My training has taught me to understand that the human body is a complex sum of its parts with an innate ability to heal. My role as an orthopedic surgeon can be an important part of this natural process.
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Introducing Jeffrey Furmanek, D.O.
Learn more about Dr. Jeffrey Furmanek’s background, specialties, and interests.
Dr. Jeffrey Furmanek’s Approach to Care
Dr. Jeffrey Furmanek is a sports medicine and orthopedic surgeon, specializing in shoulder and knee care, arthroscopy, arthritis, joint replacement, and sports injuries in Minneapolis St.Paul, Minnesota.
“My training has taught me to understand that the human body is a complex sum of its parts with an innate ability to heal. My role as an orthopedic surgeon can be an important part of this natural process.”
Check out these Ask the Expert articles from Dr. Furmanek to answer the questions:
- How Do I Benefit From The Care Of A Sports Medicine Specialist?
- When Should I See A Sports Medicine Specialist For An Injury?
Early interest in medicine and helping people
For as long as Dr. Furmanek can remember, he has been interested in science, anatomy, and physiology, and in helping people. “I have always been interested in how the human body works,” he explains. “When I got my undergraduate degree in exercise physiology and biomechanics, all the pieces came together. I went on to earn my doctor of osteopathy degree and do a fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopy.”
Understanding the osteopathic credentials
When patients ask about Dr. Furmanek’s osteopathic credential, he answers that a doctor of osteopathy is credentialed like other physician, but with a specific philosophical approach to patient care. “Osteopathy sees the body as a connected whole,” he explains. “We learn a lot of musculoskeletal care and study manipulative techniques to treat the spine, joints, and muscles. My training made for a nice transition into orthopedics. When I see patients, I am not just treating a hip or knee or shoulder or elbow. I ask my patients what else is going on in their life that may affect their joint. By understanding their work, daily activities, repetitive chores, hobbies, and any sports-related injuries, I can treat patients based on a whole picture of their life—not just an X-ray.”
Read more about Three Common Sports Injuries featuring Dr. Jeffrey Furmanek.
Dr. Furmanek’s specialties and team coverage
Dr. Jeffrey Furmanek’s practice is focused on sports medicine for children and adults. In addition to seeing individual patients, he cares for athletes at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, staffing football games, working with athletes in the training room, and caring for the student athletes throughout the year. When surgery is appropriate, Dr. Furmanek’s arthroscopic training is reflected in his specialty areas: surgeries of the shoulder and knee.
Learn more about arthroscopy in the article: Ask Dr. Furmanek – What Is Arthroscopy?
“I feel really blessed to go to work to do something that I enjoy, and that helps people to live the life they love,” he says. “It’s great to see my patients do well. We all know what it’s like to be inconvenienced. Movement is life. Activity is life. It’s encouraging to me to see people wanting to be doing things. My patients inspire me to contribute to their goals. When they tell me, “Thanks, doc,” that’s what it’s all about. It’s good for the soul to be able to lend a helping hand to other people.”
University of Michigan — Ann Arbor, Michigan
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine — Erie, Pennsylvania
Michigan State University — Pontiac, Michigan
Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine, Michigan State University — East Lansing, Michigan
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Arthroscopy Association of North America
- American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
- American Osteopathic Association
- Voted a “Top Doctor” in Mpls/St. Paul Magazine
Team Orthopedic Surgeon for University of Northwestern —
St. Paul, MN
Water sports, winter sports, the outdoors
I had right rotator cuff surgery in July 2015, courtesy of the esteemed Dr. Jeffrey Furmanek, and follow- up care with your PT Ray. From the get-go, I was taken care, told what would be best with no doubts from me, and pushed to more I thought I could be. If I have to have the other shoulder done, too, I’m heading straight for your offices. Thanks so much, Dr. F. and Ray! Feeling GREAT!!! Can reach farther and feel so much better these days!
Dr. Furmanek is wonderful! A great doctor and caring man. My elderly mother went to him and he was so patient/kind to her. She has made an excellent recovery and would strongly recommend him to anyone in need of such services. She often remarks that he is absolutely her favorite…
What an amazing experience in ALL ways! Thank you! I have recommended Dr. Furmanek, his staff and this facility to several of my friends! AGAIN, THANK YOU!!
Dr. Furmanek listened to everything that I had to say and I felt like my concerns were heard. I saw him for a second opinion and he gave me more care in one appointment than the other doctor gave me in three.
Dr. Furmanek did the surgery on my left knee 3 years ago and I was so pleased that I requested him again this time!
Comment from patient satisfaction survey
Dr. Furmanek – is the most kind and wonderful doctor ever.
Articles and Videos from Jeffrey Furmanek, D.O.
Thank you and your team for your expert care and compassion.
Thanks so much, Dr. F. and Ray!
Awareness of common sports injuries is the first step in learning how to prevent them.
Meet the Expert: Doctor Bio Video Series
Sports medicine specialist Dr. Jeffrey Furmanek explains the advantages of treatment provided by physicians with specialized training in sports medicine—and how their expertise can benefit you whether or not you are an athlete.
Dr. Jeffrey Furmanek explains the roles of the family practice doctor and the sports medicine specialist, with suggestions to help you chose the best care practitioner.