What is Osteochondritis Dissecans? More info from Louisville Orthopedic Surgeon

When cartilage becomes disconnected from the bone, people may experience a condition called osteochondritis dissecans. This joint condition most typically happens in the knees but it can also affect other bodily joints like the elbows.

While more common in men, people of all ages may experience osteochondritis dissecans. Some people do not experience any symptoms when they have osteochondritis dissecans. The condition may even heal on its own.  Others suffer from considerable pain, especially if the cartilage gets torn off and stuck inside of a joint.

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Shoulder Injuries Including AC Joint Common Among Football Players

Injuries to the shoulder are common in collegiate football players. The most common area of the shoulder injuries is the acromioclavicular joint (A-C joint).

AC joint injury accounts for 41% of all shoulder injuries among college football players. Dr. Jason Dragoo and colleagues viewed injury data from the 2004-2005 and 2008 through 2009 National Collegiate Athletic Association Surveillance System and published their results in the American Academy of Sports Medicine journal in October of this year. They found several interesting findings. (more…)

NFL Football Injuries – Does Field Surface Make a Difference? From Louisville Sports Medicine

Researchers have explored whether there is an injury rate difference in NFL players depending on the surface they play on: grass versus Field Turf.  Dr. Hershman  and colleagues studied the injury rates in the NFL for the 2000 through 2009 seasons and found that Field Turf resulted in a higher incidence of sprains of the ACL and eversion type ankle sprains.  (more…)

Making the Connection Between Concussions and Depression – Louisville Sports Medicine

There is an association with increased risk of depression and the number of concussions NFL footballs have sustained. Dr. Zackery Kerr, et. al just recently reported in October 2012 on 1,044 retired NFL football players in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Kerr’s research team found that in retired NFL players with no history of experiencing concussions, the players had an incidence of depression of 3 percent.  In contrast, the players who had experienced more than 10 (more…)

Differences in Shoulder Dislocations Based on Age

 As recently reported by Murthi and Ramirez (2012) in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, about one out of five shoulder dislocations are experienced by individuals older than 60. While older people who suffer from a dislocated shoulder have a lower chance of experiencing a reoccurrence, compared to younger individuals, they have a greater chance of experiencing other injuries to the brachial plexus, axillary nerve and/or rotator cuff.  Multiple injuries in this population which include, for example, a dislocated shoulder and rotator cuff tear, are sometimes overlooked in older individuals.  For more info, see: http://www.jaaos.org/content/20/10/615.abstract

What is Bursitis? Louisville Orthopedic Surgeon Explains Bursitis including Prevention and Treatment Options

Bursitis is a painful condition that involves the inflammation of bursa. A bursa is a small sac filled with synovial fluid. There are 160 bursae in the human body. When these sacs become inflamed, it leads to bursitis.

The symptoms of bursitis include muscle and joint stiffness, pain and discomfort. The pain from bursitis is often more intense during and following physical activity, and also in the morning after waking.  (more…)

Louisville Orthopedic Demonstrates Tennis Elbow Exercises in YouTube Video

tennis elbowAre you experiencing pain from tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis?  Check out the latest YouTube video from Louisville orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stacie Grossfeld for specific tennis elbow exercises that you can try! http://youtu.be/LlRa23O69WI