• Meet Louis Guillaume, SA

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    To ensure the best possible care, Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine staffs orthopedic professionals who can both effectively treat and communicate with our patients. That is why Louis Guillaume, SA makes a valuable addition to our orthopedic team. The greater NYC region includes individuals from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, and some of them may not use English as their primary language. Louis makes it easy for those who are more comfortable using Spanish, French, or even Creole to receive appropriate orthopedic treatment. Louis’s proficiency with languages stems in part from his professional experiences around the world. For nearly the past two decades, he has brought his orthopedic expertise to the people of France, Florida, and now Forest Hills.

    At Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, you receive comprehensive orthopedic care tailored to your individual medical needs. Our unparalleled team of professionals, including Louis Guillaume, SA, can help you quickly recover from your orthopedic injury or disease. To schedule a consultation with an orthopedic doctor , call us at (718) 690-9520.

  • Preventing Shoveling and Snowblowing Injuries

    The NYC area typically endures a few major snowstorms each winter. While shoveling and snowblowing might be common activities during this time of year, those who do not take the necessary safety precautions can end up in a hospital because of them. If you are heading outdoors this winter to clear away the snow and ice from your porch, sidewalk, or driveway, keep in mind these injury prevention tips:

    Preventing Shoveling and Snowblowing Injuries - Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine

    Wear Proper Attire

    The clothing you wear when you shovel or snowblow is just as important as the equipment you use to clear away snow. Well-fitting attire offers multiple benefits. One, it can keep your muscles warm and minimize the risk of muscles strains and tears due to cold and stiffness. Two, appropriate clothing and accessories can reduce unanticipated accidents. For example, if you wear gloves too big for your hands, they can slide off as you try to maneuver your shovel, which can lead to an accident and injuries.

    Watch Your Step

    It is also important to make slow, deliberate movements whenever you head outside to shovel or snowblow your property. Snow and ice can make even the steadiest person lose his balance and suffer a slip and fall injury. Trying to maneuver a shovel or snowblower while walking on a slippery surface may only increase the risk of potentially life-threatening accidents. To protect yourself from falls and the injuries they can cause, wear non-slip footwear and walk carefully on slippery pathways.

    Take Indoor Breaks

    Even a few minutes of being outside in sub-freezing temperatures can affect your motor coordination. Numb hands and feet can make it difficult to hold onto your shovel or snowblower and walk with stability. The longer you remain outside, the greater the chance that you might also suffer a strain from cold muscles. Therefore, prevent injuries by spacing out your shoveling or snowblowing duties and coming inside periodically to warm your body.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is always available to help you be your healthiest 365 days a year. If you have recently suffered an accident and are experiencing pain and stiffness, don’t wait for your symptoms to disappear on their own. Call (718) 690-9520 to discuss your concerns with one of our knowledgeable Forest Hills orthopedists. 

  • Rotator Cuff Injuries

    The success of a baseball pitcher or tennis player depends on his ability to rotate his arm when throwing a ball or swinging a racket. As a result, injury to the shoulder can significantly impact performance.

    This video discusses rotator cuff tears, a common shoulder injury. The rotator cuff is actually a group of muscles that holds the shoulder joint in place. Because athletes such as baseball or tennis players must typically use this joint in many of their activities, they are prone to overuse rotator cuff injuries. Pain, tenderness, and restricted range of motion are often the first warning signs of a problem.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine can help you get back to the sports you love. If you have suffered a rotator cuff injury , call our Forest Hills practice at (718) 690-9520 to schedule an appointment with an orthopedist.