Dr. Jazrawi QuotedIn SHAPE Magazine
Dr. Laith Jazrawi was quoted in the August 2013 edition of SHAPE magazine on his thoughts about Maria Sharapova's decision to pull out of the U.S. Open in order to heal and prior shoulder. His excerpt is below:
- Sharapova's official diagnosis is bursitis, which is sometimes also referred to as rotator cuff tendonitis or impingement syndrome. While it may prevent her from tearing up the courts this summer, it isn't normally a career ender, says Laith Jazrawi, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and chief of sports medicine at NYU Langone’s Center for Musculoskeletal Care. "These types of injuries are very common; in fact, I'd say it's one of the most common things I see in my office," he says.
- The condition is a result of inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons and the bursa that surrounds these tendons. For most patients, a few weeks of anti-inflammatory drugs, rest, and physical therapy are all that's needed to recover from bursitis. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary. However, even if you're not an elite athlete, you should be able to work out as normal if you're recovering from bursitis, Dr. Jazrawi says. "There are certain positions or moves that you should avoid (such as military presses), but you can run, do lower-body exercises, or even do triceps exercises and upper-body workouts, as long as you're not putting stress on your rotator cuff."