Josh Baker’s (NY Jets) ACL Injury

Written by admin on September 2, 2012 – 10:33 am -

Josh Baker

The NFL pre-season has yet to begin. Unfortunately for Josh Baker, a NY Jets tight end, the season has already ended. In only the third preseason game of the year; Baker received a blow to his right knee by an opponent’s helmet when attempting to catch a touchdown pass Sunday night in the Jets 17- 12 loss to the Carolina Panthers. The injury may be seen at
Baker was assisted off of the field. The results of the diagnostic tests concluded that Baker had torn the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee. The ACL is one of the commonly injured ligaments of the knee. Other ligaments of the knee include the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and the lateral collateral ligament (LCL). Although not all ACL injuries require reconstruction; it is recommended that those who tear their ACL have reconstructive surgery if he/she plans to return to sports/activity in the future. If the individual does not receive surgery he or she may need to wear a brace for support and/or modify their activities to accommodate the instability of the knee, and Osteoarthritis of the knee is certain to follow.
Dr. Galland is Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery and in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine., Dr. Galland recommends and performs the Anatomic-Double Bundle Technique over the traditional “trans-tibial” Technique. These techniques are very different as the traditional trans-tibial technique only reconstructs the anterior-medial portion of the ACL and ignores the posterior-lateral portion of the ligament. The double-bundle technique reconstructs both the anterior-medial and posterior-lateral portions of the ACL. Dr. Galland prefers this technique as it has been shown to improve stability, range of motion and performance while promising to decrease the risk of degenerative arthritis in the joint, and decreases the chance and severity of post-surgical complications.
Galland, M. (2012). Restoring the knee after anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury using the anatomic-. Retrieved from
Posted by Caitlin Davis, ATC/LAT, resident, GOSM program.

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Red Sox Crawford Elects Rehab for Elbow injury

Written by admin on April 27, 2012 – 11:34 am -

Boston Red Sox CF Carl Crawford recently sought a second opinion on his aching elbow.  The diagnosis of a partial tear of the UCL (“tommy john ligament”) was confirmed by Dr James Andrews.  Details surrounding the the onset of the injury are unclear, but reports confirm that an MRI and 2 medical opinions concur on the diagnosis.  Although traditionally, treatment of UCLs has favored surgery over rehab, recently many baseball subspecialists have elected a more conservative approach for partial tears.  Apparently Crawford has been treated with a PRP injection and a course of rehab.  Generally this requires 3 months of activity restriction and rehabilitation.  Long-term results for non-operative treatment are mixed, and PRP is an emerging technology, so Bosox fans will cross their fingers and hope for a speedy return of their Left Fielder.  For more info on PRP injections

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