Monthly Archives: February 2016

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Understanding ACL Transplant Surgery

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Your ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, serves a vital role in overall knee stability. The ACL is responsible for keeping the shin bone in place. Any tears or damage in the ACL leaves the knee open to giving in on itself during physical activity. ACL reconstruction surgery is a means of reconstructing this vital ligament.


How Does ACL Reconstruction Work?19798795_l


During ACL reconstruction surgery, tissue (either from your own body or from a donor) is used to replace the damaged ligament. Tissue taken from your own body and used to replace the ligament is called an autograft. Tissue taken from a donor to replace the ligament is called an allograft. Regardless of where this tissue is taken from, the procedure is most commonly done under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Generally speaking, knee arthroscopic technology is used during the surgical procedure. With this technology, a small camera is inserted into the knee and allows the orthopedic surgeon to see the damaged ligament up close and perform the most complete replacement possible. Furthermore, the surgeon will use the camera to do a quick check of the surrounding tendons and ligaments to make sure there is no further damage to the knee area.


ACL Reconstruction takes place in four steps. These are:

  1. A shaver is used to remove the torn ligament.
  2. In autografts, the surgeon will make a larger cut and will remove the tissue from another part of your body to use in the knee ligament reconstruction.
  3. Tunnels are then created in the bone that allow for the ligament to be pulled through.
  4. The new ligament is attached to the bone with screws. As the knee heals, the bone tunnels will fill up, and this will be what holds the new ligament in place.


Who Is An Ideal Candidate For ACL Reconstruction Surgery?


ACL reconstruction surgery is used for anyone with a torn ACL that won’t recover otherwise. Patients experiencing the following symptoms are best suited for ACL reconstruction surgery.

  • Knees that give way or feel unstable during movement
  • Generalized knee pain
  • Injuries to the surrounding ligaments
  • An inability to continue physical activity because of the pain in the knee


Scheduling A Consultation


If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, call NJ Sports Medicine to request an appointment with an orthopedic specialist and get started on knee recovery.



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Common Hip Conditions In Athletes

As evidenced by Yankee superstar, Alex Rodriguez, hip injuries are an occupational hazard for athletes. Whether you’re a professional athlete, the quarterback for your high school’s football team or just love to play a game in your backyard, chances are hip pain will bring you to a sports medicine specialist at some point in your career. Due to increased pressures on athletes, longer and more intense practices, and a lack of understanding of preventative medicine, sport medicine doctors are reporting significant increases in hip injuries among athletes of all ages and levels. Below, we look at the most common hip injuries in athletes.


35689752_lCommon Hip Conditions In Athletes:

  1. Bursitis: Bursitis results from an inflammation of the cushion between the muscle and the hipbone. Most common in athletes participating in contact sports such as football and hockey, bursitis is characterized by pain at the point of the hipbone.
  2. Tendonitis: More common in athletes participating in endurance sports such as long-distance running; this condition results from inflammation of the tendons surrounding the hipbone.
  3. Hip Labral Tears: The labrum functions as a buffer surrounding the hip’s socket. Injury to this buffer resulting in a tear is a common injury for athletes and is characterized by groin pain and a “catching” sensation in the hip.
  4. Stress Fractures: Most commonly seen in long-distance runners, stress fractures result from repeated injury to the hipbone.
  5. Hip Impingement: Seen in young- to middle-aged athletes, this is the result of abnormally shaped bones that do not fit correctly together and, therefore, rub against one another during activity. Over time, this creates pain and causes injury.


Diagnosing and treating hip injuries should be left to a sports medicine specialist. The experienced team at NJ Sports Medicine can assess your injury, diagnose the condition, and offer you the least invasive treatment option. Our goal is the same for every injury — get you healthy and back in the game! Visit our site to request an appointment today!


Athletic injuries, discomfort, or that nagging sense you aren’t achieving your full potential? Game on. Here at New Jersey Sports Medicine, our experts are here to heal the injured and help players at every level unlock their best selves. If you’re ready to hit a home run for your health, contact us today and request an appointment.