31Jul, 2008

ACL Rehabilitation Program: Getting Back to Your Life After an ACL Injury

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What does an ACL rehab program involve? After an ACL injury, your orthopedic surgeon will create an ACL rehabilitation program that gets you back to your normal life as quickly and as painlessly as possible. Not all ACL knee injuries are the same, of course, which means that your physicians will take your current physical condition, extent of the injury, and future athletic goals into account as they design your program. The goal of a rehabilitation program is to improve the functionality of the muscles in the injured leg until […]
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31Jul, 2008

Cadaver Tissue Fails Nearly 25% of the Time in Young Athletic ACL Reconstruction Patients

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With an estimated 80,000 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears each year in the United States, including the recent injury to golfer Tiger Woods, choosing the best replacement ligament for an ACL surgery is vital. A new study just released at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine found that using a cadaver ligament may not be the best choice. The ACL is one of the major stabilizing ligaments of the knee. Located in the center of the knee joint, it runs from the thigh bone […]
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2Jul, 2008

Injury to the Scapholunate Interosseous Ligament

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One of the most common sports injuries, especially in two-wheel sports, occurs in the scapholunate interosseous ligament. The scapholunate interosseous ligament is the link between carpal scaphoid and lunate bone. It ensures stability of the scapholunate joint and helps keep the entire wrist stabilized. Injuries to this very crucial ligament commonly occur in falls on outstretched hands. A scapholunate interosseous ligament injury may present both patients and surgeons with diagnostic and treatment challenges. This injury remarkably disorders normal carpal motion and spreads the scaphoid bone away from the lunate bone, […]
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3Jun, 2008

“Autografts Vs. Allografts, It All Boils Down to One Inch of Incision”

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery is a procedure performed to rebuild a ligament that is important for knee function and stability. In the actual reconstruction phase, a graft is used to rebuild the ligament. The issue that is most important is what tendon will be used to substitute for the native ACL. These grafts can include tissues from patella tendon, quadriceps tendon, hamstring tendon, or grafts taken from a cadaver. Grafts taken from the patient’s own tissues are called Autografts. Those taken from a cadaver are called Allografts. It […]
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