Blog Archive

Recovering From an Elbow Dislocation Aug 1st, 2022

For adults, the shoulder is the most common site for a dislocation, but the elbow comes in a close second. For children, elbows are the number one dislocation site, and about half of pediatric elbow dislocations are related to sports injuries.  While there are many conditions that lead to elbow pain, elbow dislocation...

Do I have an Ankle Sprain or a Fracture? Jul 5th, 2022

Ankle pain literally stops you in your tracks. Often, at the moment of injury, the pain is severe, and the joint can’t withstand even the slightest pressure — so walking is not an option. If possible, you hop to a place where you can inspect your ankle and try to figure out what...

4 Common Signs of Bursitis Jun 5th, 2022

Joint pain can be tricky to self-diagnose, because it’s a common symptom of several different conditions. And because each of those conditions require different treatments, it’s important to get an accurate professional diagnosis.  At NEIL GHODADRA, MD, in West Los Angeles and Thousand Oaks, California, we specialize in getting to the bottom...

Cartilage Damage vs. Arthritis: How to Tell the Difference May 4th, 2022

Your joints are more than the meeting place of two bones — they’re complex machines that involve multiple types of connective tissues, as well as blood vessels and nerves. When you experience joint pain, it can be as simple as a case of overuse or as serious as a fracture...

What to Do About a Dislocated Shoulder Apr 6th, 2022

Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint, which means the rounded, upper end of your arm bone (humerus) fits into a cup-like structure (glenoid) in your shoulder blade (scapula).  Although it’s technically a socket joint, it’s not a tight fit like a trailer hitch on the back of a pickup truck....

5 Bad Habits That Could Be Worsening Your Knee Pain Mar 3rd, 2022

There’s little you can do to prevent traumatic injuries or certain chronic illnesses, but there’s a lot you can do to eliminate bad habits that cause knee pain or make it worse.  At Neil Ghodadra, MD, we see a lot of patients with acute, chronic, and severe knee pain, and...

The Benefits of Sports Medicine for Athletes Feb 14th, 2022

Physical activity is a double-edged sword — it’s great for your overall health and fitness, but puts you at risk for injury. Whether you get paid to play sports or you’re an amateur weekend warrior, every pivot, stride, jump, swing, and stroke puts stress on your muscles, ligaments, and joints,...

When to Seek Help for Pain in Your Hand or Wrist Jan 16th, 2022

You know that pain indicates a problem, but how do you know when it’s serious enough to warrant a visit to the doctor? At Neil Ghodadra, MD, we hear about this dilemma a lot. At-home care is often sufficient for minor bumps and bruises, but certain types of pain need...

When is Knee Surgery for an ACL Tear the Best Option? Dec 1st, 2021

Tearing an ACL — which stands for anterior cruciate ligament — is a common injury. Trips and falls, auto accidents, improper lifting techniques, and even playing with your kids or dogs can rip your ACL, which is one of the stabilizing ligaments in your knee. We see a lot of...