The knee is one of the largest and most complex of the body’s joints and is susceptible to many sources of pain. Knees can sustain acute injuries or be worn down chronically due to age and wear-and-tear. When treating knee pain, it is important to understand the source. Once the more common sources of knee pain—meniscus tears, ACL sprains and osteoarthritis, for example—are ruled out, it is up to an orthopedist to look to the lesser known causes of knee pain. Patellofemoral pain syndrome
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are not what they used to be: A recipe for pain and possibly permanent disability. Modern medical technique and technology allows serious athletes, weekend warriors and everyone else to return from an ACL tear or rupture potentially as good as new. Orthopedic surgeons can make this happen by performing ACL reconstructions. An ACL reconstruction is a procedure that creates an environment within the knee that encourages growth of new connective tissue.
Many shoulder injuries in overhead or throwing athletes can be prevented by following pitch counts, rest and a proper stretching program throughout the year. Proper conditioning (range of motion, stability and strength), mechanics and recovery time are all important factors in preventing injuries. The following are preventative exercises that may be incorporated into the routines of any athlete. Range of motion exercises may be performed daily; strengthening exercises can be performed three
It is no surprise that athletes who participate in overhead sports such as baseball, softball, swimming, volleyball, tennis and other repetitive throwing sports are at higher risk for developing shoulder injuries. The shoulder is comprised of two primary joints: the glenohumeral (GH) joint, acromioclavicular (AC) joint and scapulothoracic joint. The glenohumeral joint is an extremely mobile joint. It is a “ball and socket” joint that consists of the head of the humerus (the upper arm bone
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis of the knee. It can cause pain, difficulty walking, going up and down stairs, swelling and inflammation, sleep disturbances and even knee deformities. There is no cure for the degeneration caused by osteoarthritis, but knee replacement surgery (arthroplasty) is a solution with a success rate for more than 90 percent of patients. That means that 90 percent of people who have a knee replaced experience improved knee function and a reduction in
Please join Summit Medical Group Orthopedics in congratulating our own Dr. Eric Black. The Arthritis Foundation named Dr. Black Orthopedist of the Year in New Jersey. Dr. Black and the other winners will be celebrated at the Arthritis Foundation’s Evening of Honors, which “acknowledges leaders in the advancement of research and awareness for the management, prevention and cure of arthritis, the most common cause of disability in the United States,” according to the Arthritis Foundation. The