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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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The Purpose of Joint Preservation

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Joint preservation is a general term for a type of orthopedic treatment approach that aims to preserve the natural joints as much as possible. Rather than procedures such as total joint replacement being first-line treatments for joint injury and degenerative conditions, joint preservation seeks to utilize a variety of alternative and progressive treatment options to maintain and repair the body’s natural structures. When successful, joint preservation techniques help to prolong the life of the joints.

To learn more about joint preservation or to schedule an appointment with board-certified orthopedic surgeon and joint preservation expert Steven W. Meier, MD, call us today.

Joint Preservation Techniques

Joint preservation uses a broad range of techniques to preserve the body’s natural hip, knee, and shoulder joints. The most commonly used treatments include:

  • Cartilage Restoration – surgical techniques including autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) that are designed to help regenerate and restore damaged cartilage.
  • Corrective Osteotomy – a procedure that reshapes the bone(s) in order to relieve and minimize pressure on the damaged joint.
  • Meniscus Transplantation – a procedure done to replace a severely damaged or missing meniscus in the knee with donor cartilage.
  • Ligament Reconstruction – a surgical procedure done to repair and rebuild damaged ligaments.
  • Injection Therapy – crafted biological material, such as platelet rich plasma and naturally-occurring hyaluronan, that are injected into joints and tissues to help relieve pain and treat damage.

At Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine we use a combination of techniques to develop personalized treatment plans for each and every one of our patients.

Advantages of Joint Preservation

For many people, total and partial joint replacement procedures are excellent options for treating their degenerative joint conditions. However, for some people who have joint or tissue damage from degeneration or injury and do not want to consider joint replacement, our joint preservation techniques may offer alternative options, which attempt to restore and/or enhance the natural tissues already present.

Many people are able to prolong the functionality of their own joints and tissues and can postpone or eliminate the need to progress to the last resort to help relieve pain, which can be total joint replacement. This is especially true for younger adults who may be expected to benefit more from extending the life of their natural joints than older adults.

Learn More about Joint Preservation at MOSM

Steven W. Meier, MD is a board-certified and fellowship-trained expert in orthopedic surgery. As an expert in the fields of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, Dr. Meier has been recognized as a leader in joint preservation techniques. To learn more about how joint preservation can help you or to schedule an appointment for evaluation, please contact us today at (310) 777-7845 or fill out our online form.

What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?

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Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal, and Kobe Bryant are all premier athletes in their sports, and it has been reported that all three have used platelet-rich plasma therapy to help them recover faster from their injuries.

While platelet-rich plasma therapy may have once only been used by elite athletes to aid in the healing process for certain injuries, it is now available to a broader spectrum of patients. At MOSM we bring the latest and most innovative biological enhancement techniques to our patients. These include not just platelet-rich plasma therapy, but also other types of injection therapy – such as hyaluronic acid joint injections – as well as a variety of the best and most advanced oral supplements.

To learn more about platelet-rich plasma therapy or any of the other biological treatment enhancements we offer, please contact Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine today at (310) 777-7845!

How Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Works

Platelet-rich plasma therapy entails using the natural components of blood in a targeted fashion in order to accelerate healing. The injections use a person’s own blood that contains a significantly higher proportion of platelets. To do this, blood is first drawn from the patient. The platelets are then separated from the blood using a special machine until their concentration is optimized and enhanced for the procedure. This concentration is then reintroduced to the site of the injury, helping the natural healing process in the area proceed more quickly.

Although the therapy has been shown to enhance the healing process for some injuries, for other injuries it has not shown to have any benefit. This is a reason why injuries must be evaluated carefully to determine which of them have a chance to be helped by this therapy. Platelet-rich plasma therapy can be used for a number of different injuries, but the ones in which the most benefit has been demonstrated are certain tendon, ligament, and muscle injuries.

Platelet-rich plasma therapy can also be used during surgery to assist in the healing of damaged tissue. It is particularly common to use it intraoperatively in the surgical treatment of anterior cruciate ligament tears.

The Advantages of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy

At Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine we are often asked about what the advantages are of platelet-rich plasma therapy for joint damage. Some studies have shown that platelet-rich plasma injections may help improve joint function and decrease the pain in areas such as knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. There is also some evidence that platelet-rich plasma therapy can help with osteoarthritis pain.

Another advantage of platelet-rich plasma therapy, because the injections come from the patient’s own blood, is the low risk of a transmissible infection or other biological treatment side effects such as allergic reactions or tissue rejection.

The therapy comes from the patient’s own body, and it is designed to assist the natural healing processes after injury.

Contact a Los Angeles Orthopedic Surgeon

Steven W. Meier, MD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and platelet-rich plasma therapy expert. If you think platelet-rich plasma therapy might be beneficial in your case or you just want to learn more about our services, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We look forward to helping you heal!

List of 5 2014 Winter Olympic Athletes Who Have Had Knee Injuries

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For many athletes, the Olympics mark a high point in their career. Whether it’s winning a medal or simply competing at the top level of their sport, the Olympics offer the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream. As athletes, they accept that the potential for injury is a significant reality. Some athletes manage to escape major injuries in the course of their athletic careers. Others, however, are less fortunate, and do sustain one or more major injuries. Sometimes, the intensity of their training or competition results in injuries, which require surgery and rehabilitation to recover from.

Because the knees are especially vulnerable to ligament and cartilage damage, these types of accidents are among the most common types of injuries facing athletes in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Here are five of the top competitors who will either be returning to competition after having knee injuries, or unfortunately sitting out this time around.

Sarah Hendrickson

American ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson underwent reconstructive knee surgery back in August after her MCL was separated from the bone, her ACL was completely torn, and her meniscus was severely damaged. In 2012, the year before, Hendrickson also suffered knee damage and had to undergo cartilage repair surgery. The good news, however, is that she has recovered from these serious injuries and plans on competing in the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Lindsey Vonn

The talented Lindsey Vonn is among some of the most elite competitors in women’s alpine skiing. In addition to winning six straight World Cup skiing titles, four straight Super G titles, and three straight titles in the combined skiing event, she has also taken home gold and bronze medals from past Olympics. In 2013, however, Vonn crashed during training at the Alpine Skiing World Cup and suffered a partial ACL tear in her right knee. In January she announced that she would not be recovered enough from this most recent injury to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Roz Groenewoud

Canadian snowboarder Roz Groenewoud is well on the road to recovery in time for the Olympics. She recently won the silver medal in SuperPipe at the 2013 X Games, following double knee surgery to repair meniscus damage affecting both knees.

Jimmy Howard

As goaltender for the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, Jimmy Howard had planned on joining the USA hockey team at the 2014 Olympics. Howard missed several weeks in December after suffering an MCL sprain in his left knee. However, a re-injury to the same knee in late January recently kept him out of competition for a week. While still on schedule to return to compete with Team USA in time for the Olympics, the knee injury has remained a factor for Howard and the US Olympic team.

Bode Miller

American alpine skier Bode Miller is already a five-time Olympic medalist. As the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics draw closer, however, the thirty-six year old finds himself recovering from multiple knee surgeries. He had previously suffered a torn ACL in 2001, and Miller spent most of 2013 trying to get back on form after a subsequent knee injury which required a more recent surgical procedure. His hard work appears to have paid off, as just recently, he was named for the fifth time to the USA Olympic skiing team, and will be competing in February in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Contact a Los Angeles Knee Surgeon

Olympians aren’t alone in suffering knee injuries. Athletes and people of all types may suffer damage to the ligaments, cartilage, and bones of the knee. Steven W. Meier, M.D. is an expert in treating orthopedic injuries using a strategic combination of surgical and/or non-surgical techniques, and can help you try to get back to your favorite activities. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Meier, please contact us today by calling (310) 777-7845 or through our 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.

Next, learn some simple ways to prevent exercise-related injuries.

Joint Pain Treatment: the Benefits of Arthroscopic Surgery

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Chronic joint pain need not be a persistent fact of life. Thanks to technological advances in orthopedic surgery, state-of-the-art minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery can successfully and safely alleviate joint pain for many patients. In fact, arthroscopic surgery is often the favored method of chronic joint pain treatment that has continued, unrelieved by conservative treatment methods.

Recently, Colorado governor John Hickenlooper underwent minimally invasive arthroscopic hip surgery with the goal of easing his chronic joint pain. Most arthroscopic procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, which means that patients can go home the same day as surgery. This approach also enables patients to return to work and regular activities much faster than with more invasive techniques, which usually require longer recovery times.

At Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine in Beverly Hills, Dr. Steven Meier performs some of the most cutting-edge arthroscopic procedures in the country. If you are suffering from chronic joint pain or other joint problems, there may be pain-relieving treatment options available for you. Please feel free to contact our office at (310) 777-7845 to learn more about your options.

Joint Pain

Chronic Joint Paint TreatmentJoint pain can interfere both with work and day-to-day life, sometimes even making daily activities impossible. While there are many different causes of joint pain, some common ones include:

  • Osteoarthritis – Also known as age-related arthritis, osteoarthritis is a condition in which joint cartilage becomes inflamed or worn down over time. This type of arthritis can affect the hip, knee, shoulder, and other joints. Osteoarthritis is often quite painful.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – This type of arthritis can involve many different parts of the body, but what makes rheumatoid arthritis unique is that it usually occurs in joints bilaterally (rather than on one side, as in other types of arthritis). While rheumatoid arthritis can cause pain in many areas, it tends to be most painful in the certain specific joints.
  • BursitisBursitis is an irritation or inflammation near the joint. The cushioning tissue (bursa) between muscles and joints can become inflamed from use, and movement over time, and is no longer able to guard against friction and rubbing between bone and muscle. This can cause major pain to the joints.
  • Injury – Common injuries such as sprains and strains can also cause joint pain.

If you are experiencing persistent pain in any of your joints, it is important to seek medical advice from a board-certified orthopedic specialist like Dr. Meier. Untreated joint pain can lead to a more severe condition or worsened pain, so it is important to seek treatment early on before complications occur.

Benefits of Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that involves two or three small incisions around the affected joint – one for the insertion of a small camera, and the others for the insertion of advanced joint surgery tools. During the surgery, the orthopedic surgeon repairs the damage, watching a monitor that displays the camera beneath the skin. While one hand positions and moves the camera within the joint, the other hand uses advanced tools to repair damage found within the joint.

There are many benefits to arthroscopic surgery, including:

  • Minimally invasive form of surgery
  • Minimal scarring
  • Significantly reduced recovery time
  • Ability to have surgery on an outpatient basis (go home the same day)
  • Better precision and efficiency

Dr. Meier is world-renowned for his advanced arthroscopic techniques and is a leader in the field of cutting-edge orthopedic procedures.

Contact an Orthopedic Beverly Hills Surgeon

If you suffer from joint pain, and are interested in learning more about arthroscopic surgical options in Los Angeles or Beverly Hills, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Meier or another member of our board-certified orthopedic team. You can schedule a consultation at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine in Los Angeles by calling (310) 777-7845 or by filling out our online contact form.

Next, read more about osteoarthritis.

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery for Houston Texans Offensive Lineman

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When Wade Smith of the Houston Texans damaged his knee during a recent practice, the Pro Bowl left guard had to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair the damage. Like many athletes, Smith suffered from a very common injury that typically occurs during sports, during which the cartilage sustains damage from traumatic movement or impact. In the past, having a knee injury meant that athletes would have to remain out of play for a long time – even an entire season. But now, because of the latest medical advances, arthroscopic knee surgery can significantly minimize recovery time and allow for a quick recovery, helping athletes like Smith get back to their game much faster.

At Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Dr. Steven Meier specializes in arthroscopic knee surgery, and is renowned for performing the most minimally invasive procedures in Beverly Hills and the surrounding Los Angeles area. If you have suffered a knee injury and would like to find out if arthroscopic knee surgery might help your condition, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Meier or another member of his top-of-the-line orthopedic team.

What Is Arthroscopic Knee Surgery?

Arthroscopic knee surgery (or knee arthroscopy) is a minimally invasive type of surgery. During knee arthroscopy, an orthopedic surgeon sees inside the joint via a tiny camera (arthroscopy), and can perform the surgery without making a large incision in the knee. This surgery typically involves only two or three small (about 1cm) incisions – one for inserting the camera and another one or two for inserting the specialized surgical tools. Because it only involves a couple of very small incisions and does not require a more invasive, or “open” technique, knee arthroscopy allows for a much quicker recovery time than traditional surgery and can be performed as an outpatient procedure (where the patient can go home the same day).

Knee Arthroscopy Procedures

While arthroscopic surgery is not recommended to treat every type of knee injury, knee arthroscopy is highly recommended ideal for the following conditions:

  • ACL injury – Because it is one of the most important ligaments of the knee, patients with a damaged anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can experience knee instability and severe pain. Dr. Meier specializes in arthroscopic knee surgery for repairing a torn ACL, utilizing state-of-the-art technology.
  • Ligament injury – Injuries to the other knee ligaments (MCL, PCL, and LCL) can also be devastating to the knee joint. When rest and rehabilitation are not enough, knee arthroscopy can be used to reconstruct and repair other damaged knee ligaments.
  • Torn meniscus – As one of the most common knee injuries in sports medicine, a torn meniscus can also be treated with arthroscopic surgery. The type of procedure depends on the location and severity of the meniscal tear, but Dr. Meier uses a unique approach for each specific condition.

What Arthroscopic Surgery Cannot Do

  • Knee replacement – When a large area of cartilage inside the knee is severely damaged and interferes with a patient’s ability to participate in everyday activities (such as walking), a partial or full knee replacement may be the best option.

If you have been previously evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon for your knee condition and have been told that you need a knee replacement, please feel free to contact Dr. Meier for a second opinion. Sometimes a total knee replacement is not necessary, and a less-invasive procedure might be better initially, to try to treat the injured or damaged knee from trauma or degeneration/arthritis.

  • Dr. Meier also offers Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI) surgery, which is a cutting-edge two-part procedure that involves re-implanting your own cartilage cells that are sent to grow in a lab! Although the first part of ACI begins with an arthroscopic surgery to obtain a cartilage biopsy, the second surgery, to implant the cartilage cells in an established lesion so that they can grow in and replace the missing cartilage is done in an “open” fashion.

Contact an Orthopedic Surgeon in Los Angeles

If you have suffered a cartilage injury to your knee, similar to Wade Smith of the Houston Texans, and are interested in learning about the benefits of arthroscopic knee surgery in Los Angeles, please contact Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine today. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Meier or another member of our world-renowned orthopedic team by calling (310) 777-7845 or by filling out our online contact form!

Next, a common myth debunked: running does not cause knee arthritis!

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.

Contact a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon Today

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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How to Recognize and Prevent Shoulder Injuries

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Shoulder injuries can occur from almost any type of strenuous activity – particularly during sports or physical labor in the workplace. Typically, injuries to the joint or muscles in the shoulder can cause severe pain, and may even cause you to be unable to work or participate in daily activities. So it is important to take certain steps to prevent shoulder injuries from occurring.

If you have suffered a shoulder injury, please don’t hesitate to seek medical assistance. Dr. Steven Meier is a world-renowned, board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of shoulder injuries. Contact his Los Angeles orthopedic practice, Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine, today to schedule a consultation and head toward recovery.

Symptoms of Shoulder Injury

Injuring a shoulder is especially painful because it can inhibit you from having full movement in your arms, or even being able to perform everyday tasks. Some of the warning signs that you may have a shoulder injury include:

  • Shoulder pain or pain when moving the shoulder
  • Shoulder weakness
  • Shoulder tenderness
  • Difficulty in moving the shoulder while performing activities
  • Reduced range of motion in the shoulder

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is important to contact a shoulder specialist as soon as possible, and seek treatment for your injury.

Types of Shoulder Injuries

There are many different types of shoulder injuries, and while some may be managed using conservative methods of treatment, others may require surgery to fix the problem. Dr. Meier can assess the severity of your injury and determine the best course of treatment for you. Common shoulder injuries treated by Dr. Meier include:

Dr. Meier is an expert in the treatment of shoulder injuries. Using minimally-invasive techniques, he performs cutting-edge arthroscopic procedures that produce life-changing results. You can learn more about these innovative procedures by contacting Dr. Meier or another member of the team at his Beverly Hills practice, Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine.

Shoulder Injury Prevention

While not all shoulder injuries can be prevented (especially if you are a professional athlete), there are steps you can take to prevent overstressing your shoulders and to ensure healthy, strong joints.

  1. Exercise regularly, always remembering to warm up and/or stretch before your workout, and try to add in a cool down period so that you do not go from no activity to intense activity, or vice-versa in a very short amount of time.
  2. Factor in light muscle-strengthening exercises. Toning your arms and shoulders at a healthy pace can help prevent injuries during other activities.
  3. If you exercise frequently, you can apply heat to your shoulder before a workout to help loosen stiff muscles and tendons and prepare them for physical activity.
  4. Practice workplace safety, including using proper lifting techniques and taking frequent breaks to prevent sprains or strains. If you catch yourself straining with an object, STOP and find someone else to help you, or another way to accomplish the task.

Contact the Best Shoulder Surgeon in Los Angeles

If you believe you have suffered a shoulder injury, and you are interested in learning about treatment options, please don’t hesitate to contact Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine in Beverly Hills. Dr. Meier is renowned for his expertise in treating injuries to the shoulder joint, as well as his personalized patient care.

You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Meier by calling (310) 777-7845 or by filling out our online contact form.

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