Monthly Archives: October 2014

Common Baseball Injuries | Treatment for Herniated Discs and More

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If you’re a baseball player you probably know that America’s pastime, while fun, also carries with it an extremely high risk for injury. Whether you’re tagging from second or sliding into third, baseball can be rough on the body, possibly requiring treatment for herniated discs or other conditions. It’s important to recognize the various types of injuries that can occur in order to know how to prevent them and treat them properly.

Herniated Disc

This happens when there is a tear in the disc’s outer layer.  Discs are the spine’s “shock absorbers” – layers of material between the vertebrae that protect the spine from day-to-day stresses. Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda missed several games in 2009 for a herniated disc. Our Herniated disc treatments can help with the pain, numbness, or weakness in the back, neck, legs or arms.

Torn Meniscus

A torn meniscus is a common but very painful baseball injury. The meniscus is the cartilage in the knee that provides cushion and absorbs the shock of stress to that joint. Alex Rodriguez missed a few games in the Yankee’s 2011 season from a torn meniscus. A minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure in the knee can be a low risk solution for this condition.

Tennis Elbow

This doesn’t just happen to tennis players; it’s actually common among pitchers as well.  In fact, people who have jobs where they have to repeatedly perform the same motion with their arm can suffer from tennis elbow. The tendons joining the forearm muscles on the outer part of the elbow get the brunt of any repetitive motions, resulting in painful damage to the area stemming from overuse. Depending on the injury, we can do a minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure in the elbow with little down time.

Treatment for Herniated Discs and Other Injuries

If you’re an avid baseball player, you’re likely to come across one or more of these injuries at least once in your lifetime. The right minimally invasive treatment can not only make you feel better, but also give you back the strength and flexibility necessary to enjoy the game once again.

The key to getting better quickly is finding professionals who understand the full scope of these types of injuries so patients can heal and get back on the field. MISI specialists are ACGME fellowship-trained with the knowledge and expertise to diagnose and treat a wide range of sports-related injuries.

Offering state-of-the-art solutions such innovative pain mapping and minimally invasive procedures with small incisions and faster recovery times, MISI is ahead of the curve when it comes to treating the most common baseball injuries. Our highly qualified doctors can get to the root of the problem so that you can get back on the field. Call MISI today at 855-466-6741 to set up your appointment and get back in the game!

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and More | How MISI Treats Football Injuries

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minimally-invasive-spine-surgeryDuring football season, you’ll often hear the same thing from your fantasy football-loving friends: “I can’t believe my player is injured!” As the season for this punishing sport rolls on, so does the potential for damage, at every level of play.  We often see patients with injuries similar to those that take your favorite quarterbacks and wide receivers out of the game, some of which we treat with innovative pain management procedures and if needed, minimally invasive spine surgeries, including:

  • Herniated Discs:

    You may remember Tony Romo suffering a herniated disc toward the end of the 2013 season. This type of injury can create serious pain and numbness in the lower back and legs. While the traditional surgical method requires stripping away back muscles and exposing the spine, we perform minimally invasive spine surgery, which is much less traumatic and avoids damaging muscles and surrounding tissues. Instead, the procedure often involves the use of real time X-rays and the insertion of a small tube system through a 3-7mm incision. Through minimally invasive spine surgery, patients can recover faster and get back to living.

  • Finger Fractures:

    Dez Bryant delayed treatment for his pinkie fracture for three games in the 2012-2013 season. Putting off finger fracture treatment is something you should never do. A fractured finger may seem like a small thing, but in reality it can be a complex injury. There are many bones in the hand that work together to perform specialized tasks, so an injury to one of them can cause the entire hand to be misaligned. Usually, fractured fingers can be repaired non-surgically using a splint, but in particularly bad cases surgery is required to promote and allow for proper healing.

  • Torn Meniscus:

    This is one of the most common sports injuries. When he landed awkwardly after a jump during this season opener, Jadeveon Clowney tore a meniscus, taking him out for four to six weeks. When one is torn, a person can experience pain, stiffness, swelling and the knee “giving way.” Similar to our minimally invasive spine surgery, we treat torn menisci using minimally invasive knee arthroscopy by inserting a tiny camera through a small incision to provide a clear view inside of the knee. Once inside, the surgeon repairs or trims the tears using state-of-the-art instruments and techniques.

  • Whiplash:

    This happens when an impact or blow causes the head to jerk forward or backward abruptly. Jay Cutler was forced to take some time out when he suffered this injury in 2012. A person suffering from whiplash has pain and stiffness in the neck and often in the muscles of the head, chest, shoulders and arms. For whiplash pain, we use real-time X-rays to map out pain trigger points, letting the doctors know exactly where to apply medicine.

Football players can benefit from minimally invasive surgery, but so can the rest of us! MISI is the most advanced option for treating spine, hand, foot and general pain. Call the Minimally Invasive Surgical Institute today at 855-466-6741 or visit our website to set up an appointment.