The AAN issued new guidelines to evaluate athletes with concussions, replacing the 1997 guidelines. One recommendation deemed of special importance includes the suggestion that any athletes thought to have experienced a concussion be stopped from engaging in athletic play immediately.
It is recommended that athletes receive a thorough assessment from a licensed health care provider trained in understanding concussions and symptoms related to concussions before being allowed to return to athletic competition. (more…)
Research by Vincent and colleagues (2013) in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation explored functional outcomes and pain with and without hyaluronic acid injections for knee osteoarthritis.
Six months after treatment, researchers concluded that those with and without hyaluronic acid injections completed certain tasks and exercises similarly including climbing stairs, walking for six minutes without stopping, and the chair rise.
Functional pain ratings different between the groups though. Individuals with hyaluronic acid knee injections had a decrease in pain ratings when climbing stairs and gait velocity, stride length, and step length was also higher (more…)
According to Dr. David Swenson and colleagues (2013) in research published in the Journal of Sports Medicine, ankle sprains are a problem for kids participating in high school sports.
The most common ligament injured and involved in more than 4 out of 5 sprains is the anterior talofibular ligament. (more…)
Harvard University researchers lead by Dr. Adam Daoud compared runners who forefoot strike compared to those who rear foot strike (or land more on their heels). Their sample included collegiate cross country runners.
They found that seven out of 10 used a rear foot strike. Approximately three out of four suffered from some type of moderate to more serious injury over the course of a year but those who typically rear foot strike had nearly two times the rate of repetitive stress injuries than those who tended (more…)
We are very excited to announce that Dr. Stacie Grossfeld was recognized in the Top 10 Orthopedic Physicians in Louisville, Kentucky, by America Top 10, a website that ranks professionals in different cities across the U.S.
This is a special honor, especially given that there are close to 100 orthopedic physicians in the Louisville, Kentucky, area.
Elbow arthritis is painful and uncomfortable since it causes stiffness. Research by Papatheodorou (2013) and colleagues in the Journal of Hand Surgery analyzes current treatment options for elbow arthritis.
This research suggests that in the earlier phases of the condition, elbow arthritis may be managed without surgical intervention.
Surgery for elbow arthritis is contingent on the severity of the condition, the age of the patient, and other considerations including functional demands.
Young, active individuals suffering from elbow arthritis are guided towards arthroplasty or synovectomy.
Total elbow arthroplasty is more often recommended for older patients suffering from advanced elbow arthritis. Improvements in athroscopy have inspired better treatment of this uncomfortable condition. For more on this research, see: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0363502312018515
Did you know that Dr. Grossfeld has 12 years of experience conducting independent medical examinations or IMEs?
An Independent Medical Examination or IME is when a medical care provider like a physician who has never been responsible for a person’s medical care conducts an objective examination of the person.
There are many times when an independent medical evaluation might be conducted. For example, people sometimes request an (more…)
Orthopaedic Specialists is very excited to announce that Louisville orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stacie Grossfeld received the Patients’ Choice Award in 2012. This is a big honor which reflects Dr. Grossfeld’s dedication and commitment to her medical practice and the field of orthopedic medicine.
Doctors who qualify for the Patients Choice Award represent those who receive top ratings from their patients on sites like Vitals (see www.vitals.com). Only about five percent out of (more…)
Hip arthroscopy is sometimes recommended to alleviate hip pain for conditions including synovitis, snapping hip syndrome and dysplasia.
Researchers led by Dr. Scott Montgomery and colleagues (2013) looked at trends related to hip arthroscopy between 2004 and 2009. (more…)
Basketball players, especially females, often suffer from knee injuries like anterior cruciate ligament tears or ACL tears and meniscus injuries.
Dr. Moira McCarthy and colleagues (2013) conducted an epidemiological study looking at the demographic data of female college basketball players. Research results showed that about 48% of the athletes suffered from an ankle sprain. (more…)