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Knee Injuries

Are flip-flops really bad for you?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 5:30 AM
Summer is the time of year that I become horribly unpopular amongst my athletes. One of the things that many people use to identify summer with, flip flops, are back in season — and as quickly as they make their appearance, I tell my patients to put them back in the closet. Flip flops can be... Read more

Do I need an ACL to play sports?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 5:30 AM
We all hear how ACL injuries are season-ending for professional athletes. But what if an athlete could return to sports without ACL surgery? There have been many articles showing that patients can return to activity, including sports, without ACL reconstruction. A recent study by Hetsroni et al in... Read more

Knowing the science, while practicing the art-of medicine

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 5:30 AM
There is a saying taught in medical school to all medical students—usually around the second year—that a key part of becoming a good doctor is “knowing the science and practicing the art of medicine.” I learned this particular mantra over 20 years ago and still find it very... Read more

Common softball injuries and recommended treatments

Monday, March 24, 2014, 9:40 AM
Baseball and softball may be similar sports, but the injury data differs quite a bit. Let’s see what the research says. Injury statistics A 2007 paper in the Journal of Athletic Training looked at softball injuries from 1988-2004 using the NCAA injury surveillance system. Over the 16 years... Read more

Knee replacement: Can the robot save you?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 5:30 AM
If you opted to read this article you likely have a painful knee, perhaps due to arthritis. You may have had limited success with cortisone or hyaluronic acid injections or perhaps platelet rich plasma. You tried glucosamine for a few months. It may have helped a bit. Being active is a great way to... Read more

Meniscus tears: When DO I need surgery?

Thursday, February 27, 2014, 5:30 AM
We often hear of athletes tearing their knee cartilage—the common term for the meniscus. In an athlete, a torn meniscus most often happens from a twisting or rotating injury or getting hit on the side of the knee as might occur in a soccer or basketball game. As we get older the meniscus becomes... Read more

"My knee hurts when I run!"

Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 5:30 AM
Musculoskeletal complaints account for about 20-30 percent of all primary care office visits. Having pain or dysfunction in the front part of the knee is a very common presentation in the sports medicine office, and a common reason for a patient to see their healthcare provider with a knee issue. There... Read more

Meniscus tears: Surgery or physical therapy?

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 5:25 AM
You are 45 years old and the inside of your knee has been hurting during and after exercise. Recently, just walking is painful. After x-rays and an MRI, the orthopedic surgeon says you may need surgery but physical therapy may relieve your symptoms. You choose the surgery option—are you doing... Read more

Staying healthy on the hardwood: Treating common basketball injuries

Monday, January 13, 2014, 6:00 AM
The winter sports season is in full swing. In gyms everywhere the squeak of basketball shoes on the court can be heard. Along with the layups and 3 pointers, there are common injuries that occur. Let’s talk about some of these common basketball injuries and the appropriate treatment. Ankle Sprains This... Read more

Go for a run on the moon!

Friday, January 3, 2014, 5:30 AM
How many athletes have let lingering pain in their lower body prevent them from participating in that next big race or event? Or how many have said, “I would run to get this weight off if my knees didn’t hurt so much”? What if reducing your weight by 15 percent would allow you to... Read more
About this blog

Whether you are a weekend warrior, an aging baby boomer, a student athlete or just someone who wants to stay active, this blog is for you. Read about our growing list of expert contributors here.

Kelly O'Shea Sports Medicine & Fitness Editor, Philly.com
Alfred Atanda, Jr., M.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
Robert Cabry, M.D. Team Physician for U.S. Figure Skating, Assoc. Team Physician for Drexel; Drexel Sports Medicine
Brian Cammarota, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES Partner at Symetrix Sports Performance
Desirea D. Caucci, PT, DPT, OCS Co-owner of Conshohocken Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Michael G. Ciccotti, M.D. Head Team Physician for Phillies & St. Joe's; Rothman Institute
Julie Coté, PT, MPT, OCS, COMT Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Peter F. DeLuca, M.D. Head Team Physician for Eagles, Head Orthopedic Surgeon for Flyers; Rothman Institute
Joel H. Fish, Ph.D. Director of The Center For Sport Psychology; Sports Psychology Consultant for 76ers & Flyers
R. Robert Franks, D.O. Team Physician for USA Wrestling, Consultant for Phillies; Rothman Institute
Ashley B. Greenblatt, ACE-CPT Certified Personal Trainer, The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
Eugene Hong, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP Team Physician for Drexel, Philadelphia Univ., Saint Joe’s, & U.S. National Women’s Lacrosse
Julia Mayberry, M.D. Attending Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon, Main Line Hand Surgery P.C.
Jim McCrossin, ATC Strength and Conditioning Coach, Flyers and Phantoms
Kevin Miller Fitness Coach, Philadelphia Union
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales, Pa.
David Rubenstein, M.D. Team Orthopedist for 76ers; Main Line Health Lankenau Medical Center
Robert Senior Event coverage, Sports Doc contributor
Justin Shaginaw, MPT, ATC Athletic Trainer for US Soccer Federation; Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute
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