Signs that you are suffering from a Sports-Related Shoulder Injury

When your shoulder is causing you great pain, you want the safest and the most effective procedure to heal it. But an accurate diagnosis is as important as the treatment itself.

Here is a look at different shoulder injuries that can vary in severity.

Rotator Cuff Tear

A rotator cuff tear is often caused in throwing and racket sports. The symptoms appear when one or more of the four rotator cuff muscles are strained or torn.

Common symptoms are gradually worsening shoulder pain. The pain is often worse with certain movements, including reaching overhead, reaching behind the back, and lifting objects away from the body.

Dislocated Shoulder

Falls or intense impact can bring about this excruciating injury. During the actual dislocation episode, the patient usually experiences severe pain. Often there is an obvious deformity of the shoulder region.

Patients may notice numbness and tingling in parts of their hand or shoulder after a shoulder dislocation.

AC Joint Separation

AC Joint separation is a painful sprain to the acromioclavicular joint on the top of the shoulder. It is caused from falling over an outstretched arm. Football players and cyclists who fall over the handlebars are often subject to AC separations.

Pains with arm movement, swelling and popping sounds with movement are common signs of AC separation.

Labral Tear

The labrum is a fibrous band of tissue that connects to the outer part of the shoulder blade’s socket. Intense impact and motion can result in a labral tear.

Shoulder pain that may be in the front of the shoulder, deep within the shoulder, or in the back of the shoulder is a common sign. The pain often worsens with overhead arm activities or throwing.

If you feel any of these or other injuries are adversely affecting your life, set up a consultation with the leading orthopedic surgeon in Phoenix, at Phoenix Shoulder and Knee clinic at 480-219-3342. Dr. Adam Farber is a Board certified, Fellowship trained and an experienced knee surgeon in Phoenix AZ. He has a particular interest in sports injuries and treatments.

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3 Reasons you need a Brace for Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is the painful inflammation of the tendon at the outer border of the elbow due to overuse of lower arm muscles, such as in hand twisting. An elbow brace is often recommended to allow quicker healing while undergoing treatment.

Has your doctor recommended an elbow brace? You may be wondering why you need an elbow brace. Here are three reasons why wearing an elbow brace is important.

Pain Relief

Tight muscle tension can produce much pain in cases of tennis elbow. Bracing can relieve that pain. When your muscles aren’t under stress, they get the much required rest which brings pain relief. The brace keeps the elbow free from any unwanted movement which also allows it to rest.

Stop Further Injury

An elbow brace gives a cushioning effect at end range to stop the bones from “slamming” together. This reduces forces on the elbow that can cause further inflammation, pain and swelling.

Injury Prevention

Most people look for pain treatment after an injury has occurred. But an elbow brace can help you prevent the injury before it actually happens. If you are involved in actions with repetitive overload on your forearm muscles, an elbow brace can be a great preventative measure.

If you are looking for effective elbow treatments in Phoenix, call Phoenix Shoulder and Knee clinic at 480-219-3342. Dr. Adam Farber is a Board certified, Fellowship trained and an experienced surgeon and orthopedic bracing specialist in Phoenix AZ. He has a particular interest in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, elbow, ankle and knee.

Minimally Invasive Surgical Shoulder Treatments

The shoulder is one of the most used joints in the body. It is also the most flexible. But this flexibility also makes it vulnerable to injury due to repetitive motion and trauma. The most common shoulder injuries include rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, labral tears and clavicle fractures among others.

The treatments for shoulder conditions depend upon the cause and severity of shoulder pain. If you are suffering from a severely painful condition, you may need surgical shoulder treatments from an experienced surgeon, such as Dr. Farber in Phoenix. Surgical shoulder treatments may include minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery as well as open surgery.

Minimally invasive surgery or arthroscopic surgery offers several advantages over traditional surgery, such as smaller incisions, less trauma to soft tissues, fewer risks, less post-operative pain and faster recovery.

Surgical shoulder treatments in Phoenix can be used to treat –

  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Labral Tears
  • Clavicle Fractures
  • Adhesive Capsulitis or Frozen Shoulder
  • Calcific Tendonitis
  • Biceps Tendon Disorders
  • Shoulder Arthritis

Your shoulder treatments will begin with a complete evaluation of your condition by your shoulder surgeon. Your doctor will discuss with you the possible treatment options, including minimally invasive surgery, if necessary.

To set up a consultation with one of the best shoulder surgeons in Phoenix, call Phoenix Shoulder and Knee clinic at 480-219-3342. Dr. Adam Farber is a Board certified, Fellowship trained and one of the top shoulder and knee surgeons in Phoenix. His focus is on shoulder conditions, including rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, labral pathology, arthritis and more.

Achilles Tendonitis Symptoms and Treatment

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. You use it when you walk, run, and jump. The Achilles tendon is able to tolerate stress but sometimes injury can occur to the tendon when overly stressed. This results in a condition known as Achilles tendonitis which causes pain along the back of the leg near the heel.

Achilles Tendonitis

Overuse of the Achilles tendon may cause the tendon to swell, become irritated, inflamed and cause pain. This is Achilles tendinitis. It is a common sports injury related to running, but can happen to anyone who puts a lot of stress on their feet (e.g.: basketball players and dancers). If you do not get treatment for Achilles tendinitis, the problem can become chronic and make it difficult for you to walk.

What causes Achilles tendonitis?

Achilles tendinitis is a common athletic injury. Causes of tendonitis include –

  • Injury to the tendon
  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Activities that make you quickly start and stop
  • Poor fitting shoes
  • Running or exercising on uneven ground
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Bone spur
  • Flat arches
  • Exercising without adequate warm up

What are the symptoms of Achilles tendinitis?

Common symptoms of Achilles tendinitis include:

  • Leg Weakness
  • Slight pain above the heel after activity
  • Morning stiffness in the leg
  • Pain in climbing stairs or going uphill
  • Swelling in the area of the tendon

How is Achilles tendonitis treated?

Conservative Treatments include –

  • RICE – Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate
  • Physical therapy and Stretching exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Orthotics

For active, healthy patients with Achilles tendon ruptures that are more than 50% of the tendon thickness, surgical treatment is recommended. Surgical treatment should be done within 2 weeks from the date of the initial injury before the tendon and muscle begin to scar and shorten and make reattachment it to its native position more difficult. Surgery consists of repairing the ruptured tendon edges back to each other with stitches.

To know more about Achilles tendonitis, book an appointment with one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Phoenix at Phoenix Shoulder and Knee clinic at 480-219-3342. Dr. Adam Farber is a Board certified, Fellowship trained and one of the top orthopedic surgeons in Phoenix with specialization in sports medicine.

The Amazing Healing Potential of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

The human body has an amazing ability to heal itself. Based on this principle, Platelet Rich Plasma therapy or PRP therapy utilizes the patient’s own blood components to stimulate a healing response in damaged tissues.

Your blood is composed of plasma, Red Blood Cells, White Blood Cells and Platelets. When there is an injury in the body, the platelets migrate to the site of injury to begin healing. Platelets release numerous growth factors and other proteins which assist with the healing process.

The PRP therapy uses injections of plasma, rich in platelets, to treat a variety of injuries to muscles and tendons, especially if fail to heal with conservative treatments.

PRP treatment at leading orthopedic clinics, such as Phoenix Shoulder and Knee, is used to effectively treat –

  • Patellar tendonitis/tendinosis
  • Quadriceps muscle injuries
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Hip osteoarthritis
  • Rotator Cuff tendonitis, tendonopathy or partial tears
  • Biceps tendonitis
  • Medial and Lateral epicondylitis of the elbow (golfers & tennis elbow)
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament sprain or tear
  • Achilles tendonitis or partial tears

As more research with PRP is performed, it is likely that this list will expand to include numerous other orthopedic conditions.

To know more about PRP therapy in Phoenix, AZ, call Phoenix Shoulder and Knee clinic at 480-219-3342. Dr. Adam Farber is a Board certified, Fellowship trained and experienced knee surgeon in Phoenix who specializes in sports medicine. He has a particular interest in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, elbow, ankle and knee as well as regenerative medicine, such as PRP therapy.

4 Non Surgical Knee Arthritis Treatments in Phoenix

Are your knees swollen and painful? Do you feel a grinding sensation in your knees? Do your knees make a popping sound while walking? If yes, you may be suffering from knee arthritis.

The knee joint is the most vulnerable to osteoarthritis. In this condition, the articular cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in the joint, wears away due to wear and tear, injury or overuse.

Fortunately, medicine and technology have made it possible to treat knee arthritis without surgery, if the treatment is made available early.

Physical therapy

Stretching the muscles associated with knee movement, such as the quadriceps and the hamstrings, has proven effective in taking stress off the knee. Strengthening these muscles can decrease the pain.

Medication

Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs are effective in treating the swelling and pain for many patients.

Knee Injections

Steroid medication is injected directly into the knee to reduce inflammation, swelling and pain. Another effective treatment is hyaluronic acid injections. Hyaluronic acid is a natural lubricant and anti-inflammatory and the effects last an average of 6 months.

PRP therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy injects plasma from your own blood into your knee. It is a regenerative treatment that helps to repair the knee naturally.

If the above treatments do not yield satisfactory results, your orthopedic doctor may recommend knee surgery.

3 Reasons You Should Go For Orthopedic Bracing

Athletes and people with an active lifestyle are prone to injury. Ankle injuries are one of the most common sports injuries. Stumbling, an incorrect push-off or an over-rotation can often lead to ligament damage. A brace can be extremely beneficial to prevent injury.

STABILITY

Taping and bracing, when applied before exercising, can improve the stability of the ankle joint. They can protect the ankle in case of sudden twisting movements which can otherwise result in injury or trauma.

AID HEALING

Bracing can help to speed up healing and reduce the risk of re-injury.

RESTRICT UNNECESSARY MOVEMENT

It also helps to prevent unnecessary movement while allowing normal movements wherever possible.

Orthopedic braces are easy to fit, are usually washable, can be pulled tighter to adjust and are skin-friendly. It is recommended that apart from taping and bracing, athletes should warm up properly before indulging in any sport to prevent injury.

Leading orthopedic bracing specialist, Dr. Adam Farber in Phoenix, uses bracing for the treatment of a variety of conditions, including instability, ligament sprains, deformity, fractures, and arthritis.

To set up a consultation with one of the best orthopedic bracing specialist in Phoenix, AZ, call Phoenix Shoulder and Knee clinic at 480-219-3342.

Dr. Adam Farber is a Board certified, Fellowship trained and experienced orthopedic surgeon. He specializes in sports medicine. He has a particular interest in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, elbow, ankle and knee. His focus is on shoulder, elbow, and knee injuries/conditions, including rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, labral pathology, Tommy John surgery, articular cartilage injuries, meniscal pathology, and ACL tears.