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What to Expect After Shoulder Replacement Surgery Oct 8th, 2020

Approximately 53,000 people undergo shoulder replacement surgery annually, and if you’re scheduled for this procedure, it’s perfectly normal to wonder about what your recovery will entail. How much pain will you face? How limited will your mobility be? How long will it take before you’re “back to normal?” These are...

Arthroscopy For a Torn Meniscus Sep 21st, 2020

Remember that song that went something like “Your thigh bone’s connected to your shin bone?” Well, if the composer had wanted to get technical, they’d have included a verse about the meniscus, the elbow macaroni-shaped soft tissue cartilage disc that actually does connect your thigh bone to your shinbone.  Your...

The Science Behind ACL Repair Aug 23rd, 2020

Your anterior cruciate ligament, better known as your ACL, joins your thigh bone (femur) with your shin bone (tibia) and fortifies your entire knee joint, so it’s critically important to your mobility. That said, torn ACLs are some of the most common injuries Dr. Struan Coleman sees at this practice....

Exercises to Ensure Knee Stability Jul 23rd, 2020

You might blame pain in your knee on an injury, overuse, arthritis, or a meniscus tear. But just like a building’s foundation is key to keeping it standing over many years, so, too, is establishing  knee stability to reduce your chances of experiencing injury or arthritis. Dr. Struan Coleman’s practice...

5 Tips to Prevent an ACL Injury Jun 22nd, 2020

You don’t have to be an NBA star to experience an ACL injury, but the problem causes pain that can sideline you for a long time, whether you’re LeBron James or a typical weekend warrior.  ACL stands for anterior cruciate ligament, and it is one of your knee’s major ligaments....

When is it Time For a Knee Replacement? May 26th, 2020

From walking and kneeling to running and bending, you ask so much from your knees, day in and day out. It’s no surprise that after some decades, that staggering amount of repetitive motion causes your knee to degenerate.  The problem is so ubiquitous that 600,000+ knee replacements are performed in...

Knowing the Difference Between a Cam or Pincer FAI Apr 9th, 2020

Whether you’re enduring hip pain, groin pain, or both, it’s important to get a diagnosis. If the cause of your discomfort is something known as femoral acetabular impingement — FAI for short — it’s important to understand that there are two types, both of which can be treated with a...

How Shoulder Arthroscopy Can Treat Biceps Tendon Disease Mar 5th, 2020

Shoulder arthroscopy offers a surgeon the chance to diagnose and treat during a single, minimally invasive procedure that’s not just for rotator cuff injuries and frozen shoulder anymore.  Dr. Struan Coleman’s vast experience in the realm of sports medicine allows him to think creatively when it comes to solving his...

What Causes Frozen Shoulder and How You Can Fix It Feb 1st, 2020

Anyone who’s experienced frozen shoulder will tell you that they’d do just about anything to get relief from the pain and immobility it causes.  Like ice, a frozen shoulder can “melt,” and repair itself, but this isn’t guaranteed, and can take months to several years. No one deserves to live...

The Anatomy of a Rotator Cuff Injury Jan 1st, 2020

Your shoulder joint has the widest range of motion of any joint in your body. Whenever you reach or stretch your arm, you’re using your shoulder. Your rotator cuff consists of a group of muscles and tendons that stabilize and strengthen your shoulder joint. Your rotator cuff holds your arm...

Why Physical Therapy Makes All the Difference in Your Rehab Dec 1st, 2019

Most people have heard of physical therapy, but many people don’t know what it is and what it’s all about. Physical therapy is comprised of a number of different activities that can help get you back to full range of movement after an injury. It makes a huge difference in...

Top Signs Your Meniscus May Be in Trouble Nov 1st, 2019

More than 500,000 meniscus tears occur each year in the United States. Meniscus injuries can happen at any time and are one of the most frequently occurring cartilage injuries of the knee. While you can’t always prevent a meniscus tear, you can keep it from getting worse. In this blog,...

When Should You Consider a Complete Joint Replacement? Oct 1st, 2019

Chronic, serious pain in your joints may be the result of an injury, repetitive strain, or arthritis. When you need more than ibuprofen to manage your pain, you may wonder what’s next. In some cases, joint replacement might be the best solution. Struan Coleman, MD, PhD, is expertly trained in...

Here's How Your Shoes Affect Your Knee Pain Sep 1st, 2019

Wearing the wrong kind of shoes can place strain on your knees and your hips. It might not sound like a big deal, but it is. Your knees and hips are the largest joints in your body and they're responsible for supporting your weight. That's why it's so important to...

What Causes Hamstring Injuries? Aug 22nd, 2019

Anyone who has ever suffered a hamstring injury will tell you that they’re no walk in the park. Although they vary in severity, the worst hamstring injuries can make it difficult to walk or even stand. Between the pain and lost mobility, a hamstring injury can leave you fairly debilitated...

How Successful is Shoulder Replacement Surgery? Jul 16th, 2019

A shoulder injury can affect both athletes and non-athletes, making even the most minor tasks painful and difficult. If the area doesn’t respond to surgery or physical therapy, you may need to have your shoulder replaced. The question is, how successful is this procedure? Dr. Struan Coleman is a shoulder...

Why Female Athletes are More Prone to ACL Tears Than Their Male Counterparts Jun 18th, 2019

An ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury can be brutal and horrible, especially at the moment when it happens, and when you feel or hear the popping sound in your knee. The symptoms of an ACL tear usually come on pretty fast and can include: Excruciating pain and swelling Inability to...

Returning to Sports After Shoulder Surgery: What You Need to Know May 21st, 2019

When you’re an injured athlete, the first thing you want to know is, “When can I get back to playing?” As the team physician for the New York Mets, Dr. Struan Coleman, MD, PhD understands the desire to get back to your sport as soon as possible. And as an...

What Are My Treatment Options for Femoral Acetabular (Hip) Impingement? Apr 4th, 2019

Your hips are large ball-and-socket joints that rely on every component fitting together perfectly to be able to distribute the workload evenly and facilitate function. Now imagine throwing a pebble into this joint, which would significantly compromise how your ball and socket work together. That’s essentially what happens with a...

What to Expect When Recovering From Knee Replacement Surgery Mar 2nd, 2019

It’s a big deal to decide to have knee replacement surgery, especially when you’re in constant pain or you’re living with reduced mobility. Many people put it off, but when you’re finally ready to have a sturdier, pain-free, mobile knee again, be prepared for several months of recovery. And it...

5 Tips for Preventing Sports-Related Shoulder Injuries Feb 1st, 2019

If you’re a sports enthusiast who enjoys activities that put your shoulders into the game, you understand how much you rely on these critical joints. Unfortunately, that incredible range of motion that your shoulders allow your arms also leaves them vulnerable to injury. Here at our orthopedic practice, Dr. Struan...

How Shoulder Arthroscopy Can Help Treat Shoulder Injuries Jan 9th, 2019

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for every 10,000 employed people in the U.S., workers missed over 100,000 days of work from shoulder injuries. It's not hard to see why since in many lines of work, from retail to construction to waiting tables, having stable, strong, and functional shoulders is integral to...

5 Most Common Conditions Treated With Knee Arthroscopy Dec 31st, 2018

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed with the aid of a tiny television camera mounted on a flexible pencil-sized tube. Known as an arthroscope, a lighted lens is used as a diagnostic tool as well as the means for a trained surgeon to make necessary orthopaedic repairs through an incision as...

Excessive Friction in Your Hip Joint Can Cause Femoral Acetabular Impingement (FAI) Nov 27th, 2018

Hip pain is a fairly common complaint among both men and women, and especially among people who are very physically active. Several factors can cause or contribute to hip pain, but one of the most common causes is a condition called femoral acetabular impingement or FAI. Hip joint anatomy Your...

The 10 Most Common Ways You Can Damage Your Meniscus Oct 29th, 2018

Approximately 500,000 people tear a meniscus each year, making it a fairly common knee injury. The meniscus provides a cushion between your thigh bone and shin. Each of your knee joints has two menisci, which are made of cartilage. Twisting, quick stops, and other sudden movements can damage your meniscus....

How Torn Hamstrings are Repaired Sep 26th, 2018

As with many of the muscle groups in your body, you often don’t realize how important your hamstrings are until you suffer an injury that takes them out of action or, worse, causes you considerable pain.Luckily, Dr. Struan Coleman has extensive experience repairing torn hamstrings, allowing his patients in New...

Advice for Speeding Recovery From Shoulder Replacement Surgery Aug 24th, 2018

There comes a time in life when a joint may be causing you more harm than good, which can certainly be the case with your shoulder. If you’ve been dealing with a painful shoulder that places considerable limitations on your life, a joint replacement surgery may be just the solution...

What Is Frozen Shoulder? Jul 25th, 2018

The medical name for the shoulder condition commonly known as frozen shoulder is adhesive capsulitis. It’s characterized by pain and stiffness that builds up gradually over the course of months or even years. There are a few things that raise your risk of developing a frozen shoulder, including: Being between...

5 Tips to Protect Your Knees As You Age Jun 18th, 2018

Your knees bear a lot of weight as well as a large responsibility for your ability to effectively get around. They also contain a lot of moving parts, from ligaments and cartilage to muscles and bones, that can become damaged either from injury or the natural wear and tear of...

Never Give Up: Christina McNamara Schmidt’s Journey May 30th, 2018

For any normal person, hamstring pain can be an incredibly debilitating, limiting, and frustrating condition to cope with. But Christina McNamara Schmidt is no ordinary person. This mother of three is also a competitive All American Triathlete, taking to the water and covering mile after mile on her bike and...

e-vive: Revolutionizing STIM Therapy Mar 7th, 2017

As an orthopedic surgeon focused on sports medicine, I am constantly aware of how important rehab is post-op. It is important for patients to have convenient and effective methods of rehab so that they can get "back in the game" as soon as possible. We first started CyMedica with our...

Averting Joint Damage Due to Rheumatoid Arthritis Feb 1st, 2017

Do you suffer from joint stiffness or swelling on a daily basis? Then you face a higher risk of incurring damage to your joints. If you have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and your symptoms flare up, it is crucial that you learn the signs of trouble and how to...