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Stress fractures, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and other common foot problems

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Scott M Van Valkenburg, MDOrthopedic surgeon Scott Van Valkenburg, MD, talks about the most common foot and ankle injuries — including stress fractures, Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis — and explains how our bones are constantly regenerating, with each cell turning over every seven years.


Meet the Mako robot

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Robert Sherman, MDRobert Sherman, MD, tells about Upstate University Hospital’s new robotic tool that assists in hip and knee replacement surgeries.


Orthopedic surgery trends

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Stephen A Albanese, MDOrthopedic surgeon Stephen Albanese, MD, discusses trends in the field of orthopedic surgery as he reflects on his year as president of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Albanese is professor and chair of orthopedic surgery at Upstate Medical University.


Shoulder and neck pain may be related

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

William F Lavelle, MDUpstate orthopedic surgeon William Lavelle, MD, explains how shoulder pain and neck pain may be related, how to tell the difference, and when to seek treatment – both surgical and non-surgical. Lavelle is an assistant professor of adult and pediatric spine and scoliosis surgery at Upstate Medical University. Learn more about the Upstate Bone and Joint Center, the most comprehensive orthopedic center in Central New York.


Causes and treatment of clubfoot

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

David Hootnick, MDMark Levinsohn, MDUpstate orthopedic surgeon David Hootnick, MD and radiologist Mark Levinsohn, MD, discuss the latest research, causes and treatment of clubfoot, a congenital limb deformity.  Read more about Clubfoot, from WebMD



Building a better ankle brace for flat feet

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Christopher G Neville, PT, PhDChristopher Neville, PT, PhD, talks about flatfoot due to Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD), one of the most common problems of the foot and ankle.  Neville describes a new clinical trial underway at Upstate to help determine the most appropriate, conservative treatment for PTTD.  
Read more: Upstate study to help determine best conservative treatment for common foot disorder. 
Read about the study: Effect of Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction Specific Braces on Foot. 
For more information, call 315-464-9966


An overview of adaptive physical education

Friday, October 11th, 2013

James Rimmer, PhDJames Rimmer, PhD, the Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences, was the keynote speaker for a recent conference on adaptive physical education. He shares a broad overview of where we are nationally with adaptive physical education in terms of policy and practice. Dr. Rimmer also directs the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability. For more information, call 1-800-900-8086.


Caring for someone with Parkinson’s disease

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Dragos L Mihaila, MDCarol Sames, PhDDragos Mihaila, MD, director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program at Upstate Medical University is joined by Carol Sames, PhD, director of Upstate’s Vitality Fitness Program, to help us understand Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. They stress the importance of exercise and nutritional balance as strategies for living well, and encourage their caregivers to follow that same advice. For more information about the Vitality program, call 315-464-9992.

The Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth sponsors two groups that meet monthly to provide education and support to patients and families dealing with this disease: On the first Monday of each month, 12:30 – 2 pm, at The Hearth at Greenpoint, 150 Old Liverpool Road, Liverpool; and on the second Tuesday of each month, 6 – 7:30 pm, at The Villas of Summerfield, 100 Summerfield Village Lane, Onondaga Hill off Velasko Road. For information, call 315-435-2362 x140 or email

Listen to the interview: “Living an active life with Parkinson’s disease


‘What’s Your Emergency?’ – Neck and back injuries

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Derek R Cooney, MD, FF/NREMT-P, FACEPWilliam Lavelle MDDr. Derek Cooney, director of emergency medical services and disaster medicine at Upstate, is joined by orthopedic surgeon Dr. William Lavelle, to present another edition of ‘What’s Your Emergency?’ addressing neck and back injuries – potential causes and conditions, symptoms, and when to seek emergency care.


8/5/12 New study for failed back surgery syndrome

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Brian Johnson MD Psychiatrist Brian Johnson talks about failed back surgery syndrome, a very generalized term that is often used to describe the condition of patients who have not had a successful result with back surgery or spine surgery and have experienced continued pain after surgery.  Dr. Johnson is currently recruiting patients for a new research study for patients who meet this criteria. For more information or to participate in the study, call 315-464-3130 or email


4/22/12 Upstate opens clinical trials for foot drop

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Margaret Turk, MDAdults who have had a stroke and are experiencing a condition commonly referred to as foot drop may be eligible to participate in the Upstate Medical University INSTRIDE Stroke study that compares the use of a functional electrical stimulation (FES) device with an ankle-foot orthosis, considered the standard of care for foot drop.  Margaret A. Turk, MD, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, is leading Upstate’s participation, and will explain the study and how you can participate.

The INSTRIDE Stroke study is sponsored by Innovative Neurotronics Inc. For more information about the study, contact Lynne Romeiser Logan, PT, PhD, at Upstate Medical University at Physicians who wish to refer a patient may have the patient call the study screening line at 877-318-7615 for inclusion into the trial.  Read more about the study in UpstateOnline.


1/29/12 Current trends in physical therapy

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Dale Avers

Dale Avers, DPT, PhD, director of Upstate’s post-professional doctoral program for physical therapists, discusses the current trends in physical therapy education.  All physical therapy training programs have converted to doctoral programs, and as more physical therapists increase their education, more patients address their PTs as doctor.

Learn more about the two physical therapy doctoral programs offered at Upstate’s College of Health Professions:
(DPT) for those entering the field.