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Oh, My Aching Shoulders! Don’t Let Pain Sideline You

Northern Westchester Hospital is hosting a free seminar on shoulder pain and treatment options.
Northern Westchester Hospital is hosting a free seminar on shoulder pain and treatment options. Photo Credit: Northern Westchester Hospital

Shoulders. We cry on them, lean on them. They carry chips; they get cold. Shoulders hold the weight of the world. And don’t forget, they let us use our hands to interact with our environment.

“Strong shoulders are extremely important for quality of life,” said Dr Evan Karas, MD, FAAOS, co-chief of Northern Westchester Hospital's Orthopedic Surgery Department and co-director of the Orthopedic & Spine Institute. “Shoulder problems can cause significant pain and the inability to enjoy not only athletics but even the simple activities of daily living such as bathing, getting dressed and sleeping at night.

If you’re suffering with a shoulder injury or discomfort and want to learn more about your best treatment options, attend Northern Westchester Hospital’s free seminar, Treating Shoulder Pain in Athletes, Weekend Warriors and Active Patients, brought to you by the Orthopedic & Spine Institute.

Estimates have over 4.5 million seeking medical treatment with rotator cuff tears in the United States—and that’s not counting the millions with other shoulder-related issues, such as arthritis, for instance.

“Shoulder surgeries, unfortunately, are quite common,” said Dr. Karas. “I typically perform six to eight in any given week.”

The most common issue Dr. Karas sees is “impingement syndrome,” or issues with rotator cuff tendons. “This type of problem tends to occur in people from the fourth decade of life on,” explained Dr. Karas.

Youth, alas, doesn’t preclude shoulder issues. “Younger patients who dislocate their shoulders are much more likely than adults to have problems with recurrent dislocations of the shoulder,” said Dr. Karas.

Fortunately, management of shoulder injuries has changed tremendously over the years, thanks to arthroscopic surgery and other new treatments.

All these issues and more will be covered on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m, in the first floor conference center. Dr. Karas is just one of the esteemed experts on the evening’s panel, which includes: Dr. Victor Khabie, Dr. Daniel Howard, Dr. Christie Sasso, and physical therapist Gerald Loehr.

Seating is limited, so register now. Light refreshments will be served.

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