The pain of osteoarthritis almost forced speed skater Don Phillips to hang up his blades for good. Now, the 68-year-old is looking forward to a lifetime of skating following a right hip replacement performed by James A. Germano, M.D., a fellowship-trained hip subspecialist at the Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group.

"I had struggled with hip pain for years," he explains. "It got to the point where I had to force myself to skate. I knew I had to do something about it or stop skating. That's when my friend, who also is an athlete, suggested I contact the good people at Orlin & Cohen."

During Don's initial appointment with Dr. Germano, the avid athlete outlined his long list of physical activities, which includes ice and inline speed skating, long distance cycling, mountain biking and skiing. After that first meeting, Don says he felt confident he had found "the right doctor and the right practice."

"Dr. Germano understood that even though I'm older, I'm still an athlete. He knew what I was looking for," he notes. "It was very important to me that he is a subspecialist in my problem area – the hip – and that he also is very well-versed in treating athletes." Following his hip replacement surgery, Don underwent physical therapy, initially as an inpatient and then at Orlin & Cohen. After three months, he was able to resume skating.

"For the first time in years, I look forward to skating again," Don concludes. "Thank you, Dr. Germano and Orlin & Cohen for giving me back my passion for skating. I now know it's something I'll be doing for years."

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