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…)

Louisville Orthopedic Surgeon on Physical Activity and Aging Athletes – Injuries Common to Baby Boomers

Looking at aging athletes that are part of the baby boomer generation, Dr. Jeffrey Prescott and Dr. Joseph Yu concluded that many baby boomers expect to continue exercise routines as they age which may lead to an increase in exercise-induced injuries.


Falls Represent Serious Health Threat to Older Adults. Learn More from Louisville Orthopedic.

Falls are a serious threat to the health and safety of older adults age 65+.  According to the CDC about one out of every three adults 65 and older takes a fall each year but the majority do not mention this to their physicians.

Falls are actually the leading cause of death for people 65 and older and the most common reason people in this age group are admitted to the hospital.  As reported by the CDC, in 2010 around 2.3 million U.S. adults 65 years and older were treated in an emergency room for problems due to a fall.  (more…)

Suffering from Shoulder Pain and Stiffness? It Might be Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis. Learn more from Louisville Orthopedic Surgeon

Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis is a condition where the capsule of the shoulder gets very stiff.  People experiencing frozen shoulder suffer from shoulder inflammation and increased restriction in the shoulder.

This stiffness in the shoulder can be debilitating and limiting to activities of daily living. Sometimes the cause of frozen shoulder is unknown and other times it follows a specific event or condition.  (more…)

Pain in the Elbow? Learn More about Cubital Tunnel Syndrome from Louisville Orthopedic

Sometimes the arm’s ulnar nerve is irritated or pinched causing ulnar nerve entrapment at a person’s elbow. This is called cubital tunnel syndrome.

Based on where this nerve entrapment happens, the symptoms can include elbow pain and sometimes a numb feeling in the hand, elbow, fingers and wrist.

While the cause of cubital tunnel syndrome is not always known, the ulnar nerve may become irritated in part because it does not have a lot of protective tissue surrounding it. If you find that you lean or (more…)

Do you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Learn More from Louisville Orthopedic Surgeon

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the median nerve at the level of the wrist gets inflamed and compressed. Symptoms may include a burning, swollen feeling in the palm and fingers. Some people experience night pain, numbness and tingling involving the thumb, index and middle finger. Often times these symptoms begin slowly and get more severe over time.


Rotator Cuff Tears in People Under 50 – Find Out More from Louisville Orthopedic Surgeon

Research by Lin and colleagues (2012) analyzed data on rotator cuff tears in people less than 50 years of age. The research found that most of the individuals experienced a medium to large rotator cuff tear following a specific traumatic event.

The size of the tears tended to be shorter in length than those in the total population.  (more…)