Strains and Sprains Top Dance Injuries in Young People 3 to 19 years

Scientists led by Roberts and colleagues (2012) from the Center for Injury Research and Policy in Columbus Ohio examined 16 years of data on dance-related injuries in young people ages 3 to 19 years. More than 113,000 young people were treated in emergency rooms in the U.S. for dance related injuries between 1991 and 2007.  (more…)

2013 Elite and Masters Cyclo-Cross World Championships held in Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville’s Eva Bandman Park will host the 2013 Elite Cyclocross World Championships and the 2013 Masters Cyclocross World Championships  January 28 through February 3, 2013.

Louisville Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Stacie Grossfeld with Orthopaedic Specialists will serve as an orthopedic physician for this special event.  Cyclocross is a rigorous type of bike racing that includes tackling road (more…)

Orthopedic Physician Discusses Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) versus Platelet Poor Plasma: Which is Better?

Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is one of the hottest topic in orthobiologics that is currently being researched.  One area that PRP is being used clinically is to treat chronic tendon inflammation that advances into the condition of tendopathy.  Tendopathy is a condition where the tendon cell histology changes secondary to the chronic inflamation. If PRP is being used to treat a chronic tendinitis the last side effect that a person receiving treatment for tenditis would want to occur is inflammation that would actually worsen the tendinitis.  There has also been concern that PRP may actually stimulate scar tissue formation when used in treatment of cases of tendinopathy. (more…)

Good Tips for Injury Prevention when Skiing and Snowboarding

In order to learn more about injury prevention among skiiers and snowboarders researchers lead by Warda (2012) and colleagues explored specific strategies for people engaged in these popular winter snow sports.

Findings suggest that wearing a helmet is beneficial to prevent injury while skiing or snowboarding. Wrist guards are also touted as offering possible benefits for those engaged in snowboarding.  Researchers find that preventive measures are not always followed by (more…)

Computer Assisted Knee Replacement: Is it any Better than a Non Computer Navigated Conventional Total Knee Replacement ?

There are several different ways for an orthopedic surgeon to perform knee replacement surgery.  There is the conventional surgical procedure where the surgeon uses a series of external and internal alignment jigs that help to guide in bone section and ligamentous balance during the knee replacement.  This is the gold standard and has been used for decades.

Another surgical option is to have a computer navigated knee replacement. With computer navigation the surgeon places a series of sensors around the knee joint and uses the computer to guide the surgeon in bone resection and ligament balance.  Computer navigation became popular around 2005.  The question has arisen as to which technique is better: a computer navigated knee replacement vs using conventional surgical technique. (more…)

Louisville Orthopedic Surgeon Discusses how often Abnormal Findings are found on MRI Scans of the Hip in Asymptotic Patients

One of the newest areas of orthopedics is the area of hip arthroscopy for hip pathology.

Hip arthroscopy is being used to treat a variety of hip conditions. The surgeries range from  labral repairs, labral debridements,  treatment of osteochrondral  defects and femoral acetabular dysplasia.  Most of these conditions are diagnosed with a history , physical examination and (more…)

6 Interesting Facts About Fencing from Louisville Orthopedic

Interested in learning more about the sport of fencing? Here are 6 interesting facts about fencing to get you started.

1. Electronic scoring is typically used in fencing competitions.  A white light means that a touch landed outside of the target area. A red or  green light means that a hit has landed inside the target area and a point is earned.

2. Fencing enjoys a long history and tradition and it is one of the sports that has always been a part of the Olympics. (more…)

Findings at the time of Shoulder Surgery that can determine Rotator Cuff Surgery Success or Failure

The surgical repair of a rotator cuff tear has failure rates ranging from 20 to 90 percent. Even if the surgeon performs a technically perfect surgery some rotator cuff repairs will fail.  Failure is defined as a recurrent tear.

Shoulder surgeons are unsure if the cuff repair never heals or it heals and then quickly re-tears after surgery.  Typically at the time of surgery the rotator cuff is unhealthy to begin with which has (more…)

Scientists Compare Iron Man Triathletes to Marathon Runners – Learn More from Louisville Orthopedic

Interesting research by Gianoli and colleagues (2012) published in Perceptual and Motor Skills compares male ironman triathletes and marathon runners.

Researchers found that weekly training in terms of hours was higher among triathletes.  Race times for marathoners were related to running speed during (more…)

Attention Contact Flag Football Players! Researchers Suggest Ways to Prevent Injury

Kaplan and colleagues (2012) recently published suggestions in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine to reduce the number of moderate to severe injuries among contact flag football players. Recommendations include the following:

1) Enforce the no-pocket rule on players’ pants to avoid injuries to hands and fingers. (more…)