Leon E. Popovitz, MD
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Should You Use Cold or Heat Therapy?

After a joint or muscle injury, it is common to treat inflammation, swelling, and pain with cold and/or heat therapy. When is it right to use cold therapy vs. heat therapy? Can you use both on the same injury?
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Ice or a cold compress is recommended for severe muscle spasms, bruising, and swelling associated with acute sprains/strains and orthopedic rehabilitation. It causes constriction of blood vessels,…

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How to Care for a Sprain

Sprains are very common injuries; you may sprain your ankle by simply tripping over your shoelaces. Even though sprains are fairly common, they can be painful and may develop into a more severe issue down the road if not cared for properly.

Many people don’t seek medical attention for a sprain. Instead, they follow the RICE procedure. Resting, icing, and elevating your foot is key in the first 24 hours…

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Strengthening Your Ankles

Injuries of the ankle are common among athletes within many different sports and exercises. The ankle is at risk for injury in both contact and non-contact sports due to the wear and tear it can receive.

There are many exercises and stretches you can do to strengthen your ankles, which can help to prevent future injury or help to recover from a previous ankle

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What Are Shin Splints?

Shin splints refer to lower leg pain, below the knee, presenting either on the outside of the leg, up front (anterior shin splints), or inside the leg (medial shin splints). Shins splints are most likely inflammation or small tears in the lower leg muscles or their connecting tendons.

They show up commonly in runners, skiers, dancers, lifters, and other very active people. They may occur more often after a sudden increase…

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The Most Common Running Injuries

The NYC Marathon is just around the corner and this is the time of year when I see so many running injuries in the office. Training for the marathon can be grueling and can lead to many getting hurt. Still, not everyone runs the marathon, but so many of us like to run recreationally and all those are prone to these injuries just like the marathon runners. Here are a…

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How to Treat Pain from Biking

As New Yorkers, chances are you can bike just about everywhere – even to work. Biking is such a fun way to stay in shape, do something active with friends, and take in the fall scenery. While cycling is a great way for those with joint pain to workout, novices and expert cyclists alike commonly start to feel aches and pains, especially in the back and hip. Here’s why and…

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Proactively Promoting Bone Health

Many times, we only think about our bone and joint health when we are dealing with pain or discomfort. Making proactive choices to benefit bone and joint health is a good practice for maintaining long-term health and preventing some of the aches and pains that may crop up otherwise.

One of the best things to do to promote long-term bone and joint health is to be

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Robotic and Computer-Aided Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeries

Computers help people in their day-to-day life by providing a more accurate, faster, easier and efficient way of doing things. Computers in medical science has been used for a long time, like MRI and CT scans. Recently, computer-aided or robotic surgeries have been gaining popularity in Orthopedics, like hip and knee replacement surgeries.

The question arises, why a computer or robot is needed in the operating room. The answer…

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The Health Benefits Of Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopic Surgery can be a useful opportunity for doctors to get a better look inside the joint of a patient who is experiencing pain or discomfort in a specific area. Rather than simply getting an X-ray to evaluate an injury, arthroscopy allows you to view the inside of the joint itself, and utilize small tools to correct any issues once the situation has been evaluated.

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Importance of Physical Therapy & Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Being faced with recovery after an injury or orthopedic surgery can be daunting. Even after minimally-invasive arthroscopic surgery, you may be anxious to get back to your usual exercise routine. The length of recovery time, and the pace you may return to full activity, are both contingent on the type of injury or surgery you have had.

Regardless of the diagnosis and treatment, the

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