About Dr. Cahill
Dr. Cahill is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in sports medicine. He treats sports injuries involving the knees, shoulders, hips, elbows, and ankles in patients of all ages. He is also fellowship trained in pediatric orthopedic care to provide the specialized care that young patients need following a sports injury.
Whenever possible, Dr. Cahill aims to treat sports injuries using nonsurgical methods. He only recommends surgery for sports injuries when more conservative treatments have failed. His goal is to help athletes return to activity whenever possible, but to help them do so safely and with reduced risk of re-injury.
Learn more about Dr. Cahill’s Sports Medicine specialties below.
ACL tears are a common sports injury in the knees. ACL reconstruction surgery is often needed for a patient to regain full knee function. Older methods of ACL reconstruction made for a very difficult and painful recovery. Dr. Cahill utilizes the latest, most advanced approaches for ACL reconstruction, using minimally invasive methods and multi-modal pain management techniques that make recovery much easier on patients. After full healing and rehabilitation, most athletes are able to return to activity.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical approach that allows Dr. Cahill to perform knee surgery through much smaller incisions than are required for an open procedure. Not all knee procedures can be completed with arthroscopy, but ACL repairs and reconstructions are often done arthroscopically.
Dr. Cahill also uses arthroscopy in cartilage restoration procedures. Cartilage restoration is a relatively new procedure that can stimulate the growth of new cartilage. Cartilage restoration may not be appropriate for all patients, but it can be effective for patients with a single area of cartilage damage in the knee.
Dr. Cahill treats sports injuries and fractures in children and adolescents as well as adults. Children need specialized care for sports injuries and fractures, as they are still growing and may need a different treatment approach for an injury than an adult might. Dr. Cahill is fellowship trained pediatric orthopedics to provide the specialized care that young patients need after an injury. He also works closely with many of the local sports teams at schools throughout the Hackensack area.
Rotator cuff tears are a common shoulder injury among athletes and people whose jobs require repetitive shoulder motions. Some rotator cuff tears can be treated with nonsurgical methods, but patients with significant shoulder pain and weakness may require rotator cuff repair surgery. Dr. Cahill uses the latest minimally invasive methods for rotator cuff repair, which makes recovery easier on the patient. His goal is to help patients get back to their work and sports activities with better shoulder function and less pain.
The labrum is a ring of cartilage surrounding the shoulder socket. It plays a critical role in stabilizing the shoulder and preventing it from dislocating. Sudden injuries or repetitive shoulder motions during sports or occupational activities can cause a tear in the labrum, and may also affect the tendons attached to it, causing pain and instability. Dr. Cahill can both diagnose and treat labral tears in the shoulder with a minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure. After surgery and recovery, patients are able to return to work and sports-related activities.