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Ankle Fracture – Definition, Anatomy & Causes

Ankle fractures are very common injuries. An ankle fracture is a break in one or more of the three bones of the ankle.  Many think fractures and broken bones are different...they are not.  A fracture of a bone is a break in that bone. With that said, not all ankle...

I Have A Baker’s Cyst: Should I Worry?

You went to your doctor and they examined your knee or perhaps you had an MRI or ultrasound of your knee and were told you had a Baker's Cyst. Should you be worried?  No.  Well, at least not usually... A Baker's cyst (sometimes called a popliteal cyst) is a walled-off...

Do I Need To Stop Running? (Video)

If you exercise, you will get injured. It's unavoidable.  I tell my patients that if they want to absolutely avoid any injuries during their leisure activities, they probably should take-up chess.  Most other activities carry some risk. So if they are going to play...

Shoulder Arthritis Symptoms

For many of you who have advanced shoulder arthritis, your shoulder arthritis symptoms can often be disabling. Fortunately, not all who have arthritis have such severe arthritis.  For those with less symptomatic arthritis, your shoulder arthritis symptoms may be more...

Bucket Handle Meniscal Tears (Video Series)

Bucket handle meniscal tears are unique types of meniscal tears.  These types of tears are large, follow the shape of the meniscus, often along its periphery and result in a significant portion of the meniscus displacing into the joint.  This displacement usually...

When Less Is More – Two Boneheads Video Series

,We are an over-tested and over-diagnosed society.  Part of this is our doctor's fault, part is the fault of advertisers promoting various diseases, medications, hospitals and procedures and, I'm sorry to say, a large part is our fault, all of us patients....

Early Single Sport Specialization (Video)

Single Sport Specialization - "intense training in a single sport to the exclusion of others should be delayed until late adolescence to optimize success while minimizing risk for injury and psychological stress.” - N Jayanthi , et al Sports Health 2013 Our children...

Torn Rotator Cuff Recovery – Surgical Approach

Torn Rotator Cuff Recovery: Surgical Approach There are cases where rotator cuff surgery is absolutely required - the acute traumatic tear for instance. But beware...torn rotator cuff recovery after surgery is not easy.  It is painful.  It is restrictive...and it is...

Two Boneheads Video Series: Hamstring Strains

Hamstring strains are very common injuries.  They usually occur while sprinting, jumping or landing from a jump. There typically is acute pain in the back of the thigh.  More rarely there may be pain in your butt (Yes, a real pain in the a#@) or on the inner side of...

PRP – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (Video)

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is all the rage. But should it be?  PRP is a treatment that has been discussed widely in the news and particularly in our sports media.  It is a modification of your own blood that is intended to promote healing in slow to heal tissues....

Two Boneheads Video Series: ACL Graft Options

This is the second installment of this series.  Dr. Howard Luks and I discuss the various ACL graft options for ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) reconstruction surgery. ACL Graft Options ACL reconstructions replace the torn ACL (See a video of surgery here).  This...

Do Degenerative Meniscal Tears Require Surgery?

Do degenerative meniscal tears need surgery?  Like most things in healthcare...It depends. Degenerative meniscal tears differ from other meniscal tears in that they occur more due to "wear and tear" than due to an acute injury.  In younger people, the menisci -...

Impingement Syndrome Surgery (Video)

Fortunately the need for impingement syndrome surgery is rare.  I estimate that only about 1 in10-20 people ultimately requires surgery.  However, when nonoperative treatment fails, there really are only two choices:  live with the symptoms or have impingement...

Glenohumeral Arthritis – Anatomy & Causes

Glenohumeral arthritis is arthritis of the main shoulder joint.  As you may recall from earlier posts (here and here), arthritis is the deterioration of a joint.  A joint is where two opposing ends of your bones meet.  When the joint is healthy, cartilage covers the...

Arthritis: Diagnosis and Treatment

As I discussed in a previous post, arthritis is a common problem.  As you may recall it is a progressive destruction of a joint.  The primary problem is the deterioration of the cartilage that lines the ends of the bones at the joint.  In more advanced cases, the bone...

Torn Meniscus Recovery Time

What is the normal torn meniscus recovery time?  It depends.  Perhaps you recall from an earlier post that some who have a torn meniscus are treated without surgery while some require surgery to get better.  Furthermore, there are two main types of torn meniscus...

Doc, Is It A Sprain Or A Strain?

Sprains and strains are two of the most common musculoskeletal problems.  I see them all the time.  In fact, a good portion of my day is spent diagnosing, treating.....and often explaining the difference between these terms. What Are Sprains? Sprains are ligament...

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