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  1. The Battle of the Brands in the Medication Aisle

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    Manufacturers know they have reached the pinnacle of marketing when their brand name becomes so ingrained in our lexicon that it becomes synonymous with the item it represents. Whether it’s asking for a Kleenex instead of a tissue, a bowl of Jell-O instead of gelatin, or a Xerox instead of a copy, we’ve all been influenced by branding at some level.

    The power of branding influences so many aspects of our lives, including when we are looking for medication to help with illness and pain relief.

    “When a company first comes out with a medication, that medication is known by its active ingredient. The term we use for that active ingredient is what is known as the ‘generic’ name,” explains Scott Warren, PharmD, who treats patients as an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist with Shore Physicians Group. “The pharmaceutical company patents the medication and it is sold under the Brand name. Once the patent expires, other companies can produce the generic drug, and they do so under their own name and so the battle of the brands begins.”

    An example of what Scott Warren is describing is diclofenac sodium topical gel. Originally only available with a prescription, this medication was one of the first topical prescription treatment that patients can apply directly to sites of pain associated with osteoarthritis, such as the knees and hands.

    In 2020, the FDA declassified it as prescription only, the patent expired and it became available over-the-counter and was branded as Voltaren(R) Gel 1%. Very quickly, other brands such as Aspercreme, Aleve, Bengay all had their own version of diclofenac on the market. And of course, pharmacies sell their own private label of diclofenac as well.

    With so many brands, pricing, and packaging, how is a consumer supposed to make the right choice? Warren offers some sound advice.

    “Sometimes a brand name represents multiple products that serve different purposes, so people can end up buying the wrong thing. A great example is Sudafed. Sudafed is a brand that represents many types of medications,” said Warren. “My best advice is to ask for help. Pharmacists are great resources, and they are eager to help. I also recommend looking at the active ingredients. Finally, just because a medication is higher priced does not mean it will work better. It often means the company had to increase the price to offset the branding costs.”

    Scott Warren, PharmD, has prepared a list of some “active ingredient” (generic) medication terms related to common ailments that are treated with over-the-counter medication. If you have questions on these items and would like to make an appointment with Warren, call 609.365.6200. Warren is treating patients in Shore Physicians Group’s offices in Ocean City, Northfield and Somers Point, NJ.

    Hydrocortisone (small areas)
    Diphenhydramine (oral or gel)

    Fluticasone (nasal spray)
    Diphenhydramine (allergic reaction)


    Joint Pain:
    Diclofenac (gel)
    Ibuprofen (oral)
    Naproxen (oral)
    Trolamine salicylate (cream)
    Acetaminophen (oral)

    Muscle Relief:
    Methyl salicylate
    Ibuprofen (oral)

  2. Shore Physicians Group welcomes Scott Warren, PharmD to provide Ambulatory Care Pharmacist services

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    Shore Physicians Group (SPG) announced the addition of Scott Warren, PharmD, to its growing healthcare team. Warren, who will start seeing patients on March 27, will provide Ambulatory Care Pharmacist Services in Northfield, Ocean City and Somers Point.

    As an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist, Warren will provide a variety of services to patients including Annual Medicare Well Visits, health risk assessments, complete routine preventative screenings, and comprehensive medication reviews, including over-the-counter products, supplements and vitamins.

    Scott Warren will provide services in our Somers Point, Northfield and Ocean City locations, along with scheduling availability via telehealth.

    Prior to joining SPG, Scott had extensive experience as a Pharmacist and Pharmacy Manager in the retail and IV infusion settings. He completed his clinical rotations at local pharmacies and hospitals, including Shore Medical Center. Scott enjoys assisting patients understand their medication therapy, the importance of compliance and answering any medication questions that may arise.

    Scott is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society and the American Pharmacists Association. He graduated from the University of Sciences, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy as a Doctor of Pharmacy. A native of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, he enjoys spending time at the beach with his family and fishing. He also has a passion for construction work and woodworking.

  3. Importance of exercise in young adults and teens

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    Dr. Dante Marconi, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Shore Physicians Group

    Exercise and fitness are essential for overall health and well-being, and this is particularly true for teens and young adults. During these formative years, the body is developing and growing rapidly, and regular exercise can help to promote physical, emotional, and mental health.

    Regular exercise is essential for maintaining physical health in teens and young adults. Exercise can help to strengthen bones and muscles, improve cardiovascular health, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Children and adolescents who engage in regular exercise are more likely to maintain a healthy weight, which can reduce the risk of developing health problems later in life. In addition, regular exercise can help to improve body composition by increasing muscle mass and reducing body fat. Exercise can also help to improve immune function, which can reduce the risk of illness and infection. This is particularly important for those who may be exposed to a variety of germs and viruses in school or other social settings.

    Exercise can also have a positive impact on emotional health. Regular exercise can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and improve mood and self-esteem. This can be particularly important for those who may be dealing with academic or social pressures. Exercise releases endorphins, which are natural chemicals in the body that can help to improve mood and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Exercise can also help to provide a sense of accomplishment and boost self-esteem, particularly when goals are achieved or new physical challenges are overcome. Regular exercise can also have a positive impact on mental health in teens and young adults. Exercise has been shown to improve cognitive function, memory, and attention, and reduce the risk of cognitive decline later in life. In addition, exercise can help to reduce the risk of developing mental health problems such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This is particularly important for anyone who may be at risk for these conditions later in life.

    Regular exercise can also help to improve social health. Exercise provides an opportunity to connect with others and build social connections, which can improve overall well-being. Exercise can be a fun and social activity, whether it’s playing team sports, joining a gym, or taking a dance class. These activities can provide a sense of belonging and social support, which can be particularly important for teens and young adults who may be navigating new social environments or dealing with peer pressure.

    It is important for teens and young adults to engage in exercise safely to prevent injury. It’s recommended that teens get at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day. Young adults should aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity each week. It’s important to start slowly and gradually increase intensity and duration of exercise over time. It’s also important to use proper equipment and safety gear, such as helmets for biking or skating, and to warm up and cool down before and after exercise. It’s also important to choose activities that are appropriate for age and fitness level. Young athletes should be encouraged to participate in a variety of sports and activities to prevent overuse injuries and burnout. Resistance training has been proven to be safe in children and adolescents if done correctly. Prior concern existed for possible injury with resistance training, but these injuries typically occurred due to improper technique, excessive loading, poor equipment, and lack of adult supervision. Resistance training can improve cardiovascular health, manage weight control, strengthen bone, improve motor coordination, and help prevent sports-related injuries.

    In conclusion, exercise and fitness are essential for overall health and well-being in teens and young adults. Regular exercise can help to promote physical, emotional, and mental health, and improve social connections and well-being. By engaging in regular exercise, teens and young adults can build a foundation for a healthy lifestyle that can benefit them throughout their lives.

    Dante Marconi, MD treats patients at the Shore Physicians Group Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, located at 710 Centre Street in Somers Point, NJ. To make an appointment with Dr. Marconi, call 609-365-6280.

  4. The #1 Secret to Aging Well

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    Dietitian and Diabetes Educator Tiffany Rios, RD, CDE, of Shore Physicians Group, wants you in on a secret: maintaining your muscle mass is one of the most important factors for healthy aging.

    “It’s projected we lose about 3-8% of muscle per decade after the age of 30, and this rate of decline is even higher after age 60,” Rios said. “But there are things you can do to minimize the effects of age-related muscle loss, also known as sarcopenia.”

    Sarcopenia puts you at greater risk for serious health issues, including falls, fractures and debilitating injuries. According to the CDC, one in five falls in older people causes broken bones or head injuries. When these injuries occur in older age, they can make it hard for a person to get around or even live alone. Often, these injuries can lead to hospitalization and many other serious complications – even death.

    “Exercise training and proper nutrition can dramatically improve muscle mass and strength. I recommend an exercise-training schedule that incorporates both resistance and aerobic exercise at least three days a week. Sustaining an exercise program and muscle mass can also help to ward off insulin resistance which is common as we age,” Rios said.

    Rios also stresses that in addition to exercise, diet plays a critical role in maintaining muscle mass.

    “Sustaining muscle mass requires sufficient amounts of quality protein. The Standard American Diet is often filled with processed foods low in fiber and protein, making it hard to meet your protein needs. Roughly 1g of protein per kilogram is needed to maintain and build muscle. For example, a 140 pound woman/2.2= 64g of protein. Excellent protein sources include eggs, pasture-raised chicken, wild-caught fish, grass fed beef, lentils, and organic Greek yogurt and cheese.”

    Hormones also can impact your muscle mass. Testosterone, in particular, helps us build muscle, but a person’s testosterone level will also fall naturally with age – by 1 to 2 percent per year after age 30. To sustain testosterone levels, make sure you’re doing strength-bearing exercise and incorporate foods rich in Zinc, such as legumes, nuts and seeds, oysters, fatty fish like salmon or mackerel, ginger and pomegranate. These are all healthy options for boosting testosterone production.

    Rios says the most important takeaway is that you should keep exercising throughout your life. It is the most important thing you can do to live a longer, healthier and happier life. She reiterates the importance of nutrition as well. “Reduce processed foods and increase foods that include protein, zinc and nutrients that support healthy hormones.”

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  5. Your ‘Achilles Heel’: More than a Metaphor

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    Have you ever wondered why the tendon connecting the calf to the heel bone is called the Achilles tendon? In Greek mythology, Achilles was a hero and a warrior who fought in the Trojan War. As a baby, his mother held him by his heel and dipped him into the river Styx, and everywhere the water touched became invulnerable to harm. However, the water did not touch the area on his heel where she held him, and many years later, the Trojan Prince Paris shot a poison arrow into his heel, killing him. That’s why today the term “Achilles heel” is often a metaphor for vulnerability.

    Your Achilles tendon can also be vulnerable to injury, but it’s not often a common concern for most people. Shore Physicians Group Orthopedic Surgeon in Somers Point, New Jersey, Dr. Dante Marconi, said the Achilles tendon is a very important structure. “It allows you to plantar flex, or move the foot in a downward motion away from the body. That movement is important for many actions, most importantly, everyday walking,” said Dr. Marconi. “While athletes are at an increased risk of an Achilles tendon tear, a rupture can also happen from trips, falls, and other injuries.”

    Symptoms of Achilles Weakness

    According to Dr. Marconi, as we age, the Achilles undergoes degenerative changes. “Tight calves and the overall lack of mobility of the ankle can increase the risk of injury,” said Dr. Marconi.

    For some, an Achilles tendon tear will happen with the classic “pop” that feels like a shade just rolled up the back of the leg, signaling a rupture. Dr. Marconi explained that there may be early signs a tear could happen, such as tenderness or pain in the area around the Achilles, but a rupture or tear can also occur without warning.

    “The rupture happens when there is excessive force in the area of the Achilles tendon. Forced dorsiflexion (upward motion) or plantar flexion (downward motion) of the ankle can lead to an Achilles injury.”

    Achilles Treatment Options

    An Achilles injury can stop even the strongest in their tracks. But does that mean surgery is the only option to repair a damaged Achilles?

    Dr. Marconi says patients do have options, but it depends on whether the injury is a full or partial Achilles tear.

    “Initially, we would treat partial tears non-operatively,” said Dr. Marconi. “If symptoms do not improve over time, surgery could be warranted. Also, we can treat a full-thickness tear non-operatively if it is treated immediately after the injury and without significant retraction of the tendon edges.”

    He explained, “Many factors determine if a patient is a candidate for surgery. After an acute injury, their ages and activity levels are a big factor. The amount of retraction of the tendon is also a consideration. High-level athletes who are trying to return to elite levels of sport typically benefit more from surgical intervention. Patients trying to return to moderate exercise who need a functional ankle with minimal pain could be a candidate for non-operative management. Delay in treatment usually leads to poor outcomes with non-operative management, so patients should be seen immediately by an orthopedic surgeon.”

    Achilles Tear Recovery

    Dr. Marconi explained there are two ways to surgically repair an Achilles tear. One way is with open surgery, a traditional surgical method where the surgeon uses a scalpel to open the tissue and repairs both tendon ends with sutures. The second way is with minimally invasive surgery, which involves a small incision and a precise device that allows the surgeon to place the sutures in the appropriate position to allow the tendon edges to heal. Patients are non-weight bearing for three weeks, progressing to full weight bearing by six weeks. Patients can wear a sneaker after eight to 10 weeks in a post-operative boot. Normally, the patient can return to jogging in about five months and return to their athletic activity in six to nine months.

    Non-operative treatment rehabilitation is similar to the operative protocol, according to Dr. Marconi, however, the first two weeks require immobilization in plantar flexion to help begin the healing process.

    Dr. Marconi said, “Whether we use a surgical or a non-operative option, patients should expect to have excellent mobility. In terms of overall strength, the goal is to obtain 90% of their pre-injury strength.”

    Is a Repeat Rupture Likely?

    The fear of another Achilles rupture is legitimate, but Dr. Marconi explained, “In the past, non-operative treatment has been known to have an increased risk of re-rupture in the same leg. However, with modern, accelerated rehabilitation protocols, this increased risk of rupture is close to the re-rupture rate after a surgical tendon repair. There is always a risk of re-rupture after surgical treatment due to the prior injury and development of scar tissue. There is also a risk the contralateral, or opposite side, could rupture if the same condition occurs that injured the prior tendon.”

    Other Contributing Factors to Achilles Injuries

    Aside from activity-related factors in an Achilles rupture, Dr. Marconi indicated steroid injections to the area can increase the risk of a rupture. Likewise, he said, certain antibiotics have been known to increase the risk of an Achilles rupture.

    How to Avoid Achilles Injuries

    Maintaining an adequate range of motion of the ankle as well as muscle strength can help decrease the risk of an Achilles tendon rupture. Stretching is also key. Dr. Marconi said, “The more stretch the muscle and tendon have, the further distance tolerated before the time of rupture.”

    Dr. Marconi is a proponent of education as well. “Seeing an orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine physician, or physical therapist can help a patient become educated on proper technique and appropriate exercises to help decrease their risk of a rupture. Otherwise, frequent stretching and exercise can help decrease the risk of a tear. Patients who increase their activity level can suddenly be at risk for rupture; therefore, patients should gradually increase the intensity of their workouts if they are starting something new or have taken a significant amount of time off.”

    Dr. Dante Marconi treats patients ages 10 and up at Shore Physicians Group’s Orthopaedic Division located at 710 Centre Street in Somers Point, New Jersey. For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Dante Marconi, click here or call 609-365-6280.

  6. Shore Physicians Group Welcomes Neurologist Dr. Ralf Van der Sluis to its Somers Point Practice

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    Neurologist Ralf Van der Sluis, MD, has joined Shore Physicians Group’s Division of Neurology and is now seeing patients ages 10 and up at 649 Shore Rd., Suite O, in Somers Point.

    Dr. Van der Sluis is Board Certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology and Sleep Medicine, and comes to SPG with decades of experience in private neurology practice in Northeastern Pennsylvania, where he also cared for stroke patients at two Primary Stroke Center hospitals. Prior to that, he served for five years as Staff Neurologist with the New Jersey Veterans Administration Healthcare System in East Orange. A native of the Netherlands, he received his medical degree from the Catholic University of Nijmegen, Netherlands in1989, and completed his residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY in 1997. He is fellowship-trained in Clinical Neurophysiology-Combined EEG/EMG, and in Clinical Neurophysiology-Epilepsy from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. Dr. Van der Sluis is fluent in English, Dutch, German and French.

    While Dr. Van der Sluis specializes in epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders and sleep medicine, he also has extensive experience treating patients with headaches, memory issues, degenerative disease of the central nervous system, and cerebrovascular conditions.

    To schedule an appointment with Dr. Van der Sluis, please call 609-365-6202. To learn more, click here.

  7. Women at 50: Eight Things Your Doctor Wants you to Know

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    Featuring Alex Buford, DO and Cindy Nunan, DNP, FNP-BC
    Shore Physicians Group – Mays Landing Primary Care

    As women approach 50, it’s more important than ever to visit your doctor regularly and be open with them about health and wellness changes you may be experiencing. When you have an open and honest relationship with your doctor, they can better help you live a healthier and happier life as you age.

    Alex Buford, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, (DO), and Cindy Nunan, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), FNP-BC are primary care providers at Shore Physicians Group’s Mays Landing office. They are both passionate about helping their patients – especially women – live their best lives. In this article, they share eight things they want women 50 and above to know:

    1. You don’t have to put up with menopause symptoms. “If you’re experiencing frustrating menopause symptoms, especially hot flashes and sleep disruptions, we can help you,” said Dr. Buford. While it is different for each patient, Cindy Nunan, DNP and Dr. Buford offer an array of menopause support options. “We may suggest hormone therapy or diet changes, such as avoiding certain spices or getting enough nutrients. Hormone creams can also sometimes be helpful, and even certain antidepressants,” said Dr. Buford.
    2. It’s time to get serious about cancer screenings. Colonoscopies, mammograms and pap smears are the three cancer screenings women should have already had by age 50, but if you are behind on them, just see your doctor and get back on track now. Dr. Buford also looks for symptoms that could be signs of cancer. “If you’re experiencing sudden and unintentional weight loss, getting full fast, skin changes in the breast, or even night sweats, it’s important to tell us,” said Dr. Buford. She added, “After 50, pap smears continue to be important if you still have your cervix. If you no longer have it, you may still need certain screenings depending on why your cervix was removed.”
    3. Your happiness matters. Mental health issues can sometimes fly under the radar, so it’s important to bring up any possible mood changes with your doctor. “Tell me if you’re not as happy as you used to be. Are you no longer enjoying your favorite hobbies, retreating from family and friends, have significant sleep issues, or even overeating? These could all be a sign of mental health issues, which we can help with,” said Dr. Buford. “If it gets too complicated, we can refer you to a specialist.”
    4. Get ahead of heart disease and diabetes. Dr. Buford and Cindy Nunan, DNP agree that being active is the key to preventing heart disease and diabetes. “You just have to keep moving,” says Cindy Nunan, DNP. “I tell people 30 minutes every other day, five times a week. But, doing something is better than nothing.” Dr. Buford adds, “If you’re watching TV, stand up and move around for a few minutes. March in place, arm circles – start small to slowly build healthy habits.” Dr. Buford said she uses a risk screening tool to determine how frequently each patient needs a basic metabolic blood panel. She adds, “Keeping your blood pressure under control is also huge. If you snore or have sleep apnea, that needs to be addressed as well because it can increase your risk for developing serious chronic conditions.”
    5. Maintain a healthy immune system. Illnesses like flu, Covid, and pneumonia can be more serious in certain older patients because our immune systems can weaken as we age. Cindy Nunan, DNP looks at each patient’s medical history to determine which vaccines and supplements are appropriate for them. However, her biggest tips for a healthy immune system are to wash your hands, get plenty of rest, and exercise regularly.
    6. Resistance training can help slow bone loss. Cindy Nunan, DNP and Dr. Buford use a fracture risk screener to determine which patients are at risk of developing early osteoporosis or osteopenia (bone loss). Based on those results, they may recommend a DEXA scan earlier, but typically they’re not needed until age 65. They both stress the importance of resistance training to slow bone loss. “Ideally, you would have started resistance training in your late 20s/early 30s, but it’s never too late,” Cindy Nunan, DNP says. Dr. Buford adds, “You can use resistance bands, your own body weight, even cans of food. Gardening, pulling weeds – that counts too.” Cindy Nunan, DNP said smoking also contributes to bone loss by reducing blood supply to the bones and preventing calcium absorption, so now is a great time to quit.
    7. Don’t neglect your eyes. Cindy Nunan, DNP says, “Any changes in someone’s vision requires a visit with an eye doctor. They have the tools to see inside your eye and look for glaucoma, cataracts, etc.” People with certain chronic illnesses such as diabetes need to be screened annually. If you’re already seeing an optometrist for glasses or contacts, be sure you’re going regularly so they can catch any underlying vision issues.
    8. Your dietary needs change. Metabolism slows as you age, so it’s important to be more conscious of maintaining a well-balanced diet, and reducing your fat and salt intake. But it can be harder when you have more free time to socialize. Dr. Buford says, “Your kids may be more independent now, so you may be going out to eat with friends or getting takeout more frequently, which can really increase your calorie intake. Portion control is a big one. Yes, you can have a cupcake or a cookie (unless you have certain dietary restrictions) but it can’t be every day. Eating late at night can also lead to weight gain.” Cindy Nunan, DNP says if her patients have gained more than a few pounds, she wants to find out why. “That weight gain can go back to depression or anxiety, perhaps. It’s a touchy subject for a lot of people, so establishing a relationship with my patients is important. I want them to feel comfortable talking to me.”

    If you are looking for a primary care provider you can trust, consider making an appointment with Alex Buford, DO or Cindy Nunan, DNP, FNP-BC at their Mays Landing office by calling (609) 365-6217. The Mays Landing office is located in the Festival at Hamilton Shopping Plaza (next to HomeGoods) at 4450 East Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing.

  8. Tips You “Knee-d” to Know to Help Ease Joint Pain

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    As we hit the milestone of 50, it’s only natural that our bodies will start feeling new aches and pains. While there is no fountain of youth, there may be measures we can take to mitigate some of the issues we face as our bodies evolve.

    One of the most common culprits of discomfort is knee pain.

    “Every time you walk, there are up to 7 pounds of force on the knee for every 1 pound of body weight you carry,” explains Dante Marconi, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist with Shore Physicians Group. “So, after 50 years of stressing the knee cartilage with weight bearing, walking, running, and repetitive cyclic movements, there is a high possibility that people will experience some degree of pain in their knee.”

    So, how physiologically does this happen? Let’s start with a broad view explanation of how the knee works. The knee joins the thigh to the shin and is made up of the femur (thigh bone), tibia (shin bone), fibula (small bone that runs alongside the tibia), and the patella (kneecap).

    The knee joint has four major ligaments that connect the bones together to keep the knee stable.

    • The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) prevents the tibia from sliding forward onto the femur;
    • The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) prevents the tibia from sliding backward onto the femur;
    • The lateral collateral ligament (LCL) stabilizes the knee on the outside of the joint; and
    • The medial collateral ligament (MCL) stabilizes the knee on the inside of the joint

    All of the joint surfaces are covered with strong joint cartilage which provides a well-lubricated surface for low-friction movement between the bones. This cartilage contains a natural lubricant called the synovial fluid, commonly known as joint fluid. The menisci (shock absorbers), also help lessen the total load seen by the bone and joint cartilage.

    Over time, this joint cartilage can wear down, which increases the friction and results in pain. And, because there is limited blood flow in the knee joint, healing is poor compared to other areas of the body.

    So, what can you do to prevent knee pain, especially after you hit 50? Dr. Marconi offers these tips:

    • Strengthen the muscles in the front and the back of the leg. This will keep everything balanced and stabilize the knee. Maintaining a strong core (abdominals, low back, glutes, and hip abductors) also contributes to maintaining healthy knees.
    • Maintain full range of motion by stretching before and after exercising.
    • Always use proper form during exercise and activity.
    • Use footwear with proper support, as there is a kinetic chain from the foot to the hip. Moderate use of:
      • high heels (which can strain the calf muscle, tighten the Achilles tendon, and lead to ankle sprains)
      • flip flops (lack of ankle support and changes how your foot accommodates to the ground)
      • sliders (lack of support and can increase the risk of ankle sprains and falls)

    “Proper exercise protects our joints and is very important for overall joint health. I encourage exercise at any age, and it is certainly never too late to start,” said Dr. Marconi. “I advise for everyone to know their limitations, especially if they are trying something new, and I highly stress to use good mechanics and keep good form.”

    Dante Marconi, MD treats patients at the Shore Physicians Group Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, located at 710 Centre Street in Somers Point, NJ. To make an appointment with Dr. Marconi, call 609-365-6280.

  9. Wound Care Patient has a New Outlook on Caring for Himself and Others, Thanks to Shore

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    Thirty-seven-year-old Kevin Jordan used to be a construction foreman with the mindset most young people have—that he was invincible. Kevin has type 2 diabetes, but he never gave much thought to his condition or his overall health.

    But in 2021, reality struck. Kevin stepped on a nail at work and didn’t think anything of it at the time. However, in September 2021, Kevin discovered he had osteomyelitis from his injury, which is an infection in the bone.

    After speaking to a doctor, Kevin was told he would need to have his entire leg below the knee amputated. Kevin came to Shore for a second opinion, and to his delight, Dr. Matthew Lawrence, a vascular surgeon at Shore Physicians Group, informed him that he would not need to lose half his leg.

    “Dr. Lawrence is top-notch,” said Kevin. “He saved my shin and foot.”

    Dr. Lawrence performed surgery on Kevin, including a skin graft, and amputated only two toes and part of his right foot.

    Dedicated to his job in construction, Kevin recovered and returned to work for eight months before developing an ulcer. Due to his neuropathy, Kevin did not feel pain, but he knew something was wrong. He decided to push through and keep working through the summer, but unfortunately, he developed a blister as well, which ruptured, causing him to lose his pinky toe.

    After his positive experience with Dr. Lawrence, Kevin chose to return to Shore. Dr. Christopher Lucasti, Infectious Disease Specialist and Epidemiologist, referred Kevin to Wound Care at Shore.

    In September, Kevin began treatment in Shore’s hyperbaric chamber to help the wound heal, and he just recently finished his treatment.

    “I would never go to another hospital; the care at Shore is above and beyond,” said Kevin. “I have developed a lot of personal relationships with the doctors and nurses at Shore. I feel like I’m part of something special here. The people here aren’t looking for money or fame; they truly want to help other people.”

    Kevin came to Shore 4-5 days a week for two hours to receive his treatment and worked with hyperbaric tech Jessica Lynch.

    “Jessica is amazing,” Kevin shares. “We grew up in the same area. She took care of my grandfather and knows my whole family. We’ve developed a true friendship, much deeper than a typical patient-caregiver relationship. If I need to talk, she’s here to support me and answer any questions.”

    Although Kevin’s injury was an unfortunate circumstance, he focuses on the silver lining.

    “I’m in a much better place now,” Kevin said. “I’m taking care of my type 2 diabetes now with help from Dr. Vijay Balakrishnan from Shore Physicians Group and the dietary team at the hospital. I have a better mindset now, thanks to the compassion Shore’s providers have shown me. When this is all done, I would love to be able to work at Shore. I would really enjoy being able to talk with patients and help them through their tough times the same way the people I met at Shore helped me.”

  10. Shore Physicians Group Orthopaedic Division
    Welcomes Dante Marconi, MD

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    Welcomes Dante Marconi, MD

    Shore Physicians Group announced today that Orthopaedic Surgeon Dante Marconi, MD, has joined its Orthopaedic Division located at 710 Centre Street, 2nd floor, in Somers Point, NJ. Dr. Marconi will begin seeing patients Monday, October 3.

    Dr. Marconi’s orthopaedic surgery specialties are in sports medicine and shoulder surgery. He cares for patients aged 10 and older, diagnosing and treating a variety of sports- and non-sports-related injuries, including acute and chronic joint ailments. Dr. Marconi’s treatments include shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee arthroscopy and shoulder, hip, and knee joint replacements. Through minimally invasive surgical procedures, Dr. Marconi helps patients return to sports and regular activity as soon as possible. Dr. Marconi’s work has been published in numerous medical journals and textbooks in orthopaedic medicine.

    Before joining Shore Physicians Group, Dr. Marconi completed the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston McGovern Medical School. Dr. Marconi worked with sports teams from the University of Houston and local high schools during this Fellowship. He also worked directly with professional Houston sports teams, including the Houston Texans, Astros, Rockets, Dynamo, and Dash.

    Born and raised in Blackwood, NJ, Dr. Marconi graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in biology. Following his undergraduate studies, Dr. Marconi went to Philadelphia, PA, where he received his Doctorate of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine and completed his general surgery internship at Temple University Hospital.

    After his internship, Dr. Marconi completed his five-year residency in orthopaedic surgery at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Marconi also worked in the New York Presbyterian Hospital system during his time in New York.

    To schedule an appointment with Dr. Marconi, call 609-365-6280.