• The Basics of Rotator Cuff Tears

    Has your orthopedic surgeon diagnosed you with a torn rotator cuff? If so, then you probably have questions about this type of shoulder injury. Watch this video to learn the basics of rotator cuff tears.

    The rotator cuff has 4 muscles that help you raise and rotate your arm. Aging, overuse, and falls are the most common causes of torn rotator cuffs, and a lack of treatment can allow an initial injury to worsen. A rotator cuff tear usually prevents the patient from lifting the arm above shoulder level and causes pain on the outside of the shoulder, up the neck, and down the arm.

    The orthopedic surgeons at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine want to help you achieve a quick recovery. If you’ve suffered a shoulder injury near Queens , then please call (718) 897-2228 to make your appointment.

  • Stopping Properly on the Ice

    Figure skaters are susceptible to a number of sports injuries, including ankle injuries caused by improper stops. Stopping correctly on the ice is a skill that takes patience and persistence to learn. Beginning figure skaters typically learn the snowplow stop first. This may be done with one or both feet. First, skaters should hold onto the rail while practicing this move. Later, skaters can practice without holding onto the rail. The move is done by pushing the flat of the blade out. The ice should scrape and generate friction. Then, the skater should bend the knees and come to a complete stop.

    The T-stop is harder to master, but looks more elegant than the snowplow stop. The T-stop gets its name from its appearance; one blade is placed at a 90-degree angle to the other in the middle of the rear blade. The rear blade generates the friction needed to stop, while the front blade simply glides.

    If you do sustain ankle injuries in Queens, you can find the expert care you need at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. Call (718) 897-2228 today to request an exam with our orthopedist.

  • Diagnosing and Treating a Torn Meniscus

    A meniscus tear is a knee injury that is particularly common among athletes who play contact sports such as football. The menisci are sections of cartilage that are responsible for absorbing the shock between the shinbone and thighbone. Each of your knees has two menisci. Meniscus tears can be quite painful, but an orthopedic specialist can provide effective medical interventions for your recovery.

    Medical History and Symptom Review

    When you arrive at the clinic, the orthopedist will review your full medical history. This includes any pre-existing medical conditions you have and medications you take. Next, you’ll be asked to describe your symptoms in detail. You may have heard a “popping” noise at the time of the injury. Meniscus tears are also associated with pain, swelling, stiffness, and the sensation of the joint “giving way.”

    Physical Examination

    The orthopedist will carefully examine your knee and may ask you to move the leg in certain ways. The doctor will evaluate the range of motion in your joint. He or she might ask you to walk around if you can place weight on the affected leg.

    Imaging Tests

    Imaging tests may be necessary to confirm the initial diagnosis of a meniscus tear. Your doctor may request a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. Sometimes, X-rays may be requested to rule out other possible causes for your symptoms.

    Nonsurgical Treatments

    Your orthopedic doctor will develop a customized treatment plan based on the nature and location of the tear, and your activity level, age, and other injuries. Small tears on the outer edge of the cartilage are most often treated without surgery. Your doctor may ask you to get plenty of rest, apply ice packs, keep the leg elevated, and wear a compression bandage while the tear heals. You might also take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

    Surgical Interventions

    If your symptoms persist or the tear is located on the inner part of the meniscus (which lacks a blood supply necessary to heal), your doctor may recommend trimming away the damaged tissue surgically . Sometimes, a tear may be surgically repaired by suturing the edges of the tear together.

    Providing specialized care for knee injuries in Queens is just part of what we do here at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. Our orthopedist treats musculoskeletal injuries and diseases of the shoulder, ankle, wrist, and other areas. New and current patients can reach our office at (718) 897-2228.