Category: ‘Press Releases’

Hurt in a Cycling Accident? Surgical Repair of a Broken Collarbone

Posted in Press Releases | December 1, 2017

Dr. Kevin Plancher with Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine with tips on surgical treatment for highly common biking injury

New York, NY & Greenwich, CT (PRWEB) December 01, 2017

December 2017 – Avid cyclists experience their share of injuries, but one of the most common may surprise you: A shattered collarbone. Surgical repair of this biking injury to return fast to the sport is also prevalent for a variety of reasons, according to orthopaedic surgeon Kevin D. Plancher, MD, founder of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. (more…)


Shouldering On: Recovering from AC Joint Separation

Posted in Press Releases | November 21, 2017

Dr. Kevin Plancher of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Shares Tips on How to Get Back in the Game after a Separated Shoulder.

NEW YORK & GREENWICH, Conn. (PRWEB) November 21, 2017

Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers. Trevor Siemian of the Broncos. The Giants’ Eli Manning. Over the years, these fantasy football favorites have all shared one unwanted stat: a hard sack that resulted in a separated shoulder. “The autumn season brings tackle football,” notes Dr. Kevin Plancher, MD, of Plancher Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. “And tackle football involves impacts as well as other more severe injuries that may cause shoulder separation injuries.” (more…)


Meniscal Tears: How Do They Happen?

Posted in Press Releases | November 7, 2017

Dr. Kevin Plancher with Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine with prevention tips to stay healthy on the field

NEW YORK and GREENWICH, Conn. (PRWEB) November 07, 2017

November 2017 – When people refer to torn cartilage in the knee, they’re often talking about a tear in the meniscus, the wedge of cartilage cushioning the space between the thighbone and shinbone. But few people understand how meniscal tears happen or how to treat or even avoid them, according orthopaedic surgeon Kevin D. Plancher, MD, founder of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. (more…)


Understanding Joint Replacement Options for Hips & Knees

Posted in Press Releases | October 30, 2017

Dr. Kevin Plancher with Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine with tips on patients’ choices for most common artificial joints.

NEW YORK & GREENWICH, Conn. (PRWEB) October 30, 2017

As the U.S. population ages – but still desires to stay active – more people than ever are finding that getting a new hip or knee is a ticket to aging with vigor. Despite their enthusiasm, however, many don’t understand their joint replacement options, according to orthopaedic surgeon Kevin D. Plancher, MD, founder of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. (more…)


Ski and Snowboarding Season is Around the Corner: Train Now for a Healthy Season

Posted in Press Releases | September 29, 2017

Dr. Kevin Plancher with Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine explains common ski and snowboarding injuries and tips to help prevent them

New York, NY and Greenwich, CT (PRWEB) September 29, 2017

Colorful leaves falling from the trees means only one thing to die-hard skiers and snowboarders: the snow season isn’t far behind. Most people don’t realize this but training early is imperative for a healthy, injury-free ski season, says orthopaedic surgeon Kevin D. Plancher, MD, founder of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. (more…)


Tips for an Injury-Free Soccer Season

Posted in Press Releases | September 20, 2017

Dr. Kevin Plancher with Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine explains common high school soccer injuries and offers tips to avoid them

New York, NY and Greenwich, CT (PRWEB) September 20, 2017

September 2017 – A new school year means soccer season is well underway, with nearly a million American high school girls and boys participating in the world’s most popular sport. But all of them – and especially girls, who are prone to season ending knee ACL tears – should take steps to prevent common injuries that can cut into their time on the field, according to orthopaedic surgeon Kevin D. Plancher, MD, founder of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. (more…)


Treatment Options for Kneecap Problems

Posted in General Orthopaedics, Press Releases | August 30, 2017

Dr. Kevin Plancher with Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine explains conditions affecting the kneecap and offers tips on how they’re treated

New York, NY and Greenwich, CT (PRWEB) August 30, 2017

It’s safe to say that most of us don’t notice our kneecaps – known medically as the patella – unless one of them hurts. But a surprising number of conditions can cause pain around the kneecap, the vast majority of which successfully resolve with non-operative treatment, according to orthopaedic surgeon Kevin D. Plancher, MD, founder of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. (more…)


With Tennis Season in Full Swing, Can Tennis Elbow Be Far Behind?

Posted in General Orthopaedics, Press Releases | August 24, 2017

Dr. Kevin Plancher with Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine explains how tennis elbow is diagnosed and offers tips on treatment

New York, NY and Greenwich, CT (PRWEB) August 24, 2017

With warm temperatures spanning from summer through fall, tennis season is still in full swing – and cases of tennis elbow are becoming more apparent in those affected by this common type of elbow pain, according to orthopaedic surgeon Kevin D. Plancher, MD, founder of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.

The term “tennis elbow” came into use since the condition poses a significant problem for some tennis players, but the truth is that fewer than 5% of tennis elbow diagnoses are actually related to playing the popular racquet sport, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Known medically as lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow disproportionately affects men between ages 30 and 50 and those whose sports or activities require repetitive elbow, wrist and arm movement, including golfers, bowlers, baseball players, house cleaners, painters, carpenters and others.

“The pain from tennis elbow is caused by tearing in the area of muscle and tendon around the bony outer part of the elbow,” Dr. Plancher explains. “The tearing can happen slowly or abruptly, but typically feels worse when squeezing objects – like the handle of a tennis racquet – or moving the wrist with force, such as opening a jar or using a tool.”

How is tennis elbow diagnosed?
Doctors often suspect tennis elbow as soon as patients describe its hallmark pain or burning symptoms on the outer part of their elbow or their weak grip strength. But several factors are considered when making a formal diagnosis, including the type of work you do and sports you play.

A doctor will often test a patient’s ability to straighten the wrist and fingers against resistance, with the arm held fully straight, to determine if this causes pain. “If it does, that’s a strong clue those muscles aren’t healthy,” Dr. Plancher says. “A proper diagnosis is important, since many conditions can cause pain around the elbow.”

Additional diagnostic tests may be used to pinpoint tennis elbow. They include:

X-rays, which best illuminate hard structures such as bone and can rule out arthritis in the elbow.

MRI scans, which best highlight soft tissues and can rule out a herniated disc or arthritis in the neck as the cause of refined elbow pain.

EMG (electromyography), which can rule out nerve compression in the nerves traveling to the elbow.

Tennis elbow treatments extensive, varied
In the vast majority of cases, tennis elbow symptoms fade away within a matter of months. But an extensive list of treatments can help cut pain and inflammation in the affected elbow and/or decrease further stress on the joint.

According to Dr. Plancher, a Clinical Professor in Orthopaedics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, conservative tennis elbow treatments include:

Rest: Avoid any activity that causes pain to the elbow for several weeks.

Ice: Apply ice to the affected area several times each day for 20-minute periods.

NSAIDs: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can lower pain and inflammation.

Steroid injections: Your doctor can inject cortisone into the affected area once if there is a crisis. Topical steroid creams can be administered to the elbow surface.

Splint: Sometimes doctors will prescribe a splint made by an OTR, CHT to stabilize and protect the injured elbow.

Equipment check: Those whose tennis elbow stems from playing a racquet sport may want to check their equipment for proper fit. Racquets that are stiffer or looser-strung can lower stress on the forearm, or a smaller racquet head may help prevent recurring symptoms.

PRP injections: Platelet-rich plasma, which is derived from a patient’s own blood, can be injected into the affected elbow area. PRP is a promising newer non-surgical tennis elbow treatment and contains high concentrations of growth factor proteins that can speed healing with or without stem cells.

For chronic cases of tennis elbow that don’t respond to conservative treatments – which is unusual (less than 5%) – surgery is an option to repair the elbow’s injured muscle and tendon area. Most surgeries, whether open or minimally invasive, involve removing diseased muscle from the elbow and re-attaching healthy muscle to bone. Additionally, a newer surgical technique called the Tenex procedure, percutaneous tenotomy, utilizes new technology and requires only a tiny incision to insert a tissue removal device that breaks down scar tissue inside the elbow using ultrasonic energy.

“With so many treatment options, no one needs to cope with tennis elbow without relief,” Dr. Plancher says. “Whether you’re a tennis player or not, this condition hopefully won’t stop you for long.”

Kevin D. Plancher, MD, is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and the founder of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.

Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is a comprehensive orthopaedics and sports medicine practice with offices in New York City and Greenwich, CT. http://www.plancherortho.com


ACL Injuries on the Rise in Young Female Athletes

Posted in General Orthopaedics, Press Releases, Sports Injuries, Sports Injury | August 9, 2017

Dr. Kevin Plancher with Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine explains reasons behind trend and offers tips on ACL injury diagnosis and treatment

New York, NY and Greenwich, CT (PRWEB) August 09, 2017

August 2017 –ACL injuries are common injury overall; however, young female athletes are far more likely than males to suffer a sprain or tear to their anterior cruciate ligament, which is vital to the knee’s stability, according to orthopaedic surgeon Kevin D. Plancher, MD, founder of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. (more…)


Achilles Tendinosis: How It Happens and How It’s Treated

Posted in Blog, Press Releases, Sports Injuries | July 31, 2017

Dr. Kevin Plancher with Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine explains causes, diagnosis and offers tips on treatment of injury to body’s largest tendon.

New York, NY and Greenwich, CT (PRWEB) July 31, 2017

The Achilles tendon is the largest, strongest tendon in the body. Few pay attention to this tendon and muscle it until it becomes inflamed – causing pain and tightness – in a condition known as Achilles tendinosis, according to orthopaedic surgeon Kevin D. Plancher, MD, founder of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. (more…)