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The Athlete's Checklist for ACL Surgery Preparation and Recovery

The Athlete’s Checklist for ACL Surgery Preparation and Recovery

It’s no surprise that professional athletes tend to be in much better shape than those of us who don’t play sports for a living — but what might seem more puzzling is that they also seem to recover more rapidly from injuries. Think of D’Angelo Russell, the Brooklyn Nets’ star point guard. After suffering a […]

back pain

What Causes Sciatic Nerve Pain?

Ever experienced an ache or pain in your lower back region? You’re not in alone: in fact, 31 million Americans suffer from lower back pain at any given moment, and its interference in nearly every aspect of a patient’s life makes it the single leading cause of disability in the world. That’s why lower back pain should […]

An In-Depth Look at the 6 Most Common Knee Injuries

An In-Depth Look at the 6 Most Common Knee Injuries

As the largest joint in the body, the knee is essential to many basic activities, including walking, playing sports, and simply sitting down. Since the knee is so intrinsic to our mobility, however, it’s much more prone to injury than other joints in the body — making proper care all the more important. To help you better […]

Dr. Leon Popovitz Discusses Shoulder Rotator Cuff Tear Symptoms and Recovery

Dr. Leon Popovitz Discusses Shoulder Rotator Cuff Tear Symptoms and Recovery

Torn rotator cuffs are among the most common injuries we see at New York Bone & Joint. The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons that connect the upper arm bone to the socket of the shoulder joint. These tendons provide the arm with much of its range of motion. Unsurprisingly, torn rotator cuffs […]

What Is Tendonitis, and How Is It Treated?

What Is Tendonitis, and How Is It Treated?

Tendonitis is a common problem, affecting athletes, office workers, and musicians alike. Indeed, it can affect almost any part of the body, though it’s most common in the tendons of the shoulders, elbows, wrists, and knees. Some of the most frequent types include patellar tendinitis (or “jumper’s knee”), lateral epicondylitis in the elbow (or “tennis elbow”), and Achilles tendinitis. As […]

Partial vs Total Knee Replacement: What You Need to Know

Partial vs Total Knee Replacement: What You Need to Know

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the first knee replacement surgery. In the half century since then, the procedure has helped millions of people regain strength and mobility in their knees, dramatically improving their quality of life. As common as this procedure is, however, many people are still unaware of the distinctions between partial and total knee […]

Graphic: Dr. Leon Popovitz Discusses Shoulder Impingement Surgery and Recovery

Graphic: Dr. Leon Popovitz Discusses Shoulder Impingement Surgery and Recovery

Shoulder impingement is a common cause of pain and discomfort in the shoulder, but there’s a good chance that you’ve never heard of it by that name — instead, this condition is often referred to as swimmer’s shoulder, tennis shoulder, or thrower’s shoulder. Regardless of the name by which you know it, shoulder impingement almost always […]

Predictors for ACL Injuries Differ Between Men and Women

Predictors for ACL Injuries Differ Between Men and Women

New research indicates that women are more likely than men to suffer an ACL tear.

Are You Experiencing Shoulder Pain When Lifting Your Arm?

Are You Experiencing Shoulder Pain When Lifting Your Arm?

The shoulder is the most complex joint in the body. Made up of many different bones, tendons, and ligaments, its complex structure is what makes it so integral to sports and everyday life. Unfortunately, it also makes the shoulder particularly vulnerable to a variety of injuries. The shoulder’s complexity can also make it difficult to […]

Do You Have One of These 5 Common Sports Injuries?

Do You Have One of These 5 Common Sports Injuries?

Chronic pain can seem like an unavoidable (and inconvenient) fact of life. Nearly 50 million adults in the US live with some form of chronic pain, and this number is rising. Since athletes are encouraged to power through pain and discomfort, they’re at particular risk of developing chronic pain. This lingering pain, which often stems from an […]

SLAP tear surgery

Dr. Leon Popovitz Discusses SLAP Tear Surgery and Recovery

Let’s start with the basics: what is a SLAP tear, anyway? A SLAP tear is a lesion or rupture of the labrum, which is the soft rim of cartilage lining the socket of the shoulder. The term “SLAP” itself stands for “Superior Labral Tear from Anterior to Posterior,” in reference to the area most commonly affected by this injury. […]

Tips to Avoid and Prevent Common Ski Injuries This Winter

Tips to Avoid and Prevent Common Ski Injuries This Winter

While many people huddle inside during the winter months, away from “bomb cyclones” and blizzards, a select few know that the best way to beat wintry weather is to embrace it — on the ski slopes, that is! As any seasoned skier will tell you, however, their beloved sport does come with the risk of […]

cortisone shots

An Orthopedic Specialists’ Guide to Cortisone Shots

Many injections can greatly reduce pain and inflammation caused by musculoskeletal injuries or chronic conditions such as arthritis, significantly shortening recovery timelines and providing lasting relief. One shot we particularly recommend to patients entails an injection of cortisone into a damaged joint. We’ll tell you what you need to know about this tried-and-true treatment for […]

Osteoarthritis versus Rheumatoid Arthritis

What’s the Difference Between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Arthritis affects 23% of American adults, but despite its prevalence, a lack of knowledge surrounding its many variations prevails. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, for example, are its two most common forms — but since they share a number of symptoms, they’re often confused with each other. Because of these similarities, many patients struggle to find proper […]

New Research Lays Out the Key to Injury Prevention

New Research Lays Out the Key to Injury Prevention

Every serious athlete has their own rituals and routines when it comes to injury prevention, but stretching, applying ice and heat, and warming up are all tried-and-true methods of the physically fit. Recent performance technologies like foam rolling and compression garments have built upon this foundation, helping those in peak condition push their bodies (safely!) to […]

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