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Dr. Jack Choueka

Orthopedic Surgery
Brooklyn, NY

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Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center Brooklyn,NY. Specializing in hand and upper extremity surgery

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

Languages spoken

Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Russian

Doctor Q&A

140 Answers
59 Agrees
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jack Choueka
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Should be evaluated : Although the majority of lumps and bumps that appear on arms and legs are benign. The only way to be sure is to see a doctor and have it examined. Som... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
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Nerve compression: Tingling in the fingers is usually the result of a compressed nerve. Most common cause is carpal tunnel syndrome but can also be caused by a herniated... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Several causes: Assuming there is no injury, most common cause of thumb pain is a trigger finger usually associated with a snapping sensation or loss of motion. Carpa... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
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Many reasons: Loss of motion in the wrist is most commonly caused by arthritis. Other reasons include, ligament tears, keinboch's disease (loss of blood supply to ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
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Ligament injury: There are numerous causes for ankle and wrist pain including ligament tears, strains, arthritis. If unresolved a physical examination is required.
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Not abnormal: As long as not associated with pain or dysfunction cracking or popping of any joint is not uncommon.
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Keep fingers moving: After any hand surgery it's important to keep the fingers moving. Make full fists and extend the fingers many times throughout the day. After a week o... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
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It depends: Return to work after an elbow injury depends on the type of work that is done the severity of the injury and the type of treatment was rendered. In so... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
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No: An elbow dislocation is a severe devastating injury that would send anyone to the emergency room immediately. An x-ray is needed to make a diagnosis.
A 32-year-old member asked:
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Can be: Some swelling after an injury or surgery is common. It is however important to control the swelling which will help with movement of the fingers. Elev... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
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Breaks: Frequent breaks and occasional icing can help with typing related wrist pain. An ergonomic workstation, keyboard and mouse are also essential to preve... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
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6-8 weeks: Most bones fractures heal in 6-8 weeks. It is important that people with fractured bones maintain frequesnt followup with the doctor during the heali... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
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Probably not: If there was no injury to the hand and it is not painful then it is probably not fractured. Swelling in the hand after an elbow injury especially in ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Probably can't: Many joints in the body make sounds when thay are moved. This is like cracking your knuckles. Unless this causes pain or an injury occurred there is l... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
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Depends: Rotator cuff impingement is often a self limiting problemthat can resolve either on its own or with treatment. The rotator cuff is present these do no... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
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Depends: Everyone is different and every case is different. In general after a spine procedure, patients are walking around right away and most of the recovery... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
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Could be ligament : If the pain is in your bone then you need an xray. If the ulna pain is at the wrist it could be a tear or sprain of the tfcc or the ligament that conn... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
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Seek attention: Draining pus, a non healing bone and a moving plate are signs of an infected nonunion. If this s the case it must be treated. Range of treatments incl... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
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Nonunion: An xray is needed to see if the bone healed if not healed that could be causing the pain. If bone is healed pain could be coming from soft tissues or... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
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Depends on problem: Wrist arthroscopy does not guarantee a cure from wrist pain. Sometimes the condition needs further treatments.
A 52-year-old member asked:
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Many causes : Many things can cause burning wrist pain including tendonitis ligament tears arthritis or even carpal tunnel syndrome. If simple things like medicatio... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
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Elevated on pillows: Its always best to try to keep the limb elevated after a fracture to decrease swelling. Placing the arm on pillows to the side as one sleeps is one wa... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
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Depends: Some wrist fractures if they are non or minimaly displaced can be treated in a cast or splint. If there is a deformity, displacement or the joint line... Read More
A member asked:
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Herniated disc: Although there are many causes of numbness in the foot. One of the main causes is a herniated disc in the back. An examination by a doctor is needed ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Could be: Depends on how you function with your arm in a sling. You can give it a trial run before surgery. Any question best to have someone to call in case o... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
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Ice reduces swelling: Initially after an injury the tissues begin to swell, This can cause pain and stiffness. In the first stages after the injury ice is the best way to r... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
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Wrist cyst: A cyst in your wrist should not cause radiating pain from the shoulder to the fingers. Could be something else such as a herniated disc in the neck. T... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
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Splinting: Initial treatments for carpal tunnel include night splinting with the wrist in neutral position. If that fails an injection or surgery is offered espe... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
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Carpal tunnel: numbness in the hand especially in the thumb index and middle fingers can be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome. It can also cause pain in the wrist sho... Read More
A female asked:
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Nerve compression: When hands become numb with certain activities or during sleep this can be a sign of a nerve compression syndrome like carpal tunnel syndrome or cubit... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
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Varies: A minor strain can take a few days to heal while a more significant sprain can take weeks to months. Sometimes the condition involves need for surgery... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Depends: Some amount of hand swelling after hand surgery is normal. The amount of hand swelling depends on the condition and the treatment needed for the condi... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
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Ligament injury: A sprain is an injury to a ligament. These can be minor and require no treatment or can be severe requiring surgery.
A 43-year-old member asked:
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Need to be evaluated: Any chest pain needs to be seen by a doctor right away. Could represent a heart condition.
A 24-year-old member asked:
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Good shoes: Best thing to do is get good running shoes fitted to your feet. Stretching before and after running also helps.
A 47-year-old member asked:
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Hip arthritis: The hip is part of the pelvis and is an extremely common area for arthritis. It presents with pain and difficulty walking. Treatment includes medicat... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
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Herniated disc: Coughing increases pressure in the spine and if there is an underlying compression of a nerve or the spinal cord itself, pain can be produced. Best ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
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Needs treatment: This must be trauma related. This should be reviewed by an orthopedic surgeon, depending on the displacement may require treatment including surgery.
A 34-year-old member asked:
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Trauma: Bruises after an injury are expected. Without trauma or an injury the appearance of bruising is unusual and could be related to the use of blood thin... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
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Thyroid: There are many causes of swelling in the front of the neck. An enlarged thyroid, and enlarged lymph nodes are some of the causes. A visit to the doct... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
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Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Many options: Treatment for arthritis starts with therapy and medications. Sometimes using a cane help. Injections are used to help minimize pain and decrease swell... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
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No: Unless you use incredible force knuckle cracking has not been shown to lead to any problems including arthritis.
A 34-year-old member asked:
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Usually nothing: Most shoulder dislocations are not associated with any significant nerve or artery damage. Once the shoulder is relocated the tissues should heal.
A 50-year-old member asked:
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In a sling: The best way to protect your shoulder from dislocating in your sleep immediately after a shoulder dislocation and relocationis to sleep in a sling.
A 35-year-old member asked:
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Not always: Pain from meniscal tears often settle down with therapy. Surgery only needed for continues pain or locking of the knee.
A 52-year-old member asked:
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Difficult: Certain finger and toe fractures can be treated with taping. The taping is usually done from one finger to the next. This cannot be done with the thum... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
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Stretching: Most tendonitis about the elbow subside on their own. Keeping the elbow fully extended and bending the wrist up and down will stretch the tendons and ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Need an x-ray: A complete shoulder dislocation is a devastating injury that usually makes people go to an emergency room. An x-ray will confirm the diagnosis of a sh... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
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Scapular fracture: The shoulder blade is part of the scapula. These often do not need treatment but an x-ray and sometimes a cat scan is needed to make the diagnosis and... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
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Acetone: Acetone the main ingredient in nail polish remover is the best way to remove iodine from the skin.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Choueka is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Choueka is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Now if only the medical professionals i've seen had said that those are the reasons to operate i wouldnt have been left wondering all these months why the surgeon seemed so dismissive of opting for su...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! hi , is this related to orhto or physo , because i need to get treated
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Your answer made me feel good, thanks! Your explanation is most accurate to what I am experiencing. Thank you

Awards

Top Orthopedic Surgeon , Second Place, New York - Summer
2013
Top Orthopedic Surgeon, First Place, New York - Spring
2015
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