Rotator Cuff Repair Post Operative Instructions – Communication is crucial!!

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Patients often feel stressed while at the doctor and do not “hear” everything that is said.  Following the appropriate restrictions are essential to a optimal outcome.  I have found that despite specific and precise instructions, patients do not always remember all that was said during their appointment. In an effort to minimize any “misunderstanding”, I…
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New Technology Improves Shoulder Replacements

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Arthritis of the shoulder joint is relatively uncommon when compared to arthritis of the knee and hip, but is a relatively common cause of shoulder pain.  However, when the pain is severe, it can interfere with activities living and prevent patients from getting sleep.  This is when patients should consider operative management.  In this situation,…
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Knee Pain – Meniscus Tears

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Knee Pain Meniscus Tears Meniscus tears are among the most common injuries that lead to an orthopedic evaluation for knee pain.  They are typically acute injuries that happen when your foot is planted with weight bearing and you are twisting or changing directions.  This is very common during participation in sports, but can happen during…
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Prevention of ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT (ACL) Injuries

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ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries are a very common cause of disability for athletes of all ages. Despite the tremendous amount of research that has been performed on the diagnosis and treatment of ACL tears, and the significantly improved outcomes after surgery, patients continue to be at greater risk of developing arthritis at a younger…
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Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)

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Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is a relatively common cause of disabling shoulder pain and dysfunction. When a patient comes into my office with severe pain in the shoulder, this diagnosis is always at the top of my list as I begin to evaluate their shoulder. Although it is not as common as a rotator cuff…
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Tennis Leg

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Tennis Leg (Gastrocnemius Tear) I recently saw a fellow tennis player who injured his calf while playing tennis. His story was classic for the well-known injury referred to as tennis leg, which is actually a tear of the calf muscle known as the gastrocnemius. The injury is called Tennis Leg since many amateur tennis players…
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Platelet Rich Plasma

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Are you suffering from chronic pain of the elbow, knee, achilles or heel? If so, it could be due to a degenerative condition known as tendonopathy. Tendonopathy occurs when tendon attachments are injured from repetitive use and do not heal properly. With these injuries tendons incur microscopic tears at their attachment sites and are not…
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Rotator Cuff Tears

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The rotator cuff consists of the tendon attachments of the muscles that are responsible for shoulder motion. There are four muscles that make up the rotator cuff and include the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. Although the muscles are serparate and distinct structures, the tendons of these muscles coalesce to become a continuous tendon…
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Knee – Meniscus and Cartilage Injuries

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There are two kinds of cartilage present in your knee, articular cartilage and meniscus cartilage. Articular cartilage is the material that covers the ends of the bones where they contact to become the knee joint. Menisci are the “pads” that lie between the bones and act as cushions to help absorb the contact forces that…
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