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New Technique for Jones Fracture Fixation Improves Stability

Using a plantar plating technique to treat proximal fifth metatarsal fractures in elite athletes offers better stability than intramedullary screw fixation, according to a recent paper published by surgeons from the Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Houston, Texas in the May/June 2017 issue of Orthopedics.

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Zimmer Biomet Spinal Fusion Stimulators Recalled

On April 20, 2017 Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. sent an Urgent Medical Device Removal notification to all affected customers implanted with SpF PLUS-Mini and SpF XL IIb Implantable Spinal Fusion Stimulators.  The stimulators are used during spinal fusion surgery to increase the possibility of permanently connecting two or more bones of the spine together. The device is implanted into the patient’s back and provides constant electrical stimulation to the surgical site.

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New Guidelines for Concussion Treatment

“Cocooning,” once the recommended treatment for young athletes who have experienced a concussion, has fallen out of favor.  Instead of prohibiting physical activity, reading or even visits from friends for weeks at a time, doctors are now advising their concussion patients to start being physically active within a day or two after experiencing the concussion.

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OrthoMemphis’ Landmark Meniscus Study

Tim Goldsmith, M.D., chief clinical officer at Youth Villages, is the first person in Tennessee to receive meniscus replacement surgery in which a surgeon inserted an Active Implants, LLC’s NUsurface meniscus implant device in his knee joint.

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Mountain Climb With a Hip Prosthesis? Lima Corporate Says Yes!

Romano Benet from the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in Italy and his wife Nives Meroi are avid mountain climbers and are the first couple, according to a Lima Corporate press release, to successfully reach 14 peaks above 8.000m, and Benet is the 16th man in history to climb the 14 highest peaks in the world without the use of oxygen, but there was a time when he worried that he might have to hang up his climbing gear.

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Building Foot Abs, an Unconventional Approach to Foot Injury

Move over abdominal muscles, you are not the only core muscles in our body that need strengthening. At the recent American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, Irene S. Davis, Ph.D., PT, FACSM, FAPTA, FASB, professor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and director of the Spaulding National Running Center shared her unconventional approach to treating plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis which includes strengthening the foot core and spending more time barefoot.

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Sports Medicine’s Role in the Opioid Epidemic

ccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. While needle parks, drug dens and overdose victims seem far away from the world of sports medicine, James C. Puffer, M.D., president and CEO of the American Board of Family Medicine in Lexington, Kentucky, and professor of family and community medicine at the University of Kentucky told an audience at the recent American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, that we all are culpable in the opioid epidemic.

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Higher BMI Helps Heal Stress Fractures

An Ohio State University (OSU) study led by Timothy L. Miller, M.D., spent three years studying the relationship between stress fractures and the time it took for the injured athlete to return to running on a Division 1 team. They found that the lower the athlete’s body mass index (BMI) the longer it took to heal.

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