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Meet Our Newest Team Member, Michelle Mesh!

Dr. Robert Moriarty, MD and his team are excited to introduce their newest team member:  Michelle Mesh, MS, PA-C!

Michelle joins our practice with ten years orthopedic experience. She is knowledgeable and professional, with expertise in managing routine to more complex musculoskeletal conditions. Michelle also has expertise in administering trigger point injections.

Michelle received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, her MS from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed her residency at NYU- Hospital for Joint Diseases in their PA Orthopedic Residency Program.

In her free time, Michelle enjoys going for walks, working out, watching a good movie and most importantly, spending time with her husband and two adorable little girls.

Please join us as we welcome our newest team member Michelle!

Suffer from foot pain? It could be your shoes

If you suffer from chronic foot pain, your shoes could be to blame. Morton’s neuroma refers to a relatively common, treatable, and often misdiagnosed painful ailment of the foot, caused by a pinched nerve usually between the third and fourth toes (Figure 1). Fortunately, there may be an easy fix: change your shoes!

Got Hip Pain? This Could Be Why

Hip pain has many causes, from arthritis, labral tears, stress injuries, to referred pain from another source such as the low back or pelvis. Today, Dr. Moriarty wants to educate his patients about a more common, painful but less worrisome issue known as trochanteric bursitis.

All About The Frozen Shoulder

A “frozen shoulder” is a colloquial term for a medical condition known as adhesive capsulitis. Both aptly describe a relatively common musculoskeletal condition of unknown etiology that affects primarily women from 40 to 60 years of age.  A busy orthopedic practice will typically encounter a few new cases each week with patients presenting with a unifying complaint pathognomonic for the illness- insidious onset of disabling shoulder joint stiffness.

Arthritis and Joint Pain Relief Tips for Winter Weather

From slick driving conditions to shoveling snow, winter in the New York area can sure seem like a pain! For many people—especially those with diseases like arthritis—winter is a pain, literally. Doctors believe people experience greater joint pain in the winter because of the low air pressure, which puts greater pressure on the joints. Moreover, the cold weather makes joints feel stiff and can make it difficult to get up and moving for many.

Dr. Robert V. Moriarty, M.D., an orthopedist based in Long Island, has some tips for you to minimize those winter aches and pains.  The doctor’s easy advice? Keep it warm and keep it moving! Here’s how:

Use of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) in Healing Injuries

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a relatively new and innovative procedure in sports medicine that may help heal common orthopaedic injuries.  Several famous athletes including Tiger Woods to Rafael Nadal have attributed PRP in the healing of their injuries. So, what is this procedure all about anyway?

Platelets are some of the solid components found in blood and are best known for their ability to clot blood. But did you know that platelets also contain hundreds of proteins (known as growth factors) that help in the healing process of injuries?

  the elements of blood.

Orthopedist and sports medicine specialist Dr. Robert V. Moriarty, M.D. offers this service at his medical practice based in Long Island, N.Y. Dr. Moriarty would like provide his patients with important information regarding PRP. Below are some key facts about PRP and why it might be an effective treatment option for common injuries.

X-Rays best way to diagnose knee pain in middle-aged patients, study stays

For Americans 40 and over, knee pain is one of the most commonly reported orthopaedic issues, but what’s the best way to diagnose the cause of the pain? A recent study published by the Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) suggests that middle-aged patients with knee pain should get a standing x-ray first and then determine if a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is necessary.
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Source: Mayo Clinic

  Dr. Robert V. Moriarty, M.D., an orthopedist based in Long Island, NY, sees many patients with complaints of knee pain. Here are some reasons why patients with knee pain should first get an X-ray  before getting an MRI.
  • Cost-effective- MRIs are often not necessary to diagnose/treat knee pain and often cost patients a few thousand dollars. X-Rays generally cost a fraction of that.
  • Overall effectiveness- In the JAAOS study, only half of those who went to get an MRI prior to seeing the orthopaedist had treatment dictated by the results of the MRI. Essentially, it was not as useful in determining treatment options.
  • More efficient- Whereas MRIs can take up to 40 minutes, an X-Ray generally takes about 10-15 minutes.

Dr. Moriarty and his team have several diagnostic tools to assist you with your knee pain, such as X-rays and ultra-sound technology. For treatment purposes, Dr. Moriarty offers a myriad of services to relieve patients of knee pain, including trigger point injections, viscosupplementation and guided injections.

Think you or a loved one might need attention for knee pain or another orthopedic injury? Contact us today at our Huntington, NY location to discuss your treatment.

Source: http://newsroom.aaos.org/media-resources/Press-releases/got-knee-pain-x-rays-the-first-and-best-screening-tool-in-diagnosing-knee-pain-among-middle-aged-patients.tekprint

World’s First Pediatric Double Hand Transplant Recipient Thriving

In July 2015, Zion Harvey made history when he became the first child to receive a double hand transplant. Now, a year later, the 9-year-old is thriving– Zion can write, dress himself and even throw a baseball. Zion’s miraculous story is made possible due to the advancements in medicine, particularly in the field of orthopaedics and reminds us of the importance of well-functioning hands.   child's hand

Summer Safety Series–Boating

It’s summertime, and on Long Island in particular, boating is a great way to cool off and have fun outdoors.  However, did you know that recreational boating accidents land thousands of people in the emergency room each year? In 2015 alone, over 4,000 boating accidents were reported in the U.S., the top two contributing reasons being operator inattention and operator inexperience.

In fact, Dr. Robert V. Moriarty, M.D., an orthopedist based in Long Island, NY sees many cases at his practice during the summer months. Dr. Moriarty happens to be a recreational boater and fisherman himself ( as well as a former bay constable) and wants his patients to stay safe out on the water.


NY Mets David Wright has surgery on disk in neck

NY Mets captain and infielder David Wright underwent surgery on Thursday for a herniated disk in his neck. After unsuccessfully alleviating his pain with rest, rehab and anti-inflammatory injections, the surgery came as a last resort for Wright.
Dr. Robert V. Moriarty, M.D., an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist based in Long Island, NY,  often helps patients with disk herniation by providing them with on-site treatment and additional treatment options. Dr. Moriarty wants to utilize this local headline to educate his patients and baseball fans alike about herniated disks. Herniated Disk

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