Shoreline Physician Blog

Shoreline will be closing at noon on Friday, December 22 and also on Friday, December 29, 2017.  We will also be closed on Monday, December 25, 2017 and Monday, January 1, 2018.  Wishing you and your loved ones a happy holiday season and a very happy 2018!
Join Dr. Joel Wolfe as he talks about relief for hip and knee pain.  He will be presenting as part of the Holland Hospital Arthritis Pain Seminar series on Monday, November 20, 2017 from 6:00PM - 7:00PM.  For more information and to register for this free seminar REGISTER NOW


Sign up to hear Dr. Michael Cheek talk about Shoulder Arthritis at Holland Hopsital on Monday, September 28, 2017 at 6:00PM.  Follow this link for more information:  Holland Hospital


Our office will be closed for Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.  We will have normal hours (8:00AM-5:00PM) on Monday, July 3rd, and will re-open at 8:00AM on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.  Have a safe holiday!


Sign up to hear Dr. Jon Hop talk about Hip & Knee Pain at Holland Hospital on Monday, June, 19, 2017 @ 6:00PM.  Follow this link for more information:  Holland Hospital


Shoreline Orthopaedics is a proud sponsor of the annual Tulip Time Run.  This years run is on Saturday, May 6, 2017.  There is a 5K run starting at 8:00AM, a 10K starting at 9:00AM and a Kids' Fun Run at 9:15AM.  Click here for online registration, and stop by our table during the event and say HI!  Online Registration


Sign up to hear Dr. John Khoury talk about the causes and treatment of heel and foot pain as part of the Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital Your Bones, Your Health orthopaedic lecture series.  This free seminar will be held at Zeeland Community Hospital on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 6:30PM-7:30PM.  Follow this link for more information. Registration Link


Sign up to hear Dr. John Swartz talk about treatment options for hip and knee joint pain during the Holland Hospital Arthritis Pain Seminar on Monday, June 20, 2016 from 6-7PM.  This free seminar will be held at the Holland Hospital Conference Center.  To sign up, you can call 616.394.3344 or visit


Shoreline Orthopaedics will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016.  We will be open again on Tuesday morning, May 31st at 8:00AM.  Have a safe weekend.



Exciting News!! Shoreline will be updating our Patient Portal to provide you with more options and the ability for you to have greater access to your health records at Shoreline. The current portal will no longer be active as of September 29, 2015.  If we have your email address,  we will be sending you an invite to sign up for the new portal sometime in the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact our office at #616-396-5855. If you need to make a payment, please call our billing department at #616-396-2339. Please continue to visit our website as we hope to have a Bill Pay option during this transition. Watch for the invite in your email soon. We appreciate your patience during this transition. The Providers and Staff at Shoreline Orthopaedics.

If you missed Dr. Mark Jacobson speak on Back Pain during the Holland Hospital Physician Lecture Series on August 13, 2015, you can watch the video by clicking on this link.


Visit the Holland Hospital Sports Medicine pages to learn more about Shoreline's involvement with Kirk Cousins and Holland Hospital's sports medicine program.

Attend the Arthritis Pain Seminar at Holland Hospital on Monday, September 21st and hear Dr. Michael Cheek talk about Shoulder Arthritis Pain. This one hour free lecture will be at the Holland Hospital Conference Center at 6:00PM. To sign up, please visit…/Shoulder_Arthritis_Arthrit… or call 616-394-3344.

Dr. Jacobson on WZZM13 Take Five doing a preview of his upcoming talk at Holland Hospital on Back Pain Relief


Hear Dr. Mark Jacobson discuss Back Pain Relief - Disk Herniation and Stenosis as part of the Holland Hospital Physician Lecture Series on Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 6:00PM-7:00PM.  Sign up by calling 616-394-3344 or visiting


We are excited about this collaboration between Shoreline, The Bone and Joint Center, Kirk Cousins and the Holland Hospital Sports Medicine program!


Shoreline had a great summer night participating in the Zeeland Zoom on June 23, 2015



Dr. Brian Paff on WZZM13 Take 5 Discussing Treatment of Hand & Wrist Problems


Dr. John Khoury on WZZM13 Take5 Discussing Foot & Ankle Conditions


Holland Senior Community Day - Central Wesleyan Church - May 29, 2015


Dr. Bruce Stewart on WZZM13 Take5 Discussing Knee Injuries in Athletes


Shoreline Hosts Sports Physicals

Shoreline is proud to have been the host for two nights of Pre-Participation Physical Evaluations for West Ottawa and Zeeland athletes. Those two events brought in over 700 students! Many of our providers volunteer their time for the physicals, as well as many other health care professionals from the community. Shoreline values the importance of these exams to promote the health and safety of our local athletes. Some of our providers have also volunteered their time for sports physicals for Holland Christian and Holland Public athletes.


Holland Hospital Physician Lecture Series - Knee Injuries in Athletes

Bruce A. Stewart, M.D.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 6:00-7:00PM - Holland Hospital Conference Center

Join Dr. Stewart to discuss knee injuries in athletes and ways to prevent and treat ligament, meniscus and performance-limiting knee injuries.  To sign up for this FREE seminar, call 616.394.3344 or visit


Dr. Bruce Stewart was interviewed for this interesting article discussing ACL injuries (April 30, 2015):


Your Bones, Your Health - Spectrum Health Orthopaedic Seminar Series

John Khoury, MD

Monday, April 20, 2015 from 6:30-7:30PM - Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital

Join Dr. Khoury as he discusses Foot and Ankle Pain.  Attend this FREE seminar where Dr. Khoury will discuss common causes of foot and ankle pain and options for treatment and prevention.  For more information or to register, please call 616.748.2834.



Join Bethany Christian Services and Tulip Time to break the world record for the most people dancing at one time in wooden shoes!  We will be attempting the world record dance immediately following the Dutch Dancer's evening performance.

When: Thursday, May 7th at 7:15pm

Where: The dance will be held at Centennial Park between 10th and 12th Street



Arthritis Pain Seminar/Holland Hospital Joint Replacement Center 

Jon Hop, MD

Monday, April 20, 2015 from 6:00-7:00PM - Holland Hospital Conference Center

Join Dr. Hop as he discusses Hip or Knee Joint Pain.  Attend this FREE seminar to talk with Dr. Hop and learn more about joint arthirtis.  He will discuss non-surgical ways to manage symptoms using medication, supplements and physical therapy along with surgical solutions to reduce pain and improve mobility to achieve an active lifestyle.  Call (616) 394-3344 to reserve a seat.


Physician Lecture Series - Hand & Wrist Problems:  Treatment and Prevention

Brian Paff, DO

Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 6:00-7:00PM - Holland Hospital, Conf Rooms A&B

Join Dr. Paff as he discusses surgical and nonsurgical solutions for common problems, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Trigger Finger, DeQuervain's Tendinitis and Arthritis.  Reserve your seat for this free presentation at or call 616.394.3344.


Your Bones, Your Health Seminar Series - Injuries of the Knee in Athletes

Bruce A. Stewart, MD/MBA

Monday, April 21, 2014 from 6:30-7:30PM - Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital, DeWitt Building

Join Dr. Stewart as he discusses common injuries to the athlete's knee (such as the ACL, MCL and meniscus).  He will discuss both treatment and prevention, as well as when it is safe to return to sports or other activities after injuries, and what things should be evaluated by a professional prior to safely returning to sports.  To register for this free presentation, fill out this form online or call 616.748.2834


Baseball Injuries

Bruce A. Stewart, MD/MBA

Some sports injuries happen no matter what you do.  Some of the top athletes in the world still get hurt despite thousands of hours of training and conditioning.  Athletes accept this and play sports anyway because usually the benefits (fun, competition, exercise, etc.) outweigh the risks.  As an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, my job is to take care of injured athletes and get them back to doing the things that they want to do.  While I am always saddened to see any athlete injured, it is especially difficult to see young athletes who have injuries that are preventable.  Many baseball injuries fall into that category.  Dr. James Andrews and others have done extensive research looking into what causes injuries in baseball pitchers and throwers.  Based on this research, guidelines have been developed to decrease the chance of injury.  One important guideline is the pitch count.  Fans of baseball have probably noticed that if you are watching a MLB game the announcers talk about pitch count much more now than 10 years ago.  While it is important for major league pitchers, it is even more important for younger pitchers.  The pitch count is a recommendation for the MAXIMUM number of pitches that should be thrown by athletes of different ages.  However, some kids may fatigue before they reach the pitch count, so you should be looking for other signs as well.  These include decreased velocity and accuracy, taking more time between pitches, dropping the elbow in the pitching motion, rubbing the shoulder or elbow, or complaining of fatigue or elbow, shoulder, or arm pain.  If a pitcher shows these signs, then he should be removed from pitching even if the pitch count has not yet been reached.   The number of pitches allowed varies based on age.  This site has a good summary of the recommendations:

Another good resource for information is :

Baseball and softball pitching motions are very different and therefore, the rules for pitch count for baseball players do not apply to softball!

Another very important aspect of pitching and throwing is the mechanics of throwing.  Certain styles of throwing (side arm) are more likely to lead to injury.  I highly recommend that children who are aspiring pitchers be checked by a pitching instructor to make sure that mechanics are good.  Videotaping the young pitcher and watching it in slow motion is helpful to pick up flaws in the form that can lead to increased risk of injury.  A good summary of all of these recommendations is here:

The following sites all have good information about baseball injuries and prevention:




Tulip Time Run 2014

Join us and Sign Up for the 2014 Tulip Time Run


Saturday, May 3, 2014


Spring Sports Season - Bruce A. Stewart, MD

Spring sports season is coming soon.  I will be updating this blog regularly to offer information about different sports injury prevention and other interesting topics.  There are a few general guidelines that apply to all sports seasons.  Remember to GRADUALLY GET INTO YOUR SPORT!  By that, I mean you should not expect to be in mid-season shape the first day you get out there.  Please warm up properly and gradually increase the level of intensity and activity with training.  Your body needs time to adapt to the new sport.  If you do not give your body time to adjust, you are much more likely to develop injuries than if you allow your body to build up over time.  This can start in the "off season" (if there is such a thing any more, this is a topic for another day), but for most sports it is important to take time off each year and cross train.  Make sure you have proper equipment for your sport and that you are using good technique (especially for pitchers and throwing sports).  In future blogs, I will devote time to each specific spring sport and go into more depth.


Inspirations for Women

Sara Kane-Smart, MD

Join Dr. Kane-Smart at the Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital Inspirations for Women - Wisdom, Wellness and Wine.  This event will take place on Friday, March 14 from 7:00PM-9:30PM at the Colonial Clock Building, 201 West Washington in Zeeland.  There will be many inspirational opportunities about how to live a healthy happy life while supporting the Helen DeVos Children's Injury Prevention Program - Lakeshore.  There will be pampering, health care professionals speaking about topics relevant to women (one of which will be Dr. Kane-Smart), delicious hors d'oeuvres, health screenings, and much more.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit



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