During the cold months of winter, the fun provided by snow can also carry some physical risks. As every orthopedic surgeon knows, joint injuries spike in times of heavy snowfall. So before you head outdoors to engage in any chores, games, or activities in the snow, it’s important to know about the injury risks that are common during this time of year.
Snow and Ice Injuries
In 2010, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission conducted a study that found winter sports responsible for 440,000 injuries. Snowboarding accounted for the most injuries (148,000), followed by snow skiing (144,000), sledding/tobogganing (91,000), and ice skating (58,500). The majority of these injuries involved dislocations, fractures, sprains, and strains—the types of injuries that generally require immediate attention from an orthopedic surgeon.
How to Prevent Snow-Sport Injuries
For starters, you should never engage in winter sports without the company of a friend or companion. You should also be physically warmed up and dressed in the necessary gear for the winter sport in question. Before you begin, inspect your equipment to ensure reliable performance throughout the course of your game. As the game nears its end, refrain from overexertion; a lot of the injuries that orthopedic doctors treat are those caused from excessive strain in the final run of a game.
Other Wintertime Injury Risks
When sidewalks, driveways, stairwells, and front door patios are paved with ice and snow, people are more vulnerable to slip-and-fall injuries. Wounds to the head are common during winter falls, as are wrist and hip fractures. Therefore, it’s wise to avoid the outdoors on icy days unless you really have to go out for something. When you do go out, wear footwear with rubber traction and take slower, shorter steps wherever you walk.
At Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine in Forest Hills, we offer orthopedic therapy for people with winter-related injuries from around the NYC area. To find out more about what we offer, or to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon, call us at (718) 690-9520.
Are you a basketball player, swimmer, or baseball pitcher? Then you know firsthand how important shoulder health is to performing at the top of your game. In fact, shoulder health is of considerable importance in most sports, which is why taking care of your shoulders should be part of every practice and competition. To make sure that you avoid painful and incapacitating shoulder injuries , keep in mind these essential safety tips:
Your muscles and joints are more flexible and better able to withstand stress when they are properly warmed up. If you often begin your practice or game without gradually increasing the strain put upon shoulders, you may be increasing your risk of sustaining a shoulder injury. So before you try to perform at your highest intensity, warm up your shoulder joints. Exercises that gently stretch the muscles of the shoulder, as well as activities that increase blood flow to the area, can help to lessen the chance of a strain or sprain.
Heed Warning Signs
Many athletes live by a motto of playing through the pain. However, pain is an important warning sign from the body. When discomfort presents in the shoulder region, the body is alerting you that there is a problem. So instead of ignoring shoulder pain, seek help for it as soon as possible. An orthopedist can determine the nature of your discomfort and offer treatment for your ailment before it evolves into a bigger problem.
Allow Your Shoulder to Rest
Rigorous exercise can leave your shoulders weary and sore. Though the body can eventually recover from these side effects, trying to return to your activities before the body has a chance to properly rest can lead to substantial injuries. If you must continue to practice, try other forms of exercise that will not strain your shoulders . Only once the inflammation in your shoulders subsides should you return to your normal activities.
If you are suffering from chronic shoulder pain or stiffness, talk to the experts at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. Our team of orthopedic doctors can quickly and capably help you get back to total health as soon as possible. Call (718) 690-9520 to make an appointment with an orthopedist at our NYC office.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that often affects the smaller joints in the body. This video reports on treatment options for individuals with this condition.
Orthopedic experts are still exploring the reasons why people suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. However, they can still offer highly effective treatment options to manage joint stiffness and pain. Anti-inflammatory medications can alleviate joint discomfort for many people. Surgery may be necessary to replace the deteriorated joints of those with more advanced cases of rheumatoid arthritis. Non-medical measures such as yoga and other gentle movement exercises can also help to ease joint tenderness and stiffness.
Do you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis? Call Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine in Forest Hills today at (718) 690-9520 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic doctors .
With autumn in full swing, many children are signing up for their favorite fall sports. Football, basketball, hockey, and volleyball are just some of the activities that schools often offer during the fall, and each can help your child become more active, physically fit, and confident. However, without the proper precautions, children can also suffer painful and substantial sports injuries that sideline them through autumn and winter.
Mandate the Use of Proper Equipment
Sports can offer many benefits to children, but due to the more rigorous nature of some activities, they can also raise the potential for injuries without the right protective gear. High contact sports in particular necessitate the appropriate equipment. So before you let your child participate in football, hockey, or another fall sport , make sure that he understands the importance of wearing his gear. You may also want to consult his coach to ensure that your child is using the right equipment for his position and size.
Encourage Diverse Activities
If your child has a love for a particular sport, he may insist on playing it to the exclusion of all others. While consistent training is integral to developing the proper skills for any sport, engaging in a single activity for extended periods of time can result in repetitive use injuries. Encouraging your child to explore other activities can better ensure that he is utilizing different muscle groups and protecting himself from wear and tear injuries.
Restrict Excessive Practice
Sports injuries can also result from practice or training sessions that become too intensive or go on for too long. As your child becomes more fatigued and less focused during practice, he may be more apt to incur injuries. Dehydration can also heighten the risk of safety issues. For the health and wellbeing of your child, you may want to talk with his coach to ensure that you and he are in agreement regarding just how rigorous and lengthy each practice session should be.
Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine in NYC offers comprehensive injury treatment and rehabilitation options for patients of all ages. To learn more about our services, or to set up an appointment with an orthopedic doctor, call (718) 690-9520. We offer expert help for ankle, knee, shoulder, wrist, and other sports-related injuries.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our canned food drive! We were so happy to bring all these bags of food to Sacred Heart’s food pantries and soup kitchens!
The body is made of trillion of cells, most of which live and die in a regular pattern. However, genetic mutations may cause some cells to grow and divide rapidly without dying, causing the formation of a tumor. This type of growth can develop nearly anywhere in the body, including the skeletal system. Bone tumors can be malignant, meaning that they are cancerous, or benign. In either case, orthopedic experts can address tumors with multiple treatment measures. A benign tumor might demand a single surgical procedure to remove the abnormal mass. A malignant tumor may also require surgical treatment, but patients might also undergo chemotherapy or radiation therapy to stop the spreading of cancerous cells to other regions of the body. Chronic pain radiating from the tumor site is often the first indicator of a problem for people with this condition.
Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine offers expert treatment services for those diagnosed with bone tumors. If you would like to speak with an orthopedist, call us today at (718) 690-9520. You can also go to our website for more information on our complete orthopedic options for residents of the greater NYC region.
Help us help Sacred Heart! They are making a huge push to restock their food pantries and soup kitchens.
We will be collecting any canned food products as well as non-perishable food items through November 14th, in time for Thanksgiving.
Please bring food items to our office and drop off to Denise (billing supervisor).
Bring all your Halloween candy to Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine on Tuesday, November 4th, between 3 and 5 p.m. for our Halloween candy buy-back! The child who brings in the most candy will win free movie passes!
If you’re having trouble lifting up one of your arms properly, you may have a condition known as frozen shoulder. This orthopedic condition is characterized by pain and stiffness. It occurs when the soft tissues of the shoulder area become inflamed and irritated. Fortunately, frozen shoulder can often be resolved through conservative treatment options.
You can hear more about these treatment options by watching this clip of “The Doctors” TV show, which features Amy, a patient with frozen shoulder. Amy receives a cortisone injection to reduce the inflammation in the area, and then she goes through physical therapy with the help of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). If physical therapy isn’t enough to resolve her condition, she could undergo orthopedic surgery to remove the scar tissue.
There’s no need to live with pain and reduced range of motion any longer. Call (718) 690-9520 to reach the orthopedic team at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine of NYC and ask us how we can help you.