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Free Sports Physical Clinic Returns to Sports Medicine Zanesville

Monday, April 28th, 2014

ZANESVILLE, OHIO – Sports Medicine Zanesville will host a free sports physical clinic on Saturday, May 3. Open to all Ohio students, the event starts at 8 a.m. with physicals recommended by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) prior to participation in athletics.

“It is not only important for all student-athletes to receive a pre-participation physical, it is mandatory,” said Dr. James Gasparine of Sports Medicine Zanesville. “This is a good opportunity for us to give back to our community and ensure that all of our local student-athletes are prepared for the upcoming school year.”

Sports Medicine Zanesville is sponsoring the event for the third straight year. Last year, volunteers treated nearly 200 students free of charge.

Gasparine and his fellow Sports Medicine Zanesville physicians and staff will volunteer their time for the May 3 event, and will be joined by seven local primary care physicians and one nurse practitioner. The local volunteers include: Dr. Andrea Collet, Dr. Diane DeCenso, Dr. Anthony Flarey, Dr. Ronald Harvey, Dr. Maria Jamiolkowski, Dr. Douglas Myers, Dr. Michael Zimmerer and Angie Pickens.

Schools are encouraged to reserve appointment times by emailing sports@orthozane.com or by calling 740-588-1089.

A link to the 2014-2015 OHSAA pre-participation physical evaluation form that all students should use can be found here: http://ohsaa.org/medicine/physicalform.htm.


About Sports Medicine Zanesville

Sports Medicine Zanesville is a full-service, comprehensive, orthopaedic center, with a mission dedicated to relieving pain and restoring an active lifestyle in each patient. Sports Medicine Zanesville has a team of highly skilled, board-certified orthopaedic surgeons and specialized health care professionals. For more information, visit www.smzanesville.com.


Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Monday, April 21st, 2014

No matter what your specific joint problem, the Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville staff specializes in diagnosing and treating joint pain. We understand that as a last resort, total joint replacement may be essential in relieving pain and improving your quality of life.

The Procedure

Total shoulder joint replacement is not nearly as common as knee or hip replacement but is sometimes necessary to help relieve pain from such ailments as arthritis, a rotator cuff injury or even a severe fracture. The treatment options are either replacement of the head of the humerus bone (ball), or replacement of both the ball and the socket (glenoid).


Preparing for your procedure requires extensive medical evaluation and even changes in your home that are essential to a smooth recovery process. We recommend wearing loose fitting clothes and asking your doctor or anesthesiologist about the stipulations of eating and drinking prior to any operation.


Replacing the shoulder joint with a prosthetic device usually takes about two hours. After surgery, you will be moved to the recovery room, where you will remain for several hours. Your doctor or nurse will prescribe medication to help with pain management, and you will be paired with one of our physical therapists to assist in the recovery process.

Getting Treated at OAZ

If you are having persistent shoulder problems, the physicians at Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville, a full-service orthopaedic center, can help find the right approach for your individual needs.

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 740-454-3273.

Bone Up on the Benefits of High Impact Exercise

Monday, April 7th, 2014

It almost seems unnatural that high impact exercise can benefit your bones, however, researchers at the University of Bristol are saying this theory may be true. Subjecting your bones to certain levels of stress can add mass or even reduce the loss of mass due to aging, according to research.

In the University’s research, young adolescents who experienced impacts of 4.2 G forces or greater had noticeably sturdier hip bones than their counter parts. In case you are wondering, for most people, 4.2 Gs can be achieved by running a 10-minute mile or by jumping up and down on a box that is 15 inches high.

At Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville, we specialize in diagnosing and treating orthopaedic injuries, and we’ve found that the more you know about joint health, the more likely you are to protect your body.

Photo courtesy: www.naturalfitnessblog.com

Additional ways to prevent bone and joint breakdown include:

  • Consider taking calcium and Vitamin D supplements, if cleared by a doctor
  • Eat a diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D, such as spinach, kale, white beans or okra
  • Get a diverse array of regular exercise including swimming, running, strength training or even through hobbies such as gardening or dancing
  • Ask your doctor which medications can help reduce bone loss and risk for fractures

Getting Treated at OAZ

At Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville, a full-service orthopaedic center, our physicians are dedicated to finding the right approach for everyone’s individual needs. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 740-454-3273.

Living Wheat and Joint Pain Free

Monday, March 24th, 2014

A gluten-free diet may be more than just a fad. CNN recently reported that many people might need to cut back on their gluten intake, especially those suffering from joint pain, headaches, rashes and insomnia. While this mostly affects individuals with celiac disease, anyone sensitive to gluten might benefit by changing their diet.

Eliminating gluten from your diet can be tricky since it can turn up in unexpected places like chocolate, soy sauce, vitamins and even some kinds of toothpaste. A few simple ways to cut back or maintain a gluten-free diet include:

  • Start with fresh, unprocessed foods and shop the outer perimeter of the grocery store – produce, fresh meat and dairy. These foods also promote bone health.
  • Stay educated by researching the ingredients on labels.
  • Learn to make your own gluten-free breads and pastas.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables high in vitamin K and vitamin C, both promote joint health.

Since avoiding gluten means giving up many of the breads and cereals that have become a major source of vitamin B this can be a problem for anyone, especially women who are pregnant.

At Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville, we recommend those considering dramatic changes in their diet consult with their doctor or a dietitian.

OAZ Can Help

If you are experiencing joint pain Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville, a full service orthopaedic center, can help. Our physicians are dedicated to relieving your pain and restoring your active lifestyle.

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 740-454-3273.

Through the Lens of an MRI Exam

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville is proud to offer patients the latest MRI technology, thanks to the GE Optima MR450w. This musculoskeletal MRI scanner is among the first 500 in the nation to gain accreditation from the ICAMRL.

An MRI machine, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine, is a safe and painless way for your physician to look at the details within the soft tissue of your body.

Because of this state-of-the-art device, OAZ and Sports Medicine Zanesville can provide patients with a full range of services in one location. Our new GE Optima MR450w:

  • Reduces the average MRI time (20 – 25 minutes)
  • Provides additional comfort for your patients, including large adults and children
  • Offers improved image quality and high productivity
  • Leads to easier, definitive diagnoses

The MRI machine uses magnetic fields and pulses of radio waves to take high-resolution pictures of a specific area of the body. In addition to reducing the average time to 20 – 25 minutes, our MRI machine helps our doctors diagnose torn knee ligaments and cartilage, torn rotator cuffs, herniated disks and hip and pelvic problems, among other ailments.

Preparing for an MRI Scan

When scheduling your exam, it’s important to let your doctor know if you have a pacemaker, are pregnant, have claustrophobia, had a joint replacement or any other conditions that may be relevant to the use of a strong magnetic field. Be sure to eat and take your daily medications as you normally would. If you have additional questions, please request a list of Frequently Asked Questions by emailing sports@orthozane.com or calling 740-454-3273.

 MRI Exam

There is no pain, vibration or unusual sensations associated with an MRI exam. You will be asked to lie on a table and the technologist will make every attempt to position you comfortably. You will then be moved into the magnet of the MRI united and the test will begin.

After the Exam

There is no recovery time unless you are given medicine to relax, due to conditions such as claustrophobia.

Getting Treated at OAZ

At Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville, a full-service orthopaedic center, our physicians are dedicated to finding the right approach for everyone’s individual needs.