If you live in the state of New York, chances are you do a lot of walking.  Whether it’s daily living in the city or hiking some of Westchester County’s beautiful trails, at some point it is not uncommon for the everyday New Yorker to experience knee pain or suffer a knee injury.  Dr. Steven Struhl M.D., a NYU faculty member and one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Westchester County and NYC provides some insight if a knee injury occurs while one is hiking.

Here, in Westchester County, we are lucky to have some fabulous hiking trails that I encourage everyone to explore.  One of my favorites is Westmoreland Sanctuary, near Mount Kisco, this forest contains ponds and cascading streams, and is a perfect way to spend a day getting away from it all.

I would like to give you some pointers as what you should do if you experience knee pain on a trail.

  • Apply ice (if possible)
  • Try to find a walking aid such as a stick or a walking pole
  • Get help (depending on severity)
  • If severe, try to make a makeshift splint

To insure that one remains injury free during a hike it is best to pick a terrain that is suited to your ability level.

So if you are testing your hiking skills climbing Anthony’s Nose (part of the Appalachian Trail) or enjoying an easy stroll along the Mianus River Gorge Preserve, keep in mind that Dr. Steven Struhl’s 23 years of sports medicine experience can help you with any tumble you may have experienced on that trail.

Dr. Struhl leverages the most up-to-date techniques to provide the best treatment from non-surgical options (stem cell injections and PRP therapy) to using robotics to perform partial knee replacements.  So contact either Dr. Struhl’s Westchester or NYC office today to get you back to enjoying the great outdoors here in Westchester County.