Sprains, Strains and Contusions How to Recognize and Prevent the Aches and Pains Most Common to Athletic Play

By Mark J. Triffon, M.D.

Athletes of all skill levels are bound to suffer some degree of injury during play or even pre- or postgame. But, what exactly is your ailment and how should you treat it?

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WRIST FRACTURES COMMON AMONG YOUNG SOCCER PLAYERS

By Peter H. Edwards, Jr., M.D.

Young and old soccer players fall numerous times in each game and during practice. But, how canyou tell when a little wrist pain is more than a normal bump or bruise? When is an x-ray needed? These are questions parents frequently ask after their child’s fall results in wrist pain.

A fall on an outstretched hand or “foosh” injury can result in a contusion, a ligament injury, a sprain or a fracture. Differentiating between these injuries can be tricky. Obviously, if you notice a deformity or irregular bump, seek an evaluation from your physician. If a player complains of significant pain with motion of the wrist or resists using the hand and wrist after a fall, a parent should be concerned. If pain is not significantly better in 24-48 hours, an evaluation is needed.

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DOES YOUR LOWER LEG PAIN MEAN YOU HAVE SHIN SPLINTS?

By Peter H. Edwards, Jr., M.D.

“Shin splints” is a commonly used term that most soccer players apply to any pain between the knee and the ankle. Making this assumption is problematic as other causes of leg pain are often not recognized and treated. “Shin splints” is one of five conditions that commonly cause non-injury related leg pain. Other causes include stress fracture, nerve entrapment, tendonitis and exertional compartment syndrome. Treatment for each condition is different, ranging from rest to surgery. Thus, identifying the true cause of the pain is very important.

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TOTAL SHOULDER REPLACEMENT ON THE RISE AS EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR ARTHRITIS

By Joseph Mileti, M.D.

You can perform a total shoulder replacement? Hearing this inquisitive response is not uncommon when the concept of shoulder replacement surgery is presented to a patient or, surprisingly, even a primary care physician. Although not as common as total hip and knee replacements, shoulder arthroplasty has a comparable history and excellent results for patients suffering from shoulder arthritis.

Arthritis can arise in the shoulder for various reasons. Primary osteoarthritis is the most common cause, but the shoulder can be affected by rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, avascular necrosis and arthritis secondary to chronic irreparable rotator cuff tears.

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VIDEO: HIP ARTHROSCOPY VERSUS HIP REPLACEMENT

Are you experiencing pain in your hip? Dr. Ken Westerheide speaks on hip arthroscopy vs. hip replacement in this clip from a Strides in Medicine segment on Channel 6.


VIDEO: ARE YOUR SHOES SAFE FOR YOUR FEET?

Are your shoes safe for your feet? Learn more from Dr. Jonathan Feibel in this clip from FOX 28 news.


NEW PROCEDURE FOR HIP PAIN

Dr. Westerheide Offers New Procedure for Hip Pain.

Dr. Kenneth J. Westerheide is one of only a few physicians in the region trained to perform hip arthroscopy.

Columbus, Ohio - Kenneth J. Westerheide, MD is one of the only Ohio surgeons trained to perform a new outpatient procedure called hip arthroscopy. For those suffering from serious hip pain, this procedure may postpone the need for hip replacement surgery or eliminate it altogether.

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VISION COMES TO LIFE: THE CARDINAL ORTHOPAEDIC INSTITUTE OPENS NEW EAST-SIDE FACILITY WITH THE PATIENT IN MIND

The Cardinal Orthopaedic Institute is proud to announce the opening of its newest location in the Mount Carmel Medical Park, 170 Taylor Station Road. This new, 86,000 square-foot, facility merges two existing offices, at 259 Taylor Station Road and 85 McNaughten Road, into one comprehensive orthopedic care center, featuring the new Physical Therapy & Performance Center, Occupational Therapy and MRI.

The practice will continue seeing patients at its four other central Ohio locations in Hilliard, Westerville, Powell and Grove City. Of the total 22 physicians, 18 will hold regular office hours at the new office.

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INSPIRATION TRAVELS FROM LIBERIA TO DR. JOEL POLITI

Most who know her, refer to her as "Sister Theresa." In reality, she is not a nun, but to the 50 or so children she is raising in her Liberian orphanage - she is a saint. Theresa Dainsee resides in Nimba County, Liberia, where she operates an orphanage for children ranging in age from one to 18 years old. Her 56 years of good work and hard labor led to serious, chronic hip pain. Through an amazing chain of events, Theresa found her way to Dr. Joel Politi, who volunteered to provide her with a hip replacement.

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MICROSURGERY FOR TENNIS ELBOW

by Raymond K. Wurapa, M.D.

What is Tennis Elbow?

Tendonosis of the lateral elbow, also known as tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis, is a common orthopaedic complaint. Injury is most commonly associated with overuse of forearm muscles required in forearm rotation and wrist extension. A direct blow to the lateral elbow can also trigger lateral epicondylitis. Patients typically report severe pain over the lateral elbow and dorsal forearm with activity. Untreated, this condition may be self-limited, however a prolonged period of activity restriction can lead to significant deconditioning and weakness in the affected arm.

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