Leon E. Popovitz, MD
Top-Rated Orthopedic Surgeon
Specializing in Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder & Knee.
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Do I Need to See a Doctor for Back Pain?

We’ve all had back pain at one point or another and it’s more likely than not that your back pain keeps coming back. Oftentimes, patients see back pain as something that’s a natural result of sitting at work or being active and don’t receive treatment.

Unfortunately, without treatment back pain can become constant and be debilitating later on in life. The good news is, physical therapy is not only the…


Getting Back Into Your Exercise Routine Injury Free

Whether it’s because of the holidays, a vacation, or an injury, we all have to ease ourselves back into our workout routine after a break at some point. Orthopedic injuries often occur for the first time when suddenly changing your workout routine or increasing your activity level. Here are some tips to make getting back into the swing of things easily and pain free.

Pace yourself. The most important


Shoulder and Knee Injuries in Football

Chances are you’ll be joining your friends or family in at least one backyard game of football at this time of year. At NY Bone and Joint, we see the most injuries from our collegiate and amateur football players. It is the number one injury causing sport and players will most commonly damage their knees through high impact collisions. Shoulder injuries are the second most common football injury, also occurring…


Common Ski Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Along with ski season comes an influx of patients at NY Bone and Joint who have injured themselves on the slopes. Skiing injuries are common, but avoidable. It’s important to take lessons even if this isn’t your first time on skis because falling properly is the key to preventing very serious injury.

Skiers will commonly complain of knee pain and ACL and MCL tears are perhaps the most common skiing injuries….


How Did I Tear My Meniscus?

You don’t have to be an avid athlete to be diagnosed with a torn meniscus. Often times patients don’t remember what may have caused an injury before the onset of pain. So why is it so common to tear a meniscus and what does this mean for your knee?

We have two menisci in each of our knees. They are c-shaped pieces of cartilage that line the front and back of…

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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…


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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Is Weight Lifting Damaging Your Shoulder?

Lifting weights or weight training is one of the most common reasons for shoulder pain. The unique thing about this is that, typically, the pain is later after the injury or it is gradual and pain builds with time.

LABRAL Tears or SLAP Tears- Are very common among those that lift weights in the gym or at home. The pain from the actual tear

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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…

Female runner with injured knee

The Truth About Your Knees

If you don’t have some sort of knee pain yet, you probably will. 15 million Americans visit their orthopedists every year for knee pain. A vast majority of athletes, regular exercisers, and simply middle aged patients are diagnosed with a torn ACL, runner’s knee, or arthritic knee joints.With the knee being such a common place for injury, it’s important to know the best ways to prevent and treat knee…

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