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November 25, 2020

Originally published in Ridgefield's HamletHub


  • The skin on the palm side of our hand is very unique.
  • It grows no hair.  
  • It does not have the ability to tan.
  • It is tough and durable, but also sensitive enough to discriminate between a quarter and a nickel in your pocket.
  • The skin is anchored to the bone through an intermediate layer of fascia, which prevents the skin from sliding around like a rubber glove.
  • Fingerprints provide friction to allow us to grasp and hold onto objects.

These fun facts are just the tip of the iceberg. The OrthoConnecticut team of fellowship-trained, board-certified hand and wrist surgeons know the ins and outs of palms, fingers, wrists….you name it.

So whether you need schooling on little known facts about your hand or skilled surgical proficiency, come to the experts. The Hand Center at OrthoConnecticut is ready to care for you.

November 18, 2020

As seen in Danbury's Hamlet Hub

The term spondylolisthesis might even be a mouthful for OrthoConnecticut Spine Surgeon Justin Paul M.D., Ph.D., however, performing surgery to correct it is something he is quite skilled at.

Watch Dr. Paul’s informative video to learn more about lateral spine surgery. Dr. Paul speaks about the lateral surgical approach which is a minimally invasive procedure performed with an incision through the side of the body to access the spine, instead of through the back. This approach provides greater control making it easier to correct the bone “slippage” that is causing the back pain. 

November 09, 2020

OrthoConnecticut is thrilled to have Theodore S. Wolfson M.D., join the Sports Medicine team. Dr. Wolfson comes to OrthoConnecticut after completing his sports medicine fellowship at Rush University in Chicago. He is a knee, hip, and shoulder surgeon, specializing in sports medicine and cartilage restoration.

October 27, 2020

Here, Justin Paul, M.D., Ph.D. discusses Anterior Lumbar Spine Surgery, also known as the Tiger Woods Surgery. Dr. Paul educates his audience on the surgical success possible by performing the procedure from the front of the body, rather than through the back.

October 15, 2020

OrthoConnecticut's Dr. Dunleavy discusses how seniors can stay active and fit in the Fall, safely during Covid-19.

Golden Years 2020As seen in "Fitness in the Fall" article (pages 1 and 4) from Golden Years Magazine, September 2020 issue:

John P. Dunleavy, MD, FAAOS, an orthopedic surgeon for OrthoConnecticut, Danbury, treats many senior patients who are looking to stay active. “The first thing I say to patients is whatever you can do to stay active you should do, even if it’s only taking a little walk,” he said. “There’s no such thing as doing too little. If all they can do is walk around their neighborhood, that works. A lot of times walking on flat ground is much easier, so

sometimes folks will go to the mall or the local high school track to avoid hills.”

Activities that keep the joints moving without applying too much pressure are ideal, such as walking and swimming, Dunleavy continued. Taking an aquatic fitness class is a good option, he said, as “the water workouts reduce gravity’s effects and are easier on the joints.”

Dunleavy recommended working out with a friend as part of a routine to help you stick with the exercises. “In a gym, elliptical equipment and stationary bikes allow for low-impact aerobic exercise, among other examples,” he added.

“Yoga is also a good workout,” Dunleavy said. “Wear and tear of our joints is a normal part of aging. Not everyone is affected in the same way or as severely. But low-impact exercises tend to benefit patients with all degrees of arthritis.”

Read the full article here.