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How to Tell if You Have a Rotator Cuff Tear Mar 2nd, 2024

Your rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that works a bit like a seat belt, keeping your shoulder in place so you can safely move through the world. Unfortunately, as many as 4 million Americans each year learn just how debilitating an injured rotator cuff can be....

5 Treatments for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Feb 12th, 2024

If you’re bothered by carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), also known simply as carpal tunnel, you have company. An estimated 1%-5% of adults in the United States have carpal tunnel, making it one of the most commonly diagnosed hand and wrist conditions. And while CTS symptoms can wreak havoc on your...

Signs You Have Trigger Finger Jan 19th, 2024

You’re going about your day when you notice that a finger or thumb isn’t working quite right. Movements are difficult or even painful, and your usual sports or work activities are a no-go. Could you be dealing with trigger finger? Determining the answer is important: Untreated trigger finger symptoms grow...

A Closer Look at How Elbow Surgery Works Dec 14th, 2023

The elbow is made of up three bones — the ulna, humerus, and radius — each of which is surrounded by protective cartilage. Any of these parts can suffer an injury, either over time, as a result of wear-and-tear, or from a sudden trauma, such as a car accident or...

What Are the Symptoms of a SLAP Tear, and How Is It Treated? Nov 14th, 2023

Some 25% of adults deal with shoulder pain thanks to acute injuries that happen suddenly or overuse injuries that happen gradually. Superior labrum anterior to posterior (SLAP) tears account for 4%-8% of all shoulder injuries. Also known as labrum tears, SLAP tears involve torn cartilage in the inner part of...

Athlete? Here's How to Keep Your Ankles Healthy for the Long Haul Oct 1st, 2023

Your ankles allow you to move your feet up, down, and side to side. And when you’re an athlete, those movements and the joints themselves are extremely important. Given how common ankle injuries are among athletes, taking good care of your own can go a long way toward enhancing your performance and...

Is Working from Home Making Your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Worse? Sep 1st, 2023

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) stems from too much pressure on the median nerves that run through your wrists. One of the most common hand and wrist conditions, it can cause a range of bothersome symptoms that make going about your daily life and even sleeping difficult.  If your symptoms seem to spike after...

Is a Cartilage Injury as Serious as a Bone Injury? Aug 7th, 2023

The cartilage that cushions your joints and the bones themselves play important roles in your health and well-being. And while a fracture may sound more severe than a cartilage injury, both injuries can be equally serious. A cartilage injury may even be more problematic.  With either, getting appropriate care can...

Here's What to Expect During Your Arthroscopic Surgery Jul 1st, 2023

Are you dealing with chronic or severe pain, stiffness, and mobility problems due to a joint condition? You may be a good candidate for arthroscopic surgery.  The minimally invasive procedure can address a range of issues that affect major joints, such as your ankles, wrists, shoulders, or knees, without the...

How Steroid Injections Help Knee Issues Jun 1st, 2023

Little can knock you off your feet like a knee issue, especially one causing significant pain. And such conditions are common, given that the knee is the largest joint in the body and among the most easily afffected.  Board-certified orthopedic sports medicine surgeon Dr. Stephen Fisher and the team at...

Can PRP Help My Joint Injury Heal Faster? May 1st, 2023

Chances are, you’ll experience a joint injury at some point. Millions of Americans experience sports-related knee injuries each year. Many more develop pain from wear-and-tear injuries of the knees, shoulders, or hips, brought on by overuse and osteoarthritis (OA).  Once you’ve suffered a joint injury, appropriate treatment can help turn your symptoms around, enhance...

Preventing Chronic Joint Instability After a Severe Ankle Sprain Apr 1st, 2023

Some 2 million ankle sprains happen each year in the United States, making stretched or torn ligaments quite common. Along with pain, tenderness, and swelling, ankle instability is one of the main symptoms. And if it lingers, ankle instability can put many aspects of your life on hold. Chronic ankle instability can...

Will My Torn Rotator Cuff Heal on Its Own? Mar 6th, 2023

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons in the shoulder. It plays an important role in your daily life, allowing you to move your arms and lift objects. It also keeps the ball of your upper arm bone, or humerus, in the shoulder socket. A torn rotator...

5 Expert Tips to Avoid Shoulder Injuries for Athletes Feb 14th, 2023

Your shoulders play an important role in a broad range of activities, from getting dressed to lifting objects. If you’re an athlete, you may be especially prone to shoulder injuries, particularly if your sport involves a lot of upper-body motion. Playing baseball, tennis, or volleyball, for example, raises your risk...

4 Conditions That Can Cause Hand and Wrist Pain Jan 1st, 2023

Your hands and wrists are needed for countless activities, and it’s easy to take them for granted until a condition or an injury sets in. Such happenings are common, accounting for about 8% of work-related injuries alone. Athletes are particularly susceptible to hand and wrist injuries. Board-certified orthopedic sports medicine...

Struggling with Knee Pain? Here's 3 Minimally Invasive Treatments to Consider Dec 6th, 2022

If you experience knee pain on a regular basis, you’re far from alone. About 25% of adults deal with the issue at some point.  And once chronic knee pain sets in, it can make everything difficult, from walking or working out to sleeping restfully. From there, your pain can grow...

5 Simple Tips to Prevent Tennis and Golfer's Elbow Nov 1st, 2022

Lingering pain in your elbows can take the fun out of playing tennis and golf. But the more you play either sport, the greater your likelihood of developing prolonged pain in the form of tennis or golfer’s elbow. Thankfully, these conditions aren’t inevitable.  Board-certified orthopedic sports medicine surgeon Dr. Stephen...

How to Treat the 3 Most Common Ankle Sprain Grades Oct 1st, 2022

Ankle sprains are among the most common injuries, affecting some 25,000 people per day in the United States. At some point in their lives, 7 in 1,000 people sprain an ankle. While most anyone can suffer a sprained ankle, it’s more likely if you play a sport like basketball, soccer, or football....

Getting Active Again After a Shoulder Injury Sep 1st, 2022

Your shoulders play a role in many activities, from getting dressed in the morning to working out at the gym. Once you’ve injured your shoulder, appropriate rest and treatment can help you get back to your daily activities with ease.  Going about those activities — especially exercise — in a...

Healing from an Achilles Tendon Injury: What Can You Expect? Aug 2nd, 2022

Your Achilles tendon is a strong cord that connects the muscles at the back of your calf to the bone in your heel. And when it’s injured, everything from walking around your house to playing sports can be almost impossible. Thankfully, appropriate treatment can go a long way.  Board-certified orthopedic...

Orthobiologics May Help Your Injury Heal Faster Jul 7th, 2022

Injuries, unfortunately, are a part of life. Most everyone takes a spill or breaks a bone at some point. And while some injuries heal swiftly on their own or with at-home care, others can be debilitating and lead to complications without treatment.  In some cases, however, rest, medication, and even...

Get Back in the Game Faster: What You Need to Know About Recovering from an ACL Sports Injury Jun 27th, 2022

You’re coming down from a jump, or pivoting to shift direction, and you hear or feel a pop, feel immediate pain, and lose stability in your knee. Chances are good that you’ve injured your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) at the front of your knee. ACL strains and tears are some...