OTRF fall newsletter covers three knee injuries, physical therapy frequency and latest on grass vs. turf

The Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Teaching and Research Foundation’s (OTRF) fall e-newsletter, Active Bones, looks at three knee injuries─dislocations, meniscal root tears and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair. The later article provides the personal perspective of an 11-year-old gymnast and her family on what ACL recovery is like. The issue also explores new research on the safety of  artificial turf (FieldTurf) compared to the safety of grass fields. Athletic surfaces have been attributed to knee injuries and new research compared artificial turf fields to natural grass fields within the context of high school, college, and professional sports.

Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller sustained a serious knee dislocation last year and remains on the team’s disabled list while he continues his rehab. Dr. Chudik examines the causes of knee dislocations in this issue as well as treatment options and the rehabilitation needed to return to sport. Because rehabilitation is a critical part of any injury recovery, the issue also has a research-based article on the importance of physical therapy and the frequency needed for a successful recovery.

Meniscal tears are common knee injuries in many sports, but recently there has been an increased focus on meniscal root tears. Dr. Chudik uses this opportunity to explain the injury, treatment and recovery, as well as its connection to cartilage wear and other knee injuries.

If you’d like to receive future issues of Active Bones, please email your request to contactus@chudikmd.com/ and you will be added to the email distribution list. Past issues of the newsletter are available on the OTRF website at http://www.otrfund.org/e-newsletter/.

For more information about OTRF, its mission, educational and volunteer opportunities, visit the website at www.otrfund.org/.

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