“At the Center for Orthopedics, we treat a wide variety of sports injuries, from ankle sprains and wrist injuries to real trauma and fracture care,” says sports medicine specialist Daniel Zanotti, MD.
“Today, people young and old are participating in sports,” says Dr. Zanotti. “We consider a 60- or 70-year-old who wants to play golf an athlete—just as we do six- and eight-year-olds who are playing sports. Regardless of age, athletes all have one thing in common: when they’re injured, they just want to be healed and get back in the game. That’s what we’re here to help you do.”
We serve as team physicians for Cleveland-area high schools
The Center for Orthopedics’ sports medicine specialists are actively involved in the Lorain County community. “We are team physicians for Clearview High School, Brookside High School, Elyria High School and Amherst High School,” says Dr. Zanotti.
Dr. Zanotti has also worked with several professional sports teams. “I was a consulting physician for the LA Lakers, LA Dodgers, LA Kings, Anaheim Angels, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, LA Galaxy and several other professional teams,” he explains.
Helping Baby Boomers stay active
“The Center for Orthopedics also works with adults who want to keep playing the sports they enjoy. Baby Boomers are not interested in giving up their activities,” says Dr. Robert Zanotti, who also specializes in sports medicine. “It’s not like it was in my parents’ generation. Back then, if you got injured from running and the ER doctor said, ‘You can’t run anymore,’ you just thought, ‘OK, I won’t run anymore.’
“When Boomers have a sore hand, wrist, elbow or shoulder after playing tennis, bowling or playing in a pick-up basketball game, they come in for treatment on Monday or Tuesday. And it’s not acceptable to tell them ‘Well, just quit playing.’ They want to get back to their sport,” says Dr. Zanotti.
“Treating Baby Boomers is both fun and challenging. The main issue is, how do you keep people active when they’re starting to show some signs of wear and tear, but they’re not interested in hanging up their cleats?” says Dr. Zanotti. “That’s why we’ve been so successful with our walk-in Open Cast Room.”
‘Thank God you got me in!’
“When you’re injured and your leg is all wrapped up, you don’t want to call the office and be told that we’ll see you in seven to 10 days,” says Dr. Zanotti. “We make it a point to see you the next day in the Open Cast Room. And now you can help cut down on your wait time by booking an Open Cast Room appointment online
“Many Open Cast Room patients tell us, ‘Thank God you got me in—because now I’ve got my brace. I’ve got my plan. I’ve got my note from you saying that I can do sports or no, I need a week off.’ Patients want a plan—especially the Baby Boomers,” says Dr. Zanotti.
“We want to take care of you,” he says. “It’s funny—you’ll see a patient tell another patient who’s getting antsy in the waiting room, ‘Well, remember when it was my broken leg, I made someone else wait, but these guys will stand by you. They’re gonna get you in.’”