American Journal of Sports Medicine has published a new article that Dr. Romeo co-wrote. The article details a study that found that more than 50% of pitchers who had Tommy John surgery are between the ages of 15-19. It also found that there has been a steady 9% annual increase in Tommy John surgeries in the this same age group over the past decade.
Dr. Romeo is currently in France for two conferences. He leaves the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) Congress in Lyon, France today to travel to Annecy, France for the Annecy Live Surgery International Shoulder Advanced Course.
The ISAKOS Congress included over 3,800 surgeons from around the world. Learn more about the congress by visiting www.isakos.com/meetings/2015congress/default.
Dr. Romeo will be performing a live surgery at the the Annecy Live Surgery International Shoulder Advanced Course on Friday, June 12. Over 1,000 surgeons from around the world will be attending the conference. Visit www.lafosseshoulder-annecy.com to learn more about the Annecy Live Surgery International Shoulder Advanced Course.
ABC5 in Green Bay, WI, ABC31 in Huntsville, AL, and WTAJ TV in Central Pennsylvania recently featured a story on Dr. Romeo’s motion analysis lab. The lab analyzes a pitcherâ€™s mechanics to help prevent injury.
Dr. Romeo has been named one of the top 20 shoulder surgeons in the US by Orthopedics This Week.
The article says the following about Dr. Romeo, “Dr. Romeo is an excellent surgeon who is very experienced in both arthroscopic surgery and shoulder replacement surgery. He has great judgment and skill.”
Dr. Romeo is featured in a recent segment on KTVA Alaska. The segment discusses youth pitching injuries and how Dr. Romeo is using the new mobility lab to help treat and prevent them.
Ivanhoe.com’s Medical Breakthrough’s web site has posted an in-depth interview with Dr. Romeo. The interview is on the subject of athlete injuries, treatment and prevention.
When asked what Dr. Romeo’s biggest fear as a surgeon was, he replied, “My biggest fear with regards to the pitching problem is that we are having too many of these young kids having this surgery. What that tells me is that they are being pushed either by themselves, by their parents unfortunately at times or their coaches and that this is causing more and more of these problems. We really have to pay attention to the kids and if theyâ€™re having pain in their elbow or discomfort in their elbow weâ€™ve got to back down. We also have to work very hard to teach them how to throw correctly and better mechanics will help minimize this problem. Then if it does become a problem, they really need to get the proper management without surgery and then subsequently with surgery as needed to get the very best result. The thing that really bothers me the most is when I see a young person who has this injury and basically gives up on sports because they think that thereâ€™s nothing that can be done or theyâ€™ve had a surgery and theyâ€™ve had a complication related to that surgery. These are the frustrating things that weâ€™re going to try very hard to minimize when we care for our youth athletes.”
Dr. Romeo has been consulted on Justin Verlander since mid-April. He has worked with the Tigers’ medical and training staff to develop the best treatment plan for Verlander’s return to the mound. Verlander has recently been cleared to resume a throwing progression. The decision to progress back to competition has followed his continued improvement on examination and the results of his most recent MRI in Chicago.
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Dr. Romeo was recently interviewed by ESPN Radio’s Sports Medicine Weekly show regarding the mobility lab he has been using to measure the precise movements of a baseball playerâ€™s throw. The data collected from the mobility lab is used to help prevent injuries and also establish national guidelines for pitchers.
Dr. Romeo’s interview will air on AM 1000 here in Chicago this Saturday at 8:30 am. You can listen online at http://espn.go.com/espnradio/chicago/play.
Update (05/11/15): Click here to listen to the archived version of the interview.
Rockingham, NC’s YourDailyJournal.com recently posted an article on about shoulder overuse and the “Shoulders For Life” program Dr. Romeo launched with other doctors from Midwest Orthopedics at Rush and the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association.
Dr. Romeo is quoted saying, “As recently as five years ago, I was treating athletes with debilitating shoulder and elbow overuse injuries at age 20 or 25. Today, Iâ€™m seeing athletes with the same conditions but at a much younger age â€” sometimes as young as 15.”
Dr. Romeo will be on the Sports Medicine Weekly show on ESPN Chicago Radio 1000 on Saturday, May 2 at 8:30 am. He will be on the show to discuss the Shoulders For Life injury prevention program.