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Dos And Don’ts Before Joint Replacement Surgery

Ben Franklin once shared the wise words, “by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” This motivational quote refers to any number of things, and believe it or not, joint replacement surgery too. Let’s see how being well prepared and the dos and don’ts before joint replacement surgery apply as well.

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Protecting Your Knees: ACL Injury Prevention Strategies for Athletes

Are you a woman athlete concerned about protecting your knees? We’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled a few essential techniques that you can try to help prevent an ACL injury.

To begin, be sure to properly warm up before each workout or game. Start with proper stretching and mobility exercises to prepare your muscles and joints.

Next, focus on your landing technique. Perfect your form by keeping your knees aligned with your toes during jumps and landings. By doing so, it helps to prevent unnecessary stress on your ACL.

Strength training is crucial. Include exercises that target your lower body such as squats.

Consider using a knee brace for added support and stability while participating in sports activities. Consult with a health care professional
to find the right brace for you.

Lastly, invest in good quality athletic footwear that provides both stability and
cushioning specifically designed for your sport.

By following these ACL injury prevention strategies you can keep your
knees protected and continue performing at your best

Remember prevention is key!

Understanding The Difference Between Sprains, Strains, And Fractures

All you know right now is that your ankle hurts like the dickens. Is it sprained, strained, or fractured? All you want is for the pain to go away. Understanding the difference between sprains, strains, and fractures can help you know the appropriate measures to relieve the pain before seeing the doctor. The only way to know for certain is to visit Rochester Community Orthopaedics for an evaluation and X-ray.

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Dr. Gary C. Bessette Announces His Retirement

Gary C. Bessette, M.D.

Dr. Bessette has announced his retirement effective June 1st, 2022. Dr. Bessette will be missed, and the team at Rochester Community Orthopaedics wishes him health and happiness in his future endeavors.

You can read Dr. Bessette’s retirement letter below.

Letter from Dr. Besette

Dear Patient:

I am writing to inform you of my retirement effective June 1, 2022. I sincerely appreciate the trust you have had in me to provide for your orthopaedic care over the years. I have been fortunate to have practiced with my 3 wonderful and caring partners at this office – Dr. David Carrier, Rola Rashid, and Matthew Bessette, all of whom will be available for your future needs.

You need not take any action at this time as your records will remain in the office. In the event that you wish to have your records transferred to an orthopaedic provider outside this office please call to arrange for that transfer. The Monroe Medical Society (585) 473-7573, also maintains a list of other orthopaedic physicians.

Through the years, copies of your past office visits were always sent to your primary care physician after your visits so they are also familiar with your orthopaedic care.

I wish you all the best of health and happiness.


Gary C. Bessette, MD

Fall Ortho Tips!

Fall Sports are in full swing and we need to keep our young athletes safe!

Home Coming is often the most exciting time of the year! High school sports are happening all around us and so are athletic injuries!

Overuse, overuse, overuse! We need to always be preventative when it comes to injuries, even in volleyball!


Ways to Prevent Shoulder Injury

Top Three Ways to Prevent Shoulder Injury

Top Three Ways to Prevent Shoulder Injury


If your shoulders stay motionless for most of the day, they get stiff which makes them more prone to injury.

Learn the proper exercises/technique

You should never use a piece of exercising equipment or try a new sport without knowing what you’re doing. You can seriously hurt yourself.

Strengthen external rotators and shoulder muscles

The stronger your muscles are, the more they are capable of. A very simple way to do this is to use a band/cable in your warm-up or exercise routine.

Schedule an Appointment

If you have experienced a shoulder injury, give Rochester Community Orthopaedics a call today by calling our office at (585) 218-4337.