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Dr. Samuel M. Puleo, M.D.

Orthopedist

Dr. Samuel Puleo is an orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Norristown, PA. Dr. Puleo specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, diseases and disorders of the bodys musculoskeletal system. As an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Puleo tends to bones, ligaments, muscles, joints, nerves and tendons. Orthopaedic surgeons can specialize in certain areas like the hand, spine, hip, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow or the knee.
44 years Experience
Dr. Samuel M. Puleo, M.D.
  • Norristown, PA
  • Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa
  • Accepting new patients

How long does it take to heal tendonitis in the elbow?

I’m assuming you are referring to a tennis elbow or a golfer’s elbow. These are classified as enthesopathies which could take up to a full year to heal. As with all tendinopathies READ MORE
I’m assuming you are referring to a tennis elbow or a golfer’s elbow. These are classified as enthesopathies which could take up to a full year to heal. As with all tendinopathies ice stretching and anti inflammatory meds are helpful. Sometimes a cortisone injection may help alleviate symptoms.

How long does it take for a knee replacement to heal?

It will typically take at least 3 months before you will feel ready to return to work as a truck driver. It could take a little longer depending on specific job demands.

Do flip flops cause knee pain?

If you are overly knock kneed and have preexisting knee problems,the non supportive nature of flip flops may cause excessive foot and ankle movements which may contribute to abnormal READ MORE
If you are overly knock kneed and have preexisting knee problems,the non supportive nature of flip flops may cause excessive foot and ankle movements which may contribute to abnormal knee cap tracking and lead to knee pain. Flip flops should only be worn to protect bottoms of your feet around the pool or beach and not worn all day as “shoes “

Is there surgery for shoulder bursitis?

At your age you most likely have a healthy rotator cuff. Your bursitis should be treated initially with rest ice anti inflammatories and physical therapy. Surgery only recommended READ MORE
At your age you most likely have a healthy rotator cuff. Your bursitis should be treated initially with rest ice anti inflammatories and physical therapy. Surgery only recommended if those measures fail and X-rays and Mri show a large spur or rotator cuff damage.

What are the symptoms of a torn ligament in the wrist?

Pain with movement of the wrist often associated with a click. Dynamic X-rays and Mri often are needed.

Do you need surgery for torn ligaments in the shoulder?

You may if your shoulder cannot be stabilized to handle everyday demands or sports activity with well structured rehab program.

Accessory ossicle or old fracture?

This looks like accessory ossicle. You probably sprained the ligament connection to it. You probably would best be helped with 4 to 6 weeks of immobilization. Possible surgery READ MORE
This looks like accessory ossicle. You probably sprained the ligament connection to it. You probably would best be helped with 4 to 6 weeks of immobilization. Possible surgery if symptoms keep recurring.

Can you still walk with a dislocated knee?

A true dislocated knee is a surgical emergency with perhaps Limb threatening consequences. You most likely dislocated your kneecap. Once the kneecap is reduced and held stable READ MORE
A true dislocated knee is a surgical emergency with perhaps Limb threatening consequences. You most likely dislocated your kneecap. Once the kneecap is reduced and held stable you can bear weight and should be able to walk with your knee straight until everything heals and then you can resume normal walking. That typically is anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks. Sometimes you need surgery to reattach ligaments.

How soon can you walk after rotator cuff surgery?

You can walk right away but generally just necessary walking. Any type of exercise walking or jarring may cause pain at the surgical site in the shoulder.

Does a laminectomy weaken the spine?

When you have a laminectomy a portion of the bone called the lamina has to be removed along with the ligamentum flavum to get at the herniated disc. Although this theoretically READ MORE
When you have a laminectomy a portion of the bone called the lamina has to be removed along with the ligamentum flavum to get at the herniated disc. Although this theoretically causes some weakness at the surgical site as long as the facet joints are not violated the spine does not become substantially weaker.

Can you climb stairs after a hip replacement?

Yes you can climb steps after a total hip replacement. Before you leave the hospital the therapist will be sure that you know how to do this safely.

Is walking good for hip arthritis?

Yes moderate exercise such as walking at a normal pace is good for arthritis in general and particularly hip arthritis. You should however avoid power walking or late jogging as READ MORE
Yes moderate exercise such as walking at a normal pace is good for arthritis in general and particularly hip arthritis. You should however avoid power walking or late jogging as this will potentially increase damage to the hip joint.

How can I treat a dull pain in my neck?

You can treat your dull neck pain by using heat or ice and stretching exercises. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication for several days may also be helpful.The key however READ MORE
You can treat your dull neck pain by using heat or ice and stretching exercises. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication for several days may also be helpful.The key however is to arrange your desk in a more ergonomic fashion to avoid leaning over. See your physician and have x-rays performed if your symptoms do not resolve with the simple measures.

How long does hip surgery last?

The surgery from skin incision to closure typically takes about an hour.

Swollen Ankle After A Tibial Plateau Fracture?

I am assuming that you were not a six-year-old female. That must’ve been missed typed. It is very typical to have swelling down to the ankle after tibial plateau surgery. Keep READ MORE
I am assuming that you were not a six-year-old female. That must’ve been missed typed. It is very typical to have swelling down to the ankle after tibial plateau surgery. Keep your leg elevated as much as possible pump your ankle to circulate the blood. If the swelling persists or should you develop pain in the calf you should have an ultrasound to be sure you’re not developing a blood clot. Your doctor may have put you on an anticoagulant such as aspirin to prevent any clots.

How to treat a child's fractured arm?

Treatment for a nine-year-old with a fractured forearm could range anywhere from just needing a cast to having surgery. It depends on the severity of the break.

What are the symptoms of a bunion?

Bunion pain is typically on the side of the foot close to the big toe. It’s usually associate it with a deformity with the big toe angled toward the lesser toes. If you have pain READ MORE
Bunion pain is typically on the side of the foot close to the big toe. It’s usually associate it with a deformity with the big toe angled toward the lesser toes. If you have pain and the tow itself it could be something called Halex rigidness which is an arthritic condition and usually painful on top of the town where it meets the 4 foot.

Should all pains be seen by a doctor?

Most pains that linger beyond a few weeks and don’t respond to rest, ice, heat, and anti-inflammatory medication should be evaluated by a doctor to be sure there isn’t something READ MORE
Most pains that linger beyond a few weeks and don’t respond to rest, ice, heat, and anti-inflammatory medication should be evaluated by a doctor to be sure there isn’t something more serious going on.

What could be causing my son's back pain?

Take them out of sports for a few weeks and ask him to rest his lower back in to do some stretching. If the pain persists then he should see a doctor. He could have an underlying READ MORE
Take them out of sports for a few weeks and ask him to rest his lower back in to do some stretching. If the pain persists then he should see a doctor. He could have an underlying condition called spondylolisthesis.

Why is my collar bone raised above my shoulder?

If you suddenly noticed that your collarbone is the formed and now it’s limiting your motion you should see an orthopedic surgeon and have an x-ray done and be fully evaluated. READ MORE
If you suddenly noticed that your collarbone is the formed and now it’s limiting your motion you should see an orthopedic surgeon and have an x-ray done and be fully evaluated.