An Orthopedic information source updated by the physicians of Cooley-Dickinson Medical Group Orthopedics and Sports Medicine; aimed at helping the active population of Western Massachusetts get the most out of life.
Arthroscopic surgery takes advantage of specialized fiber-optic equipment to preform major surgery through very small incisions. Arthroscopic surgery of the hip has be utilized for over 20 years but due to recent advances in technology and in our understanding of Hip pathology, the use of this type of surgery is expanding. The technology, techniques and surgical skill have developed to offer treatment to patients that would have otherwise had to suffer or wait until a hip replacement was necessary. With these minimally invasive techniques we can offer alternative to big "open" surgeries that had poor success rates or required complete dislocation of the hip joint to preform. Arthroscopic hip surgery can be used to treat many problems within the hip region including:
Femoro-acetabular Impingement (FAI)
Hip Abductor tendon tears
Much like arthroscopic surgery of the knee or the shoulder, arthroscopic hip surgery is not a good treatment for Arthritis. There is new evidence suggesting that arthroscopic surgery can delay the progression of Osteoarthritis and the eventual need for a joint replacement. If you think you may be a candidate for arthroscopic surgery of your hip or would like more information, follow the link below for an education video on hip arthroscopy or contact Dr. Fallon's office directly.
If you are having, or considering having shoulder surgery, you should be aware of the recovery from the surgery.
Shoulder surgery hurts! There is no way around that one. Typically patients have difficulty getting back to their daily routine for about 2 weeks after surgery. It is difficult to find a comfortable position to sleep and it is hard to adapt to one good arm and one arm stuck in a sling.
This May, the physicians at HampOrtho successfully kicked off a Sports Medicine lecture series at CDH. Drs. Fallon and McBride lead a fun and informative discussion on the Anatomy of Athletic Knee Injuries at the Cooley-Dickinson OR while giving a cadaveric demonstration of ACL reconstructions. It gave the participants the chance to see first hand the surgical anatomy of the knee and try their hand at arthroscopic surgery on a cadaver. Similar events are planned for this summer. It is designed as a free service to our local Athletic Trainers, so if you are an AT-C and interested, please contact our office manager and we will put you on the list.
School-aged athletes, whether participants in organized sports programs, physical education classes, or community intramural activities, have special physical needs that require different coaching, conditioning, and medical care than most mature athletes. Sports and rehabilitation physicians are the specialists when it comes to the medical care of these young athletes.
These medical doctors are experienced in helping to restore function to their patients, including diagnosing and treating sports injuries. "There are marked differences in coordination, strength and stamina between children and adults. In young athletes, bone-tendon-muscle units, growth areas within bones, and ligaments experience uneven growth patterns, leaving them susceptible to injury. That's why it's important for coaches, parents, and players to provide protection for the young athlete through proper conditioning, prompt treatment of injuries, and rehabilitation programs.
Advanced biologic therapies used to treat musculoskeletal injuries are clearly on the horizon and who better than sports medicine physicians to offer that aid to patients? Injected biologics have been used to alter the body's properties since the 1950s. Such therapies, which are used routinely today to treat spinal and musculoskeletal conditions, are based on the supposition that the body's natural healing mechanism involves
HOSM will host a clinic designed to educate throwing athletes on the how to maintain their bodies throughout the season. The clinic will stress preventative strategies specific to throwing athletes and will include a screening for pre-existing problems as well as hands on training by our physical therapy staff. The clinic is open to all middle school and high school students. Parents, coaches, and athletic trainers are encouraged to attend. We will be offering these clinics on two different nights to accommodate busy schedules, Wednesday February 13th and Monday, February 25th at 6:00 PM. Call our physical therapy department or ask you athletic director for more information.