• A Quick Look at Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

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    Shoulder impingement syndrome means that the structural components of your shoulder impinge upon, or rub against, the tendons in the shoulder. Impingement can also affect the bursa, which is a sac in the joint that provides lubrication. Shoulder impingement syndrome can cause pain when lifting the arm. For example, you might experience pain when reaching overhead to put on your coat. If left untreated, this type of orthopedic injury can cause bursitis and tendonitis of your rotator cuff tendons. In severe cases, you could eventually suffer a torn rotator cuff.

    An orthopedic surgeon can diagnose shoulder impingement syndrome with imaging studies, such as an ultrasound or MRI. You may gain relief of your symptoms with medications and physical therapy. However, if you have suffered a rotator cuff tear, you will need orthopedic surgery to repair it.

    Dr. Manouel of Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine has more than two decades of experience in treating orthopedic injuries such as shoulder impingement syndrome. For more information, call our Forest Hills practice at (718) 897-2228.

  • Common Injuries from Shoveling Snow

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    Every winter, orthopedic surgeons see countless patients who have been injured by shoveling snow. Some of the most common injuries caused by snow shoveling include back strain, bone fractures, and herniated discs. You can prevent a visit to an orthopedic specialist this winter by using the proper techniques for snow shoveling. Or, consider hiring someone to take care of the snow for you. Orthopedic doctors emphasize how important it is for an individual with a pre-existing medical condition to consult a doctor before shoveling snow.

    Back Strain

    Back pain is the most common orthopedic condition caused by shoveling snow , particularly when the snowfall is very wet and heavy. A muscle strain in the back occurs when some or all of the fibers in the muscle are torn due to excessive pressure. For example, if you inappropriately twist your back when throwing snow or try to lift too much snow at once, you may notice back pain. In addition to pain, a muscle strain can cause weakness, swelling, and bruising. If you experience significant pain or your symptoms do not diminish after 24 hours of rest, it’s a good idea to consult an orthopedic doctor.

    Bone Fractures

    Bone fractures are not often thought of as an injury associated with snow shoveling. In fact, they’re quite common, particularly for individuals digging out after a snow storm accompanied by sleet. The icy terrain makes it easy to slip and fall, potentially causing bone fractures. While shoveling, be mindful of where you place your feet. Wear snow boots with deep treads and slip-on ice cleats. Remember to scatter rock salt liberally over your driveway and walkways.

    Herniated Disc

    If you have degenerative disc disease, you’re at a greater risk of suffering a herniated disc while shoveling snow. A herniated disc occurs when the insides of an intervertebral disc push through to the exterior. If this material presses on a nearby nerve, you are likely to experience pain that may radiate down your leg.

    If you sustain an injury this winter, you can take advantage of the exceptional patient care at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine . We offer convenient evening hours and free parking. For more information, NYC residents can call our orthopedic practice in Forest Hills at (718) 897-2228.

  • Warning Signs and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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    Carpal tunnel syndrome is an orthopedic condition that involves the median nerve, which runs along the forearm and into the hand. The median nerve is contained within the carpal tunnel, which is a bony passageway. If the carpal tunnel becomes narrowed due to a medical condition, work stress, or other factors, it compresses the median nerve, causing discomfort and other symptoms. Unless treatment from an orthopedic doctor or surgeon is sought, you’re likely to experience progressively worsening symptoms.

    Mild Symptoms

    Carpal tunnel symptoms are typically mild at first. You may notice sensations such as itching or numbness in the fingers and palm of your hand. Burning and tingling sensations are common. These symptoms may become worse at night due to your sleeping position. In the morning, your fingers may feel stiff. The pain and numbness may spread to your wrist and forearm. You’re likely to begin to have trouble gripping objects properly. Sometimes, this orthopedic condition can cause the feeling of swelling in the area, although you won’t see visible evidence of swelling.

    Moderate to Severe Symptoms

    As your orthopedic condition grows worse, the symptoms are likely to become more frequent throughout the day. The pain and reduction in grip strength are likely to interfere with your day-to-day activities, such as those that require fine motor skills like gripping a pen. You may notice that you frequently drop objects. Eventually, you may start having trouble with your pinch strength, or your ability to pinch an object between your thumb and forefinger. Eventually, muscle atrophy at the base of the thumb can occur and you may have trouble differentiating between hot and cold sensations.

    New York City residents looking for an orthopedic surgeon to repair carpal tunnel syndrome can turn to Dr. Manouel of Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. Our orthopedic practice offers both conservative and surgical treatment options. To schedule an appointment , call our location in Forest Hills at (718) 897-2228. 

  • The Safest Way to Shovel Snow

    Incorrect form while shoveling snow is a common cause of orthopedic injuries. You can reduce your risk of becoming injured by stretching your muscles and warming up before heading out to shovel. It’s always best to push the snow as much as possible, rather than lifting it. When you do need to lift snow, keep your back straight, and lift by bending and straightening your knees. Avoid back injuries by never twisting your trunk as you work.

    For a demonstration of the proper way to shovel, watch this video. You’ll see a physical therapist demonstrate the right techniques for lifting and throwing snow. This video also emphasizes the importance of drinking plenty of water throughout your shoveling chores.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine proudly serves residents of New York City who suffer from orthopedic injuries. You can contact our orthopedic clinic in Forest Hills at (718) 897-2228 or  visit our blog for helpful health information .