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Charlie Peterson, MD Dr. Peterson is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon whom completed his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine, where he graduated magna cum laude and was involved in several research projects in the orthopedic and internal medicine fields. While there, he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, a prestigious medical school honor society. Dr. Peterson went on to complete orthopedic residency training at the Mayo Clinic, widely regarded as one of the premier orthopedic institutions in the world.
Wednesday, September 25th
5300 Tallman Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Several prominent figures for this year’s World Cup event have been lost to injuries. The list includes:
Leg fractures to rolled ankles have plagued this year’s field of players throughout the world. It’s not unusual for injuries to strike before the World Cup, due in part to the increasing demand on players during the club season and the brief turnaround before reporting to national team duty ahead of the sport’s premier competition.
Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, which puts on the World Cup, blamed “too long a [club] season and always the same players [from the elite clubs] are always in the same competitions. Now they are tired.”
Fatigue is not responsible for all injuries. Muscular ailments occur at all stages of the season, while missteps and reckless tackles are also to blame. Falcao suffered a knee injury in January.
According to U.S. midfielder, Michael Bradley, “There [are] certain things as players you do to try to prevent injuries, to try to stay fit, but at the end of the day, you step on the field, you play, you leave everything out on the field and unfortunately things happen at times.” He goes on to say, “No player ever wants to see anybody else get hurt and have to miss a big game, a big tournament.”
Common soccer injuries include:
Treatment options to soccer injuries include:
Orthopedic Specialists would like to offer the following tips for preventing soccer injuries:
According to Dr. Peterson, “Two of the challenges the US team will have to face in addition to the “Group of Death” pairings are travel and heat. They will travel over 6000 miles during the preliminaries, and will be playing at least on of their games deep in the Amazon rain forest in the middle of summer! In these situations, it’s very important to work on hydration, proper diet, and sleep. Proper hydration is occurring when one’s urine is fairly clear to clear. Proper diet varies, but usually should include a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and minimal fried foods and alcohol. Sleep can be tough with airplane travel.
Try to have a standard time to go to bed, and getting at least 8 hours per night is important. If it is hard to fall asleep, natural sleep aids like melatonin can help. Good luck, USA and Sounders players!”
If you believe you are suffering from a soccer-related injury and need specialized orthopedic care, Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle provide excellent treatment options available for you. Please feel free to contact OSS at (206) 633-8100 to schedule an appointment.
The medial collateral ligament (MCL), located on the inside portion of the knee, is one of the more common sporting injuries to the lower extremity. It is usually an “acute” injury, meaning that it happens suddenly due to trauma. In sports, the athlete may take a sudden blow to the outside of the knee, creating excessive tensile force to the MCL, such as being tackled in football. This injury also occurs commonly in sports where the ankle is immobilized such as hockey and downhill skiing, where the ankle is stabilized in a skate or boot. This immobilization leaves the knee to absorb the full impact of a collision or fall and increases the risk of knee injury.
The skeletal anatomy of the knee consists of three bones. The thigh bone, medically termed the femur connects with the shin bone, called the tibia. In the front of the knee is the knee cap, or the patella. Holding these bones together are the four major knee ligaments. Two are located deep within the joint and are called cruciate ligaments. They prevent excessive forward and backward motion, as well as rotation. The remaining two are the collateral ligaments, and are located on the sides of the knee. Their job is to prevent lateral, or sideways, motion of the knee. The MCL is located on the inside of the knee joint and prevents the knee from collapsing inward. In addition to the bones and ligaments, the knee has two cartilage pads called the medial meniscus and lateral meniscus. These pads act as shock absorbers within the knee.
Types of MCL Injury
Tears to the MCL are usually a result of direct trauma, either from a blow to the outside of the knee, such as with a football tackle, or a fall that pushes the lower leg sideways. Partial tears will cause varying degrees of instability within the knee, and are often treated successfully with conservative interventions including bracing and physical therapy to strengthen the surrounding musculature. Complete tears may cause significant instability in the knee, especially if in combination with other ligament injuries such as the ACL.
If isolated, even high-grade MCL tears can still often be treated with bracing alone. However, such tears often occur in conjunction with other structures such as the medial meniscus or the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The medial meniscus has a direct connection to the MCL, making it particularly susceptible to injury during an acute MCL sprain. Should this be the case, surgical intervention may be required to restore full function due to the degree of instability caused by multiple injuries.
MCL tears are most often treated successfully without surgery. With significant tears there may be an initial degree if instability following injury. A hinged knee brace may be prescribed to limit control of this aberrant movement. As the ligament heals, your orthopedic surgeon may refer you to physical therapy to strengthen the leg musculature surrounding the knee, and also to restore normal movement patterns that may have been disrupted following injury and immobilization. Patients are able to perform most of their normal daily activities during this process, with the possible exception of high intensity athletics, and generally have very good outcomes following four to eight weeks of rehabilitation.
In cases where non-operative treatment has failed or in some multiple ligament injuries, the surgeon will recommend repair or reconstruction surgery. This means that the damaged MCL will be repaired with sutures if possible. If that is not possible, then a new ligament can be fashioned from a soft-tissue “graft,” a piece of tendon taken from either the patient or a cadaver. A small incision is made to gain access to the area, and the repair made, or the tendon graft is anchored in place with surgical screws.
Following surgery, there will be a period of immobilization, followed by physical therapy. The duration and intensity of the rehabilitation process is dependent on the type of MCL repair or reconstruction, and the other injuries present. In most cases, patients can return to full function including athletics at the conclusion of treatment.
Patients, who have been suffering from chronic arthritis throughout their lives, have a new treatment option worth investigating. The new treatment is one Dr. Peterson is proud to be offering to his patients. Patients, that could not find relief before, may find relief with Gel-One. Zimmer Corporation, the company that developed Gel-One, created a brand new single use injection that is unlike the older ones on the market. This product has no false injections into the knee.
The current treatment method, when used in patients who have had their arthritis for over a decade, has only around a 50 percent chance of actually relieving the pain of arthritis of the knee for an extended period of time. Those who find success with it have relief that lasts approximately 6 months, on average.
A second aspect of the current method of treatment is that even if the hyaluronic acid injection is successful in providing relief, some methods of therapy require a patient undergo multiple injections weekly, typically three to five per week depending on the severity of the arthritic pain.
The Gel-One product by the Zimmer Corporation is not the first single-use injection treatment to be offered on the market. The previously used injection often provided an amount to be injected that was not sufficient to properly reduce pain and inflammation in the knee, producing what is affectionately called a pseudosepsis (fake infection). The Zimmer Corporation has worked hard to counter this first injection option by working to produce one that is much more effective while being processed in a way that still allows for delivery in a single use injection system.
Gel-One however has been clinically tested in a controlled study group to confirm that it does not produce a pseudosepsis effect. The study consisted of 379 randomized patients, which 248 of them receiving the Gel-One formula. The patients were compared to the control at the thirteenth week beyond the baseline and demonstrated a greater amount of pain relief, averaging out at approximately 40% reduced amount of pain.
Also in this study there were no unexpected side effects observed, lending to the confidence our clinic has in this product as a new therapy option for those with chronic arthritic pain.
Dr. Peterson offers Gel-One to his patients, and early results seem promising. He is continuing to use other forms of hyaluronic acid for those patients who have done well with them, and prefer not to switch.
If you would like to discuss your arthritis treatment options and find out if Gel-One is right for you, make an appointment with Dr. Peterson at Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle. OSS is a comprehensive orthopedic practice.