• Preventing Injuries in Basketball Players

    The fast pace of basketball makes players prone to a variety of injuries, from ankle sprains to knee ligament tears and hand injuries. Every player who takes the court, from weekend warriors to pros, can take steps to cut the risk of injury and stay healthy enough to stay in the game. You can reduce your chances of a sports injury with these steps.

    First, make sure you’re in game shape before you start to play. Do conditioning exercises between games so your muscles are strong, and stretch before the game to warm up. Wear proper shoes, and pay attention to pain while you’re playing. Don’t over-train so you don’t suffer from repetitive use injuries. If you do sustain a sports injury, transition slowly back into play when you are cleared by your orthopedist.

    Recovery from sports injuries starts at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. Our orthopedist in Queens treats a range of injuries with non-invasive methods as well as surgery. To make an appointment, please call (718) 897-2228.

  • Understanding Tendonitis

    Tendons are thick fibers that attach muscles to bones, and tendonitis refers to inflammation of one of those tendons. It can cause pain and tenderness that interferes with mobility. If you develop tendonitis, getting treatment from an orthopedist is important to ensure proper healing. Here is what you need to know about this common injury.

    Where Does Tendonitis Occur?

    Tendonitis can happen in any tendon, but it is most common in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles. Often, people who have tendonitis refer to it with a different name that is associated with the local of the injury, such as tennis elbow or pitcher’s shoulder. These orthopedic injuries earned their names because of their association with the activities they reference, but not everyone with tendonitis has a sports injury.

    What Are the Symptoms?

    The symptoms of tendonitis are the same no matter where the injury occurs. Most people experience pain in the location of the injury, especially when they move the joint that is affected. Tenderness and swelling are also possible. Symptoms may be mild at first and progressively get worse if the injury does not receive attention.

    What Are the Treatments?

    In most cases, an orthopedist will suggest a regime of rest, ice, and pain medications to treat tendonitis. Steroid injections may also be helpful in reducing inflammation but are not recommended if your injury is chronic, as repeated doses of steroids can actually weaken the tendon. For severe tendonitis, orthopedic surgery may be needed. Surgery is most common if the tendon has separated completely from the bone. For chronic tendonitis and for patients recovering from surgery, physical therapy to strengthen the muscles can help.

    Don’t let tendonitis keep you on the sidelines. Help is available at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine in Queens. For treatment for chronic pain , sports injuries, and more, please call (718) 897-2228.

  • What Is the Proper Way to Carry a Backpack?

    Heavy backpacks can lead to chronic back and shoulder pain, particularly if the strap is only worn over one shoulder. An orthopedist would recommend choosing an ergonomic backpack with well-padded straps. The way in which you carry your backpack also has a significant effect on your musculoskeletal system. You’re less likely to sustain shoulder injuries if you wear both straps over your shoulders to distribute the weight of the backpack evenly.

    Additionally, try to limit the weight of the objects in your backpack to no more than 10 percent of your body weight. Place the heavier items in the bottom of the pack to reduce its effect on spinal curvature. If you do need to carry around very heavy objects, consider using a rolling backpack instead.

    If you or your child has developed sports injuries or repetitive strain injuries, you can schedule an appointment with an orthopedic specialist in Queens by calling (718) 897-2228. An orthopedist at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine can help restore you to health.

  • What Are the Signs of Bone Tumors?

    A bone tumor can develop when abnormal cells begin to grow in a bone. Although a bone tumor can affect any bone in the body, it is most commonly diagnosed in the long bones of the arms and legs. Bone tumors aren’t always cancerous; however, even benign tumors may cause symptoms. The symptoms can vary widely from patient to patient. It’s important to inform the orthopedist of all of your symptoms, even if they do not appear to be related.

    Bone-Specific Symptoms

    The most common symptom that patients report is bone pain. This can occur as the tumor grows into the healthy bone tissue and destroys it. Initially, the pain may be intermittent. As the tumor continues to grow, the pain may become constant and severe. Movement may worsen the pain, which is often described as a dull, aching pain. Sometimes, patients may be awakened at night because of the bone pain. Since the tumor can weaken the bone , sports injuries such as bone fractures may be more likely to occur. In fact, patients may be unaware that they have a bone tumor until they see an orthopedist for a broken bone.

    Localized Symptoms

    In addition to bone pain, these types of tumors can cause symptoms that affect the area around the tumor. You might notice that swelling accompanies the pain. If the bone tumor is in or near a joint, the joint may become swollen, tender, and stiff. It may become difficult to move the joint and range of motion may be restricted.

    Systemic Symptoms

    Bone tumors do not commonly cause systemic symptoms. However, some patients may report malaise and unexplained weight loss. They may be diagnosed with anemia and they may have a fever.

    For more than 20 years, Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine has been providing high-quality sports medicine in Queens. Our orthopedic specialist also provides diagnostic and therapeutic medical care for patients with bone tumors, bone infections, and cartilage damage. Call (718) 897-2228 to schedule an appointment with an orthopedist today.