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ACL Recovery: Your Return After Surgery

You had an ACL surgery.  Whew! The hard part is over...So you thought. Your ACL recovery takes a lot more than just surgery. The real work starts now. Your surgery is a significant component of your ultimate recovery, but it is only one aspect.  There are a number of...

Root Tears Of The Meniscus

Root tears are unique types of meniscal tears. In previous posts, we have discussed the various types of meniscal tears, mainly degenerative and traumatic.  Additionally, we discussed a specific type of tear - the bucket handle tear. Now I'd like to discuss another...

Subchondroplasty – Is It Right For You?

Do you have arthritis?  Has someone told you that you might be a candidate for subchondroplasty?  What is subchondroplasty? What does it treat? How does it work? Let's take a look... In a prior post, I described what osteoarthritis is.  In short, osteoarthritis is a...

I Have A Swollen Knee. What’s Wrong? (Video)

A swollen knee... It is a common concern. First things first - What are we talking about when we say a "swollen knee"? As far as most joints are concerned, swelling outside the joint and swelling inside the joint have different meanings to your doctor because they...

Distal Biceps Tear: What You Should Know (Video)

Your carrying something.  You feel a sudden pop in the front of your elbow.  There is immediate pain and a deformity of your biceps. What did you do?  Well, you may have torn your distal biceps. What is a distal biceps tear? A distal biceps tear refers to the partial...

Biceps Problems In The Shoulder

Your biceps is an atypical muscle.  Other than your triceps, it is the only muscle that crosses both your elbow and shoulder joints.  Along with its unique anatomy, comes unique function...and susceptibility to some problems. In this post, we will look at the issues...

Golfer’s Elbow Treatment

The principles of golfer's elbow treatment are simple. The great majority of cases will resolve with time.  If the damaged tissue heals, you will be fine.  If not, your symptoms are likely to persist. In that case, only surgical removal of the damaged and painful...

Is Exercise Enough To Correct Obesity?

This year is no different than others; every January, the gyms fill up with people trying to fulfill their New Years' resolution - to "get in shape." So there they are on the treadmill trying to burn off their holiday pounds and improve their health. I always...

Shoulder Arthritis Treatment

There is no such thing as the correct shoulder arthritis treatment. Once the diagnosis is known, the proper care for any given patient is not necessarily a medical decision but rather a personal choice.  The best treatment shouldn't be doctor "directed" but rather...

Golfer’s Elbow: Causes, Symptoms & Diagnosis

Golfer's elbow (Medial Epicondylitis), like it's cousin, tennis elbow, is an overuse problem of the elbow. Like tennis elbow, golfer's elbow leads to pain and sometimes stiffness.  Unlike tennis elbow, golfer's elbow sometimes can also cause nerve symptoms.  Let's...

What Is A Patellar Tendon Tear? (Video)

Recently patellar tendon injuries have been in the news. What is the patellar tendon?  What does it do? And what is the problem with a patellar tendon tear? Let's take a look... What is a patellar tendon and what does it do? The patellar tendon runs from your kneecap...

What Are The Common SLAP Tear Symptoms?

SLAP tears are a unique type of labral tear.  The acronym S-L-A-P stands for Superior Labral tear Anterior to Posterior. In short, the labrum is a cartilage ring that surrounds the periphery of the cartilage surface of your shoulder socket (Glenoid).  The lower...

Frozen Shoulder Treatment

You have frozen shoulder.  Well, it is natural to wonder what the available frozen shoulder treatment options are. So let's take a look. In an earlier post, I discussed what frozen shoulder is and what you can expect the natural course of this disorder to be....But...

Two Boneheads Video Series: The MCL Sprain

An MCL sprain is a very common knee injury. These injuries frequently occur in contact sports like football and wrestling, but they can happen in nearly any activity.  If you've recently been diagnosed with one, usually there is no need to worry.  Read here and find...

Partial Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears (Video)

Partial thickness rotator cuff tears are a unique type of rotator cuff injury. As you may recall from an earlier post, the rotator cuff is a group of four tendons.  These tendons start on the shoulder blade as mostly muscle and then extend out to the upper arm...

Impingement Syndrome: Two Boneheads Video

Impingement syndrome is one the most common sources of adult shoulder pain. Traditionally, it was thought that a spur on the undersurface of your acromion (the bone that makes up the roof of your subacromial space) dug into the underlying rotator cuff.  First, causing...

Ankle Fracture Symptoms: What Are They?

You've just twisted your ankle. You're having a lot of pain and it's very difficult to walk.  How do you know if your ankle is broken or it's just sprained? Knowing the common ankle fracture symptoms may help. Ankle Fracture Symptoms Many of the ankle sprain symptoms...

Two Boneheads Video Series: Second Opinions

Second opinions are common in medicine.  In fact they are common in many other areas as well.  I go to to multiple stores before buying shoes.  However, the specific purpose of second opinions in healthcare is particularly unique. Let's take a deeper look: Second...

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