Category: ‘Sports Injuries’

Dr. Plancher featured in Westchester Magazine: Avoid Skiing and Snowboarding Injuries

Posted in In the News, Patient Education, Sports Injuries, Sports Injury | February 13, 2017

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4 Ways to Avoid Skiing and Snowboarding Injuries; We asked a doctor how to dodge a major mishap on the slopes.




Baseball might be America’s favorite pastime, but skiing and snowboarding are America’s gnarliest, attracting an estimated 30 million participants each year. A typical ski season in the United States lasts from late November through early April, which means five perfect months to hit the slopes and possibly rack up a few spills.

We talked to Kevin Plancher, MD, the official surgeon of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams, about some tips for preventing winter sport-related injuries.    (more…)

Dr. Harvey was published in A Woman’s Health

Posted in Blog, Fitness, In the News, Sports Injuries | December 14, 2016


Dr. Marty Harvey was published in A Woman’s Health on the topic of tips for avoiding injury at the gym. Click here to read the full article:

Be Mindful of Potential for Injury at the Gym

Achilles Tendon Injuries: What You Need to Know

Posted in Sports Injuries | June 15, 2015

The Achilles tendon, which runs down at the back of your lower leg, connects the calf muscles to your heel bone. The calf muscles and Achilles tendon play a huge role when you walk, jump, sprint, or climb.

Achilles Tendonitis vs. Achilles Tendinosis
Achilles tendonitis and Achilles tendinosis are the most common Achilles tendon injuries. The former has to do with inflammation of the tendon and is almost always short-lived in nature. When the inflammation is chronic, it could progress to Achilles tendinosis wherein microscopic tears and scar tissue form in the tendon, making it weaker and less stable.

Causes, Symptoms, and Diagnosis
Overuse is the most common cause of Achilles tendon injuries. Men and women who engage in work, sports, or activities that constantly stress the ankles have an increased risk of developing issues with their Achilles tendon. Achilles tendonitis is quite common among individuals who engage heavily in recreational sports on nights and weekends.

Achilles tendonPain, which is often accompanied with tenderness within the tendon, is the primary symptom of an Achilles tendon injury. Most patients refer to the pain as more severe upon rising in the morning or when they’re engaged in heavy physical activity.

Achilles tendon injury diagnosis normally occurs during a physical examination. Imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRI scans, may not be necessary.

Treatment Options for Achilles Tendon Injuries
Often a non-surgical treatment approach is initially employed for treating Achilles tendon injuries, including ice application, oral medications for pain, immobilization with a cast, night splints, and physical therapy. Surgery, which involves sewing the torn ends of the Achilles tendon, is recommended when the aforementioned non-surgical approaches fail to provide symptom relief.

For more information on Achilles tendon injuries, call Plancher Orthopedics at 212.876.5200!

Kids Need to Stretch, Too!

Posted in Sports Injuries | February 15, 2015

Learning healthy habits early in life is one of the key elements to being a healthier adult. Aside from teaching children the importance of regular physical activity for excellent overall health, stretching before and after exercise is equally important.

As in adults, stretching in children can reduce tension in the muscles and consequently reduce the risk of injury. An added benefit is improved flexibility and range of motion resulting in more efficient movements. Also, blood flow to the muscles is increased, which creates enhanced performance.

Sample stretches for your little one

Parents, guardians, and coaches should encourage their children to do the following simple stretches before playing their favorite sport or ID-100226368engaging in any form of physical activity:

  • Shoulder stretch – While your little ones stand, have them outstretch their arms horizontally, with their palms facing down. Let them press the arms backwards as if they’re squeezing something in the shoulder blades. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat.

  • Hamstring stretch – While your children sit on a mat or hard surface, have them extend both legs in front of them while making sure their back is straight. Instruct them to reach for their toes while leaning forward slowly. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat.

  • Knee to Chest – Have your children lie on the floor. Instruct them to bend their knees, bringing them to their chest. They should be breathing regularly while rocking back and forth. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat.

If your little one has sustained a sports-related injury, we’ll help him or her get back in the game! Call us at 212.876.5200 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.

Running and Hip Bone Pain Go Together

Posted in Hip Injuries, Sports Injuries | August 15, 2014

If you are a veteran at running, it would not be a surprise if you experience a sharp pain in the hips now and then. Hip bone pain is often associated with running, as the repetitive movements and strong impact produced during this activity can put enough stress to the hip bones, muscles, and tissues, leading to pain. If not treated properly, running-related pain can reach a much more severe level.

Then again, there is no need to fret! You can still enjoy your favorite activity without having to experience pain. You just have to be aware of the symptoms and learn how to prevent hip bone pain and injuries.

Beware of These Symptoms While Running

Pain in the hip bone is felt on your side, making it difficult to walk. Oftentimes, injury to the hip bone can also produce redness to the hip area and make it hard to extend the hips. Sleeping at night could also be troubling because of persistent pain in the hips. If the pain does not fade or decrease after a few days, it is best to seek professional help right away.

Some Tips to Get You Going

Prevent hip bone injuries as much as possible. Running on uneven surfaces can cause the hips to rise above the waist for long periods of time, which is a common cause of hip injuries. A track or treadmill can keep your running even and prevent any accidents from happening. Don’t forget to stretch and do warm-ups before doing the real thing. Pair this with cool-down exercises once you are done with the activity. To avoid injury, you have to be particular when stretching the hips, thighs, and lower back. If there is any pain after running, an ice to the hip area can alleviate the pain and swelling.

Hip Repair in New York City

Get hip injuries treated today by calling us at 212-876-5200 to schedule an appointment with our team of experts here at Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine! We look forward to hearing from you!





Warning Signs of a Significant Knee Injury

Posted in Blog, Sports Injuries | November 15, 2013

Being the largest joint in the body, the knee is a common site for injuries among athletes. It is quite hard to determine if an injury is minor or significant. Some athletes who have knee injuries tend to ignore it and believe that they do not require medical evaluation. They merely hope that in time their wounds will heal. Here at our New York sports medicine practice, we strongly recommend athletes to have their injuries assessed and treated as soon as possible. Delays will only increase the time an athlete would need to recover.

If in the past you believed in your instincts at all times and trusted your ability to determine if you have a major injury, it is time that you make use of your mind instead. Also, you have to ask yourself these questions to know if your knee injury may be significant after all.

  • During the moment you got injured, did you hear or feel a snap or a pop?
  • Within 24 hours after the incident, did you see a significant swelling of your knee?
  • Ever since you had the injury, has your knee locked?
  • Since the time you acquired the injury, has your knee given in while you are walking or while you are running ?

Even if you cannot identify the severity of the injury or the specific injury that you have by answering these questions, they warn you that a medical consultation is necessary. These red flags should never be ignored. In fact, the best thing to do is to consult an expert right away.

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, contact us at 212-876-5200 or fill out this online form so we can help identify the extent of your injury and provide you with the appropriate treatment and recovery plan.



Prevent Soccer Injuries and Stay on the Field!

Posted in Blog, Injury Prevention, Sports Injuries | October 30, 2013

There is no doubt that the whole world loves soccer. If you are a big fan of the sport too and you want to spend more time on the field, you have to stay away from soccer injuries. Here at our New York sports medicine practice, we help athletes fully recover from injuries and help them return to their optimal state. Thus we have made a list of the things you have to do to prevent soccer injuries.

  • Be sure that you have fully recovered from a previous injury before going back to the field. A previous injury that has not yet fully healed increases your chances of getting hurt again. Do not return to the field too early.
  • Use the right protective equipment. Stay away from bone fractures of the lower leg by wearing shin guards. Your shin guards should fit you perfectly and must cover your entire leg. Goalkeepers need padded uniforms that protect the hips, shoulders, and elbows.
  • Follow the rules of the game. Play fairly and follow the laws of soccer. These rules protect the health of the players and strongly prohibit actions that can cause harms to the athletes. Ignoring fair play will only lead to serious sanctions.
  • Perform exercises that train the body. The human body has defense mechanisms that will help you avoid injuries. By training these mechanisms, your body can resist injuries much better. Of course, you have to do it regularly to make it effective.

Any soccer player, even the finest ones that the world has seen, can get hurt. You can only do so much in preventing injuries. Then again, it is still best to proactively stay away from getting hurt and lengthen your soccer career. If you need more information on preventing and treating soccer injuries, give us a call at 212-876-5200 and we would be happy to answer your questions.


3 Common Sports Injuries You Should Avoid

Posted in Blog, Sports Injuries | October 15, 2013

If playing sports keeps your blood pumping, you should stay away from injuries in order not to limit your time on the court or field. Remember that the risk of getting injured is always present. Your progress as an athlete could be affected when you get hurt. Here at our New York sports medicine practice, we would love to see our patients excel in their chosen sport. Thus we have made a list of the most common sports injuries you have to avoid to give yourself a chance to a successful career.

ACL Strain

Your ACL is the ligament found behind your knee between the shin bone and the thighbone. An ACL strain is usually caused by sudden deceleration like when you suddenly stop and move to a different direction. It can also be caused by hyperextending the knee. Soccer and basketball players are the ones who usually have ACL strain.

Ankle Sprain

A lot of athletes experience an ankle sprain at some point in their active years. It is an injury to the ankle’s ligaments. It happens when you twist your ankle like when you incorrectly land from a jump or your foot lands on the wrong place.

Plantar Fasciitis

It is a condition that arises when the tendon found along the foot’s arch is strained. Plantar fasciitis makes the tendon feel tight and causes pain. It usually occurs to people who run or sprint a lot. It can also happen to athletes with flat feet or those who wear poor footwear. Even being on your feet way too much and obesity can cause this injury.

These injuries have to be avoided as much as possible. Also, when you experience any of them, you have to seek help right away. For more information on sports injuries and how to stay away from them or for a thorough consultation and treatment, call us at 212-876-5200. We would gladly answer your queries and help you achieve your dreams!