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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
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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

Summer Safety Series—Swimming and Diving

 

Summer is here; which means sun, sand and of course, swimming. Swimming is a great way to get exercise and cool off during the hot summer months and can even be great for the musculoskeletal conditions. However, swimming and diving can also lead to orthopedic injury–many of which can be prevented .

In fact, Dr. Robert V. Moriarty, M.D., an orthopedist based in Long Island, NY sees many of these cases in his practice during the summer months. Here are safety tips before you splash into summer.  

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Stress Fractures in Sports

Spring is finally here! With warmer weather and more daylight hours, it’s a great opportunity to get outside and get active. It’s also the time of year where orthopedist and sports medicine specialist Dr. Robert V. Moriarty, M.D.  sees at influx of patients with stress fractures  at our  Long Island, NY office. A stress fracture is known as an overuse injury, which occurs after repetitive forces cause a tiny crack in the bone. Fortunately, we have some ways to prevent this type of sports injury, as well as the causes, diagnosis, and treatment options for it. runners

Demographics of Arthroscopic Elbow Surgery

Elbow November 2015 study released by University of California cites orthopedic trends in regard to elbow arthroscopy surgery procedures. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy is “a procedure that orthopedic surgeons use to inspect, diagnose, and repair problems inside a joint.” The study examines the demographics of elbow arthroscopy procedures from 2007-2011:

Winter Safety Series: Snow Shoveling

Source: photodomain.net user Peter Griffin

Shoveling snow during the winter time is a household chore. While this chore is usually a necessary task, it can lead to serious orthopedic injury or even put a strain on your heart. Common orthopedic injuries related to snow removal are: sprains, strains, lacerations and finger amputations.

Here are some tips to reduce your risk of injury while shoveling snow:

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