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DECEMBER 16, 2013

Surgery Is Rare with Clavicle Fractures


Clavicle (collar bone) fractures are usually easy to diagnose as most patients remember hearing a 'crack' to describe the sound they heard when the fracture occurred. There is typically bruising, tenderness, and sometimes a deformity that can be seen or felt. Other symptoms include local swelling and pain over the clavicle. 

These fractures are common among young athletes, with sports like ice hockey, cycling, riding, and rugby. Depending on the severity of the fracture, treatment can include the use of a sling for 6-8 weeks. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary (plate and screws). Physical therapy is often necessary to restore function.

DECEMBER 6, 2013

Let an orthopedic doctor help with knee pain after hyperextension... 


Hoffa's pad is another name for the fat pad that sits below the knee cap. When it is irritated or inflamed, one can experience extreme tenderness around and below the knee cap. It's a common condition with people who have hyperextended the knee, which is when the knee is forced backwards beyond its natural limits. 

Treatments for Hoffitis include the use if ice, rest, anti-inflammatories, taping, aquatic therapy and physical therapy.

NOVEMBER 20, 2013

Ankle OCD in Young Athletes Ages 10-16 


OCD (osteochondritis dissecans) of the ankle can occur when blood supply to the bone and cartilage is very poor or cut off. The condition typically presents after trauma to the ankle. In the event of a severe ankle sprain, bone or cartilage pieces can become loose, causing pain and swelling, eventually leading to reduced blood supply. This can lead to bone tissue death. 

OCD is a rare condition that often results from sports requiring repetitive jumping and pivoting. It affects young athletes during growth spurts (10-16 years of age). 

Symptoms include ankle instability, pain, swelling, and ankle stiffness or immobility. Treatments for OCD include rest, ice, bracing, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. Surgery is recommended when all other conservative methods fail, if pain persists for more than 3 months, or if ankle motion is extremely restricted.