As a sports oriented specialist, I hear a lot of discussion about concussions from patients, parents, and coaches. There are some high profile stories in the news that draw people’s attention and make people start thinking about these issues more.
Understanding what a concussion is, how it should be treated, and when it is safe to return to activities are important for the athlete, parent, and treating physician. Below is a brief outline of the guidelines for returning to athletics after a concussion and some links to additional information.
Baseline (Step 0): After a concussion is diagnosed, or suspected, the athlete should be immediately removed from participation in athletic activities. The athlete needs to symptom-free for a minimum of 24 hours before starting this phased recovery. Keep in mind, the younger the athlete, the more conservative the treatment.
Step 1: Light Aerobic Exercise
The Goal: only to increase an athlete’s heart...
The meniscus is a small disc of cartilage that sits between the thigh bone and the shin bone in the deep part of the knee.
Top Down View of Meniscus with Different types of meniscus tears
The knee joint has several important parts that allow the complex movement involved in rising from a chair, walking, and pivoting. Most of us take these movements for granted because we can do them hundreds of times in a single day without giving them any thought at all. But with a torn meniscus, even getting out of your car or walking across a parking lot can be a real challenge.
The meniscus is a small disc of cartilage that sits between the thigh bone and the shin bone in the deep part of the knee. There are actually two menisci in each knee, one in the inner half of the knee (the medial meniscus), the other in the outer half of the knee (the lateral meniscus). The meniscus serves to help even out the pressure in the knee when you are standing or walking. It also helps the knee move...
Everyone’s life is not the same and everyone’s needs are not the same so one of the things we have to keep in mind is that the answer is not that same for everyone.
In my last post I discussed the symptoms caused by a torn meniscus in the knee. Today we are going to cover the options for dealing with this problem.
One of the most difficult things in medicine is helping patients decide the best treatment for their individual situation. Everyone’s life is not the same and everyone’s needs are not the same so one of the things we have to keep in mind is that the answer is not that same for everyone.
Unless the knee is stuck and will not bend or straighten at all, a torn meniscus is not an emergency. You can take your time deciding what you want to do about it and not rush into making a decision. The initial treatment consists of activity restrictions, ice, and oral anti-inflammatory medication. Some...