Last updated 13 days ago
To ensure the best possible care, Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine staffs orthopedic professionals who can both effectively treat and communicate with our patients. That is why Louis Guillaume, SA makes a valuable addition to our orthopedic team. The greater NYC region includes individuals from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, and some of them may not use English as their primary language. Louis makes it easy for those who are more comfortable using Spanish, French, or even Creole to receive appropriate orthopedic treatment. Louis’s proficiency with languages stems in part from his professional experiences around the world. For nearly the past two decades, he has brought his orthopedic expertise to the people of France, Florida, and now Forest Hills.
At Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, you receive comprehensive orthopedic care tailored to your individual medical needs. Our unparalleled team of professionals, including Louis Guillaume, SA, can help you quickly recover from your orthopedic injury or disease. To schedule a consultation with an orthopedic doctor, call us at (718) 690-9520.
Last updated 20 days ago
The NYC area typically endures a few major snowstorms each winter. While shoveling and snowblowing might be common activities during this time of year, those who do not take the necessary safety precautions can end up in a hospital because of them. If you are heading outdoors this winter to clear away the snow and ice from your porch, sidewalk, or driveway, keep in mind these injury prevention tips:
Wear Proper Attire
The clothing you wear when you shovel or snowblow is just as important as the equipment you use to clear away snow. Well-fitting attire offers multiple benefits. One, it can keep your muscles warm and minimize the risk of muscles strains and tears due to cold and stiffness. Two, appropriate clothing and accessories can reduce unanticipated accidents. For example, if you wear gloves too big for your hands, they can slide off as you try to maneuver your shovel, which can lead to an accident and injuries.
Watch Your Step
It is also important to make slow, deliberate movements whenever you head outside to shovel or snowblow your property. Snow and ice can make even the steadiest person lose his balance and suffer a slip and fall injury. Trying to maneuver a shovel or snowblower while walking on a slippery surface may only increase the risk of potentially life-threatening accidents. To protect yourself from falls and the injuries they can cause, wear non-slip footwear and walk carefully on slippery pathways.
Take Indoor Breaks
Even a few minutes of being outside in sub-freezing temperatures can affect your motor coordination. Numb hands and feet can make it difficult to hold onto your shovel or snowblower and walk with stability. The longer you remain outside, the greater the chance that you might also suffer a strain from cold muscles. Therefore, prevent injuries by spacing out your shoveling or snowblowing duties and coming inside periodically to warm your body.
Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is always available to help you be your healthiest 365 days a year. If you have recently suffered an accident and are experiencing pain and stiffness, don’t wait for your symptoms to disappear on their own. Call (718) 690-9520 to discuss your concerns with one of our knowledgeable Forest Hills orthopedists.
Last updated 27 days ago
The success of a baseball pitcher or tennis player depends on his ability to rotate his arm when throwing a ball or swinging a racket. As a result, injury to the shoulder can significantly impact performance.
This video discusses rotator cuff tears, a common shoulder injury. The rotator cuff is actually a group of muscles that holds the shoulder joint in place. Because athletes such as baseball or tennis players must typically use this joint in many of their activities, they are prone to overuse rotator cuff injuries. Pain, tenderness, and restricted range of motion are often the first warning signs of a problem.
Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine can help you get back to the sports you love. If you have suffered a rotator cuff injury, call our Forest Hills practice at (718) 690-9520 to schedule an appointment with an orthopedist.
Last updated 1 month ago
Many people are familiar with simple, stress, and compound bone breaks. However, fewer may understand the characteristics of greenstick fractures. While a simple or compound break typically entails a complete separation of bone, a greenstick fracture may not involve a clean break. Instead, the bone suffers only a partial crack. Like other types of fractures, though, a greenstick fracture requires professional assessment and treatment by an orthopedic doctor.
Why Greenstick Fractures Happen
Fully developed bones can generally tolerate many pounds of pressure, though they are made of rigid tissues. That is why they might snap in response to extreme force. A greenstick fracture often occurs because the bone has not yet developed its normally rigid structure. If a bone is still young and flexible, it is more apt to bend to pressure and suffer cracks rather than total breaks.
What Symptoms They Produce
The warning signs of a bone break, greenstick or otherwise, can be similar. A person who has suffered a greenstick fracture may not be able to place weight on the bone without feeling pain. The injury area may also be tender to the touch or noticeably swollen. Because children are common sufferers of greenstick fractures, parents should monitor their conditions carefully should they experience a traumatic accident. A hard fall on an arm or leg may result in a greenstick fracture. In some cases, though, discomfort may be minimal, making it more difficult to determine if medical attention is necessary.
How Orthopedists Treat Greenstick Fractures
If any warning signs of a greenstick fracture present, immediate orthopedic treatment is mandatory, as a broken bone that does not receive appropriate care may heal in a deformed manner. After assessing the nature of the injury, an orthopedic doctor may recommend several recovery strategies. Rest is key so that no additional pressure is placed upon the healing bone. Isolating the bone in a cast may be likewise necessary to ensure proper alignment and bone fusion.
Are you experiencing the symptoms of a greenstick fracture? Then visit the orthopedic experts at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine in Forest Hills. For more information on our orthopedic services, or to make an appointment, call (718) 690-9520.
Last updated 1 month ago
For a lot of people, hockey is one of the most exciting things about the winter season. But as with any contact sport, hockey also has its share of risks. Common injuries on the rink involve ligament tears and muscle strain, which generally require treatment from an orthopedic surgeon. While it cannot be removed entirely, your risk of injury can be lowered with strength training, proper gear, and a pre-season medical evaluation. Here is a quick look at common hockey injuries:
Upper Extremity Injuries
In games of hockey, players often injure their shoulders and elbows. Shoulder injuries—separations and broken collarbones—are usually caused by impact with the boards, the floor, or with another player. Treatment generally involves sling or surgery from an orthopedic doctor. Elbow injuries are characterized by stress-related inflammation of the bursal tissue, but the risk can be averted with soft, flexible elbow pads.
Lower Body Injuries
The hips and knees are also among the injury-prone body parts during hockey games. Hip injuries—such as groin and hip flexor strain—are usually caused by the stride movements of skating, but can often be prevented by stretching and strength training of the area. The most common hockey-related knee injuries involve sprains of the medial collateral ligament, which is due to the positioning of the legs in hockey. Knee injuries are best treated with physical therapy or surgery by an orthopedic doctor.
Head and Back Injuries
Hockey players sometimes have concussions without falling unconscious. If a player experiences a headache, dizziness, or other common concussion symptoms while a game is in progress, he should be removed from the game and given an immediate medical evaluation. The flexes and hyperextensions required by skating can also lead to lower-back injuries, but these can be avoided with strength-building exercises of muscles in that area.
If you suffer an injury while playing hockey, come to Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine in Forest Hills. We provide orthopedic therapy and physical treatment for people of all ages throughout NYC. To make an appointment with one of our orthopedic doctors, call (718) 690-9520.