Ask Dr. Millstein

  • When can I return to work after rotator cuff surgery?

    A: This will vary from patient to patient, and often depends on your occupation. It is important that you take enough time off of work as you can in the beginning of your recovery. On average, Dr. Millstein recommends taking at least 1 week off of work after your rotator cuff repair procedure. Before your surgery, Dr. Millstein will give you more details about how long he recommends you stay home from work, based on your individual lifestyle and the extent of your injury.

  • When do I need surgery for a rotator cuff tear?

    A: Dr. Millstein often recommends a patient have surgery for a torn rotator cuff when you persistent pain or weakness in your shoulder that does not improve with nonsurgical treatment. Generally, patients who report pain at night and have difficulty using their arm for lifting or reaching will require surgery. Additionally, if you are an athlete or very active person, you will benefit from rotator cuff repair surgery.

  • Will I need surgery to fix a torn ACL?

    A: After Dr. Millstein examines the extent of your ACL injury, he will determine if surgery is the best treatment option for you. ACL tears can be partial or complete. For mild partial tears, it is possible that with stretch and strengthening exercises, and often a good knee brace, you can live with a tear. If you find you cannot lead the life wou wish and are unwilling to modify it, then surgery is for you. Surgery is often recommended for very active patients and athletes.

  • Can I prevent knee & shoulder injuries?

    A: Most people forget how much targeted exercises can help when it comes to strengthening and injury prevention, especially when it comes to commonly injured body parts like the knees and the shoulders. The knees and the shoulders are often injured due to the high ranges of motion that tear the great number of ligaments and tendons around these joints.

  • What should I do if I think I have an ACL tear?

    A: If you think you have torn your ACL, immediately after the injury think RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Also, call Dr. Millstein’s office and schedule an appointment to have him examine your knee as soon as possible.