Leon E. Popovitz, MD
Top-Rated Orthopedic Surgeon
Specializing in Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder & Knee.
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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…


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?
Cold or ice therapy
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,…

Gym doctor with a patient checking her ankle

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…

3D cast

3D Tech Can Change the Way Your Broken Arm Heals

Technology has allowed the orthopedic realm to become extremely progressive, so it’s time that the old, itchy plaster casts get an upgrade.

A company named Cortex is designing an exoskeletal cast that can be 3D printed. The cast will have a slim design while still providing the same sturdy protection that plaster casts provide. How is this possible?

First, as a broken or fractured arm is X rayed, it will also receive…


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

weight lifters shoulder

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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