February 2013 - Orthopaedics Plus

Getting Back into shape for spring

Though there is certainly plenty of snow on the ground, it is not too early to start preparing your body for your upcoming outdoor activities. It is not uncommon for people who suddenly ramp up their activities in the spring, to develop musculoskeletal injuries as a result of the “too much too soon” phenomenon.


Little League Elbow

Little League elbow is a common overuse injury associated with throwing. This injury is most common in pitchers but also occurs in catchers, infielders, and outfielders.

Little League elbow is the result of repetitive stress to the growth plate on the inside of the elbow. The greatest stress occurs during the acceleration phase of throwing a baseball.

Growing bones are easily injured because the growth plate is much weaker than the ligaments and muscles that attach to it. Once the growth plates fuse, athletes are more likely to injure ligaments and tendons instead.


Brace Yourself

Physical therapy, not a knee brace, aids in ACL recovery

Wearing a knee brace following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery has no effect on a person’s recovery. However, strength, range-of- motion, and functionality exercises provide significant benefits, and other new therapies may show promise.


Children with ACL Injuries Require Special Treatment, Care to Avoid Future Knee Injuries and Complications

ACL injuries on the rise in younger patients

Until a child’s bones have fully matured (in girls, typically by age 14; in boys, age 16), an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)—the primary, stabilizing ligament of the knee joint—requires special consideration, treatment and care to ensure appropriate healing and to prevent long-term complications.