Centers of Excellence
The Center for Physical, Occupational, and Hand Therapy at Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is centered around an interactive relationship between you, your physical therapist, and your orthopedist.
Our physical therapists and hand therapists are conveniently located in the same facility as our physicians. When questions, concerns, or changes in your progress arise, your treatment program can be discussed and modified in real time to assure you the best and quickest possible recovery.
We hope that you choose an Orthopedics & Sports Medicine doctor for your surgery and treatment, however, The Center for Physical, Occupational and Hand therapy at Orthopedics & Sports Medicine welcomes patients from all physicians in and around the Mid Hudson Valley.
The Center For Accidents & Work Related Injuries was created to help patients who are injured in an accident, work or otherwise. We have expert Physicians and Physician’s Assistants to aid you and your injury. We also have practitioners and staff who are knowledgeable about Worker’s Compensation, auto insurance, and accident liability issues.
Our offices offer the rapid appointment availability that injured patients need. If you have already been seen at an Emergency Department or Urgent Care facility, we can typically take over your care within 24-48 hours. If you are injured during our normal office hours, call and you may even be able to see one of our Orthopedic Surgeons or Orthopedic Physician Assistants on the same day.
We offer the latest techniques for care of all types of fractures and musculoskeletal injuries. Advanced and cutting-edge care is a necessity to help you attain the highest level of function after a serious injury. Our goal is to get you back to work and play as quickly, and as safely, as possible.
Our Center is designed to care for you from the time of injury, all the way through your complete and successful recover.
As a part of the center we offer convenient on-site Physical Therapy Services.
From the treatment of fractures, to diseases such as osteoporosis, maintaining your bones is key to maintaining an active healthy lifestyle and preventing premature loss of mobility or onset of disease.
Our Rheumatology and Osteoporosis professionals offer recommendations for optimizing bone health including programs that consist of a well-balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, physical activity, and a healthy lifestyle (including not smoking, avoiding excessive alcohol use, and recognizing that some prescription medications and chronic diseases can cause bone loss).
There are also prescription medications that can help you prevent further bone loss and even increase your bone density.
If you already have experienced a fracture, you may be referred to a specialist in physical therapy or rehabilitation medicine to help you with daily activities, safe movement, and exercises to improve your strength and balance.
The Center for Foot & Ankle Surgery specializes in sports and general injuries of the foot and ankle, arthroscopic ankle surgery, bunion correction and forefoot reconstruction, Achilles tendon disorders, and total ankle replacement surgery.
Ankle sprains and minor ankle injuries can lead to long term orthopedic problems. If you have experienced a sprain or injury, contact our office to see an ankle specialist.
Whether your hand is impaired through injury or by disease, surgery may improve your condition. This type of very specialized surgery can treat conditions that cause pain and impair the strength, function, and flexibility of your wrist and fingers.
Surgery seeks to restore to near normal the function of fingers and hands injured by trauma or to correct abnormalities that were present at birth. Specifically, hand surgery can treat:
Carpal tunnel syndrome – a condition caused by pressure to the median nerve within the wrist, or carpal tunnel. You might feel pain, a tingling sensation, numbness of the fingers, weakness or aching. Carpal tunnel syndrome is associated with multiple conditions including: repetitive motion or overuse, fluid retention during pregnancy, injury to the nerve in the carpal tunnel or rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis – a disabling disease that can cause severe inflammation in any joint of the body. In the hand, it can deform fingers and impair movement.
Dupuytren’s contracture – a disabling hand disorder in which thick, scar-like tissue bands form within the palm and may extend into the fingers. It can cause restricted movement, bending the fingers into an abnormal position.
Our center combines treatment and rehabilitation by board certified hand surgeon Gina Del Savio and the Certified Hand Therapists of our Physical Therapy Center.
The goal of our Total Joint Replacement & Adult Reconstruction Surgery team is to restore our patients to optimum mobility in an optimum amount of time. Whether the cause is accident, injury, or disease, total joint replacement surgery may be the best option for restoring your quality of life.
We offer the latest techniques for care of all types of fractures and musculoskeletal injuries. Advanced and cutting-edge care is a necessity to help you attain the highest level of function after a serious injury. Our goal is to restore your level of mobility as quickly, and as safely, as possible.
Our Center is designed to care for you from the time of injury, all the way through your complete and successful recovery.
As a part of the center we offer convenient on-site Physical Therapy Services.
Cervical Spondylotic myelopathy and cervical stenosis:
Cervical spondylotic myleopathy (CSM) is a condition in which the spinal cord malfunctions due to compression. It commonly presents as a gait disturbance or loss of coordination of the hands. The cause is cervical spondylosis/ arthritis and secondary stenosis or squeezing of the spinal cord. Common procedures to correct this condition include posterior cervical laminectomy, cervical laminoplasty (with and without fusion), and/or anterior cervical discectomies and fusion. These procedures are aimed at expanding the spinal canal and decompressing the spinal cord.
Cervical radioculopathy is a common process of malfunction of a cervical nerve root due to mechanical impingement (i.e. disc or bony spur). The disease process generally has a benign natural history. Certain patients who have failed conservative treatment or have shown a progressive neurologic deficiency may be candidates for surgery. The surgical options include anterior cervical disc fusion, as well as posterior foramenotomy. These procedures are quite reliable and result in greater than 95 percent of patients having complete relief of their symptoms.
Lumbar radiculopathy and sciatica:
Sciatica is a very common symptom complex that is usually caused by mechanical compression on a lumbar nerve root. In some patients, nonoperative treatments yield excellent short-and long-term results. For patients who have failed all conservative treatments or have developed a progressive neurologic condition, decompressive procedures such as hemi-laminectomy have proven to be successful. Occasionally, a fusion may be required in patients with associated spondylolisthesis or scoliosis. These procedures are only indicated after failure of conservative treatment.
Deformity, including scoliosis and spondylolistesis:
Although relatively rare, spinal deformities are generally treated with stabilization procedures.
Dr. Sheeja Francis heads OSM's rheumatology service providing a variety of non-surgical therapies for the treatment of musculoskeletal disease and systemic autoimmune conditions commonly referred to as rheumatic diseases. These diseases can affect the joints, muscles and bones causing pain, swelling, stiffness and deformity.
"Autoimmune conditions occur when the immune system sends inflammation to areas of the body when it is not needed causing damage/symptoms. These diseases can also affect the eyes, skin, nervous system and internal organs. Rheumatologists treat joint disease similar to orthopedists but do not perform surgeries. Common diseases treated by rheumatologists include osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic back pain, tendinitis, and lupus." *
* provided by the American College of Rheumatology
Sports Medicine encompasses the complete health care of the athlete or active individual. Our Center for Athletes and Sports Medicine is staffed by orthopedic surgeons that are fellowship trained in Sports Medicine. We also have Physician Assistants and Athletic Trainers that are highly experienced in the management of sports injuries.
The goal of the Center for Athletes and Sports Medicine team is to optimally treat athletic injuries, and to thus allow continued participation in sporting activities. Our practitioners can provide a variety of services for your athletes and your sports program. We provide services for area High Schools and other local sports oriented organizations.