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Welcome to the Finger Lakes Bone & Joint Center

Orthopedic Surgeons Serving Rochester NY & The Finger Lakes Region

For orthopedic surgery that can repair and restore function to limbs and joints, Finger Lakes Bone and Joint Center is a talent in preventative and rehabilitative procedures. For sports injury, neck pain, joint pain and a range of other debilitating symptoms, Finger Lakes Bone and Joint Center is your best chance in the Finger Lakes, NY region for top tier joint replacement and orthopedic surgery.

Our Physicians

Dr. Daniel Alexander

Dr. Daniel Alexander is the owner of Finger Lakes Bone and Joint Center. Born and raised in Buffalo and a former lieutenant in the Buffalo Fire Department, Dr. Alexander received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo....

Dr. Christopher Brown

A specialist in sports medicine focusing on the shoulder and knee, Dr. Brown has had the opportunity to work at a variety of world class institutions while providing care for athletes both on and off the field. Dr. Brown also serves as...

Dr. David Cywinski

Dr. Cywinski, raised in Buffalo, NY, has an interesting background which includes 14 years as a Fayetteville, NY firefighter and as a paramedic instructor at SUNY Health Science Center. His BA degree in Biology was obtained at the State University...

Dr. Peter Stasko, DPM

Peter Stasko, DPM is board certified in foot, reconstructive rear foot, and ankle surgery through the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is also a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Peter Stasko, DPM,...

Scott Mattoon, RPA-C

After graduating from Midlakes High School, Scott enlisted in the United States Army, where he functioned as a combat medic for over three years. After serving as a medical specialist in the 28th Combat Support Hospital, Scott was honorably discharged...

Dr. Paul Stasko, DPM

Paul Stasko is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine who completed undergraduate at SUNY Brockport where he played Varsity ice hockey and earned his degree in Biology.  He attended podiatry school at Des Moines University-College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery.  After...

Recognition

Joint Commission National Quality Approval Seal
Newark-Wayne Community Hospital named Orthopedic Joint Center of Excellence by Joint Commission! Congratulations to the surgeons, surgical team, and staff at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital for achieving The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its total knee and hip replacement program. Newark-Wayne now joins Rochester General, Unity, and United Memorial Medical Center as Rochester Regional Health’s fourth accredited Orthopedic Joint Center of Excellence. The Joint Commission Gold Seal is a symbol of Newark-Wayne’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. Thanks to everyone involved for their dedication and hard work in achieving this incredible milestone!

Recent News

7 Great Exercises for Older Adults

May 27, 2015 / 0 comments

It’s no secret that staying active as you age is an important part of improving and maintaining your overall health and wellness. The amount you exercise is directly related to preventing heart disease and other high-risk health issues.

However, finding new and engaging ways to be fit often feels like a constant challenge. To add some variety to your activity regimen, check out these seven great types of exercise for older adults. You’ll quickly see that staying active can be both fun and enjoyable.

 

1.  Swimming

Swimming is a great form of exercise for people of every age due to its great cardiovascular benefits. However, swimming is an activity that older adults can particularly enjoy because of it’s low-impact nature. It’s easy on the joints and will help you build up all three major components of your physical health — flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular endurance.

Additionally, the coordination involved with swimming strokes (freestyle, breaststroke, etc.) has been linked to better balance as you age. This can help prevent falls and improve one’s core strength and sense of stability.

 

2.  Yoga

Actively working to stay flexible as you age is key to your overall health. Yoga helps you improve your flexibility, while also strengthening and lengthening the various muscle groups throughout your entire body.

In addition to the physical benefits of yoga, the mental practice will help keep you sharp. Focusing on the breath and being present in your practice are great skills to develop at any age, but especially in your older years. Trying taking a yoga class at a local studio, or trying out a DVD in the comfort of your own home.

The YouTube video below will guide you through a roughly thirty minute, gentle yoga practice designed for older adults.

 

 

3.  Walking

In addition to flexibility and strength, cardiovascular endurance is another important skill to continue to work on as you age. Walking is a great calorie-burning exercise and helps you maintain mobility.

While walking is, overall, very beneficial to your health, you might try walking on surfaces other than concrete (like sand, grass, or gravel) to help lessen the impact on your joints. Walk on your own, with friends, or keep it lively by joining a walking group. You’ll be so busy chatting, you’ll forget you’re even exercising.

 

4.  Weights

Maintaining bone density and muscle strength becomes harder and harder the older you get. Being consistent about a weight and/or strength-training regimen can help combat this loss and its detriment to your overall health and wellness.

Working in light weights to your everyday activity regimen doesn’t have to be hard. If you’re going for a walk, try carrying light hand weights (2-3 lbs), or using light ankle weights for an extra challenge.

Likewise, if you’re swimming or doing yoga, try getting into the habit of doing some light weight repetitions once you’re done with your cardio session. A few minutes of bicep curls and other familiar repetitions could make a big difference in the long run.

 

5.  Tai Chi

Like yoga, Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise with great health benefits, especially at an older age. Tai Chi is commonly referred to as “meditation in motion”. Because of it’s meditative components, its often said that the mental benefits of the practice are just as beneficial as the physical.

If you’re used to a faster paced form of exercise, Tai Chi might test your patience. This could be a good thing. Although it might not feel like it, the slow movements in Tai Chi will test your balance, flexibility, and strength — the three most important elements of overall physical health.

New to Tai Chi? Great! This article will give you a gentle introduction to the meditative movements of the practice, and will help you get started with your own Tai Chi regimen.

 

6.  Stretching

While exercises like yoga, Tai Chi, and swimming will help improve your flexibility, taking the time to actually stretch is the best way to increase overall flexibility. Maintaining flexibility will help, as you age, with your overall range of motion and mobility in your joints.

There’s a variety of great stretching exercises you can do on your own, with a friend, or even in a class. A few tips in regard to stretching:

  1. Always warm up your muscles before you stretch them. This could mean taking a walk around the block, or simply climbing up and down your flight of stairs at home.
  2. Aim to stretch at least two to three days per week, and hold each stretch you perform for at least 30 seconds.
  3. When deciding which stretches to perform, aim to hit all major muscle groups in the body. The YouTube video below is a great guide to beginning your weekly stretching routine.

 

 

 

7.  Aerobics

Aerobic exercises are another great way to maintain cardiovascular health. Whether you prefer doing simple exercises with a chair or stairs in your home, or attending group fitness classes at your local gym, there’s a fun and safe way for everyone to practice aerobics.

You might be getting enough aerobic activity during your day without even realizing it. Running errands, climbing stairs, and playing with the grandkids are all forms of staying active, that probably don’t feel much like exercise. No matter your preference, aim for at least two to three days of brisk aerobic activity per week. You’ll heart will be healthier and you’ll feel, overall, more energized and alert.

Now that you know all about great new ways to get exercise, why don’t you learn about some new superfoods to boost your health? Check out our post on 5 Foods That Fight Joint Pain to improve your overall diet and fight back against chronic pain and immobility.

Foods for Joint Pain

5 Foods That Fight Joint Pain

May 27, 2015 / 0 comments

Is chronic joint pain bringing you down? Stiff, aching joints can affect all aspects of your life — from your ability to get around comfortably to your general outlook and mood. While physical therapy and exercise are important factors in optimizing and maintaining your joint health, your diet can have a significant impact, as well.

Shop for these five inflammation-fighting foods next time you’re at the grocery store. Incorporate them into your daily diet to help naturally ease and alleviate joint pain.

 

1.  Ginger

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Adding ginger to your meals can act as a natural anti-inflammatory. Ginger helps relieve pain the same way taking an advil or ibuprofen might, only — it’s organic! Slice up some fresh ginger to add to stir fry and pasta dishes, or sprinkle a bit of ground ginger in homemade soups.

An added bonus of this super spice: ginger has long been used to treat nausea and promote healthy digestion. If you’re feeling queasy, try brewing your own ginger tea by pouring boiling water over fresh slices of ginger. Add a spoonful of honey and some fresh lemon for an extra boost.

 

2.  Olive Oil

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In addition to its natural anti-inflammatory qualities, olive oil qualifies as a superfood because of its cardiovascular health benefits. When consumed in moderation, the Omega-6 fatty acids found in foods like olive oil can help promote heart health by boosting your blood vessels’ natural antioxidant system.

Because it’s high in calories, use olive oil as a replacement for butter and salad dressing. dressings. For the most nutrient-dense selection, make sure you always choose extra virgin olive oil.
3.  Salmon

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Eating fish that is low in mercury multiple times per week is a healthy choice for a number of reasons. The naturally occurring oils in fish like salmon contribute to healthy brain and heart function, in addition to their joint health benefits.

It’s the powerful Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon that help improve your blood flow and thus, decrease inflammation. Add salmon to bed of fresh spinach to make a superfood salad, or eat smoked salmon on whole wheat bread for for a quick on-the-go lunch.

 

4.  Broccoli

Broccoli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This green vegetable is full of vitamins that help your joints stay mobile and nourished. On top of Vitamins A, B, C, E, and K — broccoli is a great vegetarian source of both calcium and protein.

Also, new research shows that the sulforaphanes released from vegetables like broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower can help prevent osteoarthritis by blocking molecules that cause inflammation.

Get your weekly dose of broccoli by adding fresh bunches to a green salad, or steaming it as a side at dinner.

 

5. Citrus Fruits

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Start your day with a dose of citrus and immediately benefit from the rejuvenating effects of Vitamin C. Oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits full of Vitamin C, are packed with natural inflammatory-fighting antioxidants.

People struggling with osteoarthritis can benefit from Vitamin C due its collagen repairing qualities. Collagen is essential in your body’s natural process of repairing micro-damages to tendons, joints, blood vessels, ligaments, and bones.

While eating these fives foods alone are not enough to entirely alleviate your joint pain, consuming a healthy, balanced diet will bring you closer to optimal health and in general, boost your overall wellness.

Aim to consume a diet full of colorful fruits and veggies, lean dairies and proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats, and you’ll be well on your way to feeling and living better.

 

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