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Elementary School Children Get Hands-On Lesson in Bone Health from Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Alan Nasar of Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute in Freehold, NJ

Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Alan Nasar of Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute (AOSMI), Freehold and Monroe Township, NJ, visited 4th grade students at a school in Ocean, New Jersey, to talk about bones, musculoskeletal health, how bones are repaired, and how to protect their bones. Dr. Nasar is fellowship-trained in joint replacement, and also specializes in avascular necrosis, knee and hip arthroscopy, and fracture and trauma care.

Freehold, NJ, March 18, 2010 --( With the snow piling high and ice accumulating this winter, it was no wonder some people fractured and broke bones. Why is it that some people can fall without breaking a bone? How does an orthopedic surgeon fix a broken bone?

As part of Health and Safety Week, Dr. Alan Nasar, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute (AOSMI), Freehold, New Jersey, recently visited the fourth grade classes of Ms. Jane Dayne at Hillel Yeshiva Elementary School, Ocean, NJ, a Hebrew day school where he was once a student, to talk about bones.

Dr. Nasar is a senior staff member at Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute, which provides a range of services, including sports medicine, joint replacement, fracture care, spine care, work injury care, hand and wrist care, physiatry, foot and ankle care, and osteoporosis care to the residents of Freehold and Monroe Townships and surrounding towns in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. When he visited the students at Hillel Yeshiva Elementary School, he explained that an orthopedic surgeon specializes in musculoskeletal health, which includes muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, and joints. He reminded students that a big part of protecting their bones is staying active; eating the right foods and getting enough calcium and vitamin D; using a helmet for bicycling, rollerblading, skiing, and snowboarding; using a seatbelt, and taking extra precautions on trampolines and monkey bars, which pose a high risk of injury for bones.

Broken bones can be repaired in a variety of ways, depending on the type and severity of the break, with casting or splinting, manipulation, or surgery. For one type of surgical procedure, the students, themselves, had a hands-on opportunity to actually drill into an imitation bone and insert a rod.

Dr. Nasar says, “The kids drilled holes and placed screws in the bone, fixating an imitation femur provided by Michael Feldman of Innovative Orthopedics - Biomet.”

Mrs. Marta Meyer, who coordinated Health and Safety Week at Hillel with Mrs. Rifka Levovitz, says, “About 50 fourth graders were present, and Dr. Nasar had their attention the entire time!”

Rabbi Avi Bodlander, assistant principal at Hillel, said, “Dr. Nasar’s presentation was an important part of the education Hillel Yeshiva School provides. The safety of our students is paramount for everyone here; and Dr. Nasar’s interactive presentation, both entertaining and educational, added an important aspect to our annual Health and Safety Week.”

Dr. Nasar’s presentation was part of Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute’s ongoing efforts to improve the lives of the children in the Freehold and Monroe township communities. “An early education is key to a life of good health and safety. I welcomed this opportunity to play a part in this very important promotion of children’s awareness of their health and safety,” explained Dr. Nasar.

For more information or to schedule an elementary classroom visit from Dr. Nasar, call 732-720-2555.

As part of AOSMI’s Patient-Centered, Patient Focused Care™ philosophy, Dr. Nasar keeps up-to-date on the latest technological advances in orthopedic surgery and joint replacements, including alternatives to joint replacement surgery, such as hip arthroscopy, resurfacing, core decompression, injections, and other treatments. At AOSMI he serves residents of Monmouth and Middlesex counties, including the communities of Colts Neck, Englishtown, Freehold, Howell, Jackson, Manalapan, Marlboro, Monroe, Morganville, and other towns in New Jersey.

Dr. Nasar is a member of the American Medical Association and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has completed surgical internships in general surgery, orthopaedic surgery, and adult reconstructive surgery. He recently helped develop the PSI, a device used for “custom knee” for replacement surgery.

Today, the surgeons at Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute (AOSMI) provide the Monmouth and Middlesex County communities with specialists for every orthopedic need. Located in the Pond View Professional Park at 301 Professional View Drive in Freehold, and Renaissance Crossing Medical Arts Building at 312 Applegarth Road, Suite 101, Monroe Township, New Jersey, Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute provides advanced medical care with leading doctors and surgeons, state-of-the-art technology, and exceptional Patient-Centered, Patient-Focused Care™. The seven practicing physicians at AOSMI have a combined 100 years of experience providing exceptional orthopedic care to the New Jersey communities of Monmouth and Middlesex County. For more information, call 732-720-2555 or visit

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