He has appeared on national television, in main stream and local publications and has consulted with professional sports clubs, businesses and medical groups world wide.
Below is a recent article featuring Dr. Glashow.
If Mets’ Jenrry Mejia needs Tommy John surgery, Jason Isringhausen thinks prospect will ‘be fine’.
May 4, 2011
By ANDY MARTINO
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
Jason Isringhausen, he of the three Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgeries, feels for Jenrry Mejia, but he does not fear for him.
“He’s young. He’ll be fine,” Isringhausen said, reacting to the news that the Mets’ top pitching prospect will almost certainly need Tommy John surgery.
Mets team physician David Altchek diagnosed the
week and is likely to undergo the procedure shortly thereafter and miss about a year.
That is terrible news, isn’t it? Yes and no. It is a major irritation for the Mets, who had hoped to use Mejia in their rotation either late this season or early next season, but it is not particularly ominous for Mejia’s career.
Six current members of the Mets staff – Isringhausen, Pedro Beato, Taylor Buchholz, Chris Capuano, Tim Byrdak and Ryota Igarashi – have had Tommy John surgery. The diagnosis is more common and less frightening, than it once was.
“As technology has gotten better, the surgery has gotten more precise and less invasive,” said Dr. Jonathan Glashow, co-chief of sports medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan. “We are able to accelerate some aspects of the rehab process more. We have a better understanding of when we can push the athlete.”
Mets GM Alderson agreed that during his three decades in the game, elbow surgeries have become a far more welcome diagnosis than shoulder surgeries.
“The difference between a shoulder injury that, say, Chris Young experienced and the elbow injuries that Capuano and Buchholz experienced, there is a lot more confidence that . . . it’s a cleaner fix and a more likely fix,” Alderson said. “The shoulder is more problematic.”
Bydrak echoed those comments. “I had it 10 years ago,” he said. “Back then it was about 80, 90% of the guys made it back. Now they’ve got it down so well that you just say, give me the year off and I’ll come back good as new.”
Confidence in the surgeries is so high, that teenagers regularly undergo it. Beato had his while still in high school, as did a nephew of Isringhausen’s.
“He had it at 16,” Isringhausen said. “As long as you follow he protocol and don’t do anything stupid, your elbow would last forever.”
The Mets were forced to shut down Mejia with a shoulder problem last season and faced questions – including those raised by pitching coach Dan Warthen – about whether Mejia’s delivery makes him better-suited to relief work. Mejia was starting in Triple-A Buffalo this year, so those questions returned with the news of his injury.
Still, Alderson said the surgery would not necessarily affect Mejia’s future role. “I don’t think there is anything about the injury itself that would dictate how he is used,” the GM said.