Blog Archive

Partial Rotator Cuff Tears Aug 9th, 2022

Pain in the shoulder is a common orthopedic complaint that I see in my practice. Patients will notice that their range of motion is restricted, painful and they are unable to sleep on the affected shoulder.  There are many different pathologies that can occur in the shoulder, but many are...

Ankle Sprains Apr 6th, 2022

The ankle is the joint that begins at the end of the tibia and fibula, your leg bones. The tibia joins up with the talus, a bone just below that has a dome like structure. When you hear the term sprain we are specifically talking about a ligament injury.  Ligaments...

New Technique in Rotator Cuff Surgery Feb 15th, 2022

As an orthopedic surgeon I see a variety of injuries both on the job, on the field and over the weekend.  When a patient comes in with shoulder pain and they are over the age of 40 one of the first things that comes to mind is a torn rotator...

Gel Injections for Knee Pain Jan 26th, 2022

Knee pain is one of the top two or three reasons that patients come in to see me. In older patients the knee pain often comes from wear and tear of the knee. The knee surface has a shiny layer of cartilage both at the end of the femur and...

Shoulder Pain Nov 2nd, 2021

When I see a patient for the first time for shoulder pain I try and figure out the source within the first few minutes of listening to the patient.  The history will often give me an 80% chance of making the diagnosis.  In the young patient shoulder pain usually occurs...

What is a Torn Meniscus Sep 15th, 2021

There are several structures that make up the knee joint: bones, muscles and tendons, ligaments and the meniscus.  The meniscus is sometimes called the cartilage. It is gristle like structure that is composed of both a medial and a lateral meniscus.  This is the inner and outer parts of the...

Shoulder Dislocations Sep 15th, 2021

Shoulder injuries are a common reason for an orthopedic visit.  Many involve the rotator cuff and are seen in patients over the age of forty.  These patients have pain, weakness and limited range of motion of the shoulder. Another type of injury that we see are shoulder instability problems.  These...

4 Signs of a Rotator Cuff Tear Aug 3rd, 2021

Your shoulder is a complex joint that needs to rotate in multiple directions to give you your full range of motion in your arms and torso. Your rotator cuff, a group of four tendons that form a crucial part of your shoulder joint, is largely responsible for your shoulder’s range...

Sports Injuries: What to do About a Sprain or Strain Jul 13th, 2021

Summer sports are back in season, and run-of-the-mill sports injuries like strains and sprains are back, too. Strains and sprains in areas like arms, elbows, and ankles are extremely common in athletes and can occur even during more casual summer activities. Dr. Bruce Prager and the sports medicine experts at...

4 Signs You May Have Arthritis Jun 10th, 2021

There are more than 150 types of arthritis, with two of the most common being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. You’re most likely to start seeing arthritis symptoms after age 65, but arthritis can develop in people of any age. Women and people who are overweight have a higher risk of...

Inside the Operating Room Jun 2nd, 2021

The operating room, usually called the OR, is an extremely busy place.  For a new person first coming in it can be intimidating with lights and monitors hanging down from the ceiling, multiple tables filled with equipment, an OR bed and numerous other equipment for both the surgeon and the...

When Should You Consider a Cortisone Injection? Jun 2nd, 2021

Joint and muscle pain is often caused or exacerbated by inflammation. When you sustain an injury, your body's natural healing response sends a flood of blood, nutrients, and other chemicals into your injured tissue. This causes inflammation, pain, and swelling. Inflammation also makes your skin red or warm to the...

Healing from Total Hip Replacement: What to Expect May 23rd, 2021

A total hip replacement surgery can transform your life. After you recover from the procedure, you can find relief from pain and enjoy an increased range of motion and level of mobility. With a total hip replacement, you can stay active for years to come. At the Orthopedic Center of...

5 Common Causes of Elbow Pain Apr 15th, 2021

Your elbows are joints that connect the long bones of your arm, allowing you to move your arm in complex ways. Some types of degenerative conditions can cause elbow pain. Most cases of elbow pain, though, have to do with various types of overuse. At the Orthopedic Center of Arlington,...

Treating a Meniscus Tear: When Is Knee Surgery the Best Option? Mar 18th, 2021

You’re in the middle of physical activity. Maybe you’re an athlete, or maybe you’re just out for a run around your neighborhood. Then, a surprise sudden twist or direct impact causes you to feel or hear a pop in your knee, followed by pain, swelling, and stiffness. You may have...

Do All ACL Tears Require Surgery? Feb 11th, 2021

Your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) forms a crucial part of your knee joint. This ligament, running diagonally across your knee, connects your femur with your tibia and holds your leg bones in place. ACL tears are a common sports injury, but you can also damage your ACL if you’ve never...

Why Does My Knee Hurt Feb 1st, 2021

  Knee pain is one of the most common complaints that an orthopedic surgeon sees in the office.  It can occur from a variety of causes such as a sports injury, overuse, arthritis and obesity. The pain can occur when a patient is weight bearing, but it also can occur...

When to Seek Treatment for Shoulder Pain Jan 20th, 2021

Your shoulder has three primary bones that come together in a ball-and-socket joint. The shoulder joint is cushioned with cartilage and gives your arm a wide range of motion due to your rotator cuff, which is formed by four tendons that link to surrounding muscles and bone. With so many...

Torn meniscus Dec 31st, 2020

A torn meniscus is a common injury resulting from the knee being twisted or rotated forcefully. The meniscus is a C shaped cartilage that sits between the condyles of the femur and tibia. There are several different types of meniscal tears: bucket handle, flap, radial, and degenerative (below left to...

Know Your Options When Your Tear Your Rotator Cuff Dec 21st, 2020

Your shoulder is a complex joint that’s capable of both strength and range of motion. It’s an intricate system of bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons, but it also leaves you vulnerable to injury, including rotator cuff tears, one of the more common shoulder injuries.  The Orthopedic Center of Arlington specializes...

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Dec 21st, 2020

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs commonly due to repetitive motion. Patient come to the clinic complaining of numbness and tingling in the thumb and index fingers or pain in the hand. If severe patient can have decreased grip strength. Numbness, tingling, or weakness in extremities are not always...

Tennis Elbow Dec 21st, 2020

Pain and tenderness along the lateral or outer edge of the elbow is a common problem that is seen in my office.  It usually occurs after an activity where overuse or excessive demand has been placed on the elbow. Many times it becomes chronic in nature.  It occurs in up...

Rotator Cuff Tears and Stem Cells Dec 3rd, 2020

Rotator cuff tears are a common problem that I see in my practice.  Patients will come in complaining of pain along the front and side of the shoulder. They are unable to sleep on the affected shoulder and have difficulty raising the shoulder overhead. Xrays will only show bone so...

Why Do I Have Shoulder Pain ? Aug 9th, 2020

Everyday in my office I see a variety of patients who have made an appointment for their shoulder pain.  They range in age from late teens to 90 years of age or even older. The vast majority of them are in the 40-60 year range. The young patients that I...