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Dr. Mark Brezinski

Sports Medicine
MA
34 years experience male

About

Bio

I have spent almost my entire career at Harvard Medical School, practicing at either Massachusetts General Hospital and/or Brigham and Women's Hospital. I specialize in five areas, which I entered because patients were getting minimal relief are: 1. Increased function with age 2. Non-surgical musculoskeletal injury restoration or recovery 3. Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention 4. Fitness 5. Gait Analysis Specifics can be found at www.seizehealth.com. I am one of the few physicians trained in non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal disease. I am a Functional Movement and Fitness Physician. I deal with hip, knee, ankle, and shoulder pain. I also address gait (running and walking) and weight loss. The ultimate goal is avoid surgery, reduce the chances of injury, and increase fitness. I am a Harvard trained internist and cardiologist with 16 additional years in Harvard Orthopedics. I am also a Certified Personal Trainer and have a PhD in Exercise Physiology. My mother was a prominent trainer teaching 24 classes a week at age 86. Though she died in a car accident, I follow legacy. Among my accolades, I am the first winner of the Presidential Award in Musculoskeletal Disease (President Clinton) and named one of the most significant physicians/scientists in Brigham and Women's Hospital 100 year history. I have been on over 80 National Institute of Health Committees including the Osteoarthritis Initiative overseeing NIH osteoarthritis sites (2002-2016)

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Sports Medicine

Functional Medicine

Internal Medicine

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Licenses

United States: Massachusetts

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

45 Answers
4 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Diagnose: Hi, Back pain is one of my specialties. Most cases I see are do to sitters disease or gait (ex; foot position). But you need to identify the origin ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Underlying cause: I am a functional movement specialist. Most cases I see are due to sitters disease or gait (ex; foot position). But you need to identify the origin ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Diagnosis/education: There are numerous reasons for knee pain and an evaluation is generally required. Most orthopedics exams are directed at identifying surgical problem... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Fitness: Hi, Besides being an MD I have a PhD in exercise physiology and am a certified personal trainer. The reason you are having trouble can range from ser... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Differential: If the pain is on the back of the sole of your foot, it can numerous thinks. These are planar fascitis (usually worse when you get up and toward midd... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Right program: I am a functional movement and fitness specialist. Weight loss is a combination of exercise and eating an appropriate diet. This differs for individ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Exam: There are numerous reasons for knee pain and an evaluation is generally required. Most orthopedics exams are directed at identifying surgical problem... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Gait: There could be many problems but often it is your gait. For better understanding please examine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xmWMIdKr9c
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Complex: I am a functional movement specialist. The causes of knee cap pain are complex and we review some in the YouTube video listed. The causes will often... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Diagnosis: It will in many cases. Most cases I see are do to sitters disease or gait (ex; foot position). But you need to identify the origin and rule out more... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Most: You use most of the bones of the body when you run. I am citing two YouTube videos if you have time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6SXiDCMP3E http... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Can be many things: There can be many causes for your shoulder pain and you need it formally evaluated. The number of etiologies is large. These YouTube videos may be o... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Not normal.: Back pain is not normal. . Most cases I see are due to sitters disease or gait (ex; foot position). But you need to identify the origin and rule ou... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Diagnosis: There are numerous reasons for knee pain and an evaluation is generally required. Most orthopedics exams are directed at identifying surgical problem... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Get a diagnosis: Most cases I see are due to sitters disease or gait (ex; foot position). But you need to identify the origin and rule out more serious causes. Any n... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Breathing not normal: For an otherwise healthy person a heart rate of 88 would be in the normal range. Breathing problems when walking are not and need medical attention. ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Need to be seen: Unfortunately there is no easy answer to this one. If you have neurologic symptoms, you need to be seen. You can have spinal nerve compression or ca... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Proper program: I am a functional movement and fitness specialist. Weight loss is a combination of exercise and eating an appropriate diet. This differs for individ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Optimize gait.: You need to optimize your gait and it would be nice to have your knees looked at by a functional movement specialist. I will give you two Youtube vid... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Generally no: When people are referring to costochondritis, they are generally talking about the cartilage in front attacked to the ribs and sternum. Usually it pr... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Complex: I am a functional movement specialist. The causes of knee cap pain are complex and we review some in the YouTube video listed. The causes will often... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Yes they can be serious or benign. If the rib muscles or more commonly a muscle like serratus anterior is weak, it can effect your breathing. But yo... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Diagnosis: There are numerous reasons for knee pain and an evaluation is generally required. Most orthopedics exams are directed at identifying surgical problem... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Varies: There can be many causes for your shoulder pain and you need it formally evaluated. The number of etiologies is large. These YouTube videos may be o... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Yes, there are many reasons both benign and serious. It could be stress, migraines, sinusitis, or something else. It needs to be worked up.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Complex: I am a functional movement specialist. The causes of knee cap pain are complex and we review some in the YouTube video listed. The causes will often... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Likely benign: If you have no other medical conditions and no symptoms that blood pressure is fine. Other symptoms would include lightheadedness, particularly when ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Near death: If you are talking about near death experiences like seeing 'the light' or dead loved ones, I am unaware of anyone proving a mechanism for this.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Imimic: First make sure your nutrition (including B vitamins) and sleep are excellent, and watch drugs/alcohol. Then remember you learn best by learning some... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Diagnosis: Hi, Back pain is one of my specialties. Most cases I see are do to sitters disease or gait (ex; foot position). But you need to identify the origin ... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Secondary: Much of rotator cuff pain is secondary to scapular dysfunction and the failure rate of rotator cuff surgery is as high as 70%. Watch the YouTube vide... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Usually sitters and: Most cases I see are due to sitters disease or gait (ex; foot position). But you need to identify the origin and rule out more serious causes. Any n... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Not long term: Most cases I see are due to sitters disease or gait (ex; foot position). But you need to identify the origin and rule out more serious causes. Any n... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
MMA and Homocyteine: Patients with B12 deficiency can frequently have a normal B12 level. I had a patient on crutches with normal levels. In high suspect cases, I get MM... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Diagnosis: There are numerous reasons for knee pain and an evaluation is generally required. Most orthopedics exams are directed at identifying surgical problem... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
You need a work up: The list is to long. It could be your anemia, hormones from the cyst, depression, insomnia, etc. You need a general work up. In addition what type ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Sitters disease?: Hi Edward, Back pain is one of my specialities. In most people it is caused by sitters disease or the way you walk (gait such as foot position). But... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Diagnosis: There are numerous reasons for knee pain and an evaluation is generally required. Most orthopedics exams are directed at identifying surgical problem... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Diagnosis: There are numerous reasons for knee pain and an evaluation is generally required. Most orthopedics exams are directed at identifying surgical problem... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Exam: There are numerous reasons for knee pain and an evaluation is generally required. Most orthopedics exams are directed at identifying surgical problem... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Can't tell: There can be many causes for your shoulder pain and you need it formally evaluated. The number of etiologies is large. These YouTube videos may be o... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Diagnosis: Most cases I see are due to sitters disease or gait (ex; foot position). But you need to identify the origin and rule out more serious causes. Any n... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Depends on diagnosis: Most cases I see are due to sitters disease or gait (ex; foot position). But you need to identify the origin and rule out more serious causes. Any n... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
See someone: Your problem is beyond a simple question. Besides the stomach problems, you could have serious dehydration or electrolyte problems and need to see a ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Systemic Sclerosis: Systemic Sclerosis or scleroderma can do it. Dehydration and malnutrition are other things to be considered.

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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, PA
Graduated 1988MD

Residency

BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL

Awards

Presidential Award for Musculoskeletal Disease (President Clinton)
One of the Most Important Physician/Scientists in the 100 year history of Brigham and Women's Hospital
Thought Leader, Third Place, Boston Region - Spring
2016

Affiliations

Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital

Publications

Over 150 papers
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