Sports Medicine FAQ

  1. What is an ACL tear, and how is it treated?
  2. How is runner’s knee treated?
  3. What are the treatment options for rotator cuff tears?
  4. Does Dr. Henderson preform arthroscopic knee surgery?
  5. How are meniscal tears treated?

1. What is an ACL tear, and how is it treated?

The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is a crucial component of the knee joint, providing stability and flexibility during movement. Even the slightest damage to the ACL can result in severe pain and difficulty walking. ACL tears are often the result of twisting the knee or direct force to the knee joint. Dr. Henderson will often recommend anti-inflammatory medications and bracing to manage initial pain; however, surgery is often required to return joint functioning, as ligaments are unable to heal on their own.

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2. How is runner’s knee treated?

Runner’s knee is a painful condition caused by damage to the kneecap and lower end of the thighbone. Damage to these components will often cause a constant dull aching pain at the front of the knee, as well as difficulty walking and bending the affected knee. Many patients are able to manage pain symptoms with a combination of pain medications, bracing, and orthotics. For those unable to relieve pain symptoms, Dr. Henderson will often suggest arthroscopic knee surgery to realign the joint components.

3. What are the treatment options for rotator cuff tears?

Treatment of rotator cuff tears will depend greatly on the severity of the tear. For partial tears, Dr. Henderson will often recommend a combination of steroid injections to decrease inflammation and physical therapy to restore joint flexibility. To treat full rotator cuff tears, arthroscopic shoulder surgery is frequently required to decrease pain symptoms and return joint strength. During the procedure, Dr. Henderson will use minimally invasive techniques to repair the torn tendons.

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4. Does Dr. Henderson preform arthroscopic knee surgery?

Yes, Dr. Henderson is renowned for his use of arthroscopic techniques to treat both acute and chronic knee pain. Arthroscopic techniques are often used during ACL reconstruction, partial knee replacement, and meniscal repair surgery. Due to the benefits of arthroscopic surgery, Dr. Henderson will use these techniques in other procedures as well, such as rotator cuff surgery. The benefits of arthroscopic surgery include less post-op pain, quicker recovery, and a more natural joint movement.

5. How are meniscus tears treated?

Meniscus tears are most frequently associated with high-impact sports, such as football, and often occur in conjunction with other knee injuries, such as ACL tears. There are three types of meniscus tears, minor, moderate, and severe. Treatment options will be determined by the degree of damage. Conservative treatments include rest, application of a cold compress, and anti-inflammatory medications; however, minimally invasive surgery is often required to remove and/or repair the damaged areas of the meniscus.

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