Coastal Orthopedics Blog

What Is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy? (Benefits and Uses)

 

If you follow professional sports, you may have heard about platelet rich plasma therapy, or PRP — a therapy credited by many world-class athletes for accelerating the repair of their sports injuries. Today, more and more orthopedists are offering PRP injections to help treat non-pro sports injuries and arthritis — but what exactly is PRP, and is it right for you? 

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Why do I need a high school sports physical each year? (Reasons)

A high school sports physical or athletic physical — sometimes called a pre-participation exam (PPE)  assesses whether teenage athletes are in good enough health to practice and compete in sports. Most states in the U.S., including Texas, require some kind of annual sports physical. Here's what athletes and parents need to know.

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Torn Cartilage in My Knee? (Symptoms, Treatment, and Surgery)

Knee cartilage tears are often caused by sports injuries, but they can result from any activity involving twisting or bending of the knee. As you age, the everyday forces you put on your knees can wear out the cartilage, leading to a gradual injury that feels sudden — you're fine until one day, you squat or twist and you feel something ripping.

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What is Tennis Elbow? (Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments)

Tennis elbow (medical term: lateral epicondylitis) is an overuse injury affecting the tendons in the outside of the elbow joint. It usually presents with weak grip strength and a painful soreness or burning sensation in the outside of the elbow. Tennis elbow can be a sports injury, but its causes vary — and some may surprise you. 

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What Is Meniscus Repair Surgery? (Reasons, Procedure and Recovery)

Meniscus repair is a knee surgery that repairs a torn piece of cartilage inside the joint. Meniscus tears are common knee injuries, especially among athletes. How do you know if you have a torn meniscus — and if surgery is required to fix it?

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What is Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury? (Symptoms & Reasons)

If you follow sports, are an athlete yourself, or have an athlete in your life, you've probably heard of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Torn, ruptured, "popped," or "busted" ACLs are fairly common (and often pretty painful). But what is the ACL, exactly — and how do you know for certain if you've damaged yours?

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SWIMMING: HOW IT CAN RELIEVE BACK PAIN

In our last blog, we explored the ways that swimming can cause back pain. Often, it was from doing front strokes incorrectly. More often, swimming is a great way to exercise because it is so low-impact. Many people turn to swimming when recovering from back injuries or issues.

Swimming is a great way to get exercise and relieve back pain because it is low-impact. It allows you to build muscle mass...

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