As an orthopedic surgeon Dr. David T. Neuman knew his patients needed something more after surgery. Operating on them certainly put them on the path to less pain, but he knew the post-operative time was so crucial to their recovery. It’s with that in mind that POP-DOC and pop-doc.com was born. Add in the physical therapy aspect after surgery and there was no one better to turn to as a co-author than nationally known physical therapist Karena Wu.
This newly released book and website bridges the gap between physical therapy and orthopedic surgery for patients post joint surgery. It is intended to motivate and help patients personally strengthen their recovery time during or after physical therapy. Dr. Neuman says, “For years I have been asked by patients and other medical professionals if there was a comprehensive workbook of sorts that could really help guide patients through exercises that would help with recovery. It simply didn’t exist. I wrote this so patients don’t feel alone or confused about what to do after surgery.” This medical and therapy combination is a first for the fields.
POP-DOC is an easy-to-follow, at-home recovery guide that allows patients to achieve results on their own and focus on other aspects of their lives. Written by both a doctor and physical therapist, Dr. Neuman is an M.D. and FAAOS Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, and Karena Wu, PT, MS, CSCS and CPI, POP-DOC brings a comprehensive regimen of joint knowledge to the forefront and even helped demonstrate the moves herself for the book. It’s her you’ll see pictured throughout the pages. Wu says “I would show patients certain exercises in the office, but it’s hard for them to truly replicate those moves at home without seeing it firsthand and reading about it step-by-step. This book takes the guess work out of the recovery process by really spelling it out for patients.”
POP-DOC is the first book and website to:
• Offer purchase-of-home exercises that are tailored to begin at a specific time after specific join surgeries.
• Offer a social forum where people can come together and ‘talk’ about their joint pain and/or dysfunction.
• Offer access to the not-for-profit joint health initiative, Jeo-Joint Education Outreach.
• Offer purchase-of-specific home exercises that help people maintain and preserve their joint function.
• Promote a new regimen regarding tips and suggestions to alleviate joint pain by being pre-active.
• Offer a unique business model to medical providers to promote their business, submit blog posts and help their patients in their understanding of joints.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
David T. Neuman, M.D., FAAOS Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
David Neuman is the owner and clinical director of NY Sportscare, located in New York City, NY. A native of Rye, NY, he attended Cornell University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Genetics and Human Development. He completed medical school at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn. David continued his training there as a surgical intern and also underwent a four-year orthopedic surgery residency. David completed his Fellowship at Temple University, where he received specialty training in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery.
David specializes in general arthroscopic surgery with a sports medicine philosophy. His approach includes utilizing physical therapy and home exercises to help an injured joint recover to a functional state. His primary goal as an orthopedic surgeon is to help people diminish pain and increase the function of a damaged joint. David believes that health and fitness are an important part of everyday life.
David practices orthopedic surgery in New York City. He has eight satellite offices throughout New York City where he treats patients. He performs over 200 shoulder surgeries annually.
David is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is an instructor and member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He is also a member of the American Medical Association, the Medical Society of the State of New York, and several other medical societies. He has appeared as a medical expert on Fox News.
Karena Wu, DPT, MS, COMT, CSCS, CPI, STCI
Karena Wu is the owner and clinical director of ActiveCare Physical Therapy, located in New York City, NY. A native of Los Angeles, California, she attended the University of California at Riverside Biomedical Program. She graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then attended Columbia University’s Program in Physical Therapy and graduated with honors in 2000 with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy.
Karena is a specialist in manual therapy. She is certified in Pilates, strength & conditioning training, and kinesiology tape applications. She has worked in private practices and in corporate offices in New York City. Her clientele includes royalty, professional athletes, fashion and media celebrities and celebrity chefs.
Karena is the Director of Education for SpiderTech Kinesiology Tape. She is on the medical board of the Association of Volleyball Professionals and also collaborates with the NYC Arthritis Foundation. She is a regular contributor to online and print publications in her industry as well as in the restaurant industry for her work with celebrity chefs. Karena appears as a healthcare expert on CBS, Fox News, NY1, and the Dr. Oz Show.