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

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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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What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder is a complex disease that can affect an individual for 1-2 years. If you have frozen shoulder, it will go through phases of pain, at first causing you extreme pain that may make you believe you’ve torn your rotator cuff. After a few months, your pain will plateau and a stiffness will settle into your joint. For a long period of time, sometimes up to a whole…


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.


Your Purse Can Be Causing More Damage Than You Think

Neck and back pain are by far the most common orthopedic conditions. And probably the most common way women strain their necks and pull their backs is by carrying a purse. On top of this stress to your body, having a purse weigh on your shoulder every day is a sure way to damage the joint.

Our shoulder joints are very mobile only because the ball of our upper arm bone…


The Importance of Catching a Rotator Cuff Tear Early

The Rotator Cuff is a group of important tendons in the shoulder that are responsible for the stability and strength of the shoulder. Rotator Cuff disease has various stages and levels of damage to these tendons. The symptoms are pain with overhead activities, night pain, biceps inflammation, weakness and limited motion.

The early stages of Rotator Cuff disease (called Impingement) is caused by pinching of the tendons by bone…


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


Masking Pain Versus Treating The Cause

Some aching here, a little twinge of pain there, we’ve all experienced aches and pains after exercise, a long week of work, or as the result of our bodies aging. What is your first reaction to these pains? Are you treating it or masking pain? According to WebMD and the American Gastroenterological Association, more than 30,000 Americans use NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) each day, to treat minor to

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