Leon E. Popovitz, MD
Top-Rated Orthopedic Surgeon
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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


Do I Have Rotator Cuff Tendinitis or a Tear?

The Rotator Cuff is a common location for injury, especially for those who play sports often. Rotator Cuff muscles and tendons support the shoulder joint, which is relatively unstable and easily damaged from overuse.

Athletes will most often come to NY Bone and Joint Specialists with either Rotator Cuff Tendinitis or a tear in their Rotator Cuff. Though the two conditions affect the same area, there are important differences between the…


Hip Pain In Young Adults

Hip pain in young adults (16-50 years of age) is a very common condition in sports-active individuals. Any persistent hip pain in young adults is not normal and should be evaluated by a doctor.

Common causes of hip pain in young adults are labral tear, femoroacetabular impingement (FAI hip impingement), developmental dysplasia, AVN (avascular necrosis), early arthritis, muscle or tendon injuries, or


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


What Gave Me Shoulder Bursitis?

You don’t have to be a pro pitcher or weekend warrior to get shoulder bursitis. Chances are, you will start feeling pain without knowing what caused it. So how did you end up with shoulder bursitis and what does this mean?

Bursae are jelly-like sacs that act as buffers between tissues as we move our bodies. When these sacs are irritated or damaged, they become inflamed which is


Are Back Braces and Belts Recommended?

Many rely on back belts when exercising, and many others at work. But, do they work? There is no definitive proof in medical literature one way or another.

Someone that has no back pain may wear a back belt to avoid or prevent injury. If the belt is tightened only during strenuous activity, it increases awareness of the lifting. It also does not mean one can lift heavier objects. Back…


Why Am I Having Back Spasms?

You know that painful, cramping, tightening feeling that bursts through your muscles. Maybe it’s happened when you’re exercising or doing physical labor, or maybe it comes at random, just here and there. Why are you experiencing these back spasms?

There are a variety of causes for back spasms. If it usually happens during or directly after exercise, lifting, or heavy work, then it may be caused

New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Mets’ Left Hander Steven Matz Moved to DL with Shoulder Injury

After undergoing an MRI Monday afternoon, it was revealed that Mets rookie pitcher, Steven Matz, will be moved to the 15 day DL with what is being described as “tightness” in his throwing shoulder.

Matz had already had been pitching with a significant bone spur in his left elbow and will likely undergo surgery at the end of the season to have it removed.  The good


Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Help With Arthritis Pain

Arthritis is a condition that can cause much discomfort and pain, and affects over 350 million worldwide. The pain is usually chronic, but can flare up and become more intense from time to time. While anti-inflammatory medications can help, there are some natural methods to reduce inflammation as well, including certain foods. Here is a list of foods that may help you decrease the pain and inflammation


Shoulder Injury Forces Serena Williams to Withdraw from Western and Southern Open

Serena Williams, the #1 ranked women’s tennis player in the world announced Monday that she will be withdrawing from the Western & Southern open in Cincinnati due to a shoulder injury. “I’m very disappointed I’m not able to compete in the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, as I was really looking forward to defending my title,” Williams said. “My shoulder inflammation continues to

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