Just in time for the spring thaw, Manhattan Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group is delighted to bring you:
- a bigger, roomier waiting area;
- more comfortable, clean and airy patient exam rooms;
- heating and air conditioning!
- a digital X-ray machine to provide real time results on site for patients’ convenience;
- kiosks to help patient flow;
- online or phone appointment option;
- Spear Physical Therapy if you wish to use
All this and more awaits you at our new location at 57 West 57th Street, 15th Floor. This is the new home of Manhattan Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group, PC., a state-of-the-art medical facility in the heart of New York. Our new home is a warm and welcoming environment for our patients and friends, and a terrific opportunity for the growth and development of our staff and practice. We are also pleased to have Spear Physical Therapy at this location in order to provide continuity of care.
Manhattan Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group, PC still maintains their Queens location at 27-31 Crescent Street, Long Island City, NY 11102. Queens appointments can easily be made by calling 718-204-0548.
Please call us at 212-289-0700 or use our online form in order to schedule an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Specialists.
Come see us! We look forward to welcoming you to our new space.
Knee pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints, afflicting almost 25% of the US population. But there are a number of important secrets, practiced by top trainers and professional athletes, to help protect and preserve the knees. Practicing these 5 tips can help ensure good function and high performance on your knees for years to come.
1. Quadriceps strength: Along with serving as the prime extensors of the knee joint, the quadriceps muscle group – which form the bulk of the front of the thigh – are at the same time vital for the stability and health of the joint. Even if you are not placing great demands on the knee through running, dancing, or jumping, it is important that the quadriceps remain strong. Otherwise, damage to the knee joint may occur.
2. Flexibility: If your knee muscles are very inflexible or you are new to exercise, start off with basic knee stretches. You should never feel knee pain in any stretch. If you feel pain in your joint, it’s time to stop and seek advice from your doctor.
3. Cross-training: As with all muscular training, it is crucial to perform a variety of motions that involve the knee joint. A mix of exercise activities – walking, running, biking, tennis, dance, etc. – that create different types of stresses on the knee ensures that different muscle groups are engaged.
4. Low impact exercise: High impact sports and exercise – boot camp classes, step aerobics –expose the knee to significant stress, so emphasize low impact activities like cycling and swimming to protect your knees from long term damage.
5. Maintain a Healthy Weight: Being overweight raises your risk for developing knee injuries, especially osteoarthritis. Excess weight puts additional stress on weight bearing joints, particularly the knee. Losing a few pounds can go a long way toward protecting your knees by reducing the pressure on them. The force on your knee is two to three times your body weight when you go up and down stairs, and four to five times your body weight when you squat to tie a shoelace or pick up an item you dropped. Each extra pound adds to that load!
If you’d like to review your exercise program, or want individualized tips to help optimize your knee health, give us a call at Manhattan Orthopedics to make an appointment.
Our tendons are the great connectors of our bodies: transferring the forces from bone to muscle and back again, they ensure our movements while bearing the brunt of our exertions. It may come as no surprise then that the sudden shift from indoor to outdoor activities often results in overuse injuries that are entirely preventable.
Injury prevention involves stretching, having the proper equipment, and easing into any new routine. Tendons that aren’t prepared for a sudden change in activity can act a lot like a bundle of cold rubber bands pulled beyond their limit.
The bundle may remain intact, but some of the individual bands may break or fray. This is roughly what happens when our tendons are subjected to new or aggressive forces. The result? Tendinopathy, a condition characterized by degenerative changes in the tendon that cause pain and decreased mobility.
If left untreated, tendinopathy contributes to a cyclical process of worsening pain and inflammation. Initially, the pain can be discomforting yet bearable; many athletes will even continue their normal routines thinking they’ll work through it. But as the tendon weakens it overcompensates, further straining the tendon’s tiny cables and aggravating the condition.
So how does one break the cycle? Modify your activity and adopt a regimen that puts fewer stresses on the problem area. Additionally, one should ice the problem area after exercise and take anti- inflammatory to reduce swelling and pain.
This is also a good place to point out that our incredible team of Triarq physical therapists can help tailor a routine specifically for you, no matter where your tendon problem may be.
Some of the more interesting developments in treating tendinopathy are new creams that combine multiple medicines as part of a multi-pronged attack against the problem area. In addition to topical pain creams such as Lidocaine or Voltaren gel, we now have access to creams that combine a few medications that may be able to relieve pain while also reducing inflammation. The combination helps our patients experience faster relief while healing faster.
But our best advice is to stay healthy by preparing for the transition from treadmill to jogging trail. We know you might feel like jogging an extra five or ten miles on one of these bright and sunny days, but you’ve got all summer to do that! For everything else, we’re just a phone call away.
Back by popular demand. Just in case you missed our tips for training this spring, we are offering here again. Read how to prepare for your favorite outdoor activities and avoid injuries. We discuss how to start, the right equipment and clothing and strength training routines.
With fresh leaves on the trees and perfectly mild weather, spring may just be the best time for outdoor exercises. Every year it seems, we devote at least one article to getting ready for spring, yet we continue to treat injuries that could have either been prevented or lessened by following a few simple rules.
First, always start out slowly. The main injuries we see this time of year are overuse injuries such as runner’s knee. Even if you’ve been exercising in the gym this winter, switching to outdoor activities will engage your muscles and joints in ways that they may not be ready for. In order to acclimate your body to new conditions, start by doing a lighter workout and ramp up incrementally.
Second, always have the right equipment. When changing from indoor exercises to outdoor activities, make sure you throw out your worn out running shoes and replace them with a fresh pair. For those in-the-know, one of the best ways to pick out a new running shoe is to see a professional fitter at a shoe store or sports retailer. Some stores also offer treadmill analyses to give you a comprehensive overview as to the best shoe for your stride.
Proper clothing also plays a role in staying injury free. When you’re jogging outside and perspiring heavily, wearing clothes that draw away sweat and reduce friction will help reduce overall bodily stress and maximize the effectiveness of your workout. Also, most runners are probably aware of the importance of lubricants during long jogs. If you feel any irritation in sensitive areas, then you should consult with a professional trainer or physician about a lubricant that will keep you moving with ease.
Finally, going on a strength training routine can help prevent injuries of all kinds by building up muscles and firming up the connective tissue in your joints. Strength training reduces the risk of injury by reinforcing those connections—something that cardiovascular training can’t do on its own. If you have any questions, ask a professional trainer or physical therapist as to what might be the best strength training routine for you.
So what are some of the red flags that indicate you might have an overuse injury? Persistent pain and swelling point to injuries that may be more than just a minor sprain. If swelling doesn’t go away after a thorough icing of the problem area, that may indicate an overuse injury. Similarly, if that tweak in your knee persists even when you’re not working out, then it’s time to go see a professional.
It’s always best to seek out a like-minded soul when it comes to finding out more about your springtime injury. If you’re a runner, then try to see an orthopedist who’s also a runner. If you’re a cyclist, seek a physician that knows about cycling. The reason is one of relatedness: seeing a doctor that knows your sport will help inform the diagnosis and allow for a better response to your injury.
Spring is not inherently hazardous, but there is something to say about overzealous individuals who end up as patients in our practice. Know your limits and stick to the basics: new shoes, new shirts, and, especially, a new attitude for a new season.
Have a wonderful spring and stay safe!
Thanksgiving has its staples. Turkey, for sure; family and togetherness, yes; and last but not least… strained muscles and banged up ankles? While those last two may surprise you, Thanksgiving is notorious for a rise in injuries, and we’re not talking about the damage done on the dinner table.
Consider the touch football games that play out on the hallowed grounds of front lawns in nearly every zip code across the US. Suffice it to say, touch football doesn’t always stay touch, but the annual uptick in Thanksgiving injuries is less a story of clashing knees than of overzealous athletes.
The broader point is one of preparedness. Gym routines or a daily jog are great for staying in shape, but new activities—like an annual game of touch football or upcoming sports like skiing or snowboarding—require sport-specific training to ward off pulled muscles and tendon strains.
This doesn’t mean that you have to spend the summer training for any impromptu pickup games, but you incorporating some light sprints into your exercise routine goes a long way in dealing with those frantic chases up and down the field on Thanksgiving Day.
Warming Up for Winter
Looking past November, the winter months loom with promises of weekend ski trips, and now’s the time to start doing exercises that replicate those downhill movements.
Most skiers are already aware of the side-to-side jumping exercises that do so well to prime the hips, thighs and knees for those downhill slaloms, but did you also know that strengthening your core is just as important for maintaining balance and supporting your lower extremities on the slopes? Getting back to the basics of weight and core training is a simple change you can make in your routine now to keep you going strong all season long.
Heal Smarter, Not Harder
But alas we are not invincible, and even our best preparations can’t fully protect against all injuries. When a sprain or strain gets the better of us, the most important thing is to evaluate the severity and get professional guidance.
Contrary to what you may have been told, immobilization is not always the best approach for getting better. Minor injuries can be worked out through a combination of rest and rehab, but anything more serious requires a professional regimen that keeps you active both physically and mentally.
So while many of you may not partake in the post-prandial tradition of pigskin runarounds, now’s the time to consider what kind of winter activities lie ahead and what you can be doing now to keep you going all season long!
There are a number of misperceptions surrounding spinal surgery, but the one we hear most often is that it simply doesn’t “work.” Let’s think about that for a moment.
What does it mean to say surgery “works?” Are we referring to a full recovery? Are we talking about relief from pain, improved function, or preventing conditions from getting worse? There are a great variety of back conditions that require unique treatment. Saying that spinal surgery doesn’t work, does not take into account the variety of conditions, the variety of treatments and procedures, and the different prognoses for recovery.
Such misperceptions are not necessarily the individual’s fault: doctors, too, have a role in explaining the problem or condition in detail and being as clear as possible about the diagnosis, the surgery and what to expect from recovery. Effective communication with your physician is essential and will allow you to know what to expect throughout the recovery process.
Studies have shown that persons who are more informed about their condition and the recovery are more satisfied than those who do not fully understand what to expect. Informed patients communicate more clearly with their physicians, which in turn leads to more effective treatment. Seems pretty simple.
At Manhattan Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group, we pride ourselves on making sure our patients are informed and understand what surgery entails and what to expect as they pass through the stages of recovery. By avoiding confusion we make sure that our patients are comfortable and well-informed throughout their treatment.
If you’ve been feeling a little hesitant about seeing a doctor for your back pain or have some questions you’d like cleared up, go ahead and make an appointment with one of our conscientious spine specialists today. The only thing worse than a bad back is knowing that you could have done something about it but didn’t.