Injured Athletes Require Special Approaches to Orthopedic Knee Surgery
ACL tears. Meniscal tears. Fractures. Dislocations.
These are just a handful of the traumatic knee injuries that athletes may experience. The knee is one of the most commonly injured anatomical regions among athletes of a wide number of sports, ranging from skiing and snowboarding to cycling and running.
Athletes and active people who have suffered orthopedic knee injuries need effective, targeted treatment; but, more so, they need care that is guided by the expertise of a specialist who is familiar with the nature of sports injuries and the particular needs of athletes.
At OrthoAspen, we are proud to feature elite-grade sports medicine for our active mountain-lifestyle patients, including top orthopedic knee surgeons.
Do I Need Orthopedic Knee Surgery?
At OrthoAspen, we are committed to providing patients with conservative care whenever possible. Many orthopedic injuries that affect the knee can be effectively treated using non-surgical knee treatment. Depending on the nature of the injury, these may include RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation), medications, physical therapy, exercises, assistive devices or lifestyle alterations.
For injured athletes, the treatments listed above may provide sufficient healing and relief for minor knee injuries, such as mild sprains and strains or hairline fractures. For more serious musculoskeletal injuries, such as ligament or tendon tears and traumatic fractures, a surgical solution may be advised.
Orthopedic knee surgery is more frequently recommended for athletes than for patients with less active lifestyles. That’s because the high-impact activity that athletes participate in can often inhibit full, long-term healing without surgical intervention. Likewise, the risk of repeat injuries is exaggerated among athletes unless surgery is utilized to fully repair the musculoskeletal damage caused by the initial injury. For many athletes, the choice is ultimately to either accept a major lifestyle alteration—the reduction or cessation of high-impact activity—or to undergo surgery.
Fortunately, OrthoAspen’s orthopedic knee surgeons are specially trained to treat injured athletes.
Why Choose an Orthopedic Knee Surgeon with Sports Medicine Expertise?
The goals of athletes (such as the long-term continuation of their sport or activity) are a key consideration in determining the best treatment methods and plans following a knee injury. In order for these goals and needs to be taken into proper consideration (including all the ways these goals can be achieved), your orthopedic knee specialist needs to be knowledgeable and experienced in the field of sports medicine.
At OrthoAspen, our surgeons not only specialize in sports medicine; they are also athletes themselves. That means they have elite clinical experience treating the knee injuries that most commonly afflict active persons. Likewise, it means that they share their patients’ love of active lifestyle—and, consequently, their recovery goals.
Among our team of surgeons and physicians are two knee specialists—Tomas Pevny, MD and Eleanor F. von Stade, MD—and sports medicine specialist Mark L. Purnell, MD. We are passionate about restoring patients’ active lifestyles and ensuring that they are preserved for years to come.
To learn more about our orthopedic knee surgeons and treatment plans, contact OrthoAspen today. We look forward to hearing from you.