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Sports Medicine

Most sports medicine injuries are the result of high intensity activity. These injuries commonly involve ligament or muscle injuries around a joint. They can sometimes involve bone bruises or fractures as well. Most sports medicine injuries can be diagnosed and treated without surgical involvement. The most common intervention would be rest, elevation, ice, and anti-inflammatory medication. Commonly we involve physical therapist in the recovery from a sports medicine injury. The physical therapist is able to guide you through a program to regain functional range of motion and strength in a very careful methodical process. Some sports medicine injuries if they do not heal spontaneously will require surgical intervention to return to sporting activity. Common injuries that require surgery would be Achilles tendon rupture, anterior cruciate ligament injury, meniscus tear, hip labrum tear, shoulder rotator cuff tear, shoulder labrum tear or biceps tear etc. If after a sports injury you are unable to weight-bear, or after a couple weeks unable to return to sporting activity. We would recommend further evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon.

ACL Injuries

ACL injuries occur when bones of the leg twist in opposite directions under full body weight.

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most important of four strong ligaments connecting the bones of the knee joint (the femur to the tibia). It can be ruptured in twisting injuries to the knee. Ligaments are strong structures made of connective tissue that stabilize a joint. They connect bone to bone across a joint. The function of the ACL is to provide stability during pivoting.

ACL tears occur mainly in athletes participating in pivoting sports such as football, soccer, skiing, and basketball. The athlete typically feels a pop or a tearing sensation and experiences swelling within 6 hours of the injury. There are frequently other structures injured as well—most commonly the meniscus. There is an increasing incidence of ACL tears in female athletes. Patients with ACL tears frequently notice improvement in their stiffness and pain but go on to have intermittent instability and giving-way episodes. While some ACL tears can be treated without surgery, most tears in active patients will require surgery.

Tear of the anterior cruciate ligament. Modern ACL surgery utilizes minimally invasive, arthroscopic methods methods and involves completely replacing the torn ligament. There are a number of techniques for reconstruction. Each method offers specific advantages and disadvantages. A new ACL is reconstructed using tendon to replace the torn ligament. This tendon will change to become a ligament over 6 months of healing.

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Sports Medicine Patient Education & Scientific Articles

What to Expect After a Meniscectomy

Dr. Stickney, a Kirkland orthopedic surgeon, is an expert in total knee arthroplasty, total hip arthroplasty, exercise and health, and more. When it comes to meniscal injuries, many patients have little knowledge about the types of treatment options available and their outcomes.  The meniscus, a significant cushion or shock absorber in your knee, is a c-shaped disc of soft cartilage that sits between the femur and the tibia.  When the knee meniscus tears, the cushioning

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The Potential and Pitfalls of Stem Cell Injections

When it comes to stem cell therapy, it’s wise to be a bit wary. While stem cells can have enormous implications for treatment of injury and disease, many facilities offering stem cell injections are simply looking to capitalize on the buzz surrounding this therapy. If you’re considering stem cell injections for injuries, it’s essential that you learn everything you can about stem cell practices so you can identify the healing potential and possible scams. This

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Game Changers: Preventing Common Sports Injuries

Summer 2018 has arrived and World Cup fever is in the air. While we certainly see our share of flops in these matches, many players endure legitimate injuries too. Those same injuries will be happening to people everywhere this summer as we spend more time being active outside. Reviewing these common sports injuries, their symptoms, and injury prevention tactics will ensure you know how to stay safe and keep the ball rolling. Stay on Your

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How to Avoid Summer Workout Dangers

Staying safe during your summer sweat sessions is important, whether you’re doing laps in the pool, getting in touch with your inner yogi, or logging miles on the road. Read below for a few tips on injury prevention and how to avoid summer workout dangers. Stay Hydrated. It may seem like a no-brainer, but becoming dehydrated in the heat of summer is easier than you think. If you want to avoid the unfortunate side effects

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Middle-Aged Women Who Exercise Could Delay Dementia

For middle-aged women, physical fitness may do more than give the heart a boost; it may also benefit the brain in a big way. Recent findings out of Sweden show that middle-aged women with a “high degree” of cardiovascular fitness are 90% less likely to develop dementia later in life than those who had just a moderate fitness level. The study, published in the journal Neurology, also discovered that if the middle-aged women who maintained

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The Link Between Distance Running and Arthritis

Although distance running is often associated with numerous health benefits, the impact on hip and knee joint health has been inconclusive up to this point. Long-distance running has been linked with an increased prevalence of arthritis in some studies, but others have shown an inverse association or no association at all. In a recent study published by Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, authors Ponzio et al. investigate hip and knee health in active marathon

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How to Prevent Falls in the Winter

This time of year, outdoor walkways more closely resemble skating rinks, as they become slippery hazards obscured by leaves, rain, ice and snow. Though many falls are more embarrassing than they are painful, injuries and even deaths caused by falling are common and more prevalent in the winter months (though it’s important to be cautious of trip hazards year-round). Senior citizens, being less agile and more fragile, are especially at risk. Unfortunately, falls are the

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Stay Active Outside this Winter

Winter weather can make it a little too easy to ditch your outdoor exercise routine, but hibernation is not the answer even when you live in the chilly Northwest. Research shows that taking your workouts outside not only keeps your physical health in peak condition, but also helps to boost your mood and your immune system and can even play a hand in preventing long-term chronic illness. And when you’re active year round you are

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Why Exercise Is Best Done Outside

It’s no secret that one of the essential components of a healthy lifestyle is exercise: from lowering the risk of physical disease or the need for joint replacement to improving your emotional and mental well being, exercise is critical for longevity and a higher quality of life.  Fitness is also a great mechanism for injury prevention. However, dragging yourself to the gym isn’t always appealing, and exercise that isn’t enjoyable can become exercise that isn’t done.

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Like Exercising? Avoid Painkillers

Over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen and aspirin may seem a great way to alleviate soreness and pain after a particularly vigorous run or strength training session. These nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, suppress inflammation, but recent studies published in the Emergency Medical Journal and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences have found this may not be without consequence. When combined with exercise, they may overwork the kidneys and impede the muscles’ recovery.  Unfortunately, ibuprofen and similar drugs have

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