With nearly 200,000 little league teams in this country and baseball season upon us, a local baseball coach recently asked me about injuries among young pitches and what happens inside the shoulder and elbow during pitching.
The Achilles tendon is a strong, fibrous band connecting the calf muscle to the heel. You will most likely know if you have ruptured your Achilles tendon. Many people report actually hearing the snap, and it may feel as though you've been violently kicked in the calf. Your calf may swell, and you may not be able to rise on your toes.
A new minimally invasive technique to repair Achilles ruptures is now available. The new procedure has been shown to have equivalent outcomes with less risk of wound or infection problems than with older techniques. We are able to repair most Achilles ruptures with this technique, but a minority of ruptures are not amenable to this technique and are better repaired with other techniques.
The shoulder business is more what I would call elective surgery here in ski country. In the fall and the spring, I typically see 2-3 rotator cuff tears per week. In the winter, less people want to have shoulder surgery so they often wait until the end of the season to have these injuries evaluated.
The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and their tendons that stabilize and rotate the shoulder. 80% of the rotator cuff tears I see are degenerative. The typical rotator cuff injury patient is middle aged or older and leads a very active lifestyle.
Iliotibial band (IT) syndrome is a common cause of pain on the outside or lateral side of the knee. I see it commonly in my patients who are runners and cyclists or in athletes doing a sport where the knee undergoes repetitive flexion and extension.
The IT band is a dense fibrous band of connective tissue that runs all the way from the lateral side of the pelvis down to the lateral side of the knee. The IT band acts to either extend or flex the knee depending on what angle the knee is positioned in, while also providing some added stability to the knee.
VSO was the proud sponsor of this year's Romp to Stomp held Saturday in Frisco. $1 million dollars has been raised for breast cancer research in the 12 years the event has been held in Summit County. Nearly 2,000 people participated in the snowshoe event this year, including a group of dedicated VSO staff members who supported the effort. Below are photos of VSO staff at the event. Pictured in the first one from left to right: Jamie Fisher, Kara Ridge, Anne Smith, Kim Benedict, Annie Bowen, and Amanda Orlandini. Way to go VSO!
Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears are the most common ligament injuries occurring in winter sports, and account for 20–25% of all skiing injuries. Athletes engaging in winter sports like skiing and snowboarding may land awkwardly or suffer twisting injuries to their knee, resulting in painful and debilitating ligament injuries such as MCL tears.
What is the difference between a Neurosurgeon and an Orthopeadic Spine Surgeon for spine surgery?
One of the most challenging tasks as a patient is to find a good doctor. This task becomes even more important if you are considering a serious medical intervention such as a spine surgery. Unfortunately, there is no one source to go to find reliable information about a doctor. There are early attempts by websites that offer grades for physicians, but even they are lacking as they often rely on patient’s opinions which may not address their abilities beyond bedside manner. I will try to explain the strengths and weaknesses of different methods to determine if you are choosing a good spine surgeon.
A strained hamstring is more common for athletes than a torn hamstring, but tears can still occur with certain sports such as water skiing. When a patient tears their hamstring tendon from their origin off the pelvic bone, they often describe the sensation of being shot in the back of their thigh and buttock. They feel a pop and have immediate pain, swelling, bruising, and can only walk stiff-legged. Patients also describe a lot of pain with sitting.
When a patient comes to my office with a probable hamstring tear, I examine them first and then obtain an MRI scan. The MRI will show whether the patient has sustained a partial tear or a complete tear of their hamstring tendons off of the pelvic bone where they attach, which is your sit bone or ischial tuberosity.
This is the third and final installment of a series with Dr. Greg Poulter that answers some commonly asked questions regarding minimally invasive spine.
Is Minimally Invasive Spine surgery better than traditional surgery?