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Teenage Athletes are Suffering More Adult-Like Orthopedic Injuries Than Ever

According to an article recently published by ABC News, teenage athletes are suffering more serious orthopedic injuries than ever. Orthopedic surgeons have found that in many cases, teen athletes are at a higher risk for long-lasting repercussions than adults who suffer the same incidents.

Skilled orthopedic surgeon Steven W. Meier, MD, of Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine, has seen the immediate and long-term results of severe orthopedic injuries. No matter the body part affected, an injury can have startling effects on the health, well-being, and physical capabilities of a person suffering from an orthopedic condition.

According to the ABC News article, the average teenage athlete is larger, faster, and stronger than ever. However, teenage bodies are still developing during this stage. This combination means that the hits are harder than ever, but teenage athletes are still far more susceptible to devastating injuries than adults. Severe injuries, such as an ACL tear, were once rare in teen athletes, but are now becoming far more common. In addition, the skeletal immaturity of young athletes can mean a far more difficult recovery due to damage caused to growth plates.

“When a teenage athlete is injured, his or her long-term recovery needs to be assessed just as much as immediate recovery. If these orthopedic injuries are not properly treated from the start, they may lead to repeated incidents, which will not only prevent successful athletic careers, but also compromise everyday health,” said Dr. Meier.

At Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Dr. Meier regularly treats patients of all ages along with athletes and non-athletes alike. Through the use of cutting-edge surgical advancements and a wide variety of orthopedic techniques, individualized treatment plans are created that suit each person’s unique needs.

Steven Meier, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine doctor in Beverly Hills, California.  He graduated with honors from Loyola Medical School in Chicago, received his residency training at Northwestern University, and completed his fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery at the University of California San Diego. To learn more about Dr. Meier and his practice, please visit http://www.MOSM.com/.

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