Practically nothing makes a physician feel fulfilled and that they are making a difference in people’s lives than receiving appreciation from a patient. Recently, this heartfelt, very personal letter was pinned to the bulletin board in the office of Dr. Michael A. Gott, an orthopedic surgeon with our Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine group. We reproduce it here so that our readers might be encouraged to seek surgery and other healing therapies for their conditions, too. Hopefully they, like this letter’s anonymous author, could experience similar satisfaction and life-changing freedom from pain.
WHITE PLAINS, NY, September 5, 2016 — Now in its second year, Michael A. Gott, MD, a practicing orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, will highlight and discuss key injuries to pro football players each week during the Fantasy Football season.
Each week via video, Dr. Gott will offer his professional assessment of the injury’s prognosis and treatment so that fans can make more informed decisions critical to their Fantasy Football league selections. Each video will be 3-5 minutes in length and can be viewed on the Westchester Health Orthopedic and Sports Medicine website.
Dr. Michael A. Gott is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle, including traumatic and sports related injuries, as well as arthritic conditions. He focuses on conservative, non-operative treatments for most conditions.
A Westchester native, Dr. Gott attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine after graduating from Emory University, where was named to the Dean’s List all four years. He completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at North Shore/Long Island Jewish Hospital System, completing his Sports Medicine Fellowship at the prestigious American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL, where he worked under the renowned orthopedists Dr. James Andrews, Dr. Lyle Cain and Dr. Jeff Dugas. Dr. Gott is the current team physician for Yorktown High School Athletics, having previously worked as a team physician for Troy University, Auburn University and the University of Alabama.
At Westchester Health, we see a lot of osteoporosis-related fractures, particularly in our orthopedic group, Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. These fractures are most commonly of the hip, wrist or spine, affecting men and women of all races but white and Asian women, especially over the age of 50, are at highest risk. One of our orthopedic specialists, Michael A. Gott, MD, has written a very informative blog advising both men and women how they can proactively try to prevent, or at least lessen, the onset of osteoporosis.
A great many runners—professionals as well as amateurs—run too much too soon and develop medial tibial stress syndrome, or shin splints, one of the most common running injuries. What can be done to prevent this? Eric Small, MD, Pediatric and Adult Sports Medicine specialist with Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and Medical Director of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine with Westchester Health, offers guidance and advice in a recent blog.
These days, it is not uncommon for a 12-year-old to participate on 3 soccer, baseball, hockey or volleyball teams all at the same time. What’s more, this number of over-committed young athletes continues to grow.
Of all sports injuries, shoulder injuries are among the most common, possibly because the shoulder joint has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body. Because of this mobility, it is more likely to be injured or cause problems. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint, which lies over the top of the shoulder, is also easily injured.
The term “arthritis” is used to describe 200 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround joints, and other connective tissue. Arthritis can be extremely painful but there are a number of effective treatments that can ease the pain and allow arthritis sufferers to remain active and enjoy freedom of movement.