Last updated 10 days ago
If you’re having trouble lifting up one of your arms properly, you may have a condition known as frozen shoulder. This orthopedic condition is characterized by pain and stiffness. It occurs when the soft tissues of the shoulder area become inflamed and irritated. Fortunately, frozen shoulder can often be resolved through conservative treatment options.
You can hear more about these treatment options by watching this clip of “The Doctors” TV show, which features Amy, a patient with frozen shoulder. Amy receives a cortisone injection to reduce the inflammation in the area, and then she goes through physical therapy with the help of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). If physical therapy isn’t enough to resolve her condition, she could undergo orthopedic surgery to remove the scar tissue.
There’s no need to live with pain and reduced range of motion any longer. Call (718) 690-9520 to reach the orthopedic team at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine of NYC and ask us how we can help you.
Last updated 17 days ago
Football is without a doubt among the most beloved of sports in America. Unfortunately, it’s also among the most dangerous. Football players, both amateur and professional, suffer from countless injuries each year, including orthopedic conditions such as ankle sprains, shoulder tendinitis, and meniscus problems. If you’ve sustained a football-related injury, be sure to visit an orthopedic specialist. An orthopedic doctor has in-depth knowledge of these particular injuries and can help get you back on the field quickly.
A sprained ankle is more serious than a twisted ankle. It involves the stretching and/or tearing of the ligament in the ankle. This can occur on the football field when a player makes a rapid movement while the foot remains planted in the ground. Usually, the foot turns inward toward the body while the ankle turns outward. With a severely sprained ankle, the football player may be unable to place weight on the leg. Even a minor ankle sprain can lead to long-term problems. If left untreated by an orthopedic specialist, an ankle sprain can cause chronic ankle instability.
Football players often suffer from knee injuries such as torn menisci. The knee has two menisci, which are sections of cartilage that cushion the bones. A torn meniscus can occur when a football player suddenly twists the knee. Resting, placing ice on the knee, and using medications can help orthopedic patients recover. However, an NFL player who insists on playing despite the injury will risk chronic knee instability and pain. Additionally, a severely torn meniscus can require orthopedic surgery.
Football players often suffer from shoulder tendinitis because of the repetitive motions of throwing the ball. This involves inflammation of the tendons in the shoulder joint. The patient is likely to experience pain and difficulty holding the arm in certain ways. An orthopedic doctor may recommend corticosteroid injections and strengthening exercises, or surgery in severe cases.
At Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine of Forest Hills, we’re here to help you get back in the game as quickly as possible after suffering an orthopedic injury. Our team of orthopedic doctors and surgeons has a wealth of experience treating all types of sports injuries, including ones that are common to the football field. Residents in the NYC area and beyond can call our office at (718) 690-9520 to set up an orthopedic evaluation.
Last updated 1 month ago
If you play sports, you’re at a higher risk of suffering from sprains or strains, which are types of orthopedic injuries. However, those who are in poor physical condition or are overweight are also at a heightened risk. These common orthopedic conditions are often confused as being the same injury, when in fact, there are key differences. Your orthopedic doctor can help you understand the differences between sprains and strains.
The main difference between a strain and a sprain is the type of structure they affect within the body. A strain refers to an injury of a tendon or a muscle. Tendons are the strong bands of tissue that attach muscles to bone. In contrast, a sprain affects a ligament. Ligaments are bands of tissue that connect bones to other bones. They provide stability and support for the joints within your body. When a ligament is sprained, it means that it has been stretched or torn.
Your orthopedic doctor will evaluate all of your symptoms to aid in the diagnosis of a strain or a sprain. Strains and sprains share some of the same symptoms, such as inflammation, swelling, and pain in the area. With a strain, you might also feel muscle spasms, weakness, and cramping. If you have a moderate strain, you’ll lose some function of the muscle. If you have a severe strain, the injury may be debilitating. On the other hand, if you’ve suffered a sprain, you’ll likely feel a pop in the affected joint. Upon injury, a severe sprain results in significant pain and total loss of function. A moderate sprain results in joint instability.
Your orthopedic doctor may recommend similar treatments for a strain and a sprain, such as rest, ice, compression, and elevation – commonly known as the RICE method. Physical rehabilitation is also generally recommended. Severe injuries may require orthopedic surgery.
Whether you have a sprain, strain, or another type of orthopedic injury, the team at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is here to help. We provide comprehensive orthopedic services to get you on the road to recovery. Call (718) 690-9520 to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic doctor at our clinic in Forest Hills.
Last updated 1 month ago
Tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are among the most common reasons for a visit to an orthopedic surgeon, especially among athletes. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, it can be helpful to have a basic understanding of your knee anatomy. Your knee joint is formed by the intersection of three bones: the femur, tibia, and patella. The ACL and the other ligaments of the body connect one bone to another to enable stability of movement. Your knee has two collateral ligaments and two cruciate ligaments. The collateral ligaments are on either side of the knee.
The cruciate ligaments, including the ACL, are located within the knee. The ACL crosses the posterior cruciate ligament, forming an “X” structure. The ACL is located in front of the posterior cruciate ligament, extending diagonally across the front of the knee. These cruciate ligaments are essential for the knee’s back and forth motions. Specifically, the ACL keeps the tibia, or shinbone, from moving in front of the femur, or thighbone. Additionally, this ligament gives the knee added stability with rotational movements.
At Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, our team of orthopedic specialists has extensive experience working with patients with knee injuries and other orthopedic problems. Residents of the NYC area can contact our Forest Hills practice at (718) 690-9520.