• Are You Warming Up Properly?

    One of the easiest and most effective ways of preventing sports injuries is warming up before any kind of physical activity. Watch this video to learn a simple warm-up routine that could stop a sports injury from keeping you on the sidelines.

    The warm-up in this video takes just a few minutes but will get all parts of your body ready for activity. Loosen up your muscles, get your blood flowing, and prep your body for whatever sport or workout lies ahead.

    If you do suffer a sports injury, let Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine get you back in the game fast. Our orthopedist in Queens offers comprehensive care for sports injuries, from ACL repair to knee replacement. Make an appointment today by calling (718) 897-2228.

  • The Basics of Proper Cast Care

    Your orthopedist may place you in a cast to immobilize a broken or injured bone or joint to allow it to heal. It’s normal to have a period of adjustment as you get used to wearing your cast, but it’s important to follow your orthopedist’s instructions closely to prevent delays in healing. You can take care of your cast and get on the road to recovery with these steps.

    Keep the Cast Dry

    The most important part of caring for you cast is keeping it dry. Before you bathe, wrap the cast in a plastic bag you’ve checked for holes or in a cast cover from a drug store or medical supply company. If your cast is made of fiberglass and it gets damp, you can dry it using a hairdryer on the cool setting. However, if your cast gets wet enough that the skin underneath it gets damp, your orthopedist may need to replace it. When wet skin is trapped under your cast, it won’t dry, and you could develop an infection. This is also true if your skin becomes wet under your cast because of excessive sweating.

    Don’t Stick Things Under the Cast

    Getting an itch under a cast is a common—and frustrating—problem. Although the urge to use a coat hanger or other sharp object to reach under the cast and scratch your skin can be strong, doing so can cause injuries and infections. Never stick anything under your cast. Instead, try aiming a hair dryer set on a cool setting under the cast to ease your discomfort. For persistent itching, talk to your orthopedist about taking an antihistamine.

    Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions

    Your orthopedist will provide you with specific instructions for caring for your cast. For instance, if you are in a cast for a broken ankle, your doctor may allow you to put pressure on the cast while walking as long as you wear a cast boot. The closer you follow your doctor’s instructions, the faster you will be able to say goodbye to your cast.

    At Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, our team is dedicated to helping patients get the right treatments quickly and easily. When you need care for a sports injury near Queens, call (718) 897-2228.

  • A Quick Look at the Basics of Your Knee Anatomy

    Knee injuries can be debilitating and leave you facing mobility issues for an extended period of time. Without proper treatment, a knee injury can progressively get worse, and in the long term, lead to painful arthritis symptoms. By understanding your knee anatomy, you can understand more about your knee injury and the treatment plan your orthopedist suggests. Here is what you need to know.

    Your knee is the largest joint in your body, and because it is responsible for so much movement and for carrying so much weight, it is also one of the most easily injured. Your femur, tibia, and patella all come together to form your knee joint, and they are surrounded by articular cartilage. Rubbery meniscus cartilage acts as shock absorbers between the joints. Tears to the meniscus are common types of knee injuries. The ligaments and tendons that attach the bones are also prone to tears.

    Whether you experience a torn meniscus, need ACL repair, or complete knee replacement, Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine can help you overcome your knee injury in Queens and get back to your active lifestyle. You can learn more about our services by calling (718) 897-2228.

  • How Will Your Doctor Remove Your Cast?

    Many sports injuries require a cast as part of the treatment plan. Once the cast is in place, it’s common for people to wonder how their orthopedist will remove it without harming the skin underneath. Fortunately, removing a cast is fast and painless procedure. Here is what you can expect.

    The first step in removing a cast involves using a cast saw. The saw will cut through the cast but is designed to protect the skin underneath. Typically, your orthopedist will make a series of cuts to open the cast and then use another tool to lift it off your skin. After the cast is removed, the layers of padding are cut off using scissors. It is normal for the skin to look pale and the area to feel stiff, but the area should return to normal with time. Physical therapy may be needed to rebuild strength at the site of the initial injury.

    Whether you need care for sports injuries , osteoarthritis, or DeQuervain’s syndrome, Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine has the treatments you need. Schedule a consultation with our orthopedist in Queens by calling (718) 897-2228.