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

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140 Answers
59 Agrees
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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A 23-year-old female asked:
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Choueka
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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.
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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
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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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Many treatments : Rotator cuff tendonitis and impingement can be treated with therapy and antiinflammatories. If that fails a steroid injection can help. If nothing wor... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Choueka
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Could be: Pain at night, with overhead activities, pain with reaching out and behind back, weakness are all signs of rotator cuff problems. An MRI will help sec... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
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Yes: If after 4 months you still have sharp pains you probably have more than just a sprain. It could be a tear of your meniscus and you should get an mri.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Typing with a sprained wrist will be a bit slower but can be done. It is helpful to wear a wrist splint and to take frequest breaks. If it makes the p... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
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Can be limited: Wrist arthroscopy is an excellent, fairly low risk procedure for diagnosing and treating many wrist conditions including, ligament tears, synovitis, m... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
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Infection: Swelling and blistering can be caused by a number of infections both bacterial and viral. An immediate evaluation by a doctor is needed.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
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Varies: Sometime therapy makes the shoulder feel better. Its not uncommon to be in some pain after therapy. It can help if you ice down after the session. Tak... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
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It can be: Sometimes the prominence of the tendon over the wrist is normal and is not dangerous. Other times if the tendon is snapping over the bone especially ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
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Best not to: It is always best to seek medical attention after a shoulder dislocation. However this is not always possible and one may have to relocate their own s... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
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Hardware removal: Assuming the question is when to have surgery to remove patella hardware after fixation. Hardware need not ever be removed unless becomes loose or pai... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Choueka
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Cartilage tear: Not common but popping unhip can represent a labral tear which is a cartilage cushion in the hip joint. An exam and MRI is needed.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Choueka
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No: Fingers will not swell as a direct result of tennis elbow. However if the pain on the elbow stops you from using your hand they may get stiff and swol... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
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Depends on the cause: Bow legs in adults is usually caused by arthritis. Early treatments can include therapy bracing and medications for pain. Total knee replacement surge... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
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Not possible: Some people have joints that they can dislocate voluntarily. There is however no way to safely dislocate a joint without causing severe damage and one... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
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Stretching: Stretching exercises by keeping the elbow fully extended and then bending the wrist up and down are the best way to stretch the tendons of the elbow. ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
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An x-ray: The best way to diagnose a fracture a bone or joint is my getting an x-ray. This coupled with an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon will establish th... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
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Therapy: Therapy to strengthen the muscles around the shoulder can help decrease thevain after a dislocation. It can also help restore lost motion. If all tha... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
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Unlikely: Carpal tunnel can happen after to people who are involved in repetative activities but unless that activity goes on for several hours a day every day ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
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Can see inside joint: A fiberoptic camera and small instruments can be placed inside the hip joint using small incisions. Can be used to deb ride the hip joint or even fix ... Read More
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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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