Top Docs 2012 Guide

Olson, Eric J.

  • Orthopedic Surgery

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Address 1211 West Main St.
Waterbury, CT 6708
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DR. ERIC J. OLSON specializes in the treatment and repair of shoulder and knee problems. After graduating from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he completed his general surgery internship, orthopedic surgery residency and sports medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He then served in the U.S. Army as chief of sports medicine at the Walter Reed Medical Center.
Dr. Olson attributes his passion for orthopaedic surgery to its many clinical challenges: “It combines my mind, my great training, my hands, technology and visual thinking, and allows me to change people’s lives for the better.” He’s especially intrigued by the puzzle of repairing tendons and bones, particularly in the shoulder, a joint he considers intellectually stimulating. “I also enjoy the variety of problems I can now repair with advanced arthroscopic techniques,” he says.
His patients, many of them athletes or active baby boomers, seek his expertise to treat a variety of problems such as shoulder pain and instability, rotator cuff tears, impingement syndrome, SLAP lesions, meniscus tears and ligament injuries. He approaches their treatment with the goal of restoring function so they can resume normal activities and return to the sports they enjoy.
Dr. Olson takes an active interest in alternative therapies such as massage, Reiki energy work, hypnotherapy, yoga, myofascial release techniques and chiropractic. When he finds that physical therapy and traditional methods are not successful, he works in consultation with complementary medical practitioners to help his patients find appropriate ways to reduce pain and enhance healing. “I am comfortable taking off one hat and putting on another, and want my patients to understand that I have more things in my arsenal besides surgery.”
He and his wife, Beatriz, an endocrinologist in private practice in Middlebury, are founders of Lotus, The Educational Center for Integrative Healing and Wellness Inc., a network of independent Connecticut health professionals interested in the study of integrative medicine. He is also proud to have served as team physician for the Naugatuck High School football team for 17 years.

Additional Information

Practice: Waterbury Orthopaedic Associates, PC

Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Hospital Affiliations: Waterbury Hospital
Saint Mary’s Hospital
Naugatuck Valley Surgical Center
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Organizations: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
New England Shoulder & Elbow Society
Arthroscopy Association of North America

Olson, Eric J. - Waterbury, CT

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