• Tips for Stopping Shoulder Pain

    Shoulder pain is a common side effect after experiencing a sports injury or other type of accident. When left untreated, the pain can become debilitating and interfere with your usual daily activities. If the cause of your shoulder pain is undiagnosed, it is important to see an orthopedist for evaluation and any necessary care that can help you get back to your normal routine. These strategies can also help you reduce your shoulder pain and prevent it from returning.

    Rest

    Often, rest is the most effective remedy for pain caused by shoulder injuries , particularly pain associated with sports injuries or repetitive use injuries. Stop the activity that could have caused the pain and reduce the amount of movement you make with your shoulder in general. After a period of rest, physical therapy may help you slowly rebuild your muscle strength so you can move your shoulder again with a lower risk of injury. Talk to your orthopedist about incorporating heat and ice when you are resting to encourage healing.

    Medication

    Depending on the nature of your injury and the severity of your pain, your orthopedist may prescribe medications to reduce inflammation and control your pain. Steroid injections into the area of the injury may also help. Typically, pain medications are used for a limited period of time under the close supervision of your doctor.

    Surgery

    Most patients with shoulder pain do not go on to need orthopedic surgery. Occasionally, however, surgery is necessary for pain that doesn’t respond to other treatments. For instance, surgery may be recommended for rotator cuff repair and recurring dislocations. Depending on the nature of your injury, your orthopedic surgery may recommend traditional surgery or an arthroscopic procedure.

    At Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine , we treat a variety of shoulder injuries in Queens using the most conservative approach possible that gets you out of pain. If you’re suffering with shoulder pain, make an appointment today by calling (718) 897-2228.

  • Reducing Your Risk of Getting Osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis is a condition that is associated with lost bone density and an increased risk of fractures. Although it can happen to anyone at any age, it is most common in post-menopausal women. Many sufferers are unaware they have osteoporosis until they experience a fracture caused by weak bones. In time, the bones can become so weak that even sneezing can cause a break. Fortunately, an orthopedist can provide treatment for fractures and to reduce the risk of future bone loss. There are also steps you can take to reduce your chances of developing osteoporosis. Here is what you need to know.

    Eat a Healthy Diet

    Choosing a healthy diet with a balanced variety of foods will protect your bone health. Opt for foods that are rich in calcium, vitamins D, C, and K, magnesium, and potassium. Good food choices include fatty fishes, low-fat dairy products, leafy green vegetables, papayas, potatoes, and oranges. You can also choose foods that are fortified with calcium and vitamin D, including breakfast cereals and some types of juices.

    Exercise Regularly

    Weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises both help to keep your bones strong. Weight-bearing exercises include high and low-impact cardiovascular exercises, such as dancing, jogging, and walking on a treadmill. Muscle-strengthening exercises include using free weights, weight machines, and exercise bands. Stretching and posture exercises are also helpful if you have osteoporosis, since they improve your balance and reduce your risk of falls.

    Consider Taking Supplements

    Calcium and vitamin D are essential to bone health , but not everyone gets an adequate amount through the foods they eat. Women need 1,000 mg of calcium daily before age 51, and 1,200 mg daily after. Men require 1,000 mg daily up to age 71 and 1,200 mg daily after. Both men and women require 400-800 IUs of vitamin D daily before age 50 and 800-1,000 IUs daily after. If you don’t think you are getting enough, talk to your orthopedist about taking supplements.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine offers treatment for osteoporosis in Queens alongside care for sports injuries and other orthopedic conditions. To find out if you are at risk for osteoporosis, please call (718) 897-2228 for an appointment.

  • Benefits of Warming Up Before Practice or Play

    Ask any sports medicine expert, and you will hear that warming up is one of the most crucial parts of any activity. When you warm up, you protect your body and increase your performance potential. Here is a closer look at why warming up is so important.

    It is difficult for your muscles, not to mention your mind, to go from being sedentary to engaging in strenuous physical activity. Warming up is a transition time that gets your body ready for movement and stretches out tight muscles. By doing so, you reduce the chances of muscle tears and other sports injuries that can cause pain and prevent you from being active. Warming up also gives your mind time to get into competitive mode and focus on the activity at hand.

    For more sports medicine information and tips on avoiding things like sprained ankles and knee injuries, make an appointment with Dr. Manouel at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. To set up a consultation with an orthopedist in Queens, please call (718) 897-2228.

  • Exercises for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Have you been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome? If so, your doctor may have recommended some exercises to alleviate your symptoms. Carpal tunnel syndrome is frequently treated in sports medicine , and patients often find relief after rest and practicing specific exercises.

    In this video, a sports physiotherapist demonstrates several movements that may help to reduce the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, such as tingling and numbness in the hand and fingers. To practice the median nerve gliding progression, stand arm’s length away from a wall with your hand outstretched. Gently press the palm flat against the wall. Repeat this movement 15-20 times.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine has years of experience treating sports injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome in Queens. Contact us at (718) 897-2228 to learn about your treatment options or to schedule an appointment.