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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I play tennis three times a week, but recently I’ve been having annoying elbow pain, and I noticed that my grip on the racket has weakened. Is this tennis elbow, or some other injury related to tennis?

A. It’s possible that your elbow pain is a result of your regular tennis playing, but there may also be an alternate explanation…

Q. A year ago, I dislocated my knee while playing soccer in the San Fernando Valley. Since then, my knee has become dislocated two more times. Is this normal?

A. Once an individual has suffered a knee dislocation, it’s relatively common for this type of injury to recur…

Q. I’m an avid volleyball player, and lately I’ve noticed a grinding sensation in my shoulder, sometimes accompanied by a popping sound. My shoulder also feels a bit weaker than it used to. Is this a volleyball related injury, and if so, what might it be?

A. A shoulder popping/grinding sensation is a common symptom of a sports related injury. Southern Californian’s who play a lot of tennis, volleyball, baseball, softball, and other sports that require overhead activity are at risk of developing shoulder injuries like shoulder impingement syndrome, rotator cuff tears, labrum tears, or shoulder bursitis…

Q. I’m an active athlete, but lately I’ve been experiencing foot pain while completing average tasks, like walking around or going up and down the steps. When I’m at rest, the pain in my foot goes away, but it comes back when I put weight on it. I haven’t ha.

A. Stress fractures are often the culprits when it comes to sports injury related pain. Though you haven’t suffered a recent injury, stress fractures build over time as a result of overuse and repeated stress.

Q. While I was playing basketball, I heard a snapping/popping sound near my heel. Now I’m having trouble pointing my toes and my ankle is swollen. What type of injury is this?

A. The best way to determine the type of injury you’ve suffered is to visit a skilled orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports injuries. That said, it sounds as if you may have suffered an Achilles Tendon Tear.

Q. During my recent workouts, I’ve been experiencing some pain below the knee, in the shin area. Are shin splints the cause of my lower leg pain?

A. Also called Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS), shin splints are a common sports injury typically caused by the combination of too much, too soon.

Q. Why do my shoulders crack when I roll them back for warm-up exercises?

A. As long as there is no pain associated with the cracking noises, you really don’t need to worry. Occasionally our joints just crack for no obvious reason (although soft tissue in the joint is generally the culprit).

Q. My wrists crack when I rotate them as part of my warm up exercises. It doesn’t hurt, but should I see a Doctor?

A. Cracking or popping of the wrist, as long as it is not accompanied by pain is fairly normal. Occasionally our joints just crack for no obvious reason (although soft tissue in the joint is generally the culprit).

Q. Why do my ankles crack when I first stand up in the morning?

A. Cracking or popping of the ankle, as long as it is not accompanied by pain is fairly normal. Occasionally our joints just crack for no obvious reason (although soft tissue in the joint is generally the culprit).

Q. My shoulder gave out when I was doing push-ups. It doesn’t hurt, but it seemed to just collapse. What happened?

A. This could be caused by a number of injuries. A weakened rotator cuff, shoulder instability, Biceps Tendonitis, or Bursitis could all be the reason for your shoulder giving out, though typically these conditions are accompanied by pain.

Q. My knees ache for no reason sometimes. I’ve never injured them, and I’m pretty healthy and active. Is this arthritis?

A. It could be arthritis, or it could be any number of other conditions. ACL, PCL or MCL strains or tears could be causing it. Patellar Femoral Syndrome could be to blame.

Q. My knee is completely swollen, but I don’t remember injuring it. What is causing this?

A. You’ll need to see an Orthopaedist to confirm the cause of your swelling. In general though, swelling with no clear cause may be a result of a ligament sprain, damage to the cartilage in your knee, damage to the Meniscus.

Q. My elbow hurts, for no apparent reason. I’m in good shape, though I mainly stick to running, so it’s not as if I threw out my arm or something. What is going on?

A. Your elbow pain could be caused by any number of conditions. Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and Cubital Tunnel Syndrome are just a few conditions that come to mind.

Q. I was playing tennis when my shoulder seemed to pop out of place. Now it’s killing me. Did I dislocate it?

A. The answer is yes and no. In the technical sense, this doesn’t sound like a dislocated shoulder, in the way people usually talk about dislocated shoulders. A complete shoulder dislocation would almost certainly include swelling, bruising, and the shoulder would appear deformed.

Q. I broke my ankle years ago, and it still feels weak, like it could break again at any moment. What is causing this?

A. It sounds as if you’re suffering from ankle instability. Ankle instability is a common complaint among those who have sustained an ankle fracture in the past, as well as those who have had multiple ankle sprains.

Q. How long will I have to wait to play volleyball after ACL Surgery?

A. The recovery time from ACL surgery varies with each patient. For younger, healthy patients, some may return to sports within as little as 4 months. For older patients, or those who are less physically active, it generally takes closer to 6 months to return to activity.

Q. How long will I have to go to physical therapy after knee surgery?

A. This will depend upon the type of knee injury, and they type of knee surgery you’ve had.

Q. How long does Rotator Cuff Surgery Take?

A. Rotator Cuff surgery is almost always done as minimally invasive Arthroscopic Surgery, in as little as an hour.

Q. How long does it take to recover from Rotator Cuff Surgery?

A. This will depend upon the extent of the tear in the Rotator Cuff Tendons. Recovery also has two distinct phases. First you’ll have to heal from the surgery, which takes roughly 2-3 months.

Q. How do I know if my ankle is broken, or if it’s just sprained?

A. In many cases, you won’t know if you’ve fractured one of the bones in your ankle until you’ve had an X-ray. The symptoms of sprains and fractures are similar, with swelling, bruising, and a feeling as if you cannot put weight on the ankle.

Q. Anytime I toss the football, even for a half an hour, my shoulder is killing me by the next morning. What is causing this?

A. There are a number of possible reasons for your shoulder pain after throwing a football. The most common causes are rotator cuff tendonitis (where the tendons have become inflamed and irritated) and Bursitis.