• Every 30 minutes a Child is Sent to the ER Because of Falling TV’s

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    Flat-screen TV’s are in most homes these days, but did you know they come with a risk that many don’t realize: kids can be seriously hurt in a TV tip-over.

    According to an article written on Today Health, “the number of kids injured by a TV falling on them grew 125 percent between 1990 and 2011, according to a new study of emergency room records that calls for greater prevention efforts.

    Take a look at the entire article to find out what you can do to help decrease these statistics. 

  • A Look at Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve is compressed and irritated as it passes through the carpal tunnel. Those with this condition often suffer from numbness or tingling in the fingers, especially the index finger and thumb. Pain may also radiate from the wrist up to the shoulder or into the fingers.

    This video provides some helpful information about the anatomy of the carpal tunnel and how the median nerve may become impinged. The host also discusses the most common symptoms of the condition and when they are most likely to occur.

    The orthopedic experts at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine offer specialized treatment, rehabilitation, and preventive care for carpal tunnel syndrome and other musculoskeletal injuries. Contact our NYC practice at (866) 650-8063 to learn more about how we can help you and your family.

  • A Look at the Common Causes of ACL Tears

    The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is in the knee joint. It connects the upper and lower leg bones, and is responsible for stabilizing the joint. An ACL tear is a common orthopedic injury, which athletes are particularly prone to developing. If you suffer a partial or complete ACL tear, seek prompt care by an orthopedic doctor . Without treatment, you could develop chronic ACL deficiency, which is an abnormal movement of the bones that can lead to osteoarthritis. Here’s what you need to know about the causes and risk factors of this orthopedic injury:

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    Traumatic Injuries

    Orthopedic doctors often see this type of injury in athletes. Sometimes, it can occur when another athlete strikes you, such as in a football tackle. More often, however, it occurs when you land after jumping or if you pivot abruptly. Orthopedic doctors warn against abruptly changing directions while you’re running. You should also try to avoid overextending your knees because this is a potential cause of ACL tears .

    Risk Factors

    If you play certain types of sports, you could have a higher risk of developing an ACL tear. Orthopedic doctors often treat those who play football, soccer, or basketball for ACL tears. It’s also common among skiers because of the rapid changes in direction. Furthermore, if you’re a woman, you’re at a higher risk. While it’s unclear exactly why this is the case, orthopedic specialists have speculated that the higher risk is associated with differences in strength and muscle conditioning between the two genders. Or, it could have an association with the effects of estrogen, a predominantly female hormone, on the ligaments.

    Get back on your feet sooner with expert care from the orthopedic doctors and surgeons of Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. We offer unparalleled patient care to residents of New York City. Please call us today at (866) 650-8063 to schedule your appointment .

  • “The Commercial Break Workout”

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    If your excuse for not exercising is not having enough time, than this post is for you! If you have time for commercials, than you have time to get in a fast and effective workout!

    We all know that some days the gym just isn’t going to happen. The kids are sick, your partner is out of town, or you have been working so much lately that you can’t even see straight. But you promised yourself that you would do better, and work out. Even if it’s not a huge sweat session, just honoring that commitment to yourself can keep your motivation up!

    Check out Worldlifestyle’s ” The Commercial Break Workout” , it’s a quick exercise routine for those days when you just don’t have the time or energy to work out! The workout is based on the commercial breaks of a standard 30-minute t.v. show.

    If you have time to zone out during your favorite show, you have time to sneak in a quick workout!

  • An Athlete’s Guide to Soft Tissue Injuries

    Organized sports are excellent for helping people of all ages enjoy getting regular physical activity throughout the year. Unfortunately, participating in these great activities can place stress on your joints and soft tissues that may lead to injury. Below are listed some common soft tissue injuries and how they can be treated either at home or by an experienced orthopedic surgeon .

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    Sprain and Strain

    It is very common to confuse the meanings of sprain and strain . A sprain is an injury to a ligament, or the tough bands of soft tissue that connect bones to one another. These injuries most commonly affect the knees, wrists, and ankles, when the joint experiences a sudden bend or twisting motion. Strains, on the other hand, are characterized by injury to the muscles or tendons, the tissue that connects muscle to bone. Strains may be partial or can result in a complete tear. For most mild cases of strain or sprain, RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) can help to resolve symptoms. For more severe cases, however, surgical repair may be recommended.

    Tendonitis

    When a tissue is injured, the body responds by increasing the inflammatory response in the area of the injury. While inflammation can be useful in helping the body heal in some situations, it can persist out of control and lead to tissue damage. Tendonitis is a common injury of athletes involving inflammation of one or more tendons. This condition will often result from repetitive stress on a tendon, which progressively causes the tendon to become aggravated and inflamed. Baseball pitchers, tennis players, and runners are some athletes that are especially susceptible to tendonitis. Depending on the severity of injury, a variety of treatments may be recommended to help reduce the inflammation—from anti-inflammatory medication to surgical correction.

    Are you suffering from the symptoms of a soft tissue or joint-related injury? Do not continue to live with pain—consider seeking evaluation and treatment from the sports medicine experts at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. Call our NYC practice at (866) 650-8063 to schedule your primary consultation with Dr. Mehran Manouel.