The ‘Rising Star’ list recognizes early-career physicians across several specialties for their accomplishments. Physicians are nominated by their peers as emerging leaders in their fields.
Dr. Russo practices as a spine specialist at Connecticut Orthopaedics. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He performed his post-graduate training in orthopaedic surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine and completed his fellowship in Spinal Surgery at the renowned Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Russo has particular expertise in adult and pediatric spinal disorders, minimally invasive spinal surgery, complex scoliosis and spinal deformity, and spinal trauma.
Connecticut Orthopaedics has completed its first year of formal medical student education at Quinnipiac University’s Frank M. Netter School of Medicine. Dr. Kenneth Kramer, Director of Medical Education at Connecticut Orthopaedics, began the program in early 2021.
“I felt that the extensive academic and clinical talents of our large group of physicians could serve a great role in the education of the Quinnipiac medical students,” said Dr. Kramer. “Following discussions with the deans and the directors of the various didactic, clinical and research programs of the medical school, all of whom were highly receptive to the idea, I offered this to our physicians and received a tremendous response, with well over twenty of our doctors able to contribute. The medical school has been thrilled with the results.”
The program began at the start of the ’21-’22 medical school academic year, and education was provided in the basic sciences, anatomy labs, and clinical rotations. Additionally, research projects are now under way.
“We’re looking forward to the upcoming academic year,” said Dr. Kramer. “Furthermore, in July 2023 the medical school will be starting its first ever residency program in Rural Family Medicine – for which significant exposure to orthopaedics is required. Given the success of this past year’s effort, they have requested our services for the residency as well. It should be yet another gratifying experience for all involved.”
For more than a decade, Dr. Shirvinda Wijesekera has been traveling the globe with World Spine Outreach and Butterfly Foundation to treat patients with scoliosis.
With the goal of providing high quality care to the most profoundly severe cases, and teaching local physicians and medical staff, these organizations bring state-of-the-art orthopaedic techniques, expertise, and technology where it’s needed most. This year, Dr. Wijesekera, accompanied by Dr. Glenn Russo, surgically treated 21 patients in the Dominican Republic.
“Without corrections, their deformities would progress, leaving them disfigured and unable to participate in society and live a normal life,” said Dr. Wijesekera. “They are wonderful patients and are deeply appreciative. It is one of the most satisfying things I am lucky to be a part of.”
Connecticut Orthopaedics is pleased to announce that Susan Bader has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of the organization. An experienced healthcare leader, Bader has served as Connecticut Orthopaedics Chief Financial Officer for the past ten years.
“I am honored and grateful to accept this position with such a distinguished organization,” said Bader. “I appreciate the board’s trust in me, and I look forward to leading this company and its exceptional physicians and team members in our constant goal of providing the highest level of care to our patients and the communities we serve.
The Connecticut Orthopaedics Board of Directors shared their confidence in Bader and excitement for the future of the organization.
“Susan’s extensive experience as Chief Financial Officer of our practice makes her uniquely qualified for this role,” said the board. “She has developed an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the business and built strong working relationships with physicians, managers, and staff members throughout the organization. We have every confidence that Susan is well prepared to lead the Connecticut Orthopaedics team in this next exciting chapter of the company’s evolution.”
About Connecticut Orthopaedics
Connecticut Orthopaedics is a premier team of orthopaedic doctors, surgeons and health care professionals who provide compassionate and innovative care at over 20 locations across southern Connecticut – including Urgent Care | Walk-In centers, Sports Therapy | Rehab locations, and three state-of-the-art surgical centers.
Started in 1963, Connecticut Orthopaedics is the largest privately-owned orthopaedic practice in New England, making it convenient for you to get the orthopaedic care you need, close to where you live.
Posture is how you hold your body while both moving (dynamic posture) as well as when you’re still (static posture). You have 3 natural curvatures to your spine. There is one in the neck (cervical spine), one in the mid back (thoracic spine) and one in the low back (lumbar spine). You want to maintain these curves with proper posture.
How poor posture can affect your health
It can misalign your musculoskeletal system, causing issues such as less space for muscles and tendons to move through, resulting in straining, wearing away
and ultimately pain and possible tearing.
It can result in wearing away of your spine and joint surfaces, resulting in arthritis.
It can decrease your flexibility, making it more difficult to move to do your daily activities.
It can result in muscle fatigue because the muscles are not at optimal length so not being used as efficiently. The body has to use more energy.
It makes it harder to digest your food.
It can make it harder to breathe.
It can affect your balance which increases your risk of falling and injuring yourself.
General tips to improve your posture
Change positions often. Try to change positions every 15-30 minutes.
Try to watch your posture during everyday activities. You’ll most likely find yourself slouching at some points throughout the day. It’s ok. We’re not perfect. When you notice yourself in that position, fix it.
Be active. Move around. Strengthen. Exercises that focus on your core and postural muscles can help you maintain proper posture. Your physical therapist can help instruct you in these.
Keep yourself at a healthy weight. Increased weight can pull on your spine and weaken core muscles, resulting in back pain.
Avoid crossing your legs. It can result in pelvic malalignments, which can result in low back pain. If you feel the need to cross them still, cross at the ankles. This causes less issues.
Wear comfortable, flat shoes. It keeps that proper alignment that we spoke of earlier.
Keep work surfaces at a comfortable height so you don’t have to lean over or hold your arms up more than usual.
Watch your neck position. Bring things up to eye level whenever possible (cell phones, books, etc). Try not to bring your head forward when you do have to look down (chopping vegetables, cleaning, etc.) Try to keep your head back and just tip it slightly to look down. This will reduce a lot of strain on the neck.
Proper sitting position
Sit with your buttocks all the way back in the chair.
Sit with your back straight and your shoulders back. To achieve proper position, try to sit up as straight as possible, accentuating the curve in your lower back, then back off about 10%. This is the ideal position to keep yourself in.
Distribute your weight evenly on both sides of your buttocks.
Make sure your lower back is fully supported. Using a lumbar roll or a rolled up towel at the curve in your low back can help.
Thighs should be parallel to the floor. Try not to have your knees higher than your hips, as that will result in losing the proper curvature in the low back.
Keep your feet flat on the floor. If they can’t reach, use a footrest.
Remember to change positions every 15-30 minutes.
With many people working from home these days, workstations setups are many times less than ideal. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you have better posture
while working at the computer:
Get yourself a good ergonomic desk chair. Make sure it has good lumbar support. If this isn’t possible, consider investing in a lumbar roll to provide that low back support to keep better posture.
Have the computer screen at eye level and directly in front of you. Desk tops are ideal for this. If you have a laptop, consider a riser to put it on and using a separate keyboard if possible that can be at arm level.
Follow the sitting posture instructions as above in the previous section.
Elbows should be bent at 90 degrees with minimal wrist extension when on the keyboard. Desks with pull out keyboard trays are ideal to help achieve this position.
Keep the mouse at the same height and just slightly off to the side of the keyboard.
Relax your shoulders. Try not to hike your shoulders up while using the computer. If your keyboard is too high, this is likely. You may need to raise both your seat height and height of the computer screen to adjust. You then may need a footrest so your feet can still be flat.
Keep your hips and knees at 90 degrees.
If you frequently are on the phone, use a headset to avoid bending your neck to hold it or keeping your arm up for extended periods.
Proper standing posture
Stand up tall
Keep your head and shoulders back
Pull your abdomen in slightly to engage your core
Distribute your weight evenly between legs, which should be about hip widthapart
Let your arms hang down naturally by your sides
The most important thing is getting sleep. Your body needs it to function, to stay healthy, and to heal. The most important position is the one that allows you to do so. With that said, there are some positions better than others that help keep alignment and can help reduce pain.
Side sleeping: using a pillow or rolled up towel between your knees, with your knees stacked on top of each other, can help keep better alignment.
On your back: using a pillow under the knees can sometimes be helpful to reduce strain and pain.
Avoid too many pillows under your head. Usually 1 medium sized pillow under your head is best to keep your natural neck angle. If you do sleep on your belly, you may want to consider either no pillow or a very flat one as to not have your neck in an awkward position that could create issues.
Try to avoid figure 4 position (lying on your belly with 1 leg up). This can sometimes result in pelvic malalignment and low back pain.
It is also important to use certain mechanics while doing activities like bending to pick things up from the floor as well as lifting, to help prevent injury.
When bending to pick something up from the floor, try to keep a flat back and bend at the hips and knees or use a golf pick up, where you lean forward on 1 leg and the back leg lifts up.
When lifting something, especially when heavy, keep a flat back, bend at your hips and knees, keep the object close to you, and don’t lift and twist. Once you lift, turn your body as a whole and then lower the object to where you want it. With conscious effort and practice, you can improve your posture and help prevent injury and pain.