Blog Archive

Common Questions About Bone Infections Apr 25th, 2017

Bone infections , also known as osteomyelitis, are serious medical problems that require the skillful treatment planning of an orthopedist. Frequently, surgery is needed to treat the infection. A bone infection may be acute, which means it develops suddenly. Chronic osteomyelitis may linger for years, flaring up intermittently before subsiding again...

Before, During, and After a Carpal Tunnel Release Apr 19th, 2017

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a chronic, progressive medical condition. The pain, numbness, and weakened grip strength can become debilitating. Carpal tunnel syndrome is best treated as early as possible, when nonsurgical treatments are more likely to be effective. See an orthopedist as soon as you experience the possible symptoms. If nonsurgical...

Examining Pediatric Elbow Fractures Apr 11th, 2017

Elbow fractures are particularly common for kids with developing bones. If your child suffers this kind of injury, it is important to see an orthopedist for treatment as soon as possible to ensure that the bones heal completely. Here is what you need to know if your child has been diagnosed with...

What Is a Knee Arthroscopy? Apr 4th, 2017

If you have suffered a knee injury or are experiencing chronic knee pain, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend a knee arthroscopy. This procedure is less invasive than traditional surgery, so you may recover faster. Watch this video to find out more knee arthroscopy procedures. During an arthroscopy, your orthopedic surgeon...

Noninvasive Treatments for Ankle Fractures Mar 28th, 2017

Ankle fractures can be very painful and can significantly interfere with your mobility. Although some fractures require surgery, in many cases, your orthopedist can offer noninvasive treatments that are effective and help you avoid the downtime that comes with a surgical procedure. Your orthopedist will determine which kind of treatment...

A Patient’s Guide to Chronic Shoulder Instability Mar 21st, 2017

A common condition seen by orthopedists is shoulder instability. The shoulder is particularly vulnerable to this kind of injury because it has such a broad range of motion. The need for the shoulder joint to move in so many different directions makes it prone to injury, and once an initial injury occurs,...

Preventing Infections After Orthopedic Surgery Mar 7th, 2017

Following any surgical procedure, taking steps to avoid infection can be crucial for the patient’s health and the success of the treatment. Are you scheduled to see an orthopedist for surgery? If so, then continue reading to learn what you can do to prevent infection following your procedure. Before Your...

How Do Orthopedists Classify Sprains? Mar 2nd, 2017

Sprains are a common type of sports injury treated by orthopedists. Because of this, using a classification system can make diagnosing and treating this type of problem simpler. Orthopedists use grades I, II, and III to classify sprains. A grade I sprain describes stretching, a small tear, or minor damage...

The Basics of Rotator Cuff Tears Feb 24th, 2017

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,...

Stopping Properly on the Ice Feb 17th, 2017

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....

Diagnosing and Treating a Torn Meniscus Feb 9th, 2017

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...

Choosing an Ergonomic Snow Shovel Jan 31st, 2017

Living in New York is not without its perks, but it does come with at least one major disadvantage: The inevitable need to shovel snow. If you’re rehabbing a sports injury or you are otherwise in poor health, consider hiring someone to relocate your snow for you. Otherwise, you can...

A Look at the Link Between Smoking and Poor Orthopedic Outcomes Jan 25th, 2017

If you’re a smoker, you probably already accept that smoking increases your risk of respiratory diseases and cancers, among other life-threatening health problems. But did you know that it can also affect your musculoskeletal health? In fact, your orthopedic surgeon might ask you to quit smoking before undergoing an ACL repair or...

Recovering from Frozen Shoulder Injury Jan 19th, 2017

A common type of shoulder injury treated by orthopedists is frozen shoulder. If you were recently diagnosed with this condition, then read on to learn about recovering from this kind of injury. Understanding Frozen Shoulder Sometimes referred to as adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder is associated with pain and stiffness in the...

Common Problems Caused by Poorly Fitting Ice Skating Boots Jan 9th, 2017

When it comes to winter sports injuries, orthopedists sometimes see patients who have hurt themselves while ice skating. Continue reading to learn about common issues caused by poorly fitting ice skates and how you can avoid them. Ankle Sprains When you select a pair of ice skating boots, it’s important...

A Look at Our Emergency Orthopedic Services Jan 3rd, 2017

The skilled orthopedic surgeons at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine realize that when an emergency injury occurs, it’s important to seek treatment right away. For this reason, our team can meet you at the ER and participate in your treatment from the get-go. If you are an athlete who has...

Helping Your Child Cope with Wearing a Cast Dec 29th, 2016

Active kids sometimes suffer injuries while playing sports or participating in other activities. If your child recently saw a sports medicine doctor or orthopedist because of an injury, then he may have been given a cast to help speed and ensure his recovery. Watch this video for tips on helping...

The Dos and Don’ts of Knee Pain Management Dec 12th, 2016

Knee injuries and arthritis are both common causes of knee pain but, no matter the reason for your symptoms, several things can minimize or exacerbate your discomfort. Read on to learn what you should or shouldn’t do to manage your knee pain. Don’t Stop Moving While you may be tempted...

Rehabilitating a Wrist Injury Dec 6th, 2016

Wrist injuries are often seen by orthopedists and sports medicine specialists, and they can develop for many reasons, such as from overuse or when a person suffers a fall. If you’ve injured your wrist, then watch this video to learn a few wrist rehabilitation exercises. To perform the wrist flexion...

Reduce Your Risk of Ice Skating Injuries Nov 30th, 2016

Ice skating is an excellent form of exercise and a popular winter sport. However, it’s smart to take precautions against getting hurt while you’re on the ice. To help prevent suffering a sports injury while you’re at the rink, use the following tips to stay safe while ice skating: Tie...

Are You at Risk of Frozen Shoulder? Nov 23rd, 2016

The shoulder is a complicated joint that is at risk for several injuries, including frozen shoulder, which is characterized by pain and stiffness. If you’re suffering from a lack of strength or range of motion in your shoulder or if the joint frequently feels stiff, then you may be at...

Breaking the Cycle of Knee Pain Nov 2nd, 2016

Knee pain is an incredibly common problem, and many sufferers feel like they are trapped in a cycle of immobility and weight gain. Dealing with knee injuries can be a lengthy process, but it is possible to overcome the cycle get relief. Watch this video to learn more. The most...

Are You Warming Up Properly? Oct 24th, 2016

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...

The Basics of Proper Cast Care Oct 18th, 2016

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....

A Quick Look at the Basics of Your Knee Anatomy Oct 11th, 2016

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...

How Will Your Doctor Remove Your Cast? Oct 4th, 2016

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 a fast and painless procedure. Here is what you can...

How Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosed? Sep 29th, 2016

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the nerve that runs through your wrist into your hand via a small canal called the carpal tunnel becomes compressed. When the compression occurs, you may experience numbness and weakness in your thumb, index, and middle fingers, especially when you are grasping something. If your...

Get the Answers to Your Questions About Osteomyelitis Sep 14th, 2016

Osteomyelitis is a potentially serious condition that can affect both children and adults, especially those with diabetes. It requires immediate treatment by an orthopedist to prevent complications such as the need for amputation. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with osteomyelitis, you are likely to have many questions. Here...

Reasons to Use Athletic Taping Sep 9th, 2016

Athletic taping is a valuable tool that can help athletes with both rehabilitation and performance. Sports medicine specialists often use athletic taping to improve the comfort and stability of joints, which can help an athlete heal from sports injuries, as well as prevent re-injury afterward. Additionally, this method can be...

Reducing the Risk of Sports Injuries Aug 30th, 2016

If you’ve ever suffered a sports injury, then you know how frustrating it can be to deal with this type of setback. Proper preparation before you compete is essential if you want to avoid issues like sprained ankles, torn ligaments, and pulled muscles. Watch this video for some helpful tips...

Is It Time to Consider Knee Replacement Surgery? Aug 22nd, 2016

Your knees play an important role in your ability to perform everyday movements like walking, bending, and climbing stairs, and when they don’t function properly, this can greatly impact your life. To know if you should talk to an orthopedist about knee replacement surgery, watch for the following symptoms: You...

A Look at Common Injuries Among Olympic Athletes Aug 15th, 2016

While certain sports injuries suffered by Olympic athletes stand out due to their severe nature, these are not the ones that occur most frequently. Compared to overuse injuries, broken collarbones and tibias are relatively rare among Games participants. Here is a look at some of the most common injuries suffered...

Understanding ACL Tears in Female Athletes Jul 28th, 2016

An ACL tear is a fairly common sports injury that occurs when one of the major ligaments in the knee, called the anterior cruciate ligament, is injured. This type of injury frequently happens when the person is playing a sport that involves jumping or sudden changes in direction, such as...

The Dos and Don’ts of Ergonomic Texting Jul 19th, 2016

While people often visit an orthopedist for sports medicine, non-sports injuries are also commonly treated ailments. Individuals often ignore their posture while using their mobile devices but, over time, practicing poor ergonomics while texting can lead to pain and injury. Do switch hands. Alternating the hand in which you hold...

Spotting the Signs of a Torn Meniscus Jul 12th, 2016

Meniscus tears are one of the most common knee injuries, and they are typically caused by a quick twist or turn of the leg. The meniscus is a large section of cartilage that functions as a cushion between your thighbone and shinbone. There are several signs that can indicate you’ve...

Practicing Good Posture in the Garden Jun 29th, 2016

Spending time in the garden this time of year can be extremely pleasant and relaxing. However, when it comes to digging, weeding, and raking, many gardeners end up developing aches, pains, and even injuries. Practicing good posture in the garden is essential to reduce your risk for wrist or knee...

Stay Injury-Free This Softball Season Jun 23rd, 2016

Sports injuries are some of the most common problems that orthopedic specialists treat. This time of year, plenty of people injure themselves on the diamond but, in many cases, these injuries are preventable. Use these tips to stay injury-free this softball season: Prepare Your Body Before putting on your mitt...

Spotlight on Ankle Ligament Injuries Jun 16th, 2016

Sprained ankles are common sports injuries that many athletes will suffer from at least once in their lifetime. This type of injury occurs when the ligaments that support the ankle are stretched too far and tear. Ankle ligament injuries can be mild or severe, depending on the level of damage...

Practicing Better Cell Phone Ergonomics Jun 8th, 2016

While sports medicine specialists and orthopedists commonly treat patients with neck, hand, and wrist injuries caused by sports and physical activities, these problems can also develop as a result of poor cell phone ergonomics. Watch this video for tips on minimizing the strain on your body while using your cell...

Common Injuries in Teenage Athletes Jun 1st, 2016

Sports are an effective way for young athletes to learn the value of teamwork, cooperation, persistence, and hard work. But even when teenage athletes are careful to warm up, cool down, stretch, and wear the right safety gear, sports injuries do occur from time to time. When your child sustains...

How Significant Is Your Shoulder Pain? May 25th, 2016

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...

Proper Chair Ergonomics May 18th, 2016

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...

Signs You May Have Tennis Elbow May 11th, 2016

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...

Tips for Stopping Shoulder Pain Apr 26th, 2016

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...

Reducing Your Risk of Getting Osteoporosis Apr 20th, 2016

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,...

Benefits of Warming Up Before Practice or Play Apr 14th, 2016

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...

Exercises for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Apr 4th, 2016

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...

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Mar 31st, 2016

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition treated by orthopedists . The carpal tunnel is a narrow structure inside of your wrist which houses flexor tendons and the median nerve, both of which are protected by a type of tissue called synovium. When the synovium swells, pressure is put on the nerve,...

How Arthritis Can Affect Your Wrists Mar 24th, 2016

You use your hands and wrists every day for countless tasks. Joint conditions such as arthritis can make activities that were once simple or fun into a chore. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis treated by orthopedic surgeons, and is caused by the gradual wearing down and weakening...

Why Athletes Need Comfortable and Supportive Footwear Mar 16th, 2016

Wearing the right footwear can mean the difference between excellence and injury. Exercising while wearing unsupportive footwear can result in anything from mild discomfort to long-term pain and hindered performance. Ankle sprains and shin splints are among the most common sports injuries treated by orthopedic surgeons. Ankle injuries often result from a...

Sports Safety Tips Mar 8th, 2016

Sports injuries are often preventable. When you watch this video, you’ll get some helpful tips on reducing your risk of having an injury put you on the sidelines. For example, sports injury prevention includes mixing up your routine. Instead of playing just one sport, play a few different ones throughout...

Common Injuries that Affect Basketball Players Feb 29th, 2016

Like other athletes, basketball players may sustain acute injuries from trauma, such as from a fall or from contact with another player. These athletes are also susceptible to overuse injuries, which can be exacerbated by delaying rest and treatment for the injuries. In many cases, basketball players are diagnosed with...

Bone Infection Basics Feb 24th, 2016

Bone infection, also known as osteomyelitis, is a serious medical condition that often requires orthopedic surgery. Acute osteomyelitis develops rapidly, typically in about seven to 10 days. Since delaying treatment may lead to permanent deficits, it’s important to see an orthopedist right away if any of the symptoms of bone infections arise....

A Brief Guide to Cartilage Damage Feb 18th, 2016

Cartilage is a type of connective tissue that serves as a cushion for the joints. Although cartilage is both tough and flexible, it is possible to sustain damage to the tissue. Since cartilage lacks its own blood supply, it cannot quickly repair damage. If you suspect you may have suffered...

The Effects of Osteoporosis Feb 10th, 2016

If an orthopedic specialist has recently diagnosed you with osteoporosis, you might be wondering what you can expect. Osteoporosis can significantly impact your life, and it’s crucial that you seek regular care from an orthopedist. Here is a look at some of the most common effects of osteoporosis. Increased Risk...

Symptoms of an ACL Tear Feb 3rd, 2016

An ACL tear is a very common sports injury that can cause significant pain and even permanent disability. If you think you have suffered from an ACL tear, you should visit an orthopedist immediately for diagnosis and ACL repair. Watch this video to learn about the basic symptoms of an...

Get the Facts on Osteoarthritis Jan 27th, 2016

Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition that affects the joints and can cause cartilage damage. After being diagnosed with osteoarthritis, it’s important to find out as much as you can about the symptoms, complications, and treatment options that you can expect when living with the condition. Your orthopedist will be a...

Find the Right Running Shoes for You Jan 21st, 2016

Whether you are a dedicated runner or just go jogging occasionally, it’s crucial that you have the right running shoes. Improper running shoes can increase your risk of sports injuries, like knee injuries, sprained ankles, broken ankles, cartilage damage, and torn ligaments. Before you visit your local sporting goods store,...

Why Backpack Safety Is Important Jan 11th, 2016

People of all ages can sustain orthopedic injuries. Children are particularly susceptible to sustaining injuries from backpacks. Backpacks that are not ergonomically designed and those that are too bulky or heavy can cause back, neck, arm, and shoulder injuries. To help keep your kids safe, consider choosing ergonomic backpacks. Tell...

The Basics of Greenstick Fractures Jan 4th, 2016

Not all fractures involve a complete break of the bone. A greenstick fracture refers to the bending and cracking, rather than the breaking, of the bone. An orthopedist may diagnose this type of fracture in children, since their bones are less rigid than an adult’s bones. Fortunately for young patients,...

Skate Safe to Prevent Injuries Dec 30th, 2015

Skating is a fun way to stay in shape while enjoying the winter season. But whether you’re a recreational skater or a professional, it’s important to be aware of the potential for sports injuries. Ice skating can cause a range of injuries, including shoulder, ankle, and knee injuries. Some of the most...

Do You Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Dec 18th, 2015

If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, it’s important to visit an orthopedist for treatment sooner, rather than later. Early treatment can reduce the risk of further damage to the nerve in your wrist. Tell the orthopedist about all of your symptoms. For carpal tunnel syndrome patients, this list will typically...

Preventing Wrist Injuries at Work Dec 8th, 2015

Repetitive motions at work can put your wrists in jeopardy, leading to acute injuries and chronic pain. The good news is that there are several steps you can take to reduce the chances of wrist injuries on the job. If you do experience wrist pain, consult with an orthopedist before the injury...

What to Expect After Knee Replacement Dec 1st, 2015

Knee replacement surgery can end chronic pain and restore mobility, but many patients wonder what to expect during the recovery period. Your orthopedic surgeon will work closely with you before and after surgery to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the process. This video explains more about what to expect....

Preventing Injuries in Basketball Players Nov 23rd, 2015

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...

Understanding Tendonitis Nov 18th, 2015

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...

What Is the Proper Way to Carry a Backpack? Nov 9th, 2015

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...

What Are the Signs of Bone Tumors? Nov 3rd, 2015

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...

A Look at the Most Common Types of Arthritis Oct 20th, 2015

There are dozens of different types of arthritis. Although different types of arthritis can cause varying symptoms, the most common symptoms include pain, stiffness, and difficulty with physical movement. If you experience any health issues related to your musculoskeletal system, you can see an orthopedist for an accurate diagnosis and effective...

The Basics of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Oct 20th, 2015

An orthopedist can treat patients who have wrist injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when pressure is exerted on the median nerve. This nerve extends from the brachial plexus in the shoulder area, down the forearm, and through the wrist. In the wrist, it extends through...

Treatment Options for Knee Injuries Oct 20th, 2015

If you’re suffering from a knee injury, an experienced orthopedic specialist can provide you with a diagnosis and treatment options. Knee injuries can be a result of repetitive stress, aging, sports injuries, or disease. Because knee injuries so often affect mobility, they can make those who suffer from them feel...

Recognizing the Signs of Arthritis in the Foot and Ankle Oct 13th, 2015

Arthritis is a disease that affects the joints, and causes pain, stiffness, degeneration, inflammation, swelling, and deformities. An orthopedist or orthopedic surgeon can diagnose and treat arthritis of the foot and ankle. There are many different types of arthritis, but three of them primarily affect the foot and ankle. Keep reading to...

Prevent Orthopedic Injuries While Swimming Oct 6th, 2015

Because swimming puts a lot of stress on every joint and muscle in the body, it can cause sports injuries such as rotator cuff tendonitis, shoulder injuries, lower back pain, neck pain, and knee injuries if care is not taken. An orthopedist who specializes in sports medicine can diagnose and treat these...

Injury Prevention Tips for Football Players Sep 30th, 2015

Sports injuries are common amongst football players, but you can avoid suffering permanent damage by following injury prevention tips. Visiting an orthopedic specialist who practices sports medicine is a great way to identify new ways to protect your muscles, bones, and joints from sports injuries. Here are some other helpful injury prevention...

How to Select a School Backpack Sep 21st, 2015

Wearing a heavy backpack all day can take a toll on the health of your child’s shoulders, back, and spine. This may lead to shoulder injuries further down the line. Visiting an orthopedic specialist can help you and your child find a school backpack that minimizes the chance of damage...

How Are Knee Sprains Treated? Sep 15th, 2015

Knee injuries, such as knee sprains, are a very common sports injury. Treating a knee sprain quickly and effectively will ensure that no further cartilage damage is suffered. If you have suffered a knee injury, visit an orthopedic specialist who practices sports medicine for immediate treatment. Watch this video for...

Finding the Perfect Fit in Your Running Shoe Sep 9th, 2015

Whether you’re an athlete, or you run regularly as part of your fitness routine, it is very important that you wear running shoes that fit properly. Running shoes that fit incorrectly can cause or exacerbatesports injuries . If you suffer from ankle or knee injuries, visit an orthopedist for tips on...

Protect Yourself from Knee Pain When You Run Aug 12th, 2015

Running is an effective way to burn calories, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and enjoy the great outdoors. However, it can also lead to sports injuries. Knee injuries are especially common among runners because of the repetitive stress exerted on these joints. If you experience knee pain, see an orthopedist in...

Understanding Different Types of Ankle Injuries Aug 4th, 2015

Although sports injuries such as ankle sprains and strains may seem relatively minor at first, they can lead to lasting effects such as chronic pain if not treated properly. If your orthopedist diagnoses you with an ankle sprain, it means that you have injured the ligament. This happens when the...

Is Texting Setting You Up for Arthritis? Jul 28th, 2015

While it may be convenient, texting may also be hazardous to your health. You probably already know that texting behind the wheel isn’t a good idea, but did you know that excessive use of your cellphone may actually lead to thumb osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is a serious condition that requires the...

Could You Have a Broken Bone? Jul 21st, 2015

Sometimes it can be difficult for athletes to determine whether they have suffered a sprain or a bone fracture. Since a broken bone requires immediate care, it’s best to err on the side of caution and get help from an orthopedist who specializes in sports injuries. Some of the signs...

Stay Safe from Injury on the Softball Field with These Tips Jul 14th, 2015

When you’re eager to play ball, the last thing you want is to get sidelined with an orthopedic injury. The running, fast stops, throwing, and repetitive motions involved in softball mean that orthopedic injuries are a serious risk, but you can prevent them with some savvy preparation. Make sure you get to...

Shoulder Injuries: Know the Signs Jul 7th, 2015

Your shoulders are responsible for a range of different motions, and as such, they are very vulnerable to orthopedic injury. A shoulder injury can be debilitating, so pay attention to the early signs so that you can get treatment fast. See your orthopedic doctor if you experience any of these...

Tips for Avoiding Orthopedic Injuries While Gardening Jun 30th, 2015

Many people enjoy gardening during the summer months, but unfortunately, many people also find themselves in need of help from an orthopedic doctor after tending to their gardens. Orthopedic injuriesare common in the garden, but the good news is that there are many simple steps you can take to prevent them....

How Are Ankle Sprains Treated? Jun 25th, 2015

Ankle sprains are the most common type of sprain injury. They occur when you roll your ankle or step incorrectly, overextending your ligaments. Whenever you suffer any kind of sprain, be sure to see your orthopedic doctor right away for an accurate diagnosis and treatment. Watch this video to learn...

Your Guide to Tennis Elbow Jun 2nd, 2015

Exercise is a central component of good health. However, engaging in any one activity too often or doing it with poor form can result in injury. Tennis elbow is one such condition that often develops in response to the overuse of the forearm in athletic activities. The following questions and...

Signs You Should Have Your Shoulder Examined May 27th, 2015

Perhaps you felt your shoulder pop while playing racquetball, or maybe you slipped on the sidewalk and fell on it. Whatever the circumstances that led to your injury, you can tell that your shoulder is not 100 percent. Shoulder injuries often demand orthopedic treatment. Especially when the tissues of the...

Tips for Your ACL Surgery Recovery May 20th, 2015

As many former patients can attest, recovering from an ACL tear can be an arduous journey. However, with patience and practice, you can get back to the speed and shape you were in before your injury. If you are about to undergo ACL surgery, you are just beginning your recovery journey. By...

Common Types of Ankle Injuries May 12th, 2015

The flexibility and strength of the ankle joints allow for incredible physical feats. They can easily withstand the considerable force that kicking a ball or leaping up to catch one can generate, but it takes only one poor landing to cause a serious joint injury. Common ankle injuries are bone...

A Look at Common Knee Injuries May 6th, 2015

Because the knee is so ubiquitous in movement, knee injuries are a common problem. Sports, manual labor, and slip and fall accidents are just some of the circumstances under which a knee injury can take place. With the help of an orthopedic doctor, though, many people can recover from knee trauma and...

Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Apr 28th, 2015

Carpal tunnel syndrome can occur from poor wrist position or overuse. This video offers tips on how to avoid this condition. If you often use a computer for work or personal use, consider the position of your wrists as you type. Flexed wrists can put pressure on the median nerve,...

Meet Louis Guillaume, SA Feb 17th, 2015

To ensure the best possible care, Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine staffs orthopedic professionals who can both effectively treat and communicate with our patients. That is why Louis Guillaume, SA makes a valuable addition to our orthopedic team. The greater NYC region includes individuals from a wide range of cultural...

Preventing Shoveling and Snowblowing Injuries Feb 10th, 2015

The NYC area typically endures a few major snowstorms each winter. While shoveling and snow blowing might be common activities during this time of year, those who do not take the necessary safety precautions can end up in a hospital because of them. If you are heading outdoors this winter...

Rotator Cuff Injuries Feb 3rd, 2015

The success of a baseball pitcher or tennis player depends on his ability to rotate his arm when throwing a ball or swinging a racket. As a result, injury to the shoulder can significantly impact performance. This video discusses rotator cuff tears, a common shoulder injury. The rotator cuff is...

What You Should Know About Greenstick Fractures Jan 27th, 2015

Many people are familiar with simple, stress, and compound bone breaks. However, fewer may understand the characteristics of greenstick fractures. While a simple or compound break typically entails a complete separation of bone, a greenstick fracture may not involve a clean break. Instead, the bone suffers only a partial crack. Like...

Winter Sports Spotlight: Hockey Injuries Jan 13th, 2015

For a lot of people, hockey is one of the most exciting things about the winter season. But as with any contact sport, hockey also has its share of risks. Common injuries on the rink involve ligament tears and muscle strain, which generally require treatment from an orthopedic surgeon . While it...

A Look at Common Winter Injuries Dec 30th, 2014

During the cold months of winter, the fun provided by snow can also carry some physical risks. As everyorthopedic surgeon knows, joint injuries spike in times of heavy snowfall. So before you head outdoors to engage in any chores, games, or activities in the snow, it’s important to know about the...

Tips for Protecting Your Shoulders from Sports Injury Dec 2nd, 2014

Are you a basketball player, swimmer, or baseball pitcher? Then you know firsthand how important shoulder health is to performing at the top of your game. In fact, shoulder health is of considerable importance in most sports, which is why taking care of your shoulders should be part of every...

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments Nov 25th, 2014

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that often affects the smaller joints in the body. This video reports on treatment options for individuals with this condition. Orthopedic experts are still exploring the reasons why people suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. However, they can still offer highly effective treatment options to manage...

Help Your Kids Avoid Fall Sports Injuries With These Tips Nov 18th, 2014

With autumn in full swing, many children are signing up for their favorite fall sports. Football, basketball, hockey, and volleyball are just some of the activities that schools often offer during the fall, and each can help your child become more active, physically fit, and confident. However, without the proper...

A Brief Overview of Bone Tumors Nov 11th, 2014

The body is made of trillion of cells, most of which live and die in a regular pattern. However, genetic mutations may cause some cells to grow and divide rapidly without dying, causing the formation of a tumor. This type of growth can develop nearly anywhere in the body, including...

Understanding Frozen Shoulder Treatments Oct 14th, 2014

If you’re having trouble lifting up one of your arms properly, you may have a condition known as frozen shoulder. This orthopedic condition is characterized by pain and stiffness. It occurs when the soft tissues of the shoulder area become inflamed and irritated. Fortunately, frozen shoulder can often be resolved...

A Look at Common NFL Injuries Oct 7th, 2014

Football is without a doubt among the most beloved of sports in America. Unfortunately, it’s also among the most dangerous. Football players, both amateur and professional, suffer from countless injuries each year, including orthopedic conditions such as ankle sprains, shoulder tendinitis, and meniscus problems. If you’ve sustained a football-related injury,...

Understanding the Differences Between Sprains and Strains Sep 23rd, 2014

If you play sports, you’re at a higher risk of suffering from sprains or strains, which are types of orthopedic injuries. However, those who are in poor physical condition or are overweight are also at a heightened risk. These common orthopedic conditions are often confused as being the same injury,...

Knee Anatomy: Get to Know Your ACL Sep 16th, 2014

Tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are among the most common reasons for a visit to an orthopedic surgeon, especially among athletes. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, it can be helpful to have a basic understanding of your knee anatomy. Your knee joint is formed by the intersection...

A Patient’s Guide to Meniscus Tears Sep 9th, 2014

Your knee features two menisci, which are wedge-like structures that are made of cartilage. One meniscus is located at the outer edge of the knee, while the other is at the inner edge. The purpose of the menisci is to evenly distribute weight across the knee and to serve as...

What Is an Ankle Sprain? Sep 2nd, 2014

Ligaments are strong, flexible bands of tissue that connect bones at the joints. This video discusses how a sprain can damage the ligaments of the ankle. Orthopedic doctors frequently see patients with ankle sprains. This type of injury is common in sports, as athletes can easily roll their ankles when...

Spotting the Symptoms of a Shoulder Injury Aug 26th, 2014

Shoulder injuries are common to people from all walks of life. Athletes who commonly use their shoulders in their endeavors, including baseball or football, can be susceptible to shoulder injuries. Individuals in construction, retail, or even healthcare who must lift and carry heavy loads can also be vulnerable to experiencing shoulder...

Go Back to School with the Right Backpack [INFOGRAPHIC] Aug 20th, 2014

The days are starting to get a little shorter, you might see a hint of the leaves changing in Queens, and this can only mean one thing: it’s back-to-school time once again. Whether you are getting yourself or your child ready for the back-to-school season, it’s important to know how...

Quick Facts About Osteoporosis Aug 19th, 2014

Like muscle or skin, bone is made of tissue that can become fragile under certain conditions. Osteoporosis, a disease that causes the deterioration of bone tissue, is a common cause of bone fractures. Though anyone can suffer from osteoporosis, the elderly population is often at the highest risk for it....

Understanding Bone Infections Aug 12th, 2014

Many people have experienced sinus infections, upper respiratory infections, and even wound infections. Did you know, though, that some individuals can also suffer from bone infections? The following questions and answers address the major aspects of bone infections, which may necessitate the help of an orthopedic doctor.  How do bone infections...

Spotlight on the Symptoms of de Quervain’s Disease Jul 31st, 2014

Tendon inflammation can occur for multiple reasons, including injury and overuse. When inflammation affects the tendons in the thumb, de Quervain’s disease can result. Given the repetitive thumb usage that individuals who type, sew, or perform other tactile functions carry out, certain types of laborers can be prone to de...

An Overview of Common Wrist Injuries Jul 24th, 2014

A wrist injury, especially when it affects the dominant hand, can make it difficult to perform even the most menial tasks. Getting the right orthopedic care can mean the difference between lingering pain with reduced function and swift recovery with restored use. The following wrist injuries represent some of the...

Tips for Avoiding Injuries While Running Jul 17th, 2014

Running can be a great cardiovascular workout, but it can also heighten your risk for muscle problems. This video demonstrates stretching moves that you can use to prevent running-related injuries. Running too fast or too much before your body can handle such exertion might result in shin splints. If you...

What You Need to Know About Bone Tumors Jul 10th, 2014

Like other growths that develop in the body, bone tumors can be benign or malignant. In either case, however, the growth can cause substantial harm to the surrounding healthy bone. For this reason, bone tumors require professional orthopedic attention. An orthopedic doctor can determine the nature of the growth and the most...

The Basics of Bone Fractures Jul 2nd, 2014

When someone breaks a bone, it is imperative that they get the proper orthopedic treatment to ensure that the bone heals correctly. Use this guide to learn more about bone fractures to understand the need to see an orthopedic doctor if you break one: A Stable Fracture Broken bones can range from simple...

What Exactly Is Sports Medicine? Jun 24th, 2014

Sports medicine is a field that deals specifically with the study of and the treatment of sports-related injuries. Sports medicine doctors often focus on diagnosing and treating sports injuries, helping athletes prevent these injuries, and sport training to improve strength and stamina. Someone who specializes in sports medicine spends time...

What Injuries Are Most Common in Swimmers? Jun 19th, 2014

Repetitive motions put a lot of strain on certain areas of the body, which is why so many athletes are so susceptible to injury . Keep reading to learn about some of the most common injuries that swimmers face: Swimmer’s Shoulder The shoulders must work extra hard in the water to propel the...

Exercises that Can Help with Tennis Shoulder Injuries Jun 6th, 2014

If you play a lot of tennis, you might start to notice some shoulder pain. Since the shoulder joint hinges forward so much in this sport, it puts a lot of stress on the rotator cuff, the ligaments, and the tendons, which can lead to an injury. Place your knuckles...

Questions Your Doctor May Ask When Diagnosing Your Knee Pain Jun 2nd, 2014

Knee pain is a common reason why people visit orthopedic specialists . There are a wide range of conditions that may cause knee pain, including medical conditions such as arthritis and knee injuries such as torn cartilage or a ruptured ligament. The first step in diagnosing the source of your knee pain...

What to Do When You Need Emergency Care May 16th, 2014

Certain types of orthopedic injuries are emergency situations that require prompt medical attention. Any type of fracture requires emergency care, for example, as does an ACL tear and a dislocated joint. When you suffer a serious orthopedic injury, it’s best to go to the emergency room closest to you as...

What Are the Risk Factors for Osteoarthritis? May 9th, 2014

Globally, millions of people suffer from osteoarthritis, making it the most prevalent form of arthritis. Frequently called “wear and tear arthritis,” osteoarthritis develops when the cartilage within the joints deteriorates. Although there is no cure available for this orthopedic condition, you can visit an orthopedic doctor to explore your treatment options and...

Spotting the Signs of Sports Injuries In Kids May 5th, 2014

Each year in the U.S., high school athletes suffer about two million sports injuries. Unfortunately, kids on sports teams often try to hide their injuries because they fear being taken off the team. Parents and coaches can watch out for the signs of a potential injury, such as unusual changes...

Strength-Training Tips for Soccer Players to Reduce Injury Risk Apr 25th, 2014

Soccer actively engages the lower body during each game. Because this sport is so physically demanding, strength and endurance are necessary to protect players from injuries on the field. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about developing a personalized strength-training program to prevent or managesports injuries in NYC ....

An Overview of Osteoarthritis in the Foot and Ankle Apr 17th, 2014

Osteoarthritis, also called wear and tear arthritis, occurs as the cartilage in the joints breaks down, causing pain and inflammation. This condition is typically associated with aging and may grow progressively worse over the course of many years. Because osteoarthritis in the foot and ankle can affect mobility, it’s important...

How to Cope with a Muscle Pull Apr 10th, 2014

Muscle pulls or strains are caused by stretching a muscle past its limits, which causes tears in the fiber of the muscle. If you pull a muscle, it’s important to rest the injury for at least a week. Apply ice for 15 minutes at a time and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory...

Learn How Wrist Fractures Are Treated Apr 4th, 2014

The wrist is a complex system that connects your forearm and hand. Because of its complex properties, the wrist can fracture in many different ways. In this video, you will learn more about various types of wrist fractures and how they are treated. While a simpler break may be treated...

Is There an Emotional Component to Sports Injuries? Mar 28th, 2014

Most people think of an injury as a purely physical ailment. However, there are many ways in which a physical injury can have an emotional impact. If an injury prevents you from working, for example, you might struggle with feelings of uselessness while you recover. If you suffer a physical...

Advice for Beating Injuries on the Basketball Court Mar 21st, 2014

Though basketball is a fun way to get exercise, it could be dangerous for some people. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that in 2009, more than 500,000 people visited American emergency rooms with basketball-related injuries . Here are a few pieces of advice that can help you stay on the...

How We Can Help You Recover from Fractures Mar 16th, 2014

You don’t have to be an athlete to suffer a bone fracture. Fractures can occur as a result of repetitive impacts or sudden trauma. A fracture isn’t quite like a bruise, which heals on its own; in many cases, a fracture must be treated by a professional in order to...

Common Injuries from Shoveling Snow Feb 20th, 2014

Every winter, orthopedic surgeons see countless patients who have been injured by shoveling snow. Some of the most common injuries caused by snow shoveling include back strain, bone fractures, and herniated discs. You can prevent a visit to an orthopedic specialist this winter by using the proper techniques for snow shoveling. Or,...

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Feb 13th, 2014

Carpal tunnel syndrome is an orthopedic condition that involves the median nerve, which runs along the forearm and into the hand. The median nerve is contained within the carpal tunnel, which is a bony passageway. If the carpal tunnel becomes narrowed due to a medical condition, work stress, or other...

The Safest Way to Shovel Snow Feb 5th, 2014

Incorrect form while shoveling snow is a common cause of orthopedic injuries. You can reduce your risk of becoming injured by stretching your muscles and warming up before heading out to shovel. It’s always best to push the snow as much as possible, rather than lifting it. When you do...

Meet Dr. Mehran Manouel Jan 28th, 2014

Dr. Mehran Manouel of Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with more than 20 years of experience. Dr. Manouel is passionate about helping patients return to full health and participate in their usual activities again. He specializes in shoulder rotator cuff repair and ACL reconstruction, yet...

Winter-Related Injuries and You Jan 21st, 2014

Winter-related injuries aren’t always caused by snowboarding, skiing, and other winter sports. Quite often, they’re the result of a simple activity you do every day: walking. Walking on a snowy, icy, or slushy walkway can be treacherous even when you take the precaution of wearing snow boots. Black ice, which...

Preventing Slip and Fall Injuries This Winter Jan 14th, 2014

Slip and fall injuries aren’t always minor nuisances. Sometimes, they involve serious orthopedic problems that can cause chronic pain and that may require orthopedic surgery. You can reduce your risk of suffering a slip and fall injury by keeping your walkways and driveway clear of snow and by regularly scattering rock salt....

Tips for Shoveling Snow Safely Jan 7th, 2014

Each winter, thousands of people go to the emergency room or an orthopedic specialist because of injuries related to snow removal. It’s particularly common to sprain or strain the back or shoulder muscles while shoveling snow due to the bending and twisting motions. Orthopedic surgeons strongly recommend taking a few precautionary measures...

Understanding How Sitting Can Be Harmful to Your Spine Jan 3rd, 2014

There’s a good chance that you associate pain in your spine with lifting heavy items or landing badly while playing sports. For many people, however spine problems start when they’re sitting down. Your office chair and computer could send you to the  orthopedic doctor  with back, neck, shoulder, and elbow pain that...

Preventing Football Injuries Dec 24th, 2013

Most orthopedic injuries that occur due to school sports activities involve football. Orthopedic specialists encourage parents to make sure their kids have the proper equipment before they play. Football players should always wear a helmet to prevent concussions. Rubber-cleated shoes can help prevent unintentional falls. Football players should also wear...

The Anatomy of the Rotator Cuff Dec 17th, 2013

Orthopedic doctors often treat patients with rotator cuff tears and similar injuries. These conditions often cause pain and weakness, and they interfere with your ability to perform daily activities. If your orthopedic doctor diagnoses you with a rotator cuff condition, it can be helpful to have a basic understanding of the...

Examining Rotator Cuff Tears Dec 10th, 2013

The rotator cuff involves four muscles that are responsible for raising and rotating your arm. A rotator cuff tear most commonly involves the supraspinatus, which is one of the muscles; however, it could involve all of the muscles. Orthopedic doctors often diagnose this injury in patients who have suffered a...

Avoiding the Most Common Winter Injuries Dec 3rd, 2013

Winter is a beautiful time of the year, especially when there is a new layer of light snow decorating the trees. However, winter weather also presents significant hazards. Orthopedic doctors often treat patients who slip and fall on icy sidewalks and patients who suffer orthopedic injuries due to excessive shoveling. Orthopedic specialists...

Treating a Wrist Fracture after a Slip and Fall Nov 19th, 2013

A wrist fracture can seriously interfere with your daily life. This injury frequently happens when people try to break a fall using their hands. For proper healing, it is important to consult an orthopedic doctor as soon as possible after the fracture. Try to keep the fractured wrist still until...

4 Common Football Injuries Nov 12th, 2013

Football is one of America’s favorite sports, but playing the game comes with substantial injury risk. Football players frequently find themselves under the care of orthopedic doctors as they get back into game shape. Whether you or your child plays football or you simply want to know what to look...

Sprain vs. Strain Nov 6th, 2013

Sprains and strains are common sports injuries. A sprain is an injury to a ligament in your body. Ligaments are strong, fibrous bands of tissue that connect adjacent bones, particularly in your joints. Partial or even complete tears can occur, destabilizing your joint and causing pain, swelling, and bruising. In...

An Up-Close Look at a Torn Meniscus Nov 5th, 2013

A torn meniscus usually occurs after the knee is twisted into an abnormal position. The severity of this kind of injury depends on exactly where the tear is located. This video explains what you need to know about symptoms, treatment, and recovery after a torn meniscus. If you suffer a...

Preventing Winter Shoveling Injuries Oct 29th, 2013

Winter can be a magical time in New York City when the snow falls and covers everything in a clean white blanket. Of course, all the snow that falls around your home, sidewalk, and driveway must be cleared to keep the area safe. Shoveling snow is more than just a...

What to Do When You Have a Stress Fracture Oct 29th, 2013

Stress fractures, which are common among athletes, can significantly interfere with your mobility. If you are experiencing the symptoms of a stress fracture, it is important to see an orthopedic doctor to get a diagnosis and to develop a treatment plan. Here is what you need to know about stress fractures. Stress...

Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments of Greenstick Fractures Oct 21st, 2013

Unlike other types of fractures, greenstick fractures involve bones that are bent, rather than broken. They are somewhat rare in adults but common in children, who still have high levels of calcium in their bones that make them flexible. Greenstick fractures are sometimes difficult to diagnose, which is why you...

What Is Frozen Shoulder? Oct 15th, 2013

Frozen shoulder can be a debilitating condition. It most often afflicts people between the ages of 40 and 60. Although frozen shoulder can clear up on its own, an orthopedic doctor can speed up recovery with a number of non-surgical and surgical treatments. Here is what you need to know about this...

The Different Types of Fractures Oct 8th, 2013

Many people mistakenly believe that bone fractures and breaks are two different conditions. In fact, they are the same, and both terms can be used to describe different kinds of fracture-based bone injuries. This video provides more information about types of fractures.  There are two types of fractures: displaced and...

For the Working Moms Oct 1st, 2013

Rise and shine… The familiar sound of the alarm clock – another day and the beginning of another hectic week…You make the bed, bending at each corner.In the bathroom, you hunch over the sink to brush your teeth – then the sound of little feet running down the hallway. The...

How Are Fractures Treated? Oct 1st, 2013

When one of your bones is exposed to outside pressure it can’t sustain, a fracture is likely to occur. The bone may break completely—a condition called a displaced fracture—or it may just crack, which is referred to as a non-displaced fracture. Fractures cause acute pain when they occur. Fast treatment...

What to Expect if Your Child Fractures Her Wrist Aug 29th, 2013

A fractured or cracked wrist can occur during sports, play, or following a fall. Fractures require a cast or splint to hold the bones in place for a period of weeks, allowing them to heal. If your child experiences a fracture, your orthopedic doctor will explain the treatment process and...

Achilles Tendon Rupture: Causes and Symptoms Aug 21st, 2013

The Achilles tendon is located at the back of the lower leg, where it connects the bone of your heel to your calf. Achilles tendon ruptures are common injuries among athletes, causing intense pain and difficulty walking. In many cases, orthopedic surgery is the best treatment option to repair a...

Exploring the Causes of Rotator Cuff Injuries in Women Aug 15th, 2013

The rotator cuff provides support and stability to the joint of the shoulder. Injuries to the rotator cuff can occur during sports, exercise, or even everyday activities. This video discusses the most common causes of rotator cuff injuries in women. Many women start an intensive exercise program without adequate preparation,...

Symptoms of an Ankle Fracture Aug 8th, 2013

Ankle fractures occur when one or more of the many bones composing the ankle joint become broken. Depending on the severity of the break, the ligaments connecting the bones together may also be torn. These injuries can be due to traumatic twisting or rolling movements of the ankle or from...

Treatment Options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Aug 1st, 2013

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition involving the median nerve. This nerve runs from the forearm through the wrist and into the palm of the hand, where it is responsible for both motor and sensory functions in parts of the hand. When this nerve becomes compressed by other structures...

Every 30 minutes a Child is Sent to the ER Because of Falling TV’s Jul 26th, 2013

Flat-screen TV’s are in most homes these days, but did you know they come with a risk that many don’t realize: kids can be seriously hurt in a TV tip-over. According to an article written on Today Health, “the number of kids injured by a TV falling on them grew...

A Look at Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Jul 25th, 2013

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve is compressed and irritated as it passes through the carpal tunnel. Those with this condition often suffer from numbness or tingling in the fingers, especially the index finger and thumb. Pain may also radiate from the wrist up to the shoulder or...