Knee Arthroscopy: Diagnosing Injuries of the Knee

What is a Knee Arthroscopy

A knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique that allows orthopedic surgeons to assess – and in most cases, treat – a range of conditions affecting the knee joint. During the knee arthroscopy procedure, the orthopedic surgeon makes small incisions or portals in the affected joint, and then inserts a tiny camera and fiber optics to light the interior space. Pictures obtained with the camera are then projected onto a screen in the operating suite.

Knee Arthroscopy

Important Facts: Injuries to both the ACL and the menisci are common, particularly in athletes. A knee arthroscopy is often used to diagnose such injuries. Statistics show that more than 60% of patients diagnosed with an ACL tear also have a torn meniscus. A gender specific difference in ACL injuries among young female athletes has been demonstrated in recent years. Females are 2 to 6 times more likely to tear their ACL than their male cohorts, depending upon the sport.

Statistics: The general success rate following ACL reconstruction is 85 to 90%.

Treatment Duration: Recovery time from an ACL reconstruction varies, with a period from about 6 to 9 months representing an average time required before the athlete returns to collision sports.

Do’s/Don’ts: Don’t R.I.C.E.

Common Myths:  Knee arthroscopy is surgery. The myth that athletes have been fed is that a scope can find out the problem and solve it. Nothing could be farther from the truth for the average sports injury. All the arthroscope can do is look at the tissue.

Arthroscopy: The Quickest Route to an Athletic Injury — The easiest and most overt way athletes are injured is not from a cheap shot from an opponent, but by one of their supposed allies, the arthroscope. During a knee arthroscopy, the arthroscope is capable of producing more irreversible damage than the most vicious opponent produces. The damage is, however, often masked by the incredible feeling of vitality following the procedure.

WHAT IS THE M.EA.T. PROTOCOL? Most athletes, after a knee arthroscopy following a soft tissue injury to such structures as tendons or ligaments are told to rest, ice, compress, and elevate the area. This is the infamous RICE treatment. It is taught in every medical school and practiced in every hospital across the country. Prolo Your Pain Away! was the first book to expose how wrong this treatment is for newly injured ligaments and tendons. M.E.A.T. stands for movement, exercise, analgesics and therapy.

Breakthrough Treatment: At Sport and Spine Physical Therapy and Wellness Center in Tampa and Wesley Chapel, FL our Dr. Ryan Whelton implements a revolutionary treatment method for knee pain following a knee arthroscopy that offers immediate knee pain relief using, no needles, no drugs, no manipulations and no surgery! This knee pain treatment is so cutting edge, you will not find this anywhere else in Tampa, FL, Wesley Chapel, FL or the U.S.

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Author: Sport and Spine PT

Ryan Whelton has developed a true breakthrough that often instantly dramatically decreases or eliminates pain, increases range of motion and decreases muscle spasm all in just seconds to minutes. Patients also experience an accelerated healing rate. Education Northeastern University; Doctor of Physical Therapy Northeastern University; M.S. in Physical Therapy Northeastern University; B.S. in Rehabilitation Science Subspecialties Chronic Pain Back and Neck Pain Sports Injuries (including high-level ballerinas, gymnasts, baseball, football, soccer, basketball) TMJ/Jaw Pain Migraine/Tension Headaches Injury Prevention in Adolescents Veterans Hospital (Tampa, FL) Ryan spent almost 3 years rehabilitating our nation's veterans and active duty soldiers returning from war. He had the opportunity to rehab injuries most PTs never see in their career. Rehabilitating soldiers with orthopedic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injures, soldiers with burns, soldiers who are single and double amputees, chronic pain, cardiac rehabilitation, post surgical patients. Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins (NBA, NHL) Ryan worked alongside their head athletic trainers/physical therapists, at their clinic, and courtside, providing premier care for top athletes. New England Patriots (NFL) As an employee, he provided physical therapy to professional football players training for their upcoming season, at practice, before games, and during the Super Bowl. College Football (Division IA, ACC) The private physical therapist/personal trainer for the leading rusher in the history of Boston College. NFL Draft Trained athletes in New Orleans preparing themselves for grueling workouts and testing of the NFL combine. Ryan also trained athletes in New Orleans preparing for the NFL Draft, rehabilitating their injuries and increasing speed, strength and overall wellness. Radio Co-Host Ryan can be heard on the radio speaking to over a quarter of a million listeners, Saturdays on 860 AM "The Home Team." Due to his extensive experience in professional sports and working with other high level athletes he was asked to co-host the show as the official "Injury and Rehabilitation Expert" by "The Home Team." The show is hosted by arena voice of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Orlando Magic and press box voice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , Paul Porter. Personal Throughout his life he has not only been the clinician, but the patient. These experiences have given him a unique perspective on how he approaches and treats patients. He is able to better empathize with people who are in pain and/or disability. As a full scholarship collegiate athlete, he learned to juggle the rigors of 7.5 years of physical therapy school, with his athletic obligations, family and friends. This taught him how to create balance in his life while still striving to achieve his goals. Outside of Work When not working, Ryan loves; spending time with his wife, Jill, and son, Cameron. He also enjoys scuba diving, yoga, running, lifting weights, fishing, golfing, skiing, Aikido, yoga, Pilates, mountain biking, dog training and spending time at the beach. Ryan likes to travel and is trying to see as much of the world as he can.

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