• Preventing Winter Shoveling Injuries

    Winter can be a magical time in New York City when the snow falls and covers everything in a clean white blanket. Of course, all the snow that falls around your home, sidewalk, and driveway must be cleared to keep the area safe. Shoveling snow is more than just a chore—it’s also a form of strenuous exercise. Approximately 11,500 snow-shoveling injuries are treated in emergency rooms each year, and some end up needing the attention of an orthopedic surgeon. Strained muscles, herniated discs, and tendinitis are just a few of the snow-shoveling injuries that may need to be treated by an orthopedist. Take a look at this infographic from your orthopedic doctor in New York City to see common snow-shoveling injuries and what you can do to prevent them. Please share with your friends and family, and stay safe this winter!

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  • What to Do When You Have a Stress Fracture

    Stress fractures, which are common among athletes, can significantly interfere with your mobility. If you are experiencing the symptoms of a stress fracture, it is important to see an orthopedic doctor to get a diagnosis and to develop a treatment plan. Here is what you need to know about stress fractures.

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    Stress Fractures Explained
    Stress fractures  are cracks in bones, usually caused by high-impact activity. Stress fractures almost always occur in the legs or feet and are usually the result of overuse. People who take part in sports that involve repeated foot impacts, like running, basketball, and gymnastics, are at a particularly high risk for stress fractures.

    Symptoms of Stress Fractures
    If you have a stress fracture, you may notice that you have pain in the area of the fracture when you put your weight on it. Pain may build gradually, or it may come on suddenly. Depending on the nature of your fracture, pain may be moderate or severe. There may also be bruising or swelling in the area of the fracture.

    Treatment for Stress Fractures
    As soon as you notice the symptoms of a stress fracture, make an appointment with an orthopedic doctor. It is important to rule out deeper fractures or injuries. In some cases, stress fractures heal with rest and casts. Your orthopedic doctor may also recommend protective footwear, like a brace shoe. These devices can protect the injured area and keep it immobile.  In other cases, orthopedic surgery may be necessary to ensure that the bone heals properly. Wait for your orthopedic doctor to give you the all-clear before taking part in physical activity again after you heal from your stress fracture.

    Could a stress fracture be causing your pain? Make an appointment with Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine to  find out . Our NYC orthopedic doctors can resolve your pain and help you get active again. To schedule an appointment, call (718) 897-2228. 

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  • Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments of Greenstick Fractures

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    Unlike other types of fractures, greenstick fractures involve bones that are bent, rather than broken. They are somewhat rare in adults but common in children, who still have high levels of calcium in their bones that make them flexible. Greenstick fractures are sometimes difficult to diagnose, which is why you should see an orthopedic doctor if you suspect you have any kind of fracture. Here is what you need to know about greenstick fractures.

    Causes

    In nearly every case, greenstick fractures are caused by falls. Although greenstick fractures can happen to any bone, they are most common in the arms. This is because most people try to break their falls with their hands and arms.

    Symptoms

    While you may think of fractures as being extremely painful, most greenstick fractures don’t cause great pain. Some greenstick fractures don’t have any immediate symptoms, while others cause swelling. The most common sign of a greenstick fracture is deformity of the limb. Report any nagging pain or stiffness in a limb after a fall to an orthopedic doctor so he or she can take X-rays and determine if a greenstick fracture is present.

    Treatments

    With severe greenstick fractures, it is necessary to use a cast to immobilize the bone so that it heals properly. If the bone is significantly bent, the orthopedist will deliver a sedative and reposition it. For less serious greenstick fractures, a removable splint may be used in place of a cast. It is essential to wear the splint as directed or the bone won’t heal. Most greenstick fractures heal in four to eight weeks, though it is also necessary to avoid high-impact activities for a few weeks after the cast or splint is removed. The orthopedic doctor will likely perform another X-ray after treatment to ensure the bone has completely healed.

    Let Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine stop greenstick fractures from becoming more serious problems. Our NYC orthopedic doctors and surgeons treat a range of orthopedic issues. You can make an appointment at our orthopedic clinic by calling (866) 650-8063. 

  • What Is Frozen Shoulder?

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    Frozen shoulder can be a debilitating condition. It most often afflicts people between the ages of 40 and 60. Although frozen shoulder can clear up on its own, an orthopedic doctor can speed up recovery with a number of non-surgical and surgical treatments. Here is what you need to know about this condition.

    What Happens with Frozen Shoulder?

    When you have frozen shoulder , the shoulder capsule tightens and bands of tissue called adhesions develop. As a result, your shoulder becomes increasingly stiff and difficult to move. Frozen shoulder happens in three stages. The first stage is freezing. You will notice shoulder pain and stiffness that gets progressively worse. Freezing can last between six weeks and ninth months. The second stage is referred to as frozen. In this stage, pain diminishes but stiffness lingers. During this period, which can last between four and six months, even basic activities may be difficult. Thawing is the final stage. At this point, your shoulder returns to normal. Thawing can take up to two years.

    What Causes Frozen Shoulder?

    The exact cause of frozen shoulder is unknown. However, orthopedists have identified some risk factors. Diabetes is one of the biggest risk factors for frozen shoulder. Up to 20 percent of people with diabetes experience this condition. Other medical problems associated with frozen shoulder are hypo- and hyperthyroidism, Parkinson’s disease, and heart disease. Frozen shoulder can also be caused by long periods of immobilization, such as during recovery from a surgery.

    How Is Frozen Shoulder Treated?

    Your orthopedic doctor may recommend a range of different treatments for frozen shoulder. The focus of treatment is controlling pain and restoring motion in the shoulder. For most patients, non-surgical treatments, including steroid injections and physical therapy, are effective. A small portion of patients require orthopedic surgery.

    The earlier you start treatment for frozen shoulder, the better, so make an appointment at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine as soon as you notice symptoms. Our NYC-based orthopedic doctors and surgeons can also help with knee, ankle, and wrist injuries . Schedule your appointment by calling (866) 650-8063. 

  • The Different Types of Fractures

    Many people mistakenly believe that bone fractures and breaks are two different conditions. In fact, they are the same, and both terms can be used to describe different kinds of fracture-based bone injuries. This video provides more information about types of fractures. 

    There are two types of fractures: displaced and non-displaced. With displaced fractures, a portion of the broken bone has moved and no longer lines up with the other part of the bone. With a non-displaced fracture, the bone has not moved. Non-displaced fractures may only appear as small cracks on an X-ray.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine can help with both types of fractures and all of your other bone-related injuries. If you’ve had a fracture, visit one of our NYC orthopedic surgeons to ensure proper healing. Schedule your consultation by calling (866) 650-8063.

  • For the Working Moms

    Rise and shine…

    • The familiar sound of the alarm clock – another day and the beginning of another hectic week…
    • You make the bed, bending at each corner.
    • In the bathroom, you hunch over the sink to brush your teeth – then the sound of little feet running down the hallway. The kids were awake, and all that that entails.
    • In a suit, wearing high heels with little traction, which you notice when you pick up your toddler, who is becoming heavier every day.
    • Drive the kids to school.
    • Arrive at work. Heft your over-stuffed leather bag over your shoulder and scurry through the office doors.
    • Your morning is filled with telephone calls and last minute deadlines. A headache is beginning.
    • At your desk you type and talk on the telephone at the same time, the phone cradled between your shoulder and chin.
    • Your computer screen appears blurry and your wrists are stiff. And then you realize that you’re not going to make your deadline.
    • At quitting time you throw your bag in the back seat and start the stressful trek to home.
    • At home you can’t wait to take off your shoes. This time when you lift your toddler you actually wince – your neck and joints are in pain and you would love a steaming hot shower, but the kids are in the bathtub.
    • At eleven o’clock you climb into bed. But your pillows are not comfortable, your neck needs a little more support, you make a mental note about checking pillows as you drift off to sleep, completely exhausted.

    Remind you of anyone?

    The more stressful our lives become, the less we focus on the “moment.” When we aren’t conscious of how we sleep, breathe, stand, lift, bend or sit, our bodies can take a beating that results in lingering pain. We often disregard the early signs of discomfort we feel in our back, shoulders or neck until we are unable to ignore the pain.

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    By following the tips below, you can learn to make even the busiest days pain free.

    • When you wake in the morning, start the day with a couple of stretches. Stand up and stretch your arms above your head. Do the “hug your best friend.” Wrap your arms around your body, and turn as far as you can to the left, then to the right.
    • When performing everyday routines such as brushing your teeth, remember your posture. Do not hunch over the sink; stand up straight.
    • Don’t bend from the waist when you lift a child. Squat with your back straight. Keep the child close to you and use your arms and legs to lift.
    • Hold the telephone with your hand or use the speakerphone. Cradling the phone between your head and shoulder can lock up the spinal joints in the neck and upper back, eventually causing pain.
    • While in the office, make sure your chair fits correctly. There should be two inches between the front edge of your seat and the back of your knees. The chair should tilt back so you are able to rest while reading from a computer screen.
    • Many people suffer from tension headaches. Adequate lighting and document holders by your computer can help reduce the risk of a headache. Materials placed on a desk cause you to constantly raise and lower your neck while you’re typing at your keyboard.
    • Do not wear high heels. The weight of the foot is not evenly distributed, which not only causes sore feet, but also added spinal stress.
    • Do not carry a heavy bag with its strap over your shoulder, unless you place the strap over your head on the side opposite the bag. Wearing a shoulder strap over one shoulder unevenly places the weight of the bag on one side of the body, potentially causing shoulder and back pain. Or better yet, carry a bag with a handle rather than a strap.
    • Do not consistently cross the same knee over the other. This habit can eventually cause misalignment of the spine.
    • Even if you remain sitting for the majority of your workday, you deserve a break. Get up from your desk and move around, stretching arms and legs as much as possible to avoid postural and spinal stress. Try to practice deep and even breathing to keep yourself calm and keep adequate oxygen flowing through your system.
    • Bath time can be fun for the kids but stressful on any parent. Make certain to bend from the waist and not the back when bathing your children. Use your legs when you lift your child.
    • It is important to get a good night’s rest. Choose a comfortable mattress and pillow that adequately support the weight of your head and body.

    For more information on these tips, contact Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine today! We treat all different types of injuries in the Forest Hills, Queens and New York City areas.

  • How Are Fractures Treated?

    When one of your bones is exposed to outside pressure it can’t sustain, a fracture is likely to occur. The bone may break completely—a condition called a displaced fracture—or it may just crack, which is referred to as a non-displaced fracture. Fractures cause acute pain when they occur. Fast treatment from an orthopedic specialist is required so that the bone can be set properly, which will help prevent long-term damage.

    The way a fracture is treated depends on the nature of the injury. Most treatment plans start with an X-ray so that the orthopedic doctor can see how extensive the fracture is. In some cases, orthopedic surgery may be necessary to set the bone. Most fractures need to be immobilized in a cast or sling so healing can occur. You may need anti-inflammatory medications to control pain. Once the fracture has healed, you may need physical therapy to restore strength and range of motion. 

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    After a fracture, make an appointment with Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. Our orthopedic doctors and surgeons  in New York will help you heal quickly. Call (866) 650-8063 to find out more.

  • The Affordable Care Act – “Obamacare” – Opens Today!

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    Today, many Americans with preexisting conditions and for the most part, lower incomes, will have a new way of obtaining health insurance.

    Tune in to this podcast as it looks at what “Obamacare” is and how to obtain it.