First State Orthopaedics News

  • Orthopedic Surgeons Talk Through On Court Injuries

    Orthopedic Surgeons Talk Through On Court Injuries

    Mentally and physically, tennis is one of the safest and healthiest activities around.
    Great cardio.
    Strengthens your core.
    Helps lower stress.
    So on, so on and so on.
    But after years of forehands, serves and (of course) those sprints up and down the court, we can all get a little…well, banged up.
    So, who better to help talk you through injuries and injury prevention than a doctor who also plays tennis?
    “It’s a wonderful sport, but a lot can happen out there,” laughed Dr. Randeep Kahlon, an orthopedic surgeon with First State Orthopaedics (FSO) in Delaware. Dr. Kahlon focuses on shoulder, elbow and hand injuries — meaning he frequently treats tennis-playing patients.
    Dr. Kahlon is one of many doctors at FSO who love to compete on the tennis court. He also sees the benefits the sport provides for individuals of all ages.
    FSO Doctors Dr. Kahlon (Left) & Dr. Pushkarewicz (Right)“I played tennis growing up, about five years ago, I picked it up again full swing,” he said. “I’m loving every minute of it.” 
    Dr. Kahlon referenced his four Fs of tennis: friendship, fun, flexibility and fitness. He also mentioned the physical benefits tennis brings out in players, which is something he experienced first-hand as he picked the sport back up again. 
    “As I got back into tennis I was really focused on technique and strategy,” he said. “I think what we overlook are flexibility, endurance and strength. If you put those into your regular tennis preparation, you end up being much healthier and lasting a lot longer.”
    Dr. Kahlon suggests that players take part in dynamic stretching before and after matches, keeping the body limber, loose and moving well. 
    Surgeons Dr. Michael Pushkarewicz and Dr. Jeremie Axe are surgeons at FSO who echoed Dr. Kahlon’s advice. They also join him in an overall love and appreciation for tennis.
    “I’ve been playing close to 50 years now,” said Dr. Pushkarewicz. “It’s something you can continue well into your later years. One of my favorite things about tennis is that it’s so much fun, even just to go out and hit. Of course if you’re playing singles, the workout is unbelievable.”
    Dr. Pushkarewicz spends much of his time focused on lower-body injuries. The most common?
    “The good, old ankle sprain,” he said. “It happens a lot. With so much quick, lateral motion and change of direction, ankle sprains are very common. When they happen, the important thing is not to take it lightly. Respect the injury, put the rehab in, and give yourself the proper time to heal.” 
    Dr. Axe, a partner and orthopedic surgeon, said he sees tennis players quite often in his practice. 
    “I enjoy taking care of tennis athletes, as they have a strong desire to return to the sport,” he said.
    He referenced three common upper extremity conditions that he often sees in his office. Most apply to younger and middle-aged athletes, and all are related to overuse.
    The injuries include lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), biceps tendinitis, and shoulder bursitis.
    Now the important part. What can you do about it?
    He suggests limiting competitive tennis in back-to-back days, and allowing plenty of rest prior to and after highly competitive events. Rest, in many cases, is underrated by athletes.
    “When working out, I also recommend cross-training,” he said. “I do not encourage same body part exercises on back-to-back days and if possible two days of rest in between. Similar to getting ready for matches, proper stretching exercises are encouraged.”
    This summer, USTA Middle States is partnering with First State Orthopaedics (FSO) as FSO supports and sponsors USTA League Championships across Delaware. In the coming weeks, keep an eye out for more content about tennis-related injuries, injury prevention and more.

  • "Advances of the Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee and the Oxford Knee" Lecture

    Please join Elliott Leitman, M.D. of First State Orthopaedics on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Hockessin Athletic Club

  • Jeremie Axe, M.D. teaching young surgeons

    Jeremie Axe, M.D. teaching young surgeons

    “Last week, Dr. Jeremie Axe joined  his French and Canadian colleagues in Minneapolis to teach young surgeons shoulder arthroplasty 3-D planning and surgical techniques”.

  • David Sowa, M.D. - 2018 America's Most Honored Professionals

    The American Registry identifies those who have won multiple honors from trade groups, peers, clients and the press. They cull through millions of awards in the world's largest repository of recognitions.

    For 2018 we proudly announce that David Sowa, M.D. is one of America's Most Honored Professionals.

  • David Sowa, M.D. - 2018 Patients' Choice Award

    Based on excellent ratings and reviews on, Dr. David Sowa  has been honored with the 2018 Patients' Choice Award

  • Jeremie Axe, M.D. selected to the Board of Trustees for OREF

    Dr. Jeremie Axe has been selected to the Board of Trustees for the most prestigious research organization in orthopaedics, the Orthopaedic Research Education Foundation.  At age 36, he will be the youngest member.  His leadership in founding the OREF Legacy Society for multiple generations within orthopaedics was certainly considered in his selection.

  • Thomas Jefferson University Alumni Legacy Wall

    Dr.’s Michael (1979) & Jeremie Axe (2008) are founding members of the Thomas Jefferson University  Alumni Legacy Wall.  Both were involved in the Delaware Institute of Medical Education and Research.  Michael as a board member and later Jeremie as a DIMER student at Jefferson.

  • Jeremie Axe, M.D. commencement speaker at University of Delaware

    At the University of Delaware Biology commencement in May 2018, Dr. Jeremie Axe was the commencement speaker.  He was recognized as the UD distinguished alumni and announced his UD summer research scholarship.

  • PRP Injections & Stem-Cell Procedures

    For more information on Dr. Joseph Straight's Delaware Today article, PRP Injections and Stem-Cell Procedures, click on the link below.

  • Wilmington University Article featuring Dr.'s Michael Axe, Jeremie Axe and Joseph Straight

    Dr. Michael J. Axe is a force in WilmU’s Athletics department, fortified by more than 30 years of service. He’s also an icon in Delaware’s world of sports medicine.

  • Job Growth in Kent County

    Central Delaware's medical field/industry appears to be undergoing rapid growth.  David Blaeuer, Executive Director of First State Orthopaedics, said their new 43,000 square-foot, two-story, "state of the art" medical facility in Dover will cause immediate job growth and opportunities for more in the future.

    Click here  to read full article.

  • Elliott Leitman, M.D. featured in AAOS article

    Elliott Leitman, M.D. recently interviewed Merrick Wetzler, M.D. a four-time medical chairman for the Maccabiah World Games.  During the Games, in addition to providing team coverage, Dr. Wetzler handles phone calls and questions from athletes, trainers, coaches and parents.
    Click here to read the full article.

  • 2017 Delaware Today Top Doc's

    Congratulations to the following FSO physicians who received a Delaware Today 2017 Top Doc award:

    Jeremie Axe, M.D.

    Michael Axe, M.D.

    Alex Bodenstab, M.D.

    Drew Brady, M.D.

    Claire Coggins, M.D.

    Evan Crain, M.D.

    Adam Ginsberg, D.O.

    Heather Gotha, M.D.

    Matthew Handling, M.D.

    Eric Johnson, M.D.

    Randeep Kahlon, M.D.

    James Moran, D.O.

    Leo Raisis, M.D.

    David Sowa, M.D.

    Joseph Straight, M.D.

    Bruce Rudin, M.D.

    James Zaslavsky, D.O.

  • FSO Physicians Elected Officers of the Medical Society of Delaware

    Effective January 1, 2018, the following First State Orthopaedics physicians have been elected officers of the Medical Society of Delaware. 

    Joseph Straight, M.D. - Vice President

    Leo Raisis, M.D. - Speaker of the Council

    Randeep Kahlon, M.D. - Treasurer

  • Elliott Leitman, M.D. speaking on Sports Radio 94.1 WIP

    Elliott Leitman, M.D. will be talking about Sports Medicine Topics regarding the Eagles game on Tuesday, 9/20/16 at 7:20 a.m. on Sports Radio 94.1 WIP

  • Sports Physicals July 27, 2016

    Dr.'s Matthew Handling, Joseph Straight and John Webb, P.A. will be doing sports physicals at the Smyrna office on July 27, 2016 from 3pm to 8pm.  The cost is $20.  Please call 302-653-5100 to schedule your physical.  Walk in's are welcome.  The Smyrna office address is 100 South Main Street, Ste. 300, Smyrna, DE  19977.

  • Elliott Leitman, M.D. featured on Sports Radio 94.1 WIP

    Elliott Leitman, M.D. will be talking about Shoulder Injuries on Wednesday, 6/15/16 at 7:40 a.m. on Sports Radio 94.1 WIP

  • Matthew Handling, M.D. was voted Readers' Choice 2015 physician finalist

  • Matthew A. Handling, M.D. - Lecture

    Matthew A. Handling, M.D. will be giving a lecture on "Evaluation and Treatment of Tendinopathy" at the Delaware Academy of Family Physicians 13th Annual Sports Medicine Symposium on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the John H. Ammon Medical Education Center at Christiana Hospital.  The event time is from 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  • Michael J. Axe, M.D. awarded Outstanding Original Research Manuscript 2014

    Michael J. Axe, M.D. was awarded the Outstanding Original Research Manuscript 2014 in the "International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy" titled Speed Distance-Based Classification System for Injury Prevention and Research in International and Domestic Youth Baseball.

  • Food Bank of Delaware Donation

    We are honored to have Michael J. Axe, M.D., First State Orthopaedic partner,  present Caitlyn Custer, Donor Outreach Coordinator with the Food Bank of Delaware a check for $3,000 on December, 10, 2014 as part of our annual food drive.

  • 1st Sgt. Moody's Medal - What an Honor

    Upon returning home from Afghanistan, 1st Sgt. Moody awarded Michael Axe, M.D. of First State Orthopaedics , his medal of teamwork. 1st Sgt.’s are able to award a medal to members of their units who have demonstrated special service during the deployment . The medal is inscribed , “It takes teamwork to make the dream work .” Dr. Axe has been taking care of Sgt. Moody’s orthopaedic problems. The Sgt. felt that Dr. Axe’s care helped him through several combat missions. A tearful Dr. Axe accepted the medal with pride.

  • APTA Press Release: Michael J Axe M.D. of First State Orthopedics and University of Delaware Physical Therapy has received honorary membership to the American Physical Therapy Association

    Michael J Axe M.D. of First State Orthopedics and University of Delaware Physical Therapy  has  received unanimous  approval  from its 404 voting members  for  honorary membership to the American Physical Therapy Association joining a very exclusive group of  only 41 since 1936.  18 physicians have been awarded honorary membership including polio scientists Drs. Sabin and Salk, JFK’s physician Dr. Janet Travell, AI du Pont Children’s Hospital’s  Albert Shands Jr.  and woman orthopedic  pioneer , Dr. Jacqueline Perry.

    Dr. Axe’s  other  recent national recognitions include:  AOSS M’s  Mr. Sports Medicine 2012, the Jack C Hughston   Award for contributions in Sports Physical Therapy, the James R Andrews Award  for Excellence in Baseball Research,  and the Stephen J Rose Award for Excellence in Orthopedic Research.

  • Medical Society of Delaware Names Dr. Kahlon for Annual Young Physician Award 2005

    Wilmington - October 22, 2005 - At the dinner for the 216th Annual Meeting of the Medical Society of Delaware, outgoing President James Marvel, Jr., MD announced this year's Annual Young Physician Award recipient as Randeep Kahlon MD. First State Orthopaedics press release about Dr. Kahlon (pdf). Read more about Dr. Kahlon in article "Delaware Doc Continues to Wow Peers."

  • Drs. Johnson, Raisis, and Sowa Top Docs in 2006

    In the annual Delaware Today survey of physicians, Drs. Eric Johnson, Leo Raisis and David Sowa were selected by their peers as “Top Docs” in orthopaedics for 2006. Delaware Today asked physicians which doctors they would recommend to friends and family. Our practice is very pleased with this important recognition and congratulates Drs. Johnson, Raisis and Sowa.

  • Youth in Sports

    Dr. Axe is a host on the "Youth in Sports" television program each week. Tune in to see Dr. Axe on Tuesdays, at 7:30 pm on Channel 28.

  • First State Orthopaedics Welcomes New Physician

    First State Orthopaedics was happy to welcome Dr. Matthew Handling who joined them in practice on August 29, 2008. Dr. Handling is a native of the State of Delaware. He attended high school at The Tatnall School and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from the University of Delaware.
    Dr. Handling’s special interests include Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic Surgery (including hip arthroscopy), Fracture Care and Orthopaedic Trauma, Joint Cartilage Repair and Replacement and Treatment of Arthritis.
    He is accepting new patients at the Newark, Middletown and Smyrna locations.
    Dr. Handling finished medical school at Thomas Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, followed by an orthopaedic residency at UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York. Dr. Handling completed a sports medicine fellowship at New England Baptist Hospital, Boston Mass., with World Champion Boston Celtics.
    See more about Dr. Handling in the Physicians section.
    Drs. Axe, Bodenstab, Crain, Johnson, Kahlon, Katz, Raisis, Rudin and Sowa Top Docs in 2007
    In the annual Delaware Today survey of physicians, Drs. Michael Axe, Alex Bodenstab, Evan Crain, Eric Johnson, Randeep Kahlon, Bruce Katz, Leo Raisis, Bruce Rudin and David Sowa were the most recommended by their professional peers, as determined by a Delaware Today survey of licensed physicians in Delaware.

  • Elliott H. Leitman, MD featured on Angelo Cataldi and The Morning Team

    Listen to Elliott H. Leitman, MD speak to Angelo Cataldi about local sports figures and their injuries. Listen Below.

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  • Delaware Sports Medicine Surgeon, Michael J. Axe, MD Receives AOSSM's Highest Award.

    BALTIMORE, MD – Michael J. Axe, MD of First State Orthopaedics in Newark, Delaware was presented with the 2012 Robert E. Leach Mr. Sports Medicine award during the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, July 14th.
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