Archive for category: Common Conditions

Shoulder Arthritis

What is Shoulder Arthritis? Osteoarthritis or “degenerative joint disease” is the most common type of arthritis of the shoulder. The other less commonly seen types of arthritis in the shoulder are rheumatoid or inflammatory arthritis and arthritis that occurs after severe trauma. In osteoarthritis the smooth cartilage that lines and coats the ends of the […]

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So you’re about to have carpal tunnel surgery…. What to expect

The most important thing to have before undertaking carpal tunnel surgery or any surgery is the proper expectations. Your doctor should have explained to you that carpal tunnel surgery, while successful in alleviating many or most of the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, cannot guarantee a complete recovery. The goal of carpal tunnel surgery is […]

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Sleep

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center recently completed a study evaluating the impact of carpal tunnel syndrome on sleep quality and duration. This study was presented at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand as well as to the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand.   The critical relationship […]

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Tennis elbow…. But I don’t play tennis

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition that occurs on the outside part of the elbow. Although described in tennis players who obtain this condition from a poor backhand stroke, the vast majority of people who suffer from tennis elbow do not play and may have never played tennis. The problem […]

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Elbow Arthroscopy

What is elbow arthroscopy? Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows a surgeon to look inside a joint by using small incisions (portals) and instruments the width of a pencil. Most people are aware of knee and shoulder arthroscopy, but the elbow joint has many conditions that can be treated with arthroscopy as well. […]

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Back Pain

How Do We Prevent Back Pain? Exercise, by walking, swimming, jogging, biking, or even gardening, at least 30 minutes each day. Maintain a good posture when walking, sitting, and even when sleeping.  Don’t slouch – sit in a balanced and neutral position to avoid straining your spine.  Sleep on a mattress that doesn’t slouch, maintaining, […]

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Text Text Text

Do you over-text?   Will your thumb, hand, arm and neck suffer due to the “must send” messages that you type on the tiny keypad of your phone daily?    Orthopaedic hand surgeon David Edelstein claims that avid texting may cause pain not only to your thumbs, but also to your hand, arm and neck. Because of […]

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