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Dr. Paul Kovatis

Orthopedic Surgery
Avenel, NJ
33 years experience

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Orthopedic Surgery

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Weight hurts the bac: Weight can place excess stress on all joints , ligaments and muscles of the back and trunck and lead to postrual abormalities, abnormal walking and si... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
General term: "sprain" is a general term - often mis used referring to the stretch or tearing of a ligament. Ligaments are the 'rubber bands" that hold bones and ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Many: Pain, swelling, inability to bear weight (or full weight on the leg, ankle and foot), numbness due to swelling, bruising and an inabilty to wear a sho... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
No: Could be a circulatory problem causing a pooling of the blood and subsequent cramping. See a primary or vascular md.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Many reasons: 1) pinched nerves 2) sleeping or postural problems is there weakness associated with the numbness?
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Many: 1) are you a spine specialist or do you treat many spine injuries? 2) are their non surgical ways to treat this 3) what are the success rates for t... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
VERY serious: This is a serious and potentially life - changing and life threatening event as well as an emergency to say the least. Patients requires emergent eva... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Varies: Not all back pain is the same - if you can play tennis without pain, without numbness or weakness then you are probably ok - get the official ok from ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Pain limited motion: Pain, swelling, inability to grip or hold things, numbness, brusiing, inability to make a fist. Get an xray and get evalauted.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Different: Carpal tunnel typicall causes numbess and tingling in the thumb , index , long finger and half of the ring finger. It can hurt at night. The ganglio... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: Please note however, that not all back trouble is the same and treatments vary so please get checked by an md specialist. Yoga is great for stress re... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Tendinitis usually: Very difficult and frustrating condition for those of us who exercise. Rest, anti inflammatories, refraining from squatting , running , stairclimbing... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: Sounds sciatic. This is a general term and surgery is not the first choice. See an orthopaedist.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: Be sure it is not too tight. There are other braces that are much better. Pt is also helpful. ?Is this your first dislocation? Did you have an MRI... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
X rays: A bad contusion to the pinky can appear just like a fracture. Severe fractures and dislocations of the pinky are visually more deformed. Good news -... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: Great questions. A major reason why patients do not improve is due to sitting and posture issues (even as i sit here working on the computer, i can ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
RICE: Rest, ice elevation, wrapping (compression to for swelli, patients are usually given crutches based on pain level) x-rays are often done to ensure the... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Point tenderness: Each ligament is in a specific location so the pain will be at that specific location. However -- fractures and other injuries can present the same w... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
NOT norma.l: Not normal. Can be as simple as a strained rib muscle or serious like a cardiac problem or breast issues. Please see a primary md.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
?scoliosis: If you have a curvature of the spine , as we get older this can affect the rib cage and give the visual impression that the ribs are uneven and protru... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Motion , ice, agilit: It can vary based on the severity of the sprain. Typically, rehab involves range of motion (sprains tend to stiffen the affected joints), ice (to rel... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Common: The vein that is punctured for the test will often clot and form a lump of sorts.-- especially if the phlebotomist missed vein or went thru it with th... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Many reasons: 1) faulty, lumpy or loose matress that causes the spine to curve in your sleep (without you knowing it) 2) sleeping patters - many folks think the... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
YES: Weak core muscles cause excess pressure and stress of all of the spinal structures, including the discs, bones, ligaments and muscles. Core training ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Severe: Not all back problems are created equal but elderly patients have to also worry about osteoporosis, arthritis , generalize weakness and muscle decondi... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
?weak ligaments: 1) injury recently? 2) could be loose ligaments or a stress fracture. Mri is very helpful if this does not respond to rest, ice, elevation and t... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Need physical esam: While most of thes type of complaints are minor, self limiing (but annoying), pleased get examined to ensure you do not have a pinched nerve in your n... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Bike: Generally, impact such as running, treadmill, stairmaster causing axial compression (downward pressure) on the back and disc and not recommended. Sta... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Badly: Biomechanically, a large abdomen causes the spine to curve, causes the posture to significantly alter and places major stress of all of the trunk and ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Quite important: As with all medical problems, patient expectations can positively or negatively affect clinical outcomes. Back pain, by definition, has so may causes... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Motion , ice, agilit: It can vary based on the severity of the sprain. Typically, rehab involves range of motion (sprains tend to stiffen the affected joints), ice (to rel... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Yes: Surgery is usually the last resort for most back problems except major trauma. Therapy, postural exercises, yoga, weight loss and/or exercise, gait... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Makes it worse: Rest used to be the treatment for most back issues but recent studies have shown it to be detrimental, causing further weakness, weight gain, sleep pr... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Must rule out kidney: Have your primary md be sure you do have have a kidney problem. Otherwise heat, rest, no lifting or rotation and make sure you recheck in with prima... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
"radiating pain": If refers to radiating pain from a specific nerve distribution - usually from an upper region to a lower region, i.e. Back down th leg, or neck to the... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Pain, bruising, edem: Pain, bruising, swelling (edema), numbness due to swelling, inability to bear weight or full weight , iniability to wear a shoe due to to above. Som... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Pain with breathing: 1) pain when sneezing coughing, laughing, going to the bathroom, twisting, getting dressed, pain with breathing. 2) note - many other things can m... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Be sure its a gang: A ganglion is a benign outpouching of fluid from a joint. There are many other 'lumps ' that can form over joints so get checked. However regarding... Read More
A 67-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Sleeping habits: Yes, sleeping positions and pillow conditions can negate all pt and medical help. Try an orthopaedic non allergenic pillow.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Wrists, ankles, feet: Ganglions are benign outpouches of joint fluid usually found on the wrists , feet and ankles, where there is a lot of repetitive stress and motion. (... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Kovatis is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kovatis is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks and yes my legs feel week. They get real bad at night . It even wakes me up because feel like I can't move them. At times it's very painfull and annoying thanks
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thank you Dr. Kovatis. your advice has helped and my knee is feeling better. i hope to get back to lifting weights with my legs again soon.
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Thank you! i have degenerative disc disease so maybe that might have something to do with it

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UMDNJ New Jerseh Medical School
Graduated 1989MD
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