TSAOG sports medicine specialist and member of the Burkhart Research Institute for Orthopaedics (BRIO) Dr. Christian Balldin presented last week at the Vail International Complex Knee Symposium (VICKS). Surgeons from around the world attended the symposium to learn from the world renowned faculty participating in this year’s event.
Dr. Balldin gave a lecture on “Popliteus and Posterior Oblique Ligament Tears: Anatomic Treatment and Outcomes.” He also performed a live surgical demonstration of a posterolateral corner (PLC) reconstruction and taught multiple procedures to the attendees on cadaver specimens during wet lab sessions. VICKS 2015 was an anatomic-based symposium, focused on the reconstruction of many of the the ligament, mensiscus, and malalignment issues that can occur around the knee as well as the latest techniques in knee arthroscopy.
Dr. Christian Balldin is an orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine, with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group. He treats patients aged 3 years and older for any sports-related injury as well as conditions of the shoulder, hip, and knee. He has a special interest in mutiligamentous knee reconstruction. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Balldin, please call 210.281.9595.
Back in May, we looked at the worrisome spike in MLB pitchers undergoing “Tommy John” elbow ligament reconstruction surgery. There are several risk factors that place pitchers at risk for shoulder and elbow injuries, but one of the most common is throwing too many pitches with too little rest (overuse).
A new study, published last month in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, investigated whether MLB pitchers from warm weather areas (like Texas) had higher rates of Tommy John surgery than those from cold weather areas. The results showed that the risk of undergoing Tommy John surgery was 2.3 times higher for pitchers who played high school in warm areas versus cold. The warm weather pitchers also had surgery at a younger age and after fewer MLB seasons than the cold weather pitchers.
Could this be because kids from warmer climates tend to play more year-around baseball than those from colder climates? Are our kids at risk of “throwing out” their arms earlier because warm weather leads to more pitches, increasing their chances of overuse injuries? Since the study did not present specific details on seasons played or innings pitched for these players, we won’t know the answers to these questions until further research is done.
However, this study lends further support to those who advocate for careful monitoring of our young throwers. Players and parents should know the recommended pitch counts and rest intervals published by the American Sports Medicine Institute and Little League Baseball to help reduce the risk of injury.
Dr. Robert U. Hartzler is an orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in shoulder and elbow surgery. He treats patients aged 6 years and older for any sports-related injury with a focus on conditions of the shoulder and elbow. His special interests include elbow arthroscopy, arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction, and total shoulder replacement. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hartzler, please call 210.281.9595.
Orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. Christian Balldin was interviewed this week by WOAI Radio regarding the developing trend of using stem cell therapy to speed recovery from certain sports injuries. Check out the full interview: http://www.woai.com/articles/woai-local-news-sponsored-by-five-119078/stem-cells-being-used-to-boost-12981179/
Stem cell therapy in the field of orthopedics has been in the news a lot lately, with several high profile athletes – including Peyton Manning and Rafael Nadal – seeking the treatment out to boost their recoveries.
Mesenchymal stem cell therapy is now being offered by The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group. According to Dr. Balldin, “We are starting to apply it in a multitude of areas, including sports injuries, whether it be into actual joints, or to allow for a quicker recovery of ligament sprains and also for low back pain.” He says that stem cell therapy also can be “useful in recovery from common sports injuries, including rotator cuff injuries and tennis elbow.”
Learn more about orthopedic stem cell therapy at The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group.
Dr. Christian Balldin is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine. He treats patients aged 3 years and up for any sports-related injury as well as conditions of the shoulder, hip, and knee. His special interests include complex knee reconstruction and shoulder arthroscopy. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Balldin, please call 210.281.9595.