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  • What to Do When You Need Emergency Care

    What to Do When You Need Emergency Care - Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine - New York

    Certain types of orthopedic injuries are emergency situations that require prompt medical attention. Any type of fracture requires emergency care, for example, as does an ACL tear and a dislocated joint. When you suffer a serious orthopedic injury, it’s best to go to the emergency room closest to you as soon as possible. Either call 911 or have someone else drive you there.

    Once you’re in the emergency room, the doctors can assess your injury and stabilize your condition. As soon as your condition is stabilized, it’s recommended that you call your orthopedic doctor promptly. Although emergency room doctors are highly skilled in handling urgent situations, an orthopedic doctor has the specialized knowledge and skills needed to ensure you can return to your active lifestyle as quickly as possible.

    The orthopedic doctors and surgeons of Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine of NYC will meet you in the emergency room promptly in the event that you suffer an urgent medical condition. We can provide the treatment you need to enjoy restored mobility and a return to your favorite sport. Residents of the Forest Hills area and beyond can reach us at (718) 897-2228.

  • What Are the Risk Factors for Osteoarthritis?

    Joint Pain - Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine - NYC

    Globally, millions of people suffer from osteoarthritis, making it the most prevalent form of arthritis. Frequently called “wear and tear arthritis,” osteoarthritis develops when the cartilage within the joints deteriorates. Although there is no cure available for this orthopedic condition, you can visit an orthopedic doctor to explore your treatment options and learn how to maintain your active lifestyle.

    Uncontrollable Risk Factors

    Although some risk factors for osteoarthritis can be changed with healthier lifestyle decisions, certain risk factors are uncontrollable. The most significant risk factor for this orthopedic condition is your age. When you’re younger, your cartilage becomes even stronger and thicker as you use it. Unfortunately, as you grow older, this no longer occurs. Osteoarthritis is most common among those over 60 years of age. Other uncontrollable risk factors include your gender. Women are at a higher risk, possibly due to hormone changes with menopause. Having a family history of osteoarthritis also places you at a higher risk of developing it.

    Medical Conditions

    Orthopedic researchers have found that those with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, Paget’s disease of the bone, gout, and hypothyroidism are more likely to be diagnosed with osteoarthritis. It’s also possible to have an increased risk of osteoarthritis due to defective cartilage or malformed joints, which may be present at birth. Additionally, you could be at a higher risk if you’ve previously suffered sports injuries or other orthopedic injuries.

    Lifestyle Considerations

    You may be able to lower your risk of osteoarthritis by making healthy lifestyle choices. Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your risk because your joints won’t be under as much stress. If you currently have a physically demanding job that places excessive stress on your joints, you might consider working with an orthopedic doctor to learn about ergonomic improvements you could make in the workplace.

    For osteoarthritis solutions, residents of Queens, Forest Hills, and beyond can turn to the trusted orthopedic specialists of Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. Our NYC office has more than two decades of experience in helping orthopedic patients get back on their feet. Give us a call at (718) 897-2228 to schedule an appointment .

  • Spotting the Signs of Sports Injuries In Kids

    Each year in the U.S., high school athletes suffer about two million sports injuries. Unfortunately, kids on sports teams often try to hide their injuries because they fear being taken off the team. Parents and coaches can watch out for the signs of a potential injury, such as unusual changes in behavior. A child might be favoring a body part, limping, or trying not to place weight on a limb. Parents can also watch out for signs of a concussion, such as complaints of headaches, dizziness, and difficulty concentrating.

    Watch this video to hear more about common sports injuries among high school athletes. You’ll hear the story of a cheerleader who has suffered multiple concussions and you’ll learn of the dangers of untreated head injuries.

    At Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, our orthopedic doctors have more than 20  years of experience treating sports injuries  and other orthopedic conditions. Families in Queens and throughout the NYC area can contact us at (718) 897-2228 for an appointment.