Alan M. Reznik, MD, FAAOS

Dr. Alan Reznik is Board-Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery, Arthroscopic Surgery, and Sports Medicine. Dr. Reznik is recognized as one of “America’s Top Physicians” by Consumer’s Research Council of America and named “Top Doc” in Connecticut 17 times by his orthopaedic surgeon peers, physicians, nurses and patients. Currently, he is an editor of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ news magazine, AAOS Now and is an inventor with 7 patents granted. Dr. Reznik enjoys treating injuries in recreation, collegiate, ‘working’ and competitive athletes of all ages, including pediatric sports injuries.

Dr. Reznik works with Jaclyn A. Ryan, PA-C in his Sports Medicine Practice.

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Hi. I’m Doctor Alan Reznick. I specialize in Sports Medicine at Connecticut Orthopaedics. I think the most important thing that I do when I interact with my patients is try very hard to be a good listener. It’s when you listen to your patients that gives them the opportunity to tell you what’s really wrong with them. It helps you make the best possible diagnosis. I can’t emphasize enough how often a patient will tell me something at the very end of an interview that is the key to getting them the best possible outcome. I enjoy coming to work every day. It’s really a pleasure to be able to tell someone good news like they don’t need surgery. At the same time when they do need surgery, it’s – it’s even better when I can help them get a good outcome.

Contact

For all general questions, prescription refills or to schedule an appointment, contact our office at:

Phone:
203.865.6784
Fax:
203.466.8533

Education and Training

  • B.S. Columbia University School of Engineering
  • M.D. Yale University School of Medicine
  • Orthopaedic Residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
  • Orthopaedic Fellow at the Nuffield Orthopedic Centre, Oxford University, England
  • Fellowship in Sports Medicine- University of California, San Diego
  • M.B.A. University of New Haven

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Subspecialty Board Certification in Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopic Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

  • Connecticut Orthopaedics Surgical Center – Branford
  • Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at MidState Medical Center
  • Milford Surgical Center
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus

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Blood Clot Prevention

Common Knee Terms Used by your Doctor

Common Shoulder Terms Used by Your Doctor

Dr. Reznik's FAQ's for Surgery

General Preoperative Instructions

Medications to Avoid 10 days before your Surgery

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Shoulder Pain? (General Info)

Acromioclavicular Joint (AC Joint) Separations

Adhesive Capsulitis in Shoulder

Biceps-Tendonitis

Broken Collarbone

Frozen Shoulder

Treatment for Shoulder Impingement Syndrome Chronic Rotator Cuff Tendonitis and AC Joint Pain

AC Joint Pain

Separated Shoulder

Shoulder Impingement (with Acromoplasty/Mumford Recovery Plan)

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Knee: ACL Tear

Knee: Chondromalacia of Patella

Knee Cap (patella) Instability or Dislocations

Knee Ligament Injuries in Female Athletes

Knee: Osteochondritis Dissecans

Patellofemoral Problems

Tibial Plateau Fractures

Ligament Tears ACL / PCL / MCL / LCL

Meniscus Tears: Cartilage Tears in the Knee and How They are Treated

Patella Realignment (Lateral Release/MPFL/Tibial Tubricle Transfer with Recovery Plan)

Tibial Plateau Fractures – Surgical Repair

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Knee Surgery: Arthroscopy - General Info

Cartilage Defects & Osteochondritis Dissecans Surgical Repair and Post-Op Instructions

Ligament Tears ACL / PCL / MCL / LCL

Patella-Femoral Pain, Chondromalacia Patella - Arthroscopic Lateral Release

Patella Realignment (Lateral Release/MPFL/Tibial Tubricle Transfer with Recovery Plan)

PCL Injuries

Torn Meniscus – Partial Meniscectomy and Post Op Instructions

Torn Meniscus – Repair and Post Op Instructions

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Shoulder Surgery: Arthroscopy - General Info

AC Joint Reconstruction and Post Op Instructions

Acromioclavicular Joint (AC Joint) (Actual surgical ligament reconstruction photos)

Acromioplasty/ Mumford Procedure Recovery Plan (Post-Op Tips for a Better Recovery)

Bankhart Lesion Repair & Post-Op Instructions

Biceps Repair Surgery (Ruptures, Tears, Subluxation,Tenodesis, Tenotomy)

Capsular Shift for Dislocating of Unstable Shoulder

Clavicle Fractures – Indications for Operative Treatment

Frozen Shoulder- Treatment Options (Conservative: Surgical) with Post Op Surgical Instructions with Recovery Plan

Labrum Tear Torn Cartilage in the Shoulder and Recovery Plan

Rotator Cuff Repair

Tibial Plateau Fractures - Surgical Repair

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Articles by Alan M. Reznik, MD, FAAOS

Why Do We Have Pain? 

Feeling pain makes you pull your hand off a hot pot before a bad burn. It can also make you put your gloves back on in the cold or come in from the cold to prevent frostbite. It also tells you when you have cut yourself, broken bones or eaten something you should have not eaten. We never forget these events because they “hurt!”

Alan M. Reznik, MD – Introduction 

Torn Meniscus – Repair and Post Op Instructions 

Meniscal tears can occur in any age group.

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Conditions and Treatments

Conditions of the Shoulder

Conditions of the Knee

Conditions of the Elbow

Other Conditions

Full Biography

Dr. Alan Reznik is Board-Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery, Arthroscopic Surgery, and Sports Medicine. Dr. Reznik received his B.S.degree from Columbia University’s School of Engineering. He attended the Yale University School of Medicine where he graduated with his medical degree. He was a visiting Fellow in England at Oxford University at the renowned Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. He went on to complete a Sports Medicine Fellowship at University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Reznik has served as Court Physician at the US Open Tennis Tournament, served on the 1995 Special Olympics Games Organizing Committee and was privileged to be the Team Physician for the New Haven Knights Professional Hockey Team. He truly enjoys working with competitive, recreational, and weekend athletes of ages. He enjoys golfing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding.

Connecticut Magazine has rated him as a “Top Doc” in the state for the last 17 years in a row as a result of cumulative ratings by his orthopedic surgeon peers, physicians, nurses and patients. Consumer’s Research Council of America has also named him one of “America’s Top Physicians.” Dr.Reznik was a founding member of the Yale New Haven Hospital’s Orthopaedic Trauma Team.

Dr. Reznik is active locally, regionally, and nationally as:

  • Chief Medical Officer of Connecticut Orthopaedics
  • Board of Directors at Ezra Academy and the Jewish Federation
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Communications Cabinet
  • AAOS – The National Patient Safety Committee
  • Appointed to serve on the Council on Research and Quality as the Communications Cabinet liason. His appointment is a two-year term and begins March 12, 2018 concluding at the close of the Annual Meeting in 2020.

He writes educational articles for patients and physician education and has been interviewed for both print and media on a number of occasions. He is the author of two books, “The Knee and Shoulder Handbook for All of Us“, a patient guide to shoulder and knee problems, diagnosis and treatment and “I Have Fallen and I Can Get Up“, a book that explains the reason we fall and how to prevent those falls. It has a fall risk check list and a guide to how to make your home safe for everyone. He hopes these books will help all patients live better, healthier, active lives with less injuries and if they do get hurt by a fall, sports participation or other injury then they will know what to do next.

Utilizing his expertise and over three decades of experience in Arthroscopic Techniques for Shoulder and Knee Repair, he has innovated many procedures, invented surgical instruments and to date holds (6) U.S. patents.

He performs surgery at Connecticut Orthopaedics Branford Surgery Center, Yale New Haven Hospital (Mcgivney Orthopaedic Center – HSR Campus), YNHH (Temple Surgical) and Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at MidState Medical center.

Dr. Reznik works with Jaclyn A. Ryan, PA-C in his Sports Medicine Practice.

Awards

  • Castle Connolly Top Doctor- 2019
  • Voted “Top Docs” in Connecticut Magazine (for 17 years)
  • Consumer’s Guide: Top Doctors in the US
  • Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society
  • Yale Orthopaedic Teaching Award
  • AAOS Continuing Education Award
  • Founding Member Yale New Haven Hospital Level One Orthopaedic Trauma Panel

Research and Publications

Books:

  • “I have Fallen and I CAN Get Up!” Alan M Reznik MD MBA 2012

  • “A Knee and Shoulder Handbook For All Of Us,” Alan M. Reznik, MD MBA and Jane Y. Reznik   2010

Public Service Publications:

  • Reznik, AM: AAOS Nation in Motion: “What to tell your MD and Why to help reduce your risks of complications during surgery.” August 2018 An ABCD check list for patients and risk prevention.
  • Reznik, AM. Silverman, L: AAOS Nation in Motion: “Important Conversations before a Fall” Sept 2018 – Insights on fall prevention for neighbors, friends and family.
  • Reznik, AM.: AAOS Nation in Motion: “Survival Genes and You,” Sept 2017- Why the biggest losers regain all their weight- it’s in the survival genes
  • Reznik, AM.: AAOS Nation in Motion: “How Mother nature Helps us heal,” Sept 2016- Why do we have pain and what is it for? The reason using opioids alone is not the best way to treat pain.
  • Reznik, AM.: AAOS OrthoInfo: Video on Meniscus surgery, March 2016 – Why all knee scopes are not the same and why your healing time maybe different.

Publications & Presentations:

  • Reznik, AM: “A Top down Approach Is Needed to Address Lateral Violence Among Residents.” AAOSnow, October 2019
  • Reznik, AM: “Long Hours, Insulated Specialties Result in Lateral Violence in Residence.” AAOSnow, Sept 2019
  • Reznik, AM: “Applying the Four basic Principles of Medical Ethics to Artificial Inelegance.” AAOSnow, July 2019
  • Cravez,E, Reznik, AM: “Advances in Imaging and Treatments Mitigate Long term Effects of Frostbite,” AAOSnow April 2019.
  • Reznik, AM: “Surgical Risk Reduction and Medical Malpractice, SRR Tool Kit” CMIC Lecture 3/20/2019
  • Cravez,E, Reznik, AM: “Prevention, Early Treatment Is critical when Treating Frostbite Injuries,” AAOSnow March 2019.
  • Reznik,AM, Urish,K : “Natural Language Processing Provides Foundation for AI in medical Diagnosis,” AAOSnow March 2019.
  • Ring, DCMD, Marks, MR, Burney DW, Jimenez,RL, Reznik, AM; Pinzur,MS, Lightdale-Miric, NR: “AAOS Patient Safety Committee Considers Ways to Avoid Harm Through Innovations in Quality and Safety.” AAOSnow, March 2019                                                                                                           Bolye,K, Reznik, AM, Pinzur, MS: “AAOS Strives to Reduce Surgical Risks with New on Line Tool Kit,” AAOSnow, February 2019
  • 2019Urish, K, Reznik,AM: “How Would a Computer Diagnose Arthritis on a Radiograph.” AAOSnow December 2018.
  • Reznik, AM: “Kevin Shea, MD, and Jayson Murray, MA, Shed Light on Appropriate Use Criteria.” AAOSnow November 2018
  • Reznik,AM, Urish, K: “Understanding The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Orthopedic Surgery.” AAOSnow September 2018.
  • Duck, H.L., Reznik, A.M. “Debate: Are Ultrasounds Necessary for Routine Knee and shoulder injections in the office?” PRO-CON article, AAOSnow July 2018
  • Ring, DCMD, Marks, MR, Burney DW, Jimenez,RL, Reznik, AM; Pinzur,MS, Lightdale-Miric, NR: “Putting Yourself in Your Patient’s Place.” AAOSnow, September 2017
  • Reznik, AM Bolye,K, Pinzur, MS: “Surgical Risk Reduction Tool Kit For AAOS,” January 2018
  • Ring, DCMD, Marks, MR, Burney DW, Jimenez,RL, Reznik, AM; Pinzur,MS, Lightdale-Miric, NR: “New Habits Can Better Serve Pateints.” AAOSnow, July 2017
  • Reznik. A.M.; Disputant, “Medicaid Patients Are Less Successful When Scheduling Appointments Under the Affordable Care Act: A Meta-Analysis of Appointment Accessibility Audit Studies.” Daniel Wiznia, MD. Yale University Department of Orthopedics Disputations June 2017
  • Ring, DCMD, Marks, MR, Burney DW, Jimenez,RL, Reznik, AM; Pinzur,MS, Lightdale-Miric, NR: “Issues of Appropriateness and Patient Safety.” AAOSnow, May 2017
  • Reznik, A.M. Arthroscopy Association of North America Instructional Course lecture 2014: “Advancing Your Idea” (How to get your surgical inventions to market)
  • Reznik. A.M.; Disputant, “The effect of NSAIDs on Glenoid Labrum Healing in a Rat Model of anterior Shoulder dislocation.” Yale University Department of Orthopedics Disputations 2014
  • Reznik, A.M: I Have Fallen and I Can Get Up. LULU Press 2012. CT Press Club Award: First Prize Educational Book 2013.

Appointments

  • Chief Medical Officer of Connecticut Orthopaedics
  • Board of Directors at Ezra Academy and the Jewish Federation
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Communications Cabinet
  • AAOS – The National Patient Safety Committee
  • Appointed to serve on the Council on Research and Quality as the Communications Cabinet liason. His appointment is a two-year term and begins March 12, 2018 concluding at the close of the Annual Meeting in 2020.

Patents and Inventions

Inventions- Current Patents

  • Patent # 8,568,308- Customizable, Self-holding, space retracting, Arthroscopic /Endoscopic Cannula System (device)
  • Patent # 8,517,934- Customizable, Self-holding, space retracting, Arthroscopic /Endoscopic Cannula System (method)
  • Patent # 8,326,862- Systems and methods for facilitating enhancements to search engine results
  • Patent # 8,075,520- Arthroscopic fluid control device and method for controlling fluid flow in Arthroscopic procedures
  • Patent # 7,785,287- Arthroscopic fluid control device
  • Patent # 7,569,024- Shoulder holder for arm surgery (Manufacturing License and produced by IMP)

Other Inventions:

  • Grasper Grabber (Licensed to JNJ and produced by TAG manufacturing)
  • Phase Four Gel Splint for shoulder holder (Patent applied for: produced by IMP medical)
  • Non-Linear suture anchor: device, system and methods
  • Electronic Library effect

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