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Partial Thickness Rotator Cuffs Tears – What are My Options Now?

Dr. Handling discusses partial rotator cuff tears and provides insight on ways this injury can be treated effectively.

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Cartilage Injuries in the knee: Evaluation and Treatment

Cartilage is the strong and smooth substance that makes up the gliding surfaces in our joints. It is made up of cells call chondrocytes. Cartilage injuries can occur in any joint but are most-commonly found in weight bearing joints like the knee and ankle. The goal of treatment for any cartilage defect or injury is preserving the person’s normal cartilage to prevent future osteoarthritis. Unfortunately, our bodies do not have the ability to heal or repair a cartilage defect with normal cartilage cells. Luckily, there are many different types of surgical options for cartilage injuries.

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Stretching Reduces the Risk of Injury

The fall sports season is right around the corner. Athletes should be training to get ready for their sport of choice. Building strength and speed are critical to sports but stretching and injury prevention programs are equally as important. In this blog, I would like to review the critical aspects of stretching. Stretching reduces the risk of injury by improving flexibility and range of motion, improving blood flow to muscle, and reducing pain. If you don’t stretch, the muscles can become shorter and tighter and lead to more risk of injury. There are 4 types of stretching.

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Is my bone broken or fractured? Dr. Matthew A. Handling

One of the most common orthopaedic injuries is a broken bone....

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One of the most common Orthopaedic injuries is a broken bone.

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It is best to stretch before and after exercise.

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Make an Appointment Learn More About Matthew A. Handling, M.D.

Matthew A. Handling, M.D.

Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Quick Bio

Top Doc – 2014, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021
Treasurer, Delaware Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons
University of Delaware Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology and Athletic Training Education Program


  • Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Surgery 
  • Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic Surgery 
  • Shoulder: Arthroscopy, Rotator cuff tear, Instability, Labral tears, Biceps tears 
  • Knee: Arthroscopy, ACL tears, revision ACL reconstruction, Knee dislocation, Meniscus repair, Cartilage repair, Arthritis, Total Knee Replacement 
  • Fracture care

Meet the Physician

Medical School

  • Thomas Jefferson Medical College


  • Orthopaedic Surgery, UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


  • Sports Medicine, New England Baptist Hospital


  • Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon 
  • Certificate of Added Qualification, Sports Medicine (CAQ Sports Medicine)

Hospital Affiliations

  • Christiana Care Health System

Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America 
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine 
  • Delaware Medical Society 
  • Delaware Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Community Interests

  • Sports Medicine team physicians for multiple Delaware high schools 
  • Sports Medicine consultant for local colleges 
  • Educator, Christiana Care 
  • Volunteer, Delaware Special Olympics 
  • Clinical Preceptor Physician Assistant Programs
    • Jefferson Medical College 
    • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 
    • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services