Western Connecticut, this is an incredible opportunity for me to return to my roots and take care of an active, healthy community.  I look forward to working alongside leaders in the field to provide specialized orthopedic surgery and sports medicine care to our patients."

Dr. Wolfson is fellowship-trained in sports medicine as well as knee and shoulder surgery and will care for all complex pediatric and adult shoulder, knee and sports issues. He joins OrthoConnecticut after completing his sports medicine fellowship at the acclaimed Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. His exceptional training includes orthopedic surgery training at New York University Langone Orthopedic Hospital (Hospital for Joint Diseases), a medical degree from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Princeton University.

Dr. Wolfson has provided medical coverage for several professional sports teams including the NBA Chicago Bulls, MLB Chicago White Sox, and MLS Chicago Fire. He has provided medical coverage for a broad range of high school and college sports teams, as well as for the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Marathon, Ironman U.S. Championship, triathlons, cycling races, and the National Women's Hockey League's Metropolitan Riveters.

He is a member of J. Robert Gladden Orthopedic Society, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine.

“Dr. Wolfson brings deep and strong expertise in caring for the complexity of knee, shoulder and sports injuries, and we are thrilled to welcome him to OrthoConnecticut. The addition of his expertise to the practice demonstrates our loyalty and commitment to patients, to provide the highest level of specialized and comprehensive care,” states Dr. Michael Brand, President of OrthoConnecticut.

To arrange an appointment with Dr. Wolfson, contact the office at  (203) 797-1500 ext. 6627, or go to www.myorthoct.com.

About OrthoConnecticut

OrthoConnecticut is the region’s premier, multi-specialty orthopedic practice, helping patients regain mobility, lead active lives, and attain optimal well-being. It is the combined practice of Danbury Orthopedics, New Milford Orthopedics, Coastal Orthopedics and CT Pain Care. 27 fellowship-trained, board-certified physicians offer patient care at 9 offices in Danbury, Darien, Litchfield, New Milford, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Sharon, Southbury and Westport. The practice’s urgent care service, OrthoCare Express, is open 7 days a week for emergencies and is available in Danbury, New Milford and Norwalk. To make an appointment with Dr. Wolfson or any of the practice’s specialists, or to learn more visit http://www.myorthoct.com/ or call 1.833.ORTHOCT (1.833.678.4628).

 
 
August 24, 2020

Good Sports: Preventing and Treating Injuries in Young Athletes

BY ANDREA VALLUZZO
as seen in Back to School, August 2020
Hearst Connecticut Media Group

Dr. Edmund Ganal examines a patient.Above, Dr. Edmund Ganal, a Ridgefield resident and sports medicine specialist with OrthoConnecticut, with locations throughout Fairfield and Litchfield counties, examines a young athlete’s knee. Sports are a big part of many students’ lives: Alessandro Sulpizi (at left), for example, is an avid athlete and former member of the New Canaan High School varsity boys tennis team under Coach Ben Young; he graduated from New Canaan High School in 2019 and currently attends Northeastern University.

Whether or not students return to school this fall, odds are many of them will be participating in some type of athletic activity, whether that includes training for a sport, going for a run in their neighborhood, kicking the soccer ball around with their family at home, or preparing for a spring league. When kids are involved in sports — no matter what the scenario — athletic-related injuries are always a possibility.

As student sports enthusiasts increasingly become year-round athletes, playing either one sport all year long or multiple sports, experts are reporting that the number of sports injuries is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half are preventable.

While acute injuries can happen anytime — a hard tackle or a misstep leading to a torn ACL or a dislocated knee — more commonly, it’s overuse and repetitive strain that cause most sports injuries.

“Unfortunately, most kids, mine included, play sports all year round. Overspecialization, I think, is a problem when kids do one specific sport 12 months a year. They develop certain habits that stress only certain parts of the body and when those get overworked too much, they start developing chronic problems like tendon degeneration and a lot of overuse injuries,” explains Ridgefield resident Dr. Edmund Ganal, a sports medicine specialist with OrthoConnecticut, with locations throughout Fairfield and Litchfield counties. Experts differ on whether it’s better to play one sport or a variety. Some say playing one sport reduces the number of athletic injuries and the type of injuries to those specific to that particular sport while others say playing different sports can be beneficial as a form of cross-training and to not repeatedly tax the same set of muscles the same way again.

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August 14, 2020

Handshakes are not a thing of the past for surgeon, Dr. Joseph DiGiovanni

As seen in Ridgefield's HamletHub

OrthoConnecticut surgeon, Dr. Joseph DiGiovanni OrthoConnecticut's Dr. Joseph DiGiovanni

I was fortunate enough to be assigned Dr. DiGiovanni's team for repair of a broken wrist. - Marcia

This year, we have all come to discover the simple things in life we take for granted; smiles, hugs, and a handshake to name a few. Handshakes have been the life-long focus of hand surgeon, Joseph DiGiovanni, M.D.

Dr. DiGi, as he is affectionately referred to, is a fellowship-trained, board-certified hand and upper extremity surgeon who has been in practice for 20 years and is a member of the subspecialty team at the Hand Center at OrthoConnecticut.

Dr. DiGiovanni has an interest and expertise in treating wrist injuries and fractures. Injuries to the hand are unique because of the complex interplay between the bones, tendons, and nerves, and Dr. DiGiovanni's training makes him uniquely qualified to care for patients with these problems. 

Recently, Dr. DiGiovanni’s patient, Marcia, thanked him, for helping her recover from a broken wrist. From the first moment she entered OrthoConnecticut, to her eventual surgery, she says she was treated with “compassion and professionalism”. 

I was fortunate enough to be assigned Dr. DiGiovanni's team for repair of a broken wrist. From reception to exams to surgery to post-op, I was treated with compassion and professionalism at all times. Wait times were minimal, I never felt rushed during any procedure, and my questions were answered thoroughly. The surgical team members were also patient, helpful, and efficient at all times. It's obvious that these staff members enjoy what they do! - Marcia

In addition to concentrating on hand, elbow, and shoulder issues, Dr. DiGiovanni also specializes in pediatric hand and elbow surgery. He received his hand training at NYU Langone Hospital for Joint Diseases, where he obtained vast experience in complicated hand reconstruction.

Chronic conditions and injuries treated by Dr. DiGiovanni include fractures, nerve problems (including carpal tunnel syndrome), cubital tunnel syndrome, tumors, arthritis, and tendinopathies (tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, and trigger finger). Dr. DiGiovanni's training makes him uniquely qualified to care for patients with these problems. DiGiovanni counts athletes, musicians, and workers with hand injuries specific to their career among the numerous patients he has treated.

For now, if you see Dr. DiGiovanni on the street you’ll have to settle for an elbow bump. But hopefully one day soon we can go back to giving a firm handshake as a thank you to a physician who has worked tirelessly to ensure his patients can use their hands to the best of their ability.

OrthoConnecticut is the area’s leading multispecialty orthopedic practice, Led by surgeons who are recognized experts in their fields, the practice’s highly trained team of medical professionals are dedicated to helping patients return to healthy, active lives. With offices in Danbury, New Milford, Litchfield, Ridgefield, Sharon and Southbury, the practice offers unparalleled experience and leading-edge diagnostic tools and treatments, conveniently located near where you live and work. The practice’s urgent care service, OrthoCare Express offers emergency care, 7 days a week, in Danbury and New Milford.

To arrange an appointment with Dr. DiGiovanni, contact the office at 203-797-1500 or go to www.myorthoct.com