Sunday, March 31, 2013

Education Is the Key to Preventing Sports Injuries

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.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Are Biologic Therapies (PRP and Prolotherapy) Right for You?

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 inflammatory agents.