Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Denver Orthopedic Surgeons: Don't Delay ACL Reconstruction Surgery

Don't delay anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Otherwise, it may bring even more problems. A study presented during the annual meeting of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) in 2014 pointed out that the delay caused secondary meniscal and chondral injuries. Chronic treatments—meaning, waiting for more than three months before reconstruction—were found to aggravate the injury, among others.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Denver Orthopedics Experts Say You Can Be Predisposed for Injuries

Some people are simply more prone to injuries than others. It's all in their genes. An article published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine emphasized the role of genetics in sports injuries. Such information could prove vital to athletes in mitigating sports injuries, according to article co-author and genetics professor Stuart Kim. As a matter of fact, the idea isn't as farfetched as it looks. Since 2010, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has been screening athletes for sickle cells, red blood cells shaped like sickles that block blood flow and deny parts of the body of important nutrients. Previous studies were also able to trace the likelihood of injuries to specific genes like the collagen-producing COL1A1 and COL5A1.