Joseph Scarcella, MD

Joseph Scarcella, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, has been in practice for more than 20 years in southwest Cleveland hospitals.

Over 45? How You Can Deal With Rotator Cuff Injuries

While many of us associate torn rotator cuffs with baseball, people over age 45 are increasingly at risk for this injury. Most often, when people have shoulder pain, it’s just tendonitis and doesn’t necessarily indicate a tear in the rotator cuff. Tendonitis due to stress Tendonitis is more common than a rotator cuff injury and … Read More

Ankle and Wrist Injuries: Facts and Best Fixes

We often throw ourselves into our favorite outdoor activities without a thought. We all want to make the most of comfortable temperatures and milder weather. But skating through the park, running a wooded trail or conditioning for football season all carry a risk of ankle and wrist fractures. Even a misstep off a curb or a … Read More

3 Tips for Treating Your Bicep Pain at Home

The bicep muscle is one of the most important for your upper body strength. An injury to this hardworking muscle can make day-to-day tasks difficult. There are two places where the bicep muscle connects: the shoulder and the elbow. In your shoulder, tendons connect your bicep into the shoulder joint. In your elbow, tendons keep … Read More

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Shoulder Dislocation: How It Happens in Real Life

Treating a dislocated shoulder always looks so easy in the movies and on TV. In real life, you should seek medical attention right away. We’ve all seen those dramatic scenes when an actor just “pops” a dislocated shoulder back into place, then is ready to jump right back into the action. In the real world, … Read More

5 Millimeters Closer to Knee Pain Relief

Five millimeters. That’s just under 1/20 of an inch. Less than the width of the eraser of a no.2 pencil. And all the room surgeons need to perform arthroscopic knee surgery to treat some of the most common sources of knee pain. Addressing meniscal tears For the last 30 years or so, arthroscopic knee surgery has … Read More