Can We Repair the Meniscus and ACL with Only One Sugery?

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This week on the SportsMedicine Minute, Dr. Sterett asnwers the question: can we repair a meniscus tear and acl tear with only one surgery, or does it still require two? 

Click here to watch the video! posted: November 30, 2016
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Top Skiers Returning From Injuries

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Many of our top skiers are returning from injury this year. Will they make it back onto the podium? Well, some of them already have!

Read more.... posted: November 17, 2016
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Getting Back to Skiing After an ACL Injury

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Ski season in North America is fast approaching, and for many of us, that means tuning up our bodies to get ready for the slopes, whether that means doing some extra squats in the gym-- or just re-upping the season pass in preparation for another epic season of powder-slashes, tree runs, and leg-burning descents.

But what if you're recovering from an ACL Tear? Good question!


Read More Here... posted: October 31, 2016
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Cortisone Shots: Questions and Answers

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Injectable cortisone is synthetically produced and is similar to the body’s own product. Injected, cortisone may provide pain relief by lessening inflammation. It can provide significant pain relief and allow for an earlier return to activity, whether to get back to doing your work in comfort, get back to enjoying the slopes, or to continue to participate in the sport you love. 


Read more here... posted: October 13, 2016
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ACL AND MENISCUS TEARS: ONE STAGE SURGERY, OR DO WE NEED TWO OPERATIONS?

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I get asked weekly whether an athlete’s injury will require just one surgery, or two.  What often happens is the ACL tears from twisting, and as the rotation of the knee continues, the meniscus tears next, often resulting in the cushion cartilage being “flipped” up in to the wrong place, actually blocking the ability to fully straighten the knee. 

You may have heard of this as a bucket handle tear, flipped meniscus, or even a locked knee.  Now two things need to be repaired, the ACL and the meniscus. 


Read more here.... posted: September 29, 2016
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All About Knee Pain

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The good new is, due to new techniques in treating these injuries many of these athletes are able to return to the fields of friendly strife faster, stronger, and better than ever.

And with these new techniques (coupled with the strategies espoused by the concept of activity preservation), we are also able take these same techniques and help you continue to participate in the activities that you love.

Unfortunately, knee injuries aren't limited to our top athletes.  Most of us are likely to experience some type of knee pain during our lives. 

So, let's answer some of the basic questions you may have about knee pain, symptoms of arthritis, and how to treat them. 



read more here... posted: September 19, 2016
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Returning From ACL Injury Better Than Ever

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In the past, it wasn’t uncommon to hear an ACL injury referred to as “career-ending.”  Not anymore.  And while you certainly still hear ACL injuries referred to as “season-ending”,  recent evidence and research tells us that you can come back from the injury performing at an even higher level.

It may sound counter-intuitive, but on the U.S. Ski team, we have seen athletes actually improve upon successes after their first major knee injury.


Read more... posted: September 9, 2016
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ACL Risk Factors in Women Athletes from Vail Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Bill Sterett

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PART 1: VALGUS AND HYPERLAXITY

One of the topics I write about frequently on The Female ACL is knee injuries in female athletes. Many people have an inkling that our female athletes face greater risk of knee injuries.  

From an anecdotal standpoint, as early as high-school, you're bound to encounter teenage athletes (females) who have a single, or sometimes multiple, knee surgeries. But you aren't just imagining things: our girls, young women, and women do in fact have a higher rate of major knee injuries.

Why is this? I'm going to delve into two of the main risk factors here today...

Read more here.... posted: August 19, 2016
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Warning: Is your running style causing knee pain?

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As a SportsMedicine Doc who is a huge proponent of the concept of activity preservation, my goal is to do whatever I can to help keep you doing the things you love for a long time. And when it comes to running, there are some preventative measures we can take to minimize the risk of soreness or major injury to the knees...

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posted: August 8, 2016
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Common Golf Injuries and How to Prevent Them

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Let's talk about some of the more common issues you may encounter from playing golf, and then hit some of my recommendations on what exactly we can do to avoid or alleviate some of the problems we often encounter as avid duffers.

Read more posted: July 28, 2016
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