David E Quinn, MD
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
Location and Office HoursCapital Region Orthopaedic Group
Albany, NY 12206
- Blue Shield NENY
- Capital District Physicians' Health Plan
- MVP Health Plan
- Albany Medical Center
- Albany Memorial Hospital
- St Peter's Hospital
- Stratton VA Medical Center at Albany
What are menisci of the knee?
Scott Martin, Orthopedic Surgery, answeredSeparating the bones of the knee are two rubbery cartilage pads known as menisci. Named for their crescent-moon shape, the menisci curve around each side of the tibia's top, serving as shock absorbers and helping the bones fit together. Menisci are made of tough, elastic cartilage but are susceptible to injury from the pressure of the thighbone and shin bone they cushion and degenerative changes of the knee.
How flexible am I?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
Flexibility is like real estate - it all depends on location. Some may be able to twist their necks around like a horror-movie monster, while others probably have hamstrings that are tighter than football pants. If you want to test your flexibility, try these exercises. But do not force them or elicit pain - they're not designed to cause you disability, just to test your current state. If you have doubt, only do them with guidance of a professional. You can also perform these tests routinely to improve your flexibility.
Forearms: Place your hands against each other upside down with the backs of your hands against each other for 30 to 60 seconds. If any numbness or tingling develops on the surface of the thumb, index or middle fingers, it may mean you have carpel tunnel syndrome.
Hips: Sit and rotate your legs approximately 45 degrees in both directions. Normal rotation is 45 degrees.
Shoulders: Test both internal and external rotation of the shoulder. Reach behind you with one arm and touch the opposite shoulder blade. Reach up over your shoulder touching your reaching hand to the inside of the same shoulder. If you can't reach those points, you likely have weak rotator cuffs.
Neck: Tilt your head down to your chest and then up and back so you're looking toward the ceiling. Normal neck flexion allows your chin to be about a finger's length away from your chest. Normal neck extension means that eye, ear lobe, and shoulder are all in line. Now, that's usually a little bit further than most people can do, so don't force it; just work gradually to get a better range of motion.
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What is a sports injury?
Jennifer Baima, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, answered on behalf of Brigham and Women's HospitalThe most widely recognized sports injuries occur in an instant, when an athlete absorbs an unexpected blow. Most people do not realize that sports injuries, such as tendinopathy, also can occur from repetitive use during running, jumping, lifting weights and sports. While it is the acute injury that gets most of the attention, being aware of common injury patterns will help to prolong an athlete’s ability to enjoy playing sports at any age. For example, the most common sports injury is an ankle sprain. Often, this turns into a vicious cycle when ankle ligaments are stretched out and become too loose to work and hold the ankle joint in the right position for running. But with the proper care and treatment, an athlete’s performance will not suffer.
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