• Is There an Emotional Component to Sports Injuries?

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    Most people think of an injury as a purely physical ailment. However, there are many ways in which a physical injury can have an emotional impact. If an injury prevents you from working, for example, you might struggle with feelings of uselessness while you recover. If you suffer a physical injury that also affects your emotional wellbeing, the best thing you can do is seek professional treatment from an orthopedic doctor . Here are a few emotions that people experience when they suffer a sports injury:

    Anger

    Many people feel angry at themselves or others while nursing an injury—especially if the injury could have been prevented. No matter how much you wish that your injury didn’t happen, you can’t change the past. Getting angry after your injury will only prolong your recovery. For help confronting your anger, consider talking to a close friend or a mental health professional. 

    Depression

    Some people take pride in their athletic ability. When these people get injured, it’s easy for them to slip into depression—especially when their injury prevents them from participating in a big game or competition. To prevent depression from setting in after your injury, try to focus on all the things you’ll accomplish after your recovery. Try to think of your injury as an excuse to get some rest.

    Stress

    If your injury has made your future unclear, you could experience plenty of stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, stress can be very counterproductive to the healing process. One way to get over your stress is to obtain a better understanding of your injury by asking your orthopedic doctor plenty of questions. Taking away the mystery of your injury can help you feel more relaxed as you recover.

    The orthopedic surgeons at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine can answer all the questions you have about your injury and provide the treatment you need to recover. Call our Queens office at (718) 897-2228 to set up an appointment and get one step closer to healing from your injury.  

  • Advice for Beating Injuries on the Basketball Court

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    Though basketball is a fun way to get exercise, it could be dangerous for some people. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that in 2009, more than 500,000 people visited American emergency rooms with basketball-related injuries . Here are a few pieces of advice that can help you stay on the court and out of the emergency room:

    Warm Up and Stretch

    Many basketball injuries occur because players forget to warm up and stretch beforehand. Cold, tight muscles are much more susceptible to sprains and strains than warm, loose muscles. Before you start stretching, spend five minutes warming up your body by running, walking, or doing jumping jacks. After breaking a sweat, stretch your quads, Achilles tendons, hamstrings, and arm muscles. Experts recommend spending at least 30 seconds on each stretch.

    Don’t Overtax Yourself

    Even if you remember to stretch , you can still suffer an injury if you push yourself too hard. Thousands of people suffer injuries every year because they’re not realistic about their level of fitness. Getting in shape doesn’t happen overnight—you need to gradually increase the intensity your workout over time. If you’re feeling exhausted during a game of basketball, take a break. Remember to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout.

    Don’t Play Aggressively

    Some basketball injuries are inflicted by other players, whether intentional or not. To reduce your chances of suffering an injury caused by another player, refrain from playing too aggressively. If you have a disagreement about a certain call, let it go. Remember, it’s just a game—the goal of which is to improve your health, not put it at risk.

    If you suffer an injury on the court, make an appointment with Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine . Our orthopedic surgeons have been providing the people of Queens with high-quality care for over 20 years. Call (718) 897-2228 to set up a consultation and find out which treatment option is best for your injury.

  • How We Can Help You Recover from Fractures

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    You don’t have to be an athlete to suffer a bone fracture. Fractures can occur as a result of repetitive impacts or sudden trauma. A fracture isn’t quite like a bruise, which heals on its own; in many cases, a fracture must be treated by a professional in order to heal properly. At Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, we have the skill and expertise necessary to help you recover from your fracture.

    If you suffer an open fracture—a fracture that breaks the skin—or another serious break, one of our team members will meet you at the emergency room. As you’re receiving your initial treatment, we’ll develop a detailed treatment plan to help you make a full recovery. If you require surgery at any point during your recovery, we can perform the procedure at our Queens orthopedic office.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine can facilitate healing for all kinds of fractures. If you’re looking for an orthopedic surgeon in NYC , call (718) 897-2228 to make an appointment at our Forest Hills office.  

  • Easy Stretches Designed to Keep Runners Limber

    If you have a busy schedule, you may feel like you don’t have enough time to exercise, let alone stretch before your workout. However, stretching is important for preventing a painful injury.

    This video provides a demonstration of how you should stretch before beginning your exercise regimen. It’s important to warm your body up for 5 minutes before you stretch, as cold muscles are more susceptible to injury. Take your time as you stretch your arms, legs, quads, hamstrings, spine, and calves. Remember to breathe as you stretch; stretching should be a relaxing activity.   

    If you suffer an injury while exercising, call Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. Our orthopedic surgeons can help  relieve your pain  so you can return to your favorite activities. Call our Forest Hills office at (718) 897-2228 if you have any questions.