Kobe Bryant tears his rotator cuff
It was announced this week that Kobe Bryant, the star of the Los Angeles Laker’s basketball team sustained a rotator cuff tear during a game on Friday while making a two-handed dunk shot. The rest of his season is in peril as he seeks additional opinions decides on whether he should have rotator cuff surgery for his injured rotator cuff.
Rotator Cuff Tear
A torn rotator cuff is a common orthopedic problem for both athletes and non-athletes. It can occur as a result of trauma as appears to be the case for Kobe Bryant, but can also occur as a result of a degenerative breakdown. Most rotator cuff tears occur in patients between 40 and 75. In older patients the tear is often a consequence of progressive shoulder impingement a process by which the tendon rubs against a bone spur causing progressive fraying and ultimately tearing of the tendon.
Rotator Cuff Pain
Symptoms of rotator cuff tear are progressive and increasingly intense shoulder pain on the front of the shoulder area, often radiating down the arm to the elbow. As the tear progresses most patient report night pain, sometime severe enough to keep them from getting a good night’s sleep.
If you believe you have a rotator cuff tear you should see an orthopedic doctor for an evaluation. If your shoulder pain is being caused by a torn rotator cuff it can easily and accurately be diagnosed by an MRI test. Whether the rotator cuff pain is being caused by a tear or by rotator cuff tendinitis the MRI test will be helpful in guiding treatment.
Regardless of the cause, a rotator cuff tear does not spontaneously heal. Initial treatment with physical therapy, rotator cuff exercises and injections can often control pain and restore function even though the tendon remains torn. For many patients an orthopedic surgeon may well recommend surgery to repair the tendon. This can be done as an arthroscopic procedure with three small (4 millimeter) incisions. The tendon is sewn directly to the bone. After surgery (rotator cuff surgery video) physical therapy will progress systematically to restore the rotator cuff muscles back to full strength. After a complete course of therapy most patients can have a full return to function including competitive sports.
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon since 1991, Dr. Steven Struhl is a highly sought after sports medicine physician for his intensive expertise in shoulders and knees, as well as being a clinical instructor with NYU Langone Department of Orthopedic Surgery. With offices in both New York and Westchester, Dr. Struhl has specialized in alleviating shoulder pain and urges athletes to look for treatment at the earliest signs of shoulder pain to avoid surgery. Contact Dr.Steven Struhl today for a consultation.
When surgery is one’s “only option” for knee pain
New Yorkers and Knick fans are all reeling after Carmello Anthony admitted this week that surgery is his “only option” for his recurring left knee pain. Like Carmello, after all non-operative procedures like stem cell therapy, PRP injections, and/or physical therapy are exhausted surgery is the last resort to get someone pain free.
Unlike other surgeons who quickly jump to knee surgery to help with knee pain, Dr. Steven Struhl (NYU Langone Clinical Instructor) is one of the select few orthopedic surgeons in NY with extensive expertise in both non-surgical procedures as well as breakthrough surgical techniques. Dr. Struhl specializes in both the state of the art non-operative procedures like stem cell therapy and PRP injections, and if surgery is required he has experience with the latest techniques of robotic knee surgery for those who meet the requirements. Either way the goal is always to find the least invasive procedure to help someone resolve their knee pain and return to his or her daily activities.
Prior to selecting a surgeon there are certain things you must know before choosing a surgeon, as well as critical questions you should have answered about your surgery since another opinion is always worthwhile. As stated by the Patient Advocate Foundation, “It never hurts to get a second opinion. Keep in mind that doctors are human and they too can make mistakes or be faced with unusual or challenging cases.”
You should not hesitate to contact Dr. Steven Struhl and his knowledgeable staff for either an initial consultation, a second, or a third opinion on your options to alleviate your knee pain prior to that “final” option of surgery.
Scared to go under the knife for his ACL tear
Stefan H. understands that some times one has to endure pain in order to get to the next level. From the expected pains you would expect a collegiate track and field athlete to experience to get to his level, one level of pain he was nervous about was to “go under the knife” for his ACL tear. In fact, he was so apprehensive that he waited a full year before he got his ACL surgery.
After his torn ACL from playing basketball in New York, he thought that he would rather wait and “hope” that his knee injury just needed time versus going under the knife. Unfortunately, based on his ACL symptoms and as time progressed he realized that he was unable to run, play basketball, or enjoy the other daily activities that were important to him.
“Enough was enough”, thought Stefan. So after talking to a variety of people to find someone he could trust with a scalpel he met with Dr. Steven Struhl. Dr. Struhl was able to provide Stefan with the information and a level of comfort that he had not experienced up to that point in trying to find the best Orthopedic knee Surgeon in NYC.
Stefan’s ACL reconstruction went better than he had planned. He was in and out the same day and was able to walk 3 weeks after surgery. He is able to play basketball again and looks forward to running through Central Park.
“I highly recommend Dr. Struhl. Trust me…coming from a person who was nervous about going under the knife. If you are at all nervous about having surgery, just meet with Dr. Struhl and his staff. I wish that I met him earlier, because then I would have had the surgery done sooner”, explains Stefan H..
Dr. Steven Struhl has two convenient locations to serve New Yorkers either in Manhattan or in Westchester County. He and his staff look forward to seeing how his expertise can help you get back to your active life.