At-Home Relief for Tight Hamstrings

Did you know lower back pain, hip and knee issues, poor posture and other problems can be associated with tight hamstrings? The hamstrings are a group of three muscles located in the back of the thigh. When these muscles are tight, or inflexible, they can cause discomfort beyond pain in the immediate area.  If it’s difficult to touch your toes without bending your knees, either from standing or when seated on the floor, you may be suffering from tight hamstrings. So what can you do to feel some relief?


A common cause of tight hamstrings is being in a seated position for prolonged amounts of time. Too much sitting means your hamstrings are constantly flexed, so it’s important to give those muscles a chance to elongate. Take breaks to stand up, walk around or do some stretching.

Equally important is the time you give to stretching before and after you exercise. Proper warm up and cool down of your hamstrings can prevent injury.


Consistent stretching is a great way to relieve tight hamstrings. Here are some stretches to try at home.

  • Simple Hamstring Stretch

Seated on the floor with both legs straight out, reach forward while bending at the hip towards your toes, being careful not to overly round your back. Hold for up to 30 seconds.

  • Hamstring Stretch with Strap

While lying flat on the floor, place a strap or towel around the bottom of your foot, hold on to each end in your hands. Slowly extend your leg so the bottom of your foot is raised towards the ceiling while keeping your knee straight. Your other leg should be extended on the ground. Hold for up to 30 seconds. Repeat with your other leg.

  • Standing Hamstring Stretch

While standing, cross one foot over the other. Bend at the waist and slowly lower your upper body toward your knees, careful not to bend your knees. Hold for up to 30 seconds. Repeat on the other side.

It’s always key to listen to your body. If you are experiencing prolonged pain, it may be a sign of a more serious issue. Contact us to meet with one of our orthopedic specialists for a consultation.

NEOSM Annual ‘Pink for Hope’

October is Breast Cancer Awareness, and NEOSM is proud to once again celebrate survivors, bring awareness to early detection and honor those lost to breast cancer. On October 23, our staff participated in our annual “Pink for Hope” day, dressing in pink and showing solidarity for this important cause.

The “Wreck-less Checklist” for Distracted Driving

Here are the facts:

  • An estimated 400,000 people were injured in accidents due to distracted driving in 2018. (NHTSA)
  • Distracted driving leads to 1.6 million crashes per year. (National Safety Council)

As an orthopedic practice, we treat a number of serious injuries related to car accidents, ones that affect a patient’s life forever. It is particularly painful to know that some of these injuries could have been prevented if a driver involved wasn’t unnecessarily distracted. That’s why the Auto Alliance and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons teamed up to lead the Decide to Drive initiative. Their mission is to educate the public on the dangers of distracted driving and provide tools to keep the focus on the road.

One such tool is the “Wreck-less Checklist”. Committing to these 9 actions to before driving can literally save lives. And they want to remind you: the four most advanced safety features are two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel.


The physicians at NEOSM urge you to take this checklist into practice and be safe on the road.

Dr. Simon Talks Hip Replacement for USA TODAY

NEOSM’s own Dr. Jordan Simon shares with USA TODAY everything you need to know about Hip Replacement Surgery, as director of The Joint Replacement Center at Montefiore Nyack Hospital.

Click Here to Read the Article in USA TODAY.

If you or someone you know is experiencing hip pain, feel free to call our offices for a consultation with one of our skilled joint replacement specialists like Dr. Simon.

Parents’ Guide to Trampoline Safety

The backyard trampoline. For kids, it comes with endless fun and a good source of physical activity. But with increased popularity, orthopedics around the country are seeing more and more cases of sprains, breaks, and even serious neck and back injuries related to trampoline use. Just because a trampoline has safety netting, you shouldn’t let your guard down on safety – most injuries occur on the mat itself. We share some tips from the American Academy of Orthopaedics Surgeons on how to keep the joy of bouncing continue on for everyone.


Set up & Maintenance

  • Place the trampoline at ground level to reduce the height of any possible fall.
  • Make sure there is adequate protective padding around the springs, frame and surrounding areas and inspect before each use.
  • If the trampoline is worn or torn, do not use.

Rules & Safeguards

  • Always have an adult supervise when children are using the trampoline.
  • Allow only one child on at a time.
  • No children under 6 years old should use the trampoline.
  • High-risk maneuvers like flips should only be done with supervision and instruction. A spotter should be present.
  • Move the ladder out of reach when the trampoline is not in use so small children cannot easily climb in unsupervised.

To learn more, read the full article on, or feel free to contact one of the orthopedic specialists at Northeast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

Beware of “Avocado Hand”

The popularity of avocados in the U.S. is undeniable. The fact is Americans consumed over 2.6 million pounds of the fruit (yup, an avocado is a fruit!) in 2019. But that’s not surprising, because, let’s be honest – it’s not a party without the guacamole and there are few things better than ripe avocado slices on toast. Unfortunately, though, preparing these delicious snacks can be risky when not done correctly. The soft flesh of the avocado combined with its hard pit plus a sharp knife can be a recipe for disaster or a condition now dubbed “Avocado Hand”. It all starts with an improper approach to cutting the avocado.

Any motion in which a sharp object is being moved towards your palm, and all the nerves and tendons that live there, is a bad idea. But time and time again, Americans are doing just that when slicing into their avocados. Fruit in hand, the knife can easily glide through and just as easily slip, resulting in serious injury from deep gashes to severed tendons or even digits. We encourage you to avoid a preventable situation by following these simple, safe tips for preparing an avocado.  

The safe way to cut an avocado:

1. Place the avocado on a cutting board and stabilize with your fingers on top. Be sure to choose a ripe avocado (gives slightly to the touch). This will make it easier to cut and peel.

2. With a sharp* knife, cut the avocado around midway, horizontally. *Make sure your knife is sharp. More kitchen injuries are caused by dull knives than sharp ones.

3. Hold the avocado on either side of the cut, twist in opposite directions to separate the halves.

4. With a large spoon, gently remove the seed from the center.

5. Cut each piece in half once lengthwise and use your fingers to gently peel the outer skin from the flesh.

6. Cut or slice as your recipe requires – and enjoy!

If you do injure your hand, what should you do?

First, assess the level of injury. Seek immediate medical attention if you or someone you know is seriously injured, including amputation, loss of function in the fingers, exposed bone or bleeding that won’t stop.

For wounds that can be treated at home, remove all jewelry from the wrist and hands, clean the area with warm water and soap, and continue to apply firm pressure until bleeding has stopped. Apply antibiotic ointment and a sterile bandage, being sure to change the bandage often. If you notice any of the following symptoms, call a physician, as this may be a sign of infection: redness around the wound, yellow or green pus, red streaking spreading away from the cut, increased pain or swelling, or a fever.

NEOSM’s expert hand specialists are here to answer any questions you have and to provide the highest level of care. Give us a call to schedule a consultation either in-person at one of our offices, or virtually through Telemedine.

A message from David Greenfield, CEO of NEOSM

Dear Patients,

Within these times of uncertainty, we at Northeast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (NEOSM) are grounded more than ever in the principles of health care. It is our role always to prioritize the safety and well-being of our community, and to provide exceptional care with compassion and respect. This commitment is unwavering, and it is our promise to you. It is for that reason that our offices will remain open for patients requiring in-person visits, with the option of telemedicine visits for patients to be consulted from home.

As we all face the effects of COVID-19 (coronavirus) throughout our region, I would like to ensure you that NEOSM is taking the necessary precautionary measures to make certain all our patients are able to receive world-class orthopedic care in a safe manner. You can read more about the actions taken at this link.

On behalf of our dedicated physicians and staff, I’d like to thank you for trusting NEOSM for your care. Please continue to practice social distancing and disinfecting, so we may all protect not only ourselves but those most vulnerable around us.


David Greenfield

CEO, Northeast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine