• Meet Dr. Mehran Manouel

    Dr. Mehran Manouel of Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with more than 20 years of experience. Dr. Manouel is passionate about helping patients return to full health and participate in their usual activities again. He specializes in shoulder rotator cuff repair and ACL reconstruction, yet has extensive experience in all types of arthroscopic surgeries. His dedication to his profession is reflected in his professional credentials; he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (F.A.A.O.S.).

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    Following Dr. Manouel’s graduation from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, he completed his residency in orthopedic surgery and later completed his fellowship in sports medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. During his time there, Dr. Manouel was significantly involved with the orthopedic rehabilitation of professional athletes from notable organizations, including the Houston Rockets.

    If you would like to  schedule an appointment  with Dr. Manouel, call Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine today at (718) 897-2228. Our Forest Hills orthopedic practice proudly serves residents of the NYC area.

  • Winter-Related Injuries and You

    Winter-related injuries aren’t always caused by snowboarding, skiing, and other winter sports. Quite often, they’re the result of a simple activity you do every day: walking. Walking on a snowy, icy, or slushy walkway can be treacherous even when you take the precaution of wearing snow boots. Black ice, which looks just like a damp spot, can make you lose your balance and fall. Each year, many people visit orthopedic doctors because of slip and fall injuries.

    Watch this video to learn more about common winter-related injuries. You’ll hear interviews from two women, both of whom have suffered orthopedic injuries as a result of walking on a sidewalk. You’ll also hear from a doctor who has seen countless people with these types of injuries.

    The  orthopedic doctors and surgeons  at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine can help you overcome your injury with a customized treatment plan. Residents of Forest Hills and the greater NYC area are encouraged to get in touch with us by calling (718) 897-2228. 

  • Preventing Slip and Fall Injuries This Winter

    Slip and fall injuries aren’t always minor nuisances. Sometimes, they involve serious orthopedic problems that can cause chronic pain and that may require orthopedic surgery . You can reduce your risk of suffering a slip and fall injury by keeping your walkways and driveway clear of snow and by regularly scattering rock salt. When walking around town, orthopedic surgeons recommend taking the following precautions.

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    Modify Your Footwear
    If you’re a New Yorker, you probably dig out the snow boots from your closet shortly after Thanksgiving. If the tread has worn down; however, consider purchasing new snow boots with a deep tread. Additionally, you can make your footwear even safer by slipping on a pair of over-the-shoe ice cleats. If you’re heading to work, you can stash a pair of stylish shoes in your bag; just remember to wear your snow boots again when you head out.

    Give Yourself Plenty of Time
    Estimate the time it’ll take to reach your destination and then add at least five to 10 minutes. Giving yourself plenty of time allows you to walk slowly to avoid orthopedic injuries.

    Plan Your Route
    Always choose to walk on cleared, salted sidewalks whenever possible, even if this means taking a longer route. Avoid walking along the street because you could easily get hurt if a car spins out of control.

    Keep Your Hands Free
    Use a bag with a shoulder strap to keep your hands free while walking. It’s also a good idea to wear gloves instead of putting your hands in your pockets for warmth. This way, if you lose your balance, you can grab onto something to  avoid falling and sustaining an orthopedic injury .

    Be Aware of the Ground
    Scan the ground ahead of you as you walk and be on the lookout for black ice. If you aren’t sure if an area has black ice, test it with your shoe before placing your weight on it. Remember to take short steps.

    Dr. Manouel of  Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine  has extensive experience in treating slip and fall injuries. If you fall this winter, contact us right away at (718) 897-2228. Our orthopedic surgery practice in Forest Hills offers convenient evening hours to accommodate untimely injuries.

  • Tips for Shoveling Snow Safely

    Each winter, thousands of people go to the emergency room or an orthopedic specialist because of injuries related to snow removal. It’s particularly common to sprain or strain the back or shoulder muscles while shoveling snow due to the bending and twisting motions. Orthopedic surgeons strongly recommend taking a few precautionary measures before picking up a shovel this winter.

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    Talk to Your Doctor
    If you have a medical condition, such as cardiovascular disease, talk to your doctor before shoveling snow. Your doctor can let you know if it’s safe for you to do this type of manual labor. If not, hire someone else to shovel snow for you.

    Stretch Your Muscles
    Shoveling is an intense workout. Before heading out the door, take a few minutes to stretch and warm up your muscles. Doing so can reduce your risk of developing an orthopedic injury. Remember to stretch after shoveling as well.

    Allow Plenty of Time
    If the meteorologists are predicting more than a few inches, plan to start shoveling snow early in the storm. You’re less likely to suffer an orthopedic injury if you shovel a few inches at a time, rather than waiting for all of the snow to fall. Pace yourself, taking frequent breaks to catch your breath and stretch. Go indoors periodically to warm up and let your muscles rest.

    Use the Right Gear
    Make sure you have the right equipment for the job. Orthopedic surgeons recommend investing in an ergonomic shovel. Avoid purchasing a shovel that is too heavy or too long for you to use comfortably. Additionally, wear boots with a deep tread and other winter weather clothing.

    Use the Right Techniques
    Use proper lifting techniques to  lower your risk of an orthopedic injury . Whenever possible, push the snow along the ground, rather than carrying it across a driveway. Lift with your legs by squatting instead of bending your back, and only lift small loads of snow at a time. When throwing the snow, keep your back straight; never twist your torso.

    If you do suffer an orthopedic injury, let the caring team at  Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine  help. Schedule an appointment with our practice in Forest Hills by calling (718) 897-2228, or visit our website for some helpful health information.

  • Understanding How Sitting Can Be Harmful to Your Spine

    There’s a good chance that you associate pain in your spine with lifting heavy items or landing badly while playing sports. For many people, however spine problems start when they’re sitting down. Your office chair and computer could send you to the  orthopedic doctor  with back, neck, shoulder, and elbow pain that originates in the spine. Here is how sitting hurts your spine and what you can do about it:

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    Poor Posture 
    The main reason that sitting leads to spine problems is because of poor posture. There are a number of different ways people sit that put undue pressure on their spine. Some people hunch over their keyboards to type, while others lean in closely to their computer screens or slump in their chairs all day. Posture can also be affected by chairs that are too high or too low. All of these positions cause the spine to compress, which can lead to inflamed, bulging discs. These discs can start pressing on nerves, which in turn cause pain up and down your back, or in your neck, shoulders, arms, or legs. Orthopedic surgeons frequently treat cases of pain in other areas of the body that actually originate in the spine. 

    Healthy Sitting
    Setting up your desk to encourage proper sitting will help you avoid this kind of spine aggravation. Make sure you have an  ergonomically-balanced chair  that has been adjusted to meet your specific needs. Sit with your lower back pressed firmly into the chair and make sure you can slide your fingers under your thighs easily. If not, add a foot rest to prop your legs up. Get up every 30 minutes for a quick stretch or walk around the office to keep your body loose.

    Could your spine be the culprit behind your chronic pain? Let Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine help you get to the root of the problem. Our orthopedic doctors and surgeons also treat knee, shoulder, and wrist injuries. Make an appointment with our  NYC orthopedic surgeon  by calling (718) 897-2228.