Posts Categorized: Knee Injuries and Knee Surgery

Preparing for Knee Replacement? What Happens Before the Surgery?

For the most part, knee replacement surgery or total knee arthroplasty is a very common operative procedure. In fact, in the last 20 years, knee replacement surgery has increased in volume by about 160%. And it’s projected that the number of total knee revisions is projected to increase by 600% in the next 15 years. A knee replacement revision occurs… Read more »

MRI Research Reveals Cause of ACL Injury

ACL injuries are responsible for pain, surgery and lots of physical therapy. Most of these injuries occur through non-contact sports or accidents sustained off of the courts or field. Researchers and physicians are working tirelessly to understand the cause of ACL injury to develop preventive programs to reduce this knee injury. Because of the current… Read more »

Doctor, What Happens to My Harvested Hamstring Tendon After ACL Surgery?

The most common graft used for ACL reconstructions is a hamstring tendon graft.  Once you’ve torn your ACL, you cannot sew the end of the ACL back together.  A ligament needs to be reconstructed. Most ligament reconstructions use the semitendinosus and gracilis tendons. These make up part of your hamstrings: the central part of your patellar tendon also known… Read more »

ACL Reconstruction Surgery and Sports Participation in Athletes

We’re constantly learning new information regarding ACL injuries and sports participation. This common sports injury requires extensive rehabilitation, handwork and commitment. And there is always the fear of tearing the ACL again for athletes that gotten back out on the court or field. While every case is specific for each athlete and injury, new information about ACL reconstruction surgery… Read more »

Patella Dislocation in High School Athletes

What is the risk of having a patella dislocation or subluxation among high school athletes in the United States? Many high school athletes, coaches, parents and physicians are discovering that the intensity and competition in high school athletics is growing every day. With this level of activity, it seems that athletes are more prone to… Read more »

10 Differences Between Osteoarthritis and Meniscal Tears

Osteoarthritis and meniscal tears are injuries that both occur in the knees. Both knee injuries tend to become more probable to occur with age; however, there are significant differences between osteoarthritis and meniscal tear injuries. The pain associated with both injuries require different treatment approaches. A big factor that decides treatment is if the pain… Read more »

Cost Effectiveness of Weight Loss Surgery Prior to Total Knee Replacement In Morbidly Obese Patients

With changes in healthcare, one new policy will be in effect in upcoming years that affects doctors and patients alike. A new policy will rate physicians based on their patient’s post surgery complications. This means that doctors will be treating patients’ current issues, and other contributing factors to receive a positive outcome.  We know from… Read more »

Does Total Knee Replacement Take Away Knee Pain?

There have been recent studies assessing the incidence of knee pain after total knee replacement involving the operative knee. There was an article published in the Journal of Orthopedics, January/February, 2016 issue, offered by Dr. Thomas Sculco out of the hospital for special surgery at Cornell Medical Center in New York, New York. This research found that… Read more »

Celebrate Super Bowl 50 and Check Out These Findings on Return to Play after ACL Injuries in Football

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, there is a lot of excitement and preparation for coaches, players and even their fans. This year, the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos will compete for the Vince Lombardi trophy at Super Bowl 50 on February 7th. Super Bowl Sunday has become an unofficial holiday in America… Read more »

ACL Injuries in Non-Contact Sports

Over 100,000 ACL injuries occur every year in the United States. ACL injuries in non-contact sports account for 70 percent of all ACL injuries. Non-contact sports such as basketball, tennis, ice skating, and golfing have the potential to cause serious ACL injuries. For example, a basketball player dribbling down the court comes to a sudden stop…. Read more »