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Orthopedic Surgeons Middletown CT

Orthopedic surgeons use surgical and non-surgical methods to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors and congenital disorders. See below to find local orthopedic surgeons in Middletown that give access to treatment for knee arthroscopy, and lumbar spinal fusion, as well as advice and content on pediatric orthopedics and surgical sports medicine.

Sean Joseph O'Donnell, MD
(860) 685-8940
540 Saybrook Rd Ste 160
Middletown, CT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ, Bronx Ny 10461
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: St Elizabeths Med Ctr, Brighton, Ma
Group Practice: Middlesex Orthopedic Surgeons

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Robert Wilson Geist, MD
(860) 347-7636
51 S Main St
Middletown, CT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1978

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Larry Turner Johnson, MD
(860) 638-3747
155 Brown St
Middletown, CT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: St Paul Med Ctr, Dallas, Tx
Group Practice: Southwest Orthopedic Inst

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Jeffrey Adam Bash, MD
(860) 347-4355
540 Saybrook Rd Ste 160
Middletown, CT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1994

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Dr.Sean ODonnell
(860) 685-8940
410 Saybrook Road # 100
Middletown, CT
Gender
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Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ
Year of Graduation: 1986
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Hospital: St Elizabeths Med Ctr, Brighton, Ma
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
4.2, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Lawrence Berson, MD
(860) 685-8940
540 Saybrook Rd Ste 160
Middletown, CT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Pa State Univ Coll Of Med, Hershey Pa 17033
Graduation Year: 1993
Hospital
Hospital: U Conn Health Ctr-John Dempsey, Farmington, Ct; St Francis Hosp Med Ctr, Hartford, Ct
Group Practice: Greater Hartford Orthopedic Group Pc

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Alan E Bernstein, MD
(860) 346-3771
PO Box 336
Middletown, CT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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David Bernard Kalayjian, MD
(860) 347-7636
51 S Main St
Middletown, CT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Middlesex Hosp, Middletown, Ct
Group Practice: Orthopedic Assoc Middletown Pc Middletown Pc

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Bruce Hunt Moeckel, MD
(860) 347-4355
540 Saybrook Rd Ste 160
Middletown, CT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1987

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Thomas J Larson, MD
(860) 347-7636
51 S Main St
Middletown, CT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1983

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Leg, Knee, and Hip Pain

 



Knee and hip pain are the most common cycling injuries. The most common cause of knee (and hip pain) in cyclists is iliotibial band (IT band) syndrome. The IT band is a thick fibrous band of tissue, which runs on the outside of the leg from the hip to the knee. Pain is caused when the band becomes tight and rubs over the bony prominences of the hip (greater trochanter) and/or the knee (lateral epicondyle). Tight inflexible lower extremity muscles may worsen the condition.

As injury is generaly a problem of overuse, it is often seen in the cyclist just beginning a training program or early in the training season when the temptation is to do too much too fast. In order to minimize knee and hip pain in the early season, take it easy for the first few weeks - pedal with low resistance and keep that cadence up to at least 80-90 rpm allowing your body to adjust again to road riding. (Likewise with any change that leads to a slightly new bike position.) Minimize hard riding or hill work for the first few weeks. Add in a stretching program for your lower extremities, especially for the gluteus and IT band to help transition you into your riding season.

The most common causes are:

  • Faulty saddle height or position
  • Crank too long - especially if you have chondromalacia
  • Pushing excessively high gears (slow cadence in cold weather)
  • Too much leg work in the gym
  • Cleat alignment
  • Individual cyclist anatomy

And finally don't forget about the low back as playing a role in leg pain - especially the back of the leg and hamstrings. All leg pain is not from problems "where it hurts".

Q. I have a question about lower back and leg pain that I sometimes experience while riding. Sometimes when I am riding my legs will become so racked with pain that I can no longer pedal. I know I have lower back issues from years of heavy Olymic style weightlifting, but this is ridiculous. Sometimes I cannot climb even the smallest hills without stiffness and pain so bad that I almost black out. Any ideas? SG

A. A lot of leg pain is really back pain. So if you have a history of low back problems from the past, I'd start with a good massage therapist that deals with sports injuries combined with a program of back stretches.

Knee Pain

Knee Pain Location

One way to classify knee pain (and identify possible solutions) is to look at the location of the pain.

  • Anterior (see chondromalacia below)
    • Reasons
      • patellar tendonitis
      • patellofemoral syndrome
    • Causes
      • pushing BIG gears - cadence too low
      • saddle too low or too far forward
      • foot too far forward on the pedal
      • crank arms too long
      • leg length discrepancy with seat set for shorter leg
    • Possible solutions
      • ride at 75 rpm or higher
      • raise seat (in small increments of less than 5mm) or move seat back
      • move cleat forward 1 to 2 mm
      • shorten crank arms by 2.5 cm
      • set seat for longer, not shorter, leg with correction for the shorter leg
  • Posterior
    • Reasons
      • hamstri...

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