• What to Expect if Your Child Fractures Her Wrist

    A fractured or cracked wrist can occur during sports, play, or following a fall. Fractures require a cast or splint to hold the bones in place for a period of weeks, allowing them to heal. If your child experiences a fracture, your orthopedic doctor will explain the treatment process and help you along every step of the way.

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    Diagnosis

    Broken bones in the wrist can cause pain, swelling, and bruising. Depending upon the severity of the fracture, your child may or may not be able to move her wrist through its full range of motion. Fractures are diagnosed by a physician using a combination of physical examination, X-rays, and sometimes CT scanning techniques. Once the damage has been identified, a cast is applied to immobilize the wrist and allow the bones to heal.

    Casting

    Depending upon her injury, your child’s cast may fully encase the wrist or provide support only to the damaged areas. The cast will need to remain on her wrist for three to six weeks, during which time you will follow up with your orthopedic doctor to ensure the wrist is healing in the proper configuration. Your doctor will explain how to care for your child’s cast during this time.

    Post-Cast Removal

    Most children do not require physical therapy after the removal of either a full or half cast. While it may take time for your child to fully extend and move her wrist, this is normal. Your child should avoid strenuous or high-impact activities for four to six weeks after the removal of her cast, as her wrist is still healing and may be weakened from immobility.

    The orthopedic doctors at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine of Forest Hills offer specialized care for fractures in children and adults. If you have questions about orthopedic care, please call us today at (866) 650-8063 to schedule an appointment. You can learn more about our practice, including our newest sports medicine specialist, Dr. Toturgul, on our website.

  • Achilles Tendon Rupture: Causes and Symptoms

    The Achilles tendon is located at the back of the lower leg, where it connects the bone of your heel to your calf. Achilles tendon ruptures are common injuries among athletes, causing intense pain and difficulty walking. In many cases, orthopedic surgery is the best treatment option to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.

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    Causes of Achilles Tendon Ruptures

    The Achilles tendon is an integral part of the normal motion of your foot. Thus, it is often injured during physical activities that stress the foot, ankle, and calf. Sports injuries can occur following a blow, fall, or unnatural twisting motion of the ankle. Increasing the intensity of a sport or activity without proper preparation can also compromise the Achilles tendon. Injuries to this area can also occur due to a slip, fall, or after stepping into a hole.

    Symptoms of Achilles Tendon Ruptures

    A rupture of the Achilles tendon may cause an audible snapping or popping sound. In most cases of Achilles tendon rupture, pain follows immediately after the injury. This pain is often sharp, stabbing, and severe, affecting the heel, ankle, and back of your lower leg. Swelling near the heel often occurs, as well as limited mobility in the foot. You may find it impossible to point your toes downward or stand on your toes. This also affects your ability to use your foot to push off the ground in a normal walking motion, causing difficulty moving without assistance. If you suspect you have ruptured your Achilles tendon, visit an orthopedic doctor as soon as possible. Complications from an untreated rupture can have long-term effects.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine proudly serves Forest Hills, Queens, and New York City with top-quality orthopedic and sports medicine. We invite you to call us at (866) 650-8063 to meet our newest physician, Dr. David Toturgul, and find out more about your treatment options following a sports injury. Visit us on the web for more important orthopedic information.

  • Exploring the Causes of Rotator Cuff Injuries in Women

    The rotator cuff provides support and stability to the joint of the shoulder. Injuries to the rotator cuff can occur during sports, exercise, or even everyday activities.

    This video discusses the most common causes of rotator cuff injuries in women. Many women start an intensive exercise program without adequate preparation, risking injury to the shoulder because it is not strong enough to handle such activity. These types of strains occur often, but are not serious and often do not require intensive or surgical care.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is here to help you exercise, work, and play safely in New York. Call us today at (866) 650-8063 to learn more about our orthopedic doctors, including our newest physician, Dr. David Toturgul, M.D. Visit our website to learn more about common orthopedic injuries and how to prevent them.

  • Symptoms of an Ankle Fracture

    Ankle fractures occur when one or more of the many bones composing the ankle joint become broken. Depending on the severity of the break, the ligaments connecting the bones together may also be torn. These injuries can be due to traumatic twisting or rolling movements of the ankle or from a bad fall on the joint.

    Wrapped Foot

    Once the ankle joint becomes broken, the sufferer will notice intense pain immediately. The ankle will quickly become swollen and tender to the touch. No weight will be able to be carried on the joint. If there is a dislocation in addition to the ankle fracture, one may see a deformity of the ankle. Later on, the ankle may also show some bruising.

    In some cases, an ankle fracture may be mistaken as an ankle sprain. To ensure that you get the care that you need, consider seeking the support of an experienced orthopedic surgeon after injury. Contact the experts of Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine at (866) 650-8063 for more information about musculoskeletal health.

  • Treatment Options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition involving the median nerve. This nerve runs from the forearm through the wrist and into the palm of the hand, where it is responsible for both motor and sensory functions in parts of the hand. When this nerve becomes compressed by other structures within the carpal tunnel of the wrist, numbness, pain, tingling, and muscle weakness in the affected hand can result. Fortunately, there are treatments available to resolve the symptoms of this condition—read on to learn more about the treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome .

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    Pharmacological Therapy

    In some cases, drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or other over-the-counter pain relievers can help with the pain and inflammation of carpal tunnel syndrome. Prescriptions from a physician for corticosteroids may also be used to reduce inflammation and swelling in the wrist. Injections into the wrist are used in some cases to provide immediate, but temporary relief of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.

    Exercises

    For patients with intermittent or mild symptoms, exercising the wrist under the supervised by a physical or occupational therapist may help to halt the progression of the condition. These exercises can also help carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers to improve their health and well-being after treatment.

    Surgery

    The surgical procedure to treat carpal tunnel syndrome involves releasing the band of tissue that wraps around the wrist. This helps to reduce the pressure placed on the median nerve and resolve the pain, tingling, and numbness of the syndrome. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis and does not require a hospital stay.

    With the help of an experienced orthopedic surgeon, you can decide which treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is best for your situation. Dr. Mehran Manouel and the expert staff of Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine are dedicated to providing the personalized treatment that you need to be pain-free and active once again. Call our NYC practice at (866) 650-8063 to schedule a consultation today.