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What is Jumper’s Knee?

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Patellar tendinitis is an inflammatory condition which affects the tendon connecting the kneecap (also known as the patella) to the shin bone. The patella plays a big role in the way you use your leg. It helps to extend the knee for activities like running, jumping and kicking. Patellar tendinitis is commonly known as “jumper’s knee” because it occurs in athletes who play sports that involve frequent jumping, such as in volleyball and basketball. Repeated stress on the patellar tendon results in tiny tears to the tendon. The body attempts to repair these tears, but as the number of tears increases, pain and inflammation results, as well as a weakening of the tendon. If left untreated, you could develop a more chronic condition known as patellar tendinopathy.

Symptoms of Jumper’s Knee

Knee pain is one of the first signs that indicates you may be experiencing patellar tendinitis. The pain typically is centered between the kneecap and the shinbone. The pain may be present only when you participate in physical activity, or just after an intense workout. The pain could progress to the point where it begins to affect your performance in sports and may interfere with everyday things such as climbing the stairs or getting up from a chair.

When to Seek Treatment for Jumper’s Knee

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If you experience knee pain as an athlete, you may decide to try self-care methods first, such as icing the area, and reducing or avoiding activities that worsen your symptoms. If, even following these basic treatments and activity modifications, your pain begins to inhibit your daily activities, or is associated with swelling or redness, contact your doctor. At his practice in Beverly Hills, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Meier provides patients with treatment for knee ligament injuries.

Risk Factors for Developing Patellar Tendinitis

There are a number of different factors which can contribute to a higher risk of developing patellar tendinitis. These factors include the following:

  • Intensity and frequency of physical activity. Sports that involve repeated jumping such as basketball and volleyball tend to put athletes at an associated risk of developing patellar tendinitis.
  • Increases in the intensity or frequency of activity. New, or more strenuous activity can put a high amount of stress on the tendon.
  • Cramped, tightened leg muscles. Decreased flexibility in the quadriceps and hamstrings could increase the strain on your patellar tendon.
  • Muscular imbalance. If some muscles in your legs have more strength than others, the stronger muscles could pull harder on your patellar tendon. These imbalanced forces pulling on your knee could cause tendinitis.

Treatment for Jumper’s Knee

Your doctor may prescribe medications or recommend over the counter pain relief products to lessen short term pain from patellar tendinitis. Physical therapy may also provide relief from pain. Stretching and strengthening exercises can be a useful tool in treating jumper’s knee. If these simple treatments aren’t working to relieve the pain, your doctor may recommend a more invasive treatment, such as an anti-inflammatory injection or possibly even surgery.

Contact an Orthopedic Specialist in Los Angeles Today!

Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine can help with the treatment and prevention of Patellar Tendinitis. If you are experiencing knee pain, contact Dr. Meier today at (310) 777-7845 or fill out an online contact form.

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Recurrent Shoulder Dislocation

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Shoulder dislocation refers to the ball of the shoulder coming displaced from the socket. A complete dislocation happens when the ball comes fully out of the socket, while a partial dislocation happens when the ball slips only partially out then goes back in again. This often happens – especially for athletes – as a result of a collision or fall. And because the shoulder is the least stable and most mobile of all the joints in the body, it is also the most vulnerable to dislocation.

Shoulder dislocations are grouped on the basis of the direction in which the ball comes out of the socket. The most common types of dislocations for athletes are anterior, posterior, and inferior dislocations. An anterior dislocation occurs when the ball dislocates to the front of the socket. A posterior dislocation occurs when the ball dislocates to the back of the socket. And an inferior dislocation occurs when the ball dislocates below the socket. In a small number of patients, the shoulder joint can dislocate without a prior history of injury or strain. These patients often experience multidirectional instability, which means the shoulder ball may dislocate to the front, back, or bottom of the shoulder.

The Dangers of Recurrent Dislocation

Recurrent dislocation refers to a patient experiencing repeated dislocations of the same shoulder joint. When this happens a patient is said to have chronic shoulder instability. This instability may come from a traumatic dislocation (dislocation due to an impact such as a fall or collision). It may also come from a gradual stretching of the joint due to a repetitive injury or movement. In some cases it can also come from a generalize looseness of ligaments in the shoulder.

Recurrent Dislocation Diagnosis and Treatment

Patients with a recurring dislocation are those who have experienced repeated episodes of dislocation, often after injury. This dislocation may be either partial or complete. The doctor will diagnose this based on the patient’s history and physical symptoms. When the dislocation is partial, shoulder instability may only show as episodes of discomfort or pain. Certain tests can also be performed to help identify recurrent shoulder dislocations. These include X-ray, MRI, and CT scan.

When a shoulder is dislocated for the first time it is treated by manipulating ball back in to the joint. Once the shoulder is returned to the joint, the arm is immobilized for 3-6 weeks with a sling. Athletes who use the shoulder frequently and at high intensity may require surgery after the first dislocation to reduce the risk of chronic instability in the future.

Recurrent shoulder dislocations can be treated in a variety of ways. Non-surgical treatment is used primarily for those with a sedentary lifestyle and are able to restrict movement. For athletes, however, the most common treatment is surgery. There are several types of surgery used for recurrent shoulder dislocation. Your doctor will discuss the specifics of each procedure when the need arises. After surgery, the arm is immobilized in a sling for a period of 3-6 weeks to allow it to heal. Generally, athletes will take several months to return to full pre-operative status. The exact amount of time depends on the specific activities involved.

If you are suffering from recurrent shoulder dislocation, contact our office today for a consultation. You can call us at (310) 777-7845 or send us an email.

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STUDY: Rotator Cuff Repair Healing May Be Enhanced by Platelet Rich Plasma

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A recent study revealed that using platelet rich plasma (PRP) during a rotator cuff repair may enhance healing. The findings of this study are significant because there had been little prior evidence of the benefits of using PRP during rotator cuff repair. This was the first controlled study to demonstrate the positive effects of PRP.

If you have suffered a tear to your rotator cuff and are interested in learning about treatment options, as well as the use of platelet rich plasma treatment during rotator cuff repair, please feel free to contact Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine, a renowned private orthopedic practice in Beverly Hills. Dr. Steven Meier is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, and he specializes in innovative procedures, including minimally invasive arthroscopic shoulder surgery.

PRP and Rotator Cuff Repair Study

rotator-cuff-tear-repair-enhanced-by-prpThe PRP study, published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, examined the effect of PRP used along with rotator cuff repair in rabbits. The study was the first controlled laboratory study on the effects of PRP in addition to rotator cuff repair, making it significant because a controlled study provides a higher level of scientific evidence than other studies commonly performed.

In this investigation, both shoulders in each rabbit were treated with rotator cuff repair, one including PRP and the other without. The shoulders which were not treated with PRP served as the control, or comparison group. This method allowed the investigators to see if the addition of PRP to the repair made any difference in each rabbit by comparing the right and left shoulders.

The study showed that healing was enhanced when PRP treatment was added alongside the repair. As the authors point out, although these results are encouraging, it cannot be automatically assumed that the PRP would have the same effect in humans, and further investigation will be necessary.

Rotator Cuff Repair and Surgery

A torn rotator cuff involves the tearing of shoulder tendons, often causing shoulder pain and difficulty moving the shoulder. While in some cases conservative methods (such as corticosteroid injections, rest, and physical therapy) are sufficient for treatment, more severe torn rotator cuff cases require surgical treatment. Rotator cuff surgery can be performed arthroscopically, which allows for a better view inside the joint, as well as smaller incisions on the outside. During the procedure, an orthopedic surgeon inserts an arthroscope (a tiny camera that connects to a monitor in the operating room) into a small incision called a portal, and performs the rotator cuff repair while watching the monitor.

Because Dr. Meier utilizes the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques in his rotator cuff repair, patients typically enjoy a faster recovery time than with more invasive procedures.

Schedule a Rotator Cuff Evaluation With a Top Surgeon in Los Angeles

Dr. Meier is a leading expert in the most advanced shoulder surgery techniques, and specializes in minimally invasive arthroscopic shoulder surgery. If you have suffered a rotator cuff tear and are interested in learning more about your treatment options, please contact Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine in Los Angeles. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Meier, world-renowned orthopedic Beverly Hills surgeon, by calling (310) 777-7845 or by filling out our online contact form.

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Knee Arthritis Not Caused by Running, According to Study

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Despite the popular misconception that running causes knee arthritis, a new study has shown that not only does running not cause knee arthritis, but it also may even be beneficial for knee health. For the many people who regularly go running concerned about the deterioration of their knee joints in later years, this study suggests that long distance running is as harmful to your body as walking.

It is important to note that patients who already suffer from knee joint problems, such as osteoarthritis should still consult with a doctor before running or participating in other cardiovascular activities. At Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine in Los Angeles, Dr. Steven Meier and his team diagnose and treat conditions of the knee. If you would like to learn about your knee arthritis treatment options, please contact our Beverly Hills facilities today at (310) 777-7845.

Running Poses No More Risk Than Walking for Developing Knee Arthritis

The new study on knee arthritis, published at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, found that the force of impact (which occurs during running) is three times that of walking. However, because a person’s strides are longer when running, the force of the impact evens out between runners and walkers across long distances. Therefore, the study showed that, over time, the “pounding” associated with the impact from running is actually equivalent to the low-impact effect of walking.

The Queen’s University study came on the heels of a July study conducted at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which examined 75,000 runners. This particular study found that the presence of osteoarthritis was very rare among the runners. These findings begged the question of exactly why runners were not more at risk for osteoarthritis than non-runners, despite the common perception that running damages the knee joints over time. To answer this question, the researchers at Queen’s University conducted research to determine the reason for this lack of osteoarthritis found in long-term runners. They concluded that running essentially has the same effect on the knees as walking.

In addition to these findings, the Queen’s University study also showed that running may actually be beneficial for the knee joints. According to the study, “cyclical loading” (in which force is applied to the joint, immediately removed, and then applied again) can increase strength in knee cartilage because it helps the cartilage divide and replenish tissue.

So, for runners with no prior knee conditions, this cardiovascular activity is actually very beneficial to your health in many ways.

Knee Arthroscopy in Los Angeles

If you do suffer from joint pain and are concerned that you may have knee arthritis or another ailment, you could choose to undergo a diagnostic knee arthroscopy. During the procedure, your orthopedic surgeon will examine the knee cartilage and inside of the knee joint in order to determine what (if any) condition or disease is present. If your surgeon detects arthritis within the knee, he can treat the condition during the diagnostic arthroscopy, removing any damaged cartilage and repairing the inside of the joint. This minimally invasive procedure requires only two small incisions and can be performed on an outpatient basis, which means that you can go home the same day of your surgery. Talk to your primary care physician about this or contact an renowned orthopedic specialist like Dr. Meier.

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At Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine, we understand how important being able to run is for those who exercise regularly. If you suffer from knee arthritis, joint pain, or another condition of the knee, please don’t hesitate to contact our Beverly Hills office and learn about your treatment options. You can schedule a consultation online or call us at (310) 777-7845.

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Dr. Meier Discusses Tony Stewart’s Injury in USA Today Article

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On August 6, 2013, an article published on USA Today’s national online site discussed the leg injury NASCAR driver Tony Stewart suffered in a crash recently, which has become a popular topic in sports media. This particular article discussed how Stewart will need surgery for his Grade II fracture of both the tibia and the fibula, and how his absence might affect NASCAR this season.

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Dr. Steven Meier, world-renowned orthopedic surgeon at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine in Los Angeles, offered his professional opinion and predictions regarding Tony Stewart’s injury.

Dr. Meier’s Expert Opinion on Tony Stewart’s Injury

Dr. Meier, who was quoted in the article as a Beverly Hills orthopedic surgeon and medical expert in sports injuries, said that “the Grade II designation implies that the soft tissue envelope was breached and the fractured bones were exposed and protruding through the skin.”

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However, while tibia fractures tend to take about three to four months to heal, which may put the star NASCAR driver out for the rest of the racing season, Dr. Meier said that if the bones are rigidly fixed with an intramedullary surgical rod (as he predicts will happen), then Stewart’s return to his Number 14 Chevrolet could be sooner than expected, unless there are complicating factors.

Contact Dr. Meier in Beverly Hills Today

If you have suffered a sports injury or have another condition affecting your bones or joints, please don’t hesitate to contact Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine today. You can schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Meier by calling (310) 777-7845 or by filling out our online contact form!

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Overcoming Muscle Atrophy After ACL Reconstruction

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Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are one of the most devastating knee injuries. The ACL is critical to knee stability, and when torn, it often requires surgical reconstruction followed by up to a year of rigorous physical therapy.

One of the greatest challenges to recovering from an ACL tear is the prevention of and rehabilitation from muscle atrophy. Atrophy is the weakening or loss of muscle tissue resulting from disuse.

To learn more about treatment or recovery from an ACL injury, please contact Dr. Meier in Los Angeles today at (310) 777-7845 to schedule a consultation.

What Happens After an ACL Tear?

The first sensation patients typically describe during an ACL injury is a “pop” in the knee, followed by:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness

The ACL, located deep within the knee joint, cannot repair itself once torn. Minor damage to the ligament may be overcome with rest and a proper physical therapy program. However, surgery is recommended for those who experience knee instability after an ACL injury.

During arthroscopic ACL reconstruction, the torn ACL is replaced with a new piece of tissue made into a graft and inserted into the bones through a few small incisions in order to restore the structure of the ACL.

Following the minimally invasive outpatient procedure, nine to twelve months of ACL rehabilitation are required in order to restore stability to the knee. The main focus early on is to improve range of motion in the knee joint. Later, therapy shifts towards regaining strength in the weakened muscles around the knee that have atrophied since the surgery from disuse.

Avoiding Muscle Atrophy after ACL Surgery

The more proactive a patient can be immediately following ACL surgery, the better the results. It is recommended that patients in Los Angeles, start the following soon after surgery:

  • Walking
  • Weight bearing
  • Doing safe quadriceps exercises several times a day

Patients who do this typically develop less atrophy than those who try to “baby” their leg after surgery.

Though early activity is encouraged, it is important to adhere to the guidelines set forth in your ACL rehabilitation program. Exercise that is too rigorous can overstress the knee and increase the risk of re-injury. Ultimately, a proper balance of commitment and patience will greatly improve your chances of a successful and timely recovery.

To learn more about ACL surgery, visit WebMD.com.

Contact a Beverly Hills Orthopedic Surgeon

Steven W. Meier, MD, Director of Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine in Los Angeles, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in sports medicine and minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Meier and his team utilize the most advanced medical knowledge and innovative surgical techniques to help ensure the best possible recovery from an ACL injury. Contact Dr. Meier today at (310) 777-7845 to schedule an appointment for consultation in our Beverly Hills office.

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Will Exercise Help or Worsen Existing Knee Arthritis?

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Will physical activity alleviate or aggravate my arthritis symptoms? This is a common question asked by individuals diagnosed with knee arthritis, a condition in which wear and tear on the knee leads to the breakdown of articular cartilage lining the joint. As this protective layer of knee cartilage degrades, inflammation and bone-on-bone interactions within the knee can become a chronic source of joint pain and stiffness.

By engaging in regular and appropriate exercise, many individuals with arthritis in the knee see improvements in their pain, physical function, quality of life, and general well-being. In fact, a carefully planned exercise routine is typically the first line of treatment for osteoarthritis patients.

Steven W. Meier, MD is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the comprehensive treatment of osteoarthritis as well as injuries of the knee and shoulder. As a highly experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate physician, Dr. Meier is regarded as one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Beverly Hills and is recognized internationally as an expert in cutting-edge and regenerative treatments.

How Much Is Too Much for Arthritis in the Knee?

While physical activity has numerous benefits for individuals with arthritis, exercise that is too frequent or rigorous can aggravate arthritis symptoms and cause further damage to the knee joint. In order to reduce pain and improve joint mobility and flexibility, activity should be limited to stretching and low-impact exercises. Endurance and resistance activities, such as walking, cycling, swimming, and other water-based exercises, are considered to be the most effective.

Before engaging in an exercise routine to help with knee osteoarthritis, it is important to consult an experienced orthopedic surgeon to outline a treatment plan that is appropriate for your specific condition. In addition to regular physical activity, your surgeon may recommend the following lifestyle changes to delay progression of the condition and provide symptomatic relief:

  • Losing weight (if overweight) can help relieve weight stresses from the knees and make movement during activities easier
  • Eating a healthy and balanced diet in order to nourish the body and replace depleted resources
  • Getting the proper amount of rest each night to get the most benefits from this daily period of time during which the body regenerates itself

What if Lifestyle Changes Don’t Help Osteoarthritis?

As a degenerative condition, it is quite common for osteoarthritis or knee arthritis to gradually worsen over time. When lifestyle changes fail to improve symptoms of knee arthritis, patients have several treatment options. Corticosteroid and artificial joint fluid injections can provide temporary relief from pain and stiffness. More invasive, but highly effective, surgical options include osteotomy, total and partial knee replacement. In some cases, small cartilage defects can be trimmed or even repaired using minimally invasive arthroscopic knee surgery.

The most advanced solution to early-stage knee arthritis, however, is an emerging group of orthopedic procedures known collectively as cartilage restoration. These highly innovative, cutting-edge techniques aim to regenerate cartilage and restore natural integrity to the joint. One form of cartilage restoration that has been perfected by Dr. Meier, known as Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI Surgery), involves the removal, growth, and re-implantation of healthy cartilage cells, which are taken from the patient and later put into the damaged area of their joint. Though the procedure will only be of benefit for certain patients whose conditions and pattern of joint damage meet a strict set of criteria, ACI surgery is often the most effective method to dramatically repair cartilage damage and ensure that a patient can return to activity with little residual pain.

Dr. Meier is highly qualified to perform ACI surgery, and is one of the select few orthopedic surgeons in the United States who specializes in cartilage restoration. If you suffer from early-stage osteoarthritis or have a localized cartilage defect, Dr. Meier can assess your eligibility for arthroscopic surgery, ACI surgery, or other cartilage restoration and pain-relieving procedures.

Contact an Orthopedic Surgeon in Beverly Hills

Dr. Steven Meier is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in sports medicine and minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery. As a leading expert in the field of joint restoration, Dr. Meier offers a variety of cutting-edge therapies for the treatment of osteoarthritis and joint degeneration. Find out more by contacting Beverly Hills orthopedic surgeon Steven Meier, M.D. at (310) 777-7845. You may also fill out our contact form and a representative from Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine will be in touch with you shortly!

Beverly Hills Orthopedic Surgeon Goes to Egypt to Perform Innovative Surgery

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As a leading expert in the field of orthopedic surgery, Steven Meier, MD, is actively involved in the education of physicians and healthcare providers around the world. In May of 2010, Dr. Meier traveled to Cairo, Egypt to share the latest minimally invasive innovations of orthopedic surgery with one of the world’s oldest civilizations.

Dr. Meier, a Beverly Hills orthopedic surgeon, traveled to the Helmia Hospital and Medical Center in Cairo with his humanitarian foundation “Arthroscopy Worldwide”. As a guest of the Egyptian government, Dr. Meier was encouraged to perform patient consultations and utilize his expertise of the latest minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques. A collegial atmosphere was maintained throughout the trip as Egyptian surgeons traveled from surrounding areas to observe Dr. Meier and assist in some of the surgical cases.

Since Helmia Hospital is a government-owned healthcare facility, a significant percentage of patients were members of the Egyptian military. Many of these patients had sustained common athletic injuries and required treatments such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction of the knee and arthroscopic shoulder instability repair. Other injuries encountered by Dr. Meier and his team included tears to the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and lateral collateral ligament (LCL), meniscus and cartilage injury requiring osteochondral graft transfer for cartilage restoration, and rotator cuff tears requiring arthroscopic repair.

This marked Dr. Meier’s second outreach trip to Egypt through Arthroscopy Worldwide. Upon returning to Cairo, Dr. Meier noted numerous improvements and technological advancements that had been implemented since his first visit six years before.

“The improvements that we recommended for surgical equipment after the last visit have enhanced the ability to perform minimally invasive surgery substantially. Particularly the arthroscopic fluid pump systems which help to regulate saline pressure and flow which is so important for visualization during arthroscopic procedures. Introducing all-arthroscopic procedures during the last visit was very difficult due to fluid management inconsistencies. The improvements in equipment, however, made it possible to possible to perform the most advanced all-arthroscopic reconstructions during the recent visit,” said Dr. Meier.

Dr. Meier added that, “The available surgical instrumentation has been improved as well through local industry support. Good ‘customer service’ is so important for these technically-demanding procedures which require extensive instrumentation and implant selections. International companies such as Depuy Mitek play a major role in outreach programs like this by providing instrumentation in good working order and local representatives to provide on-site technical support for their systems.”

In his more recent trip, Dr. Meier introduced several new concepts to the repertoire of the local surgeons. Most notable were the performance of shoulder instability repair in the lateral position with the arthroscope in the superior portal and a “balanced repair” of the inferior glenohumeral ligament with emphasis on anatomic repair (Meier et al. “Anatomic Repair Optimizing Biologic Healing Potential”).

Additionally, Dr. Meier introduced a novel technique for ACL reconstruction surgery involving the anteromedial portal for anatomic placement of the femoral and tibial tunnels. Over the years, ACL reconstruction has become increasingly common in Egypt and is a common procedure performed on football (known as soccer in the U.S.) players and other athletes.

While a significant number of surgeries were performed during the trip, Dr. Meier and his team managed to set aside time for sightseeing of wonders such as the Cairo Museum, the Pyramids of Giza, and the seaside resort of Sharm El Sheikh. When asked to recall his favorite moment of the trip, Dr. Meier replied, “It was gratifying to see the progress the surgeons have made in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery in just 6 years.  And I look forward to witnessing the further advancements made upon my next trip!”

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Beverly Hills Orthopedic Surgeon Steven W. Meier, M.D.

Steven Meier, MD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in sports medicine and advanced arthroscopic procedures. As a leader in the field of orthopedic surgery, Dr. Meier offers a number of innovative, joint-preserving therapies for the treatment of sports-related injuries.

To learn more about Dr. Meier’s practice or to schedule an initial consultation, you may contact us by calling (310) 777-7845.

Dr. Meier Travels to Thailand to Teach Advanced Arthroscopy

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As a leading expert in minimally invasive and regenerative orthopedic techniques, Dr. Steven Meier is frequently called upon to teach physicians around the world. From October 26 to November 1, 2009, Dr. Meier was invited as the featured speaker and guest instructor for a surgical training event held in Bangkok and Pattaya, Thailand. Participant surgeons traveled from Japan, China, Vietnam, and South Korea to attend several days of instructional courses led by Dr. Meier.

In recent years, Bangkok has become the epicenter of orthopedic training for practicing surgeons throughout Asia. At Chulalongkorn University, one of Thailand’s oldest academic medical institutions, a massive state-of-the-art training facility complete with cadaver specimens and simulation equipment was constructed to accommodate the growing interest in advanced surgical techniques. In addition to its geographic advantage, local Buddhist customs consider it an honor to donate one’s body to science and the medical community. For this reason, Bangkok has access to an immense supply of cadaveric tissue specimens that are much more difficult to obtain throughout the rest of the world.

During his first lecture in Thailand, Dr. Meier led the Arthroscopic Knee and Shoulder Surgical Technique Course at the prestigious Chulalongkorn University Hospital. Shoulder topics in this series included new arthroscopic rotator cuff and instability repair techniques. Knee topics included anatomic anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction techniques as well as meniscus repair and osteochondral graft transfer methods of cartilage restoration.

dr-meier-thailand-3After wrapping up the training program in Bangkok, Dr. Meier traveled to the city of Pattaya to give several presentations at the Sixth Annual Conference for the International Society for Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT). His first lecture, entitled “Treatment for Multiple Ligament Knee Injury”, covered orthopedic management and reconstruction of knee dislocations, ACL, PCL, MCL, and LCL injuries as well as meniscus and cartilage damage. In a second lecture, Dr. Meier discussed “Double-Row Repair in Rotator Cuff Repair” and participated in a Q&A panel to address the current literature and controversies surrounding rotator cuff repair.

Advancing Orthopedic Expertise Through Arthroscopy Worldwide

arthroscopy-worldwideDr. Meier has always enjoyed the challenge and fulfillment of educating and training doctors from around the world. In 2003, he founded Arthroscopy Worldwide, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the latest surgical knowledge and technique with medical professionals in developing regions of the world.

With an ever-changing group of medical volunteers, Dr. Meier regularly travels to foreign hospitals across South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia to train local surgeons in the most advanced arthroscopic techniques in orthopedic surgery. Through generous donations, the organization helps these hospitals acquire the equipment necessary for advanced arthroscopic procedures and promotes the use of less invasive and more effective surgical care for patients around the world.

Contact Steven W. Meier, M.D.

dr-meier-thailandDr. Steven Meier is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in sports medicine and minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery. As a leading expert in the field of joint preservation and cartilage restoration, Dr. Meier offers a variety of cutting-edge treatments for sports injuries.

Find out more by contacting Dr. Meier at (310) 777-7845. You may also fill out our online contact form and a representative from Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine will be in touch with you shortly!

Kobe Bryant’s Achilles Tendon Rupture: Is His Career Over?

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As Kobe Bryant limped off the court in the closing minutes of last week’s victory against the Golden State Warriors, it was painfully obvious that this was not another one of his walk-it-off injuries. All it took for Kobe Bryant’s Achilles tendon to tear was one quick stutter while driving towards the basket, a move that he has performed thousands if not millions of times.

Bryant’s injury was classified as a Grade 3 rupture of the Achilles tendon, the large strand of tissue connecting the calf muscles in the leg to the heel bone. After undergoing successful surgical repair of the tendon, he now faces six to nine months of rigorous rehabilitation.

Many are questioning his ability, at age 34, to fully recover and continue to be a valuable, dominant force for the Lakers. However, with his history of overcoming some serious setbacks through 17 seasons and an unmatched competitive drive, it isn’t a stretch to believe that Bryant will make a successful return late next season.

Dr. Steven Meier, an orthopedic surgeon in Beverly Hills, is a leading expert in advanced surgical techniques and offers cutting-edge solutions to various sports-related injuries. If you have suffered an Achilles tendon injury or would like to learn more about sports medicine therapies, feel free to contact Dr. Meier’s private practice at (310) 777-7845.

Treatment for Achilles Tendon Rupture

Treatment for a torn Achilles tendon depends on the severity of tissue damage, the age of the patient, and level of expected activity upon recovery. While Achilles tendon ruptures can be treated with cast immobilization in lower demand patients, Dr. Meier normally recommends and performs surgical repair in athletes and other active individuals due to the stronger repair and ability to employ accelerated rehabilitation, shortening down-time.

Surgical repair of the Achilles involves meticulously stitching the shredded ends of the tendon back together. Following surgery, the foot may be immobilized for a period of six to eight weeks in a boot to promote healing and help prevent re-injury of the tendon.

What Is the Prognosis for a Torn Achilles Tendon?

Achilles tendon injuries are notorious among athletes given the lengthy and challenging rehabilitation process. While countless professional athletes, including NBA legends Shaquille O’Neal and Isiah Thomas, have been forced to retire early due to a torn Achilles, others such as former Atlanta shooting guard and highlight reel dunker Dominique Wilkins and NFL linebacker Terrell Suggs have each made very successful returns to competition.

Though several variables play a role in recovery from an Achilles tendon rupture, the one that a patient has the most control over and that can have the biggest impact is rehabilitation. Dr. Meier understands the challenges of rehabilitation and works with each patient throughout the recovery process to achieve the best possible outcomes.

During the first several months after surgery, it is crucial to avoid over-stressing or re-injuring the repaired tendon. A rehabilitation program aims to progressively restore weight-bearing capability to the Achilles while strengthening complementary muscles in the leg and foot. Patients who are generally healthy and have adhered to a strict physical therapy schedule can achieve a near to full recovery.

Contact a Beverly Hills Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Steven Meier is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in sports medicine and minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery. As a leading authority on shoulder and knee injuries and an expert in the field of joint preservation and cartilage restoration, Dr. Meier offers a variety of cutting-edge treatments for sports injuries.

Find out more by contacting Dr. Meier at (310) 777-7845. You may also fill out our online contact form and a representative from Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine will be in touch with you shortly!

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