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ing, and I’ve been performing it ever since. It begins with
a fundamental difference in body positioning—patients lie
on their back rather than on their side as they would in a
lateral or posterior approach.
AND SPORTS MEDICINE
Dr. Michael Gross, founder
Q: Can New Jersey offer orthopedic care equivalent
to what the urban academic medical centers provide?
A: Absolutely. In fact, I started this practice more
than 20 years ago to bring state-of-the-art care close to
home. Today, our group has nine fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons in multiple locations. Our philosophy models the major medical centers, with orthopedic subspecialty
care in sports medicine; joint replacement; spine care;
treatment for hands, hips and feet; and my own particular
specialty, knees and shoulders. I know our patients receive
the same expert-level care they would find at any top medical research institution.
Q: Can you explain the new procedures you’re per-
forming for hips and shoulders?
A: There are a couple of exciting surgeries our
Q: That’s good news for patients. What can they
group provides. We’re experiencing excellent results using
hip arthroscopy—something performed by very few ortho-
pedic surgeons that involves inserting a tiny camera inside
the hip to address injuries and problems. We’re also doing
a reverse shoulder replacement for people with chronic
pain from massive unrepairable tears in their rotator cuff.
For patients who do not require this added layer of spe-
cialty care, our group offers standard hip replacement sur-
geries and rotator cuff repairs.
expect when they call your office?
A: We pride ourselves on seeing patients within
24 to 48 hours from the time they call. And we are a
conservative practice, managing musculoskeletal conditions without surgery, whenever possible. When surgery
is required, our surgeons use the latest minimally invasive
incision techniques, which result in less pain and scarring
for patients and a quicker return to their daily lives.
ADVOCARE THE ORTHOPEDIC CENTER
Dr. Mark Rieger, vice president
Q: How is
today’s young ath-
and more adolescents are participating in sports, so
we’re seeing an
increase in sports-related injuries. As
one of the largest
adolescent and pediatric orthopedic groups in New Jersey, we offer adolescent
sports subspecialty care for broken bones, injuries to the
hip and knee, hand trauma, spine disorders, foot and
ankle ailments and concussion. Our surgeons are skilled
in the unique needs of young people who require specialized techniques that spare open growth plates. We also use
minimally invasive techniques to rigidly stabilize fractures
and arthroscopic procedures to correct joint damage, such
as an ACL knee injury.
Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, LLC
Mark A. Rieger, MD, FAAOS.