1 April, 2022
Osteochondral graft or transplant, a substitute technique for cartilage injuries
Articular cartilage is a unique tissue. Its matrix allows movement between the joint surfaces with the least possible friction and supports countless cycles throughout the person’s life. An injury to this structure, which does not affect the integrity of the subchondral bone, will not repair itself spontaneously and, as it is asymptomatic, can lead to progressive degeneration of the joint up to severe osteoarthritis, whose only possibility of treatment would be a replacement by a mechanical prosthesis. There are three treatment techniques for hilar cartilage injuries: palliative, reparative and substitutive, also known as osteochondral graft or transplant, which we will talk about today. Let’s see…
27 May, 2021
Patellar tendinitis: What it is, symptoms, causes, evolution and treatment
The patellar tendon attaches to the bottom of the patella and the tibia (Anterior tibial tuberosity). It is one of the largest and most powerful tendons in the body, as it has to propel us to overcome gravity in activities such as walking, running, and jumping. Patellar tendinopathy or tendinitis is also known as “jumper’s knee”, since it is more common in athletes whose sports include frequent jumping, such as basketball, volleyball, athletics, … However, if you are a person who does not practice jump sports but feels pain in the kneecap, you may also suffer from patellar tendinitis from what we call repetitive microtrauma.
9 November, 2020
Ansu Fati’s meniscus injury: What happened and what are the treatment options?
The meniscus is a structure of elastic consistency that is located between the femur and the tibia and that acts as a shock absorber. It is specially shaped like a crescent so that the femur fits perfectly with the tibia. We have 2 menisci in each knee, one external and one internal. The most common cause of meniscus injury is a knee twist, as happened on this occasion. Ansu Fati’s meniscus injury occurred when, his foot was on the ground and due to contact with the opponent, the knee turned in an unnatural way, causing the consequent meniscus injury. It is for this reason that footballers, who anticipate a contact, try to lift their feet off the ground. By doing so, they avoid this type of injury or even more serious ones associated with other structures of the knee. As such, a meniscus injury can be associated with a tear of ligaments (anterior cruciate, internal lateral) and / or the articular cartilage. Read more…
3 December, 2019
Shoulder dislocation: What is it and when should it be operated?
The pilot Marc Márquez recently had to be operated for his recurrent shoulder subluxation. Shoulder dislocation or a dislocated shoulder is what is generally referred to as “the shoulder popped out of its place”. This injury must be treated with caution, and if it becomes recurrent it must be repaired through arthroscopic surgery . Let’s see what this injury consists of, when it is considered recurrent and when it is necessary to operate.
4 October, 2019
A sprained ankle: what is it and why does it sometimes take a long time to heal or end up requiring surgery?
In professional sport, we see athletes who sprain their ankle and who are up and playing without and problem just a few weeks later. On the other hand, we also see athletes who have to undergo surgery to fix their sprained ankle and are inactive for months. We will look at what a sprain is, why it sometimes takes a long time to heal, why ankle pain persists, what causes the dreaded “poorly healed sprained ankle” and why an operation may be necessary…
23 October, 2018
Messi’s elbow injury: what it could be and why he is not being operated on
In light of Lionel Messi’s elbow injury last weekend, a lot of people are asking me about it. According to the official report from the FC. Barcelona Medical Department: “Tests carried out on the first-team player, Leo Messi, have confirmed that he has a fracture of the radius bone in his right arm. He will be out of action for approximately three weeks”. Without being in possession of all the information on the case, I will try to explain what Messi’s elbow injury consists of, and in which cases surgery may not be necessary.
12 June, 2018
Choice of treatment for rotator cuff injury
We have talked several times before about rotator cuff injury. We have explained its characteristics and treatment, the injury stages, symptoms, causes and risk factors. In today’s post we will explain the factors that influence treatment choice. Without treatment, rotator cuff injury can lead to permanent stiffness or weakness and progressive degeneration of the shoulder joint. It can even mean not being able to lift the arm in the most advanced stages.