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Wednesday, July 12, 2023


Previously on Whom You Know in NHL Peachy, we have considered when the Rangers are knocked out of the playoffs to be athletic trauma.  However, in real life serious medical injuries can happen whether or not you are an athlete and Dr. Stephen J. Nicholas is without a doubt the one of the very best in the business!  We are absolutely thrilled to introduce him to you in our newest segment of Healthy Peachy when Peachy visited him and asked him everything she thought you might want to know!  Thank you to Mover and Shaker Laurie Towers for her referral. It's nice to be important but it is more important to be nice and Dr. Nicholas is a star personality and we hope this is the first of many times you might learn from his phenomenal expertise.

How does one age well?

What rules should one follow to maintain the youthful function of knees, hips, back, etc?

What are the most common mistakes people make in taking care of their back and joints and overall orthopedic health?

If you have what you believe is a minor injury and it does not go away, how do you detect if it is a real problem or just aging?

What do you think of supplements? Should you use them or is it hype?

What kind of devices are beneficial and which should be avoided?

What should one do in this age of online 24/7 to achieve optimal orthopedic health?

Should you treat injuries with heat or ice?

How has the practice of orthopedics changed over time?

Is there a certain age where you should start treating your orthopedic health differently?

What rules would you like to see changed in professional sports if at all to improve the resilience of athletes and orthopedic health?

What can the average person learn from sports medicine to improve their own health?

Dr. Stephen Nicholas on his Dad, Dr. James Nicholas

About New York Orthopedics

Their history:

NISMAT: Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma

Dr. James A. Nicolas, Founder of NISMAT and Stephen's Dad!

NISMAT Injury Prevention Tips

159 East 74th Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10021

Stephen Nicholas, M.D., founder and current director of NY Orthopedics, is a recognized authority in the field of sports medicine. As director of the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma (NISMAT), the first hospital-based facility dedicated to the study of sports medicine in the country, he has continued the renowned research and training in the fields of sports medicine and physical therapy.

Over the years, Dr. Nicholas has dedicated a great deal of time to treating professional, collegiate and amateur athletes. He has served as the orthopedic team physician for the New York Jets, New York Islanders and the athletes at Hofstra University. He also served as a member of the mayor’s New York City Sports Commission.

Dr. Nicholas has been recognized as “One of New York’s Best Doctors” by New York Magazine for the last ten years. In 2005, he was accepted as a member of the American Orthopaedic Association, which signifies honor and accomplishment in orthopedics and a commitment to active leadership in the specialty.

Dr. Nicholas is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Harvard University. He received his medical degree from New York Medical College followed by a residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery and a fellowship in sports medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital.


American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Clinical Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies
Pace University

Chief, Sports Medicine Department
Lenox Hill Hospital

Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship
Lenox Hill Hospital, Department of Orthopedics

Director, Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma (NISMAT)
Lenox Hill Hospital

Director, Bioskills Laboratory
Lenox Hill Hospital, Department of Orthopedics


Medical Society of State of New York
American Medical Association
New York County Medical Society
Medical Leadership Council Lenox Hill Hospital
Advisory Board
Hellenic Medical Society
Quigley Orthopaedic Society
American Orthopaedic Association
Arthroscopy Association of North America
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine

Sports medicine – All facets of sports medicine
Shoulder – Shoulder instability, labral tears, rotator cuff injuries, shoulder arthroplasty
Knee – Knee ligament injuries, cartilage injuries, unicondylar knee arthroplasty and total knee arthroplasty
Elbow – Elbow ligament injuries, fractures, elbow arthroscopy
Orthopedic surgery – Fractures of the shoulder, elbow and knee

History of the Practice:

NY Orthopedics is the premier orthopedic practice serving active New Yorkers of all ages. Our team of top specialty-trained physicians offers the latest nonsurgical and surgical treatment options for the full spectrum of orthopedic sub-specialties — sports medicine, total joint replacement, spine, foot and ankle, hand and upper extremities, hip, and knee — all under one roof.

We are dedicated to getting our patients back to their peak performance and that’s why our day-to-day practice is inextricably linked to innovation and research in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine. We never stop pursuing new ways to improve our full continuum of care at our centers of excellence.

NY Orthopedics offers both state-of-the-art facilities at our nine orthopedics practice locations in the New York City area as well as the most advanced surgical techniques, including minimally invasive microscopic and arthroscopic surgeries.

Whether you are a world class athlete or a weekend warrior; whether your problem is one that requires a physician with knowledge of general orthopedics or one who is specialty-trained, NY Orthopedics is here to assist you on your road to recovery.

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