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Orthopedic Surgeons Ballston Spa NY

Orthopedic surgeons use surgical and non-surgical methods to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors and congenital disorders. See below to find local orthopedic surgeons in Ballston Spa that give access to treatment for knee arthroscopy, and lumbar spinal fusion, as well as advice and content on pediatric orthopedics and surgical sports medicine.

Harry George Miller, MD
(218) 732-2800
318 Ruhle Rd S
Ballston Lake, NY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1961
Hospital
Hospital: St Josephs Hospital, Park Rapids, Mn; St Marys Regional Health Ctr, Detroit Lakes, Mn
Group Practice: Dakota Clinic Ltd-Park Rapids

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Dr.William OConnor
(518) 587-0845
5 Care Lane
Saratoga Springs, NY
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll
Year of Graduation: 1986
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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James Joseph Byrne, DDS
(518) 584-2044
203 Church St
Saratoga Springs, NY
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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William Thomas Byrt, MD
(518) 581-9006
5 Care Ln
Saratoga Springs, NY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ma Med Sch, Worcester Ma 01655
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Albany Mem Hosp, Albany, Ny
Group Practice: Dept Of Surgery Albany Medical College

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Samuel Smith Caldwell
(518) 584-0295
19 West Ave
Saratoga Springs, NY
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Irwin B Finch, DDS
(518) 877-7010
134 Wood Dale Dr
Ballston Lake, NY
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Brian Byrne, DDS
(518) 584-2044
Saratoga Springs, NY
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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John Bruce Dorsey, MD
(518) 583-0500
5 S Collins Ter
Saratoga Springs, NY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1966

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William T Byrt
(518) 587-0845
5 Care Lane
Saratoga Springs, NY
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Robert George Kercull, MD
(518) 587-8887
PO Box 355
Saratoga Springs, NY
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1965

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Leg, Knee, and Hip Pain

 



Knee and hip pain are the most common cycling injuries. The most common cause of knee (and hip pain) in cyclists is iliotibial band (IT band) syndrome. The IT band is a thick fibrous band of tissue, which runs on the outside of the leg from the hip to the knee. Pain is caused when the band becomes tight and rubs over the bony prominences of the hip (greater trochanter) and/or the knee (lateral epicondyle). Tight inflexible lower extremity muscles may worsen the condition.

As injury is generaly a problem of overuse, it is often seen in the cyclist just beginning a training program or early in the training season when the temptation is to do too much too fast. In order to minimize knee and hip pain in the early season, take it easy for the first few weeks - pedal with low resistance and keep that cadence up to at least 80-90 rpm allowing your body to adjust again to road riding. (Likewise with any change that leads to a slightly new bike position.) Minimize hard riding or hill work for the first few weeks. Add in a stretching program for your lower extremities, especially for the gluteus and IT band to help transition you into your riding season.

The most common causes are:

  • Faulty saddle height or position
  • Crank too long - especially if you have chondromalacia
  • Pushing excessively high gears (slow cadence in cold weather)
  • Too much leg work in the gym
  • Cleat alignment
  • Individual cyclist anatomy

And finally don't forget about the low back as playing a role in leg pain - especially the back of the leg and hamstrings. All leg pain is not from problems "where it hurts".

Q. I have a question about lower back and leg pain that I sometimes experience while riding. Sometimes when I am riding my legs will become so racked with pain that I can no longer pedal. I know I have lower back issues from years of heavy Olymic style weightlifting, but this is ridiculous. Sometimes I cannot climb even the smallest hills without stiffness and pain so bad that I almost black out. Any ideas? SG

A. A lot of leg pain is really back pain. So if you have a history of low back problems from the past, I'd start with a good massage therapist that deals with sports injuries combined with a program of back stretches.

Knee Pain

Knee Pain Location

One way to classify knee pain (and identify possible solutions) is to look at the location of the pain.

  • Anterior (see chondromalacia below)
    • Reasons
      • patellar tendonitis
      • patellofemoral syndrome
    • Causes
      • pushing BIG gears - cadence too low
      • saddle too low or too far forward
      • foot too far forward on the pedal
      • crank arms too long
      • leg length discrepancy with seat set for shorter leg
    • Possible solutions
      • ride at 75 rpm or higher
      • raise seat (in small increments of less than 5mm) or move seat back
      • move cleat forward 1 to 2 mm
      • shorten crank arms by 2.5 cm
      • set seat for longer, not shorter, leg with correction for the shorter leg
  • Posterior
    • Reasons
      • hamstri...

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