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The Role of an Orthopedic Surgeon in Sports Medicine

Athletes are constantly at risk for injuries with the knee joint being the most likely to be injured. Orthopedic surgeons treat these types of sports injuries more than any other parts of the body. Knees are involved in most physical activities and are used in almost every sport, and when an injury occurs, proper treatment is critical in providing a fast and effective recovery.

An orthopedic surgeon understand athletes desires to return to their sport as quickly as possible after an injury. With this understanding, many sports orthopedic surgeons have developed programs that enable their patients to return to activities safely and as fast as possible after knee injuries, including those who require knee surgery. Programs consist of postoperative exercise devices and rehabilitation, which is often taught and overseen by a certified trainer. When a patient with a sport related knee injury is initially seen by an orthopedic surgeon, the surgeon will oftentimes start the patient immediately on a program to prevent the knee from becoming immobile due to swelling and pain. Programs often consist of special devices that apply cold and compression to the knee as well as range of motion exercises, flexibility and strengthening exercise and teaching how to walk properly to eliminate any need for crutches. Programs can last anywhere between four weeks to six weeks. This often helps prevent surgery while allowing for safe and effective recovery in a much shorter period than if surgery is done. Athletes who do need surgery are started on a program immediately after surgery using aggressive exercise and rehabilitation techniques to provide rapid recovery. Read more…

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