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"How to Cope With Common Injuries While Practicing Medicine" - Rosemary Black

  • MD Linx
  • New York, NY
  • (March 19, 2019)

Annoying-but-not-dire health conditions like shin splints and heel pain can be frustrating, as they adversely affect not just your work life, but your personal life, too.  “We don’t know why plantar fasciitis happens because there does not seem to be a true risk factor,” said Ettore Vulcano, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Mount Sinai West. One treatment is to stretch your calf, which can make it less tight, he said, and recommended stretching for five to ten minutes twice a day. Typically, neck pain is associated with overuse activities, said Saad Chaudhary, MD, a spine surgeon at The Mount Sinai Hospital. “In this day and age, most of us are on our handheld devices looking down,” said Dr. Chaudry. “When you keep your head down, you cause an increased amount of stress on the cervical disks and stretch out the ligaments and muscles that normally maintain an upright posture and stabilize the neck area.” Another common injury is a frozen shoulder, an inflammation of the capsule that holds the shoulder together, which affects up to one in 20 people. This capsule keeps the ball and socket joint stable, explained Paul Cagle, MD, a shoulder surgeon at Mount Sinai West.  “When this capsule becomes inflamed, it becomes thick and stiff, and a person’s range of motion decreases.”

— Ettore Vulcano, MD, Assistant Professor, Orthopedics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Orthopedic Surgeon, Mount Sinai West

— Paul Cagle, Jr., MD, Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

— Saad B. Chaudhary, MD, MBA, Associate Director, Spine Surgery Fellowship, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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