• Signs of a Shoulder Injury

    man with painful shoulder joint

    Shoulder injuries can occur during sports or everyday activities such as lifting or reaching for objects. Orthopedic doctors classify shoulder injuries into one of two groups: instability injuries and impingement injuries. If you have suffered an instability injury, your shoulder may become dislocated. More minor instability injuries may cause the feeling as though your shoulder is “loose” or slipping out of alignment during movement. You may also experience increased pain when raising your arm. Impingement injuries cause inflammation and should be examined by an orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible. Other signs of a shoulder injury include stiffness, the inability to move your arm through its full range of motion, and muscle weakness in the shoulder or arm. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to visit an orthopedic doctor for evaluation so a treatment plan can be developed for a healthy recovery.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine provides diagnosis and treatment for shoulder injuries and more in Queens, NY. Our doctors provide surgical and non-surgical treatment options to eliminate pain and restore your range of motion. Call us at (866) 650-8063 or click through our website to learn more about us. 

  • How Is Physical Inactivity Affecting Your Bone Health?

    Today, many lifestyles encourage staying seated rather than getting up and moving. However, too much time spent sedentary can negatively affect your health.

    At any age, your body requires movement to stay healthy. Your bones need to bear weight while walking, playing sports, or performing other activities in order to stay strong. Without these types of activities, you put your bone health and overall health at risk. You can learn more about the dangers of inactivity by watching this short video clip.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine encourages you and your family to get up and get moving for better health. Call us today at (866) 650-8063 to learn more about how our orthopedic surgeons can help you live and move pain-free. Check out our website for more information on staying healthy at any age.

  • How Children May Be Put at Risk for Back or Shoulder Injuries

    Schoogirl Carrying a Backpack and Books

    Children live active, busy lifestyles and are constantly on the go. However, children can be particularly susceptible to injuries of the shoulders or back due to commonplace habits or activities. If your child has been complaining of back or shoulder pain, visit an orthopedic doctor for evaluation , treatment, and the information you need to prevent further injury.

    Sports Activities
    Many children participate in sports either during or after school. While exercise and movement are good for the body, improper technique or inadequate equipment can lead to sports-related injuries. Even when the proper precautions are taken, accidents such as blows, slips, and trips may still occur. Children who are injured during practice or play should be evaluated by an orthopedic doctor before being allowed to return to the game. Even minor injuries can worsen over time and lead to more serious conditions if not allowed to properly heal. Overuse injuries may not manifest serious symptoms at first, but can cause lasting damage if not addressed.

    Backpack Use
    Many doctors agree that carrying heavy backpacks is a frequent cause of back pain in children. While backpacks are designed to distribute the weight of books and supplies across the shoulders, carrying weight that is too heavy or using only one shoulder to support a backpack results in pain and injury. The muscles and ligaments of the neck, shoulders, back, and arms can become strained or sprained. Changes in posture to support the backpack’s weight can increase the likelihood of falling and cause rounding of the back. Doctors recommend that children’s backpack weight not exceed 15% of their total body weight, and that they use both shoulders to carry backpacks. Check all straps to ensure they are in good condition to properly distribute the backpack’s weight.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is dedicated to better health for all of our patients, young and old. Our doctors specialize in providing treatment for sports-related injuries to help young athletes recover safely and quickly in NYC. Contact us today by calling (866) 650-8063 or clicking on our website.

  • What is the ACL?

    Torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament

    The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is one of four ligaments that connect your knee joint bones. It helps to stabilize your knee by keeping your leg from hyperextending and by minimizing knee rotation.

    As many sports fans know, injury to the ACL commonly plagues athletes. In fact, it is one of the most common injuries treated by orthopedic doctors who specialize in sports medicine. The ACL is usually torn when the knee hyperextends, or when the knee turns too far inward during a pivot. Many people feel a popping sensation as their first symptom of an ACL injury, followed by severe pain.

    It’s possible to make a full recovery from an ACL injury—especially with an experienced orthopedic surgeon on your side. Let the expert team at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine help get you back in the game. Call our NYC orthopedic surgeons today at (866) 650-8063 to schedule an appointment.