• How Significant Is Your Shoulder Pain?

    Minor aches and pains are usually nothing to be concerned about. However, if you experience persistent or severe symptoms, it could be time to make an appointment with an orthopedist. An orthopedist will perform a comprehensive assessment of your symptoms, a physical exam, and a review of the results of diagnostic tests. However, you can do a quick self-assessment at home to determine if it’s time to see someone about your shoulder injuries or sports injuries.

    Consider whether you find yourself stretching your shoulders and arms more frequently than usual to try to work out the stiffness. Consider whether it’s difficult for you to use the full range of motion of your shoulder joint. If these problems apply to you, it’s time to see an orthopedist. You should also see a sports medicine specialist if you experience the loss of strength in your shoulder, arm, or hand, or if your shoulder joint seems to lack stability.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine offers exceptional care for patients with muscle, bone, and joint problems, including shoulder injuries . You can schedule a visit to an orthopedist at our Queens location by calling (718) 897-2228.

  • Proper Chair Ergonomics

    If your job requires long periods of sitting down, it’s particularly important to set up your workstation carefully. The positioning of your chair can play a crucial role in your back health. Your orthopedist can help you learn how to achieve a neutral spine position. You can also watch this video for some quick tips on proper chair ergonomics.

    This former physical therapist explains why it’s best to set the height of your chair so that your hips are positioned slightly above the level of your knees. The chair’s incline should be locked in place to prevent slouching. Additionally, it’s best to lower the armrests as far as possible.

    At Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, our knee injury and sports injury specialists in Queens work with patients with all types of musculoskeletal problems, including acute injuries and chronic repetitive strain injuries . Call us today at (718) 897-2228 for an appointment with an orthopedist or visit us online to read about the conditions we can treat, including carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and others.

  • Signs You May Have Tennis Elbow

    Despite its name, tennis elbow can arise from many activities other than tennis. In fact, tennis elbow may be an occupational health problem. It’s not unusual for an orthopedist to diagnose tennis elbow in plumbers, butchers, carpenters, and painters. If you’ve been experiencing persistent elbow pain, consider going to an orthopedist for an evaluation.

    Onset of Symptoms

    Since tennis elbow is an overuse injury, the symptoms usually develop gradually. The symptoms may be minor and easy to ignore at first, yet they later tend to grow worse, particularly if left untreated. The symptoms of tennis elbow develop because of repetitive twisting motions of the forearm or wrist. Repetitive twisting motions result in the inflammation of the lateral—or outside—part of the arm close to the elbow. Some patients with tennis elbow may have a partial tear of the tendon fibers.

    Types of Symptoms

    The most noticeable symptom of tennis elbow is pain of the elbow area. It may begin at the outside of the elbow and radiate down the forearm to the back of the hand, especially when the patient engages in grasping or twisting movements. Some patients describe the pain of tennis elbow as feeling like a burning sensation. Weak grip strength is common and may be particularly noticeable when trying to perform simple tasks like turning a doorknob, holding a cup of coffee, or shaking someone’s hand.

    Complications of Tennis Elbow

    If left untreated by an orthopedic specialist, the pain of tennis elbow may continue to worsen over time. Eventually, over-the-counter medications may not sufficiently manage the chronic pain. Other possible complications include a recurrence of the injury because of overuse of the arm and rupture of the tendon due to the excessive use of steroid injections.

    Tennis elbow is just one of the many conditions that an orthopedic specialist can treat. At Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, we treat all types of musculoskeletal problems, ranging from sports injuries to osteoarthritis. If you’re experiencing the symptoms of a sports injury and you live near Queens, give us a call today at (718) 897-2228 and get started on the road to recovery.

  • What Is Osteoporosis?

    Osteoporosis is often called a silent disease, because it doesn’t typically cause any symptoms until it causes a fracture. If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, an orthopedist can help you manage the complications and protect your bone health.

    Watch this video to learn more about osteoporosis. As you age, your ability to produce bone tissue decreases, and you simultaneously begin to lose bone density. When you lose a significant amount of density, this is called osteoporosis. It leaves you vulnerable to fractures that can be dangerous and cause decreased mobility.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine offers treatment to prevent further bone loss and to manage osteoporosis-related fractures. Find out more about all of our orthopedists and services, from treatment for sports injuries and knee injuries to arthritis care, and make an appointment with our orthopedic specialist in Queens by calling (718) 897-2228.