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How to Prevent a Torn ACL

The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is one of the four main ligaments in our knee joint which provides stability to the knee. Of the all four fibrous bands, an ACL tear or rupture is the most common knee injury. Continue reading for helpful insight from San Francisco ACL Doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Halbrecht. Continue Reading »

When the United States hosted the World Cup in 1994, it was the first real indication that Americans were ready to embrace soccer. Flash-forward more than 20 years, and soccer is no longer a foreign sport; it is the fastest-growing team sport in the US. Bay Area high school leagues and indoor league seasons are just getting underway now. Although soccer is a great form of exercise that promotes body coordination and balance, it takes a toll on the body, and just like any other physically demanding sport, can result in injuries especially when played consistently. The good news is that a significant number of soccer-related injuries are preventable if appropriate safety measures are implemented. Continue Reading »

It is finally ski season once again, and it’s time to hit the slopes for hours of fun outdoors. However, for those who are suffering from a knee injury, skiing is hardly an inviting winter activity. The same can be true for seniors, who may have stiffness or discomfort in their knees.

However, skiing doesn’t need to be a painful experience for seniors. Here, we look into the different ways to prepare for skiing on aging knees. Continue Reading »

Bay Area Ski Doctor on Bodily Damage Suffered on the Slopes

Alpine (downhill) skiing continues to increase in popularity as a recreational sport. Thanks to faster ski lifts, the expansion of trails, and slope design, many more people are heading out to the snow. Ski boots have also undergone a dramatic improvement, having evolved from a soft leather cut to mid-calf plastic boots that firmly support the lower leg and ankle. Such advancements have decreased the amount of ski injuries, but not addressed them completely. There are still a fair amount of ski injuries that take place on an annual basis. Below, you will find some of the most common injuries seen by many a ski doctor.

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Sports Medicine Advice from a San Francisco Rotator Cuff Specialist

Volleyball continues to be a popular sport among high school students. Unfortunately, repetitive movements in this sport, such as overhead motions like spiking and blocking, often lead to injuries among players. Below are a list of the most common injuries volleyball players experience and the best ways to treat them with sports medicine:

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San Francisco Orthopedic Surgeon Discusses Gender Distinction

Recent orthopedic research reveals that higher levels of knee injuries among women versus men is likely linked to geometry and not gender. Women more commonly visit a knee injury specialist to conduct ligament surgery when compared to men of the same age and health profile. These type of injuries are more common in high impact sports such as soccer, basketball, and baseball where jumping is common.

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New ACL Treatment Option Explained by a San Francisco ACL Doctor

Damaging your ACL often leads to surgery. Unfortunately, repairing the torn ligament doesn’t often work. Your Bay Area ACL specialist or surgeon may need to rely on replacing the ligament, instead. A process that can be costly, painful, and challenging from a recovery standpoint. Promising new research from Harvard, however, indicates that future ACL treatments may forego surgery altogether and rely on encouraging the ligament to heal itself.

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