Advanced Orthopedics & Joint Preservation, PC is committed to excellence by pledging to provide the highest quality of orthopedic care possible. Along with the treatment of immediate or chronic problems, we strive to integrate the doctrine of prevention in all our treatment plans as a way to alleviate possible future difficulties. We are pleased to have you as a patient. If you have any questions, always feel free to contact our Brooklyn Orthopedist.
Dr. Avshalumov specializes in the treatment of a variety of orthopaedic conditions and performs several orthopaedic procedures including:
- Joint Preservation
- Sports Medicine
- General Orthopedics
- Osteopathic Medicine: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York, NY
- Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: Peninsula Hospital Center, Far Rockaway, NY
- Joint Preservation, Resurfacing & Replacement Fellowship: Washington University Orthopedics, St. Louis, MO
- New York State Medical License
- State of New Jersey License
- American Boards of Orthopaedic Surgery (AOBOS) – May 2011
- National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners – Complex Step I, II, IIIACLS, BLS, Infection Control
- South Nassau Communities Hospital: September 2007–December 2007 Free-Hand Technique Modification on Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Authors: Dr. Avshalumov & Dr. Gerber
- University of Kentucky & Shriners Hospital for Children: January 2006–April 2006 Scoliosis in Autistic ChildrenAuthors: Dr. Avshalumov & Dr. Milbrandt
- North Shore University Hospital NY Manhassat: 2006–2007 Total Hip Replacement in Patient with History of Poliomyelitis Authors: Dr. Avshalumov & Dr. Siderman
- Astrakhan Medical Academy: September 1993–December 1994 Rehabilitation of Muscle after Surgical Reconstruction of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear Research Assistant of Dr. Ramiz Ibragimov
- American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery (AOBOS)
- American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO)
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)
- American Medical Association (AMA)
Surgery Center Affiliations
Alexander Wicker, RPA-C
Registered Orthopedic Physician Assistant
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Alexander Wicker is a registered orthopedic physician assistant and specializes in the treatment of a variety of orthopaedic conditions and procedures including:
- Emergency Trauma
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Undergraduate: Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
- Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
- Physician Assistant Program: Hofstra University, Hempstead NY
- Pre-requisites for PA Program: Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York
- Physician Assistant – Orthopaedic Surgery: Advanced Orthopaedics & Joint Preservation, PC, Valley Stream, NY (December 1, 2012 –Present)
- Manage all aspects of care for adult and pediatric patients in a private office setting under the supervision of Board Certified and sub-specialty fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeons.
- Experience with first and second assisting in the operating room.
- Physician Assistant – Department of Orthopaedic Surgery: Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY (January 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013)
- Manage all aspects of care for adult and pediatric patients on the entire orthopaedic service on the inpatient settings, outpatient clinics, perioperative, as well as performing emergent and routine consults under the supervision of Board Certified and Sub-specialty fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeons.
- Experience with first and second assisting in the operating room on numerous occasions, including complex fracture repairs, and total joint replacements.
- Perform wide range of skills including physical exams, administering intraarticular injections; prepare written prescriptions, splinting, and casting. lnstruct and advise patients regarding medications and treatment.
- Clinical Coordinator, Joint Replacement Program: Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY (September 15, 2012 – June 30, 2013)
- Physician Assistant – Emergency Department: Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY (March 14, 2011 – December 31, 2011)
- Manage all aspects of care for adult patients in the Main E.D. (Acute Care) and both adult and pediatric patients in the Fast Track (Urgent Care) settings under the supervision of Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physicians.
- Perform wide range of skills including physical exams, administering injections and immunizations, suturing, prepare written prescriptions, splinting, and lumbar punctures. Instruct and advise patients regarding medications and treatment and/or refer them to appropriate specialists.
- NCCPA certified, January 2011
- NYS Licensed, February 2011
- New Jersey Licensed, 2013
- ACLS, BCLS, ATLS certified
- DEA certified
- Infection Control certified
- NYS Advanced Emergency Medical Technician certified
- Hofstra University Physician Assistant Program: Class of 2010 Vice-President
- Hofstra University Society of Physician Assistant Students: Co-Founder, Past President, Lifetime Member
- American Academy of Physician Assistants, Fellow Member
- New York State Society of Physician Assistants, Fellow Member
- American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants, Fellow Member
- Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants, Fellow Member
- American Society of Orthopaedic Physician’s Assistants, Affiliate Member
- Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery, Fellow Member
Previous Work Experience
- The National Enquirer: District Retail Manager (March 2003 – August 2008)
- Managed a staff of six part-time employees whose tasks involved magazine merchandising, advertising signage placement, and product reordering in retail stores.
- Personally assisted in the re-launch of Star magazine from a tabloid format in January 2004.
Organizations & Clubs:
- Volunteer Firefighter, Garden City Park Fire Department
- Ex-Lieutenant, Rescue Company
Skills & Interests
- Strong interests in Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery, Joint Preservation and Reconstruction
- Self-motivated and eager to learn
- Strong work ethic
- Team player
- Proficient in the use of Electronic Medical Records
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Preparing For Spring Sports
Spring is right around the corner, and athletes everywhere are dusting off their sports equipment for the upcoming season. At Advanced Orthopedics & Joint Preservation, a local Brooklyn Orthopedist, our staff will make sure you are fully prepared for every home run you hit and every goal you score during this time of year. Consult with our team on methods for making sure you’re in peak physical condition for when your sports season begins.
Customarily, the most commonly practiced spring sports include baseball, track & field, and lacrosse. Orthopedic injuries tend to crop up as an unavoidable result of playing these sports, such as pain resonating in the joints. As an athlete, it’s always a good idea to prepare yourself early and make sure that you are ready for the season ahead. Before your initial start date, remember to consult with your local Brooklyn Orthopedist, to get yourself a full medical evaluation.
Symptoms of Acute Injury
If you have any symptoms of acute injury, it’s certainly in your best interest to get it taken care of before you sign up for any spring sport. If you have any of these symptoms listed below, get them checked out as soon as possible. Here are some common issues athletes tend to experience:
- The development of swelling within the foot and ankle.
- Constant discomfort when standing on your feet.
- Muscle weakness, especially when your muscle groups are being overused.
- Bruising of the tissue could be a result of physical contact during a game.
- Limping or not being able to walk for long periods.
- Limitations while running, such as discomfort or instability.
What Can Cause These Injuries?
These symptoms can occur as a result of an injury that carried over from the previous season, or something that requires further attention. The symptoms listed above can be caused by a fracture, shin splint, strains/sprains, as well as swollen muscles. Consult with your local Brooklyn Orthopedist if you’re concerned about these symptoms.
Being an athlete means you need to prepare yourself as much as possible during the winter to make sure you are 100% ready for what lies ahead. Any existing injuries can get much worse if you do not seek proper attention for them. Finding care to any harm or pain you are receiving is going to help you out in the long run.
How Can a Brooklyn Orthopedist Help?
Don’t wait and think that the injury will go away on its own. Playing sports requires your bones and body to be in the best shape possible. That’s why you should schedule an appointment with Advanced Orthopedics & Joint Preservation, your local Brooklyn orthopedist.
What is an ACL Tear?
From athletes to everyday people, the looming threat of an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear can be worrisome for anyone. The ACL is one of the four major joints that’s able to give the knee stability. If a tear occurs, it can potentially have a quality of the life-altering effect. Examples of this could be a season-ending sports injury or even making everyday activities such as walking a strenuous task. If you have suffered from this injury, Advanced Orthopedics & Joint Preservation has a Brooklyn orthopedist that can provide assistance.
Who is at risk?
Usually, athletes are the most common group of people who suffer from ACL tears. Those specifically at risk are the ones who play a sport that involves a sudden change of direction. Football and soccer are strong examples of this since they involve precise/sharp movements in order to dodge defenders. ACL tears typically occur during a non-contact injury that involves a sudden twisting motion. The injury can require surgery, and this combined with the rehab process ordinarily forces an athlete to miss their entire season. In severe cases, the injury can also cut into the following season, depending upon the extent of the rehab process.
What it is?
Physicians are able to diagnose the severity of ACL injuries by classifying them through a grading system. Grades one and two refer to when the ligament is either stretched or partially torn. A grade three is only diagnosed when there is a complete tear of the ligament. When this occurs, the ACL is torn into two pieces, which results in the knee joint becoming unstable.
Symptoms that have been reported in regards to an ACL tear include:
- Experiencing a “pop” at the time of injury
- Immediate swelling of the knee after injury
- Restricted range of motion
- Feeling of the knee “giving out”
- Deep pain within the knee
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, Advanced Orthopedics & Joint Preservation has a Brooklyn orthopedist that will determine the best course of action moving forward.
Often times, the tearing of an ACL can be a freak incident, occurring spontaneously without warning. Because of this, preventive measure for an ACL tear are often difficult to anticipate and time correctly. However, athletes do have the option of incorporating workout regimens that can prepare them for a potential knee injury and possibly preclude it altogether. These regimens often include running, stretching, strength exercises, agility training, and a cool down to help combat this type of knee injury. This program should be done 2-3 times a week in order to fully maximize the potential injury prevention benefits. For more information, you can contact a local Brooklyn orthopedist at Advanced Orthopedics & Joint Preservation.
Unfortunately, even with prevention training, it is still plausible for an ACL injury to occur. When this happens, there are various treatment options available for use, depending upon the severity of the tear. Small and partial tears can be treated with physical therapy and wearing knee braces to help gradually increase strength and stability in the knee. More serious cases may call for surgical repair. After the surgery, physical therapy is necessary and it will often be 12 months before an athlete can return to games. Our Brooklyn orthopedist at Advanced Orthopedics & Joint Preservation can evaluate your injury to make sure you get the best treatment possible.
Missing time due to an injury can be disheartening for an athlete. While prevention methods can be put in place, sometimes a freak accident occurs that results in injury. If this has happened to you, please contact Advanced Orthopedics & Joint Preservation to see our Brooklyn orthopedist so you can begin treatment and get yourself back on the field.
What is the Most Common Orthopedic Injury?
Some of the most common orthopedic injuries are twisted knees, which result in traumatic tears of surrounding ligaments such as the ACL and MCL. In addition, sprained ankles are also a common orthopedic injury. These injuries occur mostly in athletes who engage in sports such as basketball, lacrosse, football, and soccer. These sports involve lateral movements which increase the likelihood of these types of injuries. Contact us today if you have suffered from one of these common orthopedics injuries and are in need of assistance.
Recovering From Whiplash
Have you been experiencing neck pain after a recent car accident? If so, you may be suffering from whiplash. The symptoms of whiplash usually begin to occur about 24 hours after the incident and can last for weeks. If you think you are suffering from whiplash, Advanced Orthopedics and Joint Preservation has a Brooklyn Orthopedist that can help.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash occurs when the neck and head are suddenly forced backward then forward. This fast movement puts extreme stress on the cervical spine. One of the typical causes of this injury is getting rear-ended in your car. The most common symptom of whiplash is neck pain, however other symptoms include the following:
- Neck Instability
- Neck Stiffness or Reduced Range of Motion
- Shoulder/Upper Back Pain
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, contact a Brooklyn Orthopedist with Advanced Orthopedics and Joint Preservation to take the necessary steps for treatment.
At Advanced Orthopedics and Joint Preservation, a Brooklyn orthopedist, we treat whiplash on a case to case basis. Trust our skilled professions to come up with an effective treatment plan for you. For mild cases of whiplash, heat and ice are typical treatment methods. Medication often accompanies heat and ice to treat minor cases of whiplash. In extreme cases, medicine alone may not be enough. When medication is not enough, implementing exercise and modalities may help. Exercises strengthen your neck and assist you in regaining mobility while modalities can provide more precise treatment to the area.
Why Treatment Is Important
If you may be suffering from whiplash, it is essential to make an appointment right away to start treatment. Most people are healed completely within three months, but there have been cases of chronic pain and long-lasting symptomology when not treated in a timely fashion. To prevent painful, long-term effects from your injury, contact us today to start your personalized treatment plan.
Being that whiplash is an injury to the neck, it is imperative to your recovery that you start treatment as soon as possible. Head and neck injuries are some of the most serious and traumatic your body can sustain. By contacting Advanced Orthopedics and Joint Preservation to make an appointment with our Brooklyn Orthopedist, you can ensure you are in the best hands.
Common Soccer Injuries
Soccer injuries can be very common due to the amount of contact that occurs throughout the game. There are many reasons why a soccer injury can occur, however, it is a very physical game that does not have much protective gear. It is essential that if you suffer an injury from a sport you treat it properly and wait the appropriate amount of time for you to heal, especially in a sport such as soccer because every body part is used throughout the game. If you have recently suffered a soccer injury, visit our Brooklyn Orthopedist. Advanced Orthopedic & Joint Preservation will ensure that you heal in full and in a timely fashion.
Common Soccer Injuries
There are a wide variety of injuries that soccer players can endure, however, some injuries are more common than others. Some of the most common soccer injuries are:
- Knee Injuries
- ACL- Front of the Knee
- PCL- Back of the Knee
- MCL- Inside of the Knee
- LCL- Outside of the Knee
- Ankle Sprains
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Pulled Groin
- Hamstring Injuries
- Pulled Calf Muscle
- Shin Splints
- Stress Fractures
As it is clear, many types of injuries can come from soccer. If you suffer from any of these injuries while playing soccer, it’s crucial that you visit a doctor and get the proper care you deserve. If you have recently suffered from a soccer injury, come to our Brooklyn Orthopedist.
Ways to Prevent a Soccer Injury
There are a few things that can be done to prevent a soccer injury from occurring this upcoming season. Some ways you can prevent one of the common soccer injuries are:
- Maintain Fitness
- Cool Down
- Hydrate (Before, During, and After you play)
- Wear the Right Equipment
- Ensure a Safe Environment
- Prevent Overuse Injuries
- Make sure you rest, opposed to constantly playing
- Prepare for Injuries
- Have a First-Aid Kit ready.
These are some tips you can follow to make your soccer experience as safe as possible.
If you or a loved one has recently suffered a soccer injury, book an appointment with our Brooklyn Orthopedist at Advanced Orthopedics & Joint Preservation! Our goal is to make sure you are ready for the upcoming season!
Contacting A Brooklyn Orthopedist
Back pain, arthritic hips and knees, stiff neck muscles, and sports injuries are just a few of the conditions that our Brooklyn Orthopedist encounter. Our trained specialists are committed to providing the proper diagnosis, treatment, prevention, as well as the restoration of conditions, diseases, and injuries of the body’s musculoskeletal system.
What Do We Treat?
Our orthopedist treats patients of all ages with conditions that vary from bone and joint disorders to fractures, as well as any soft tissue injuries such as tears of the muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Some conditions our Brooklyn Orthopedist treats include:
Fractures or dislocations
Pulled muscles, tendon injuries, and torn cartilage
Torn ligaments, sprains, and strains
Back pain, scoliosis, and sciatica
Our Brooklyn Orthopedist is able to treat these conditions with or without surgery utilizing the latest breakthroughs in technology. Depending on the severity of the condition, surgery may be recommended if the patient does not respond to other treatments.
Here at Advanced Orthopedics & Joint Prevention, our orthopedist strives to provide the highest quality of orthopedic care possible. Some of our services provided include:
Our orthopedist utilizes unique cameras and equipment to help get a better visualization of the affected joint to properly diagnose and treat the complication.
Our orthopedist removes the damaged or arthritic joint and replaces it with an artificial joint that is called a prosthesis.
During this process, the bones are ‘”welded” together using bone grafts and internal devices, such as metal rods.
In order to properly treat the condition, our Brooklyn Orthopedist performs a detailed orthopedic evaluation. This evaluation consists of a physical examination, a detailed medical history, x-rays, and other additional exams.
- The physical examination helps our orthopedist evaluate important aspects of the musculoskeletal system, such as the strength, range of motion, swelling, and reflexes.
- The medical history allows our orthopedist to properly evaluate the overall health and possible causes of joint pain.
If you are experiencing any pain in your back, muscles, or joints, our Brooklyn Orthopedist can help. Contact us to schedule an appointment and consult with our orthopedist today!