James S. Kercher, MD - Orthopaedic Surgeon
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Sports Injuries from Youth to Professional Sports: The Importance of Protecting One's Head

According to statistics released by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, in 2009, nearly 447,000 sports-related head injuries were treated in hospital emergency rooms in the United States. This figure indicated an increase of almost 95,000 sports-related head injuries from 2008. Substantial increases in head injuries were noted in water sports, cycling, baseball, and basketball. This heightened prevalence of head injuries has resulted in a greater push to promote head protection in sports.


Rehab After ACL Injury

The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is one the major ligaments that provides stability to the knee. Injury to the ACL commonly occurs during non-contact athletic movements that involve aggressive stopping or rapid changes of direction. This type of injury is typically heralded by pain, a "popping" sound and swelling of the knee. In most cases, surgery is recommended to reconstruct the damaged ACL, and to prevent instability and further injury to the knee.


How To Tell If You Strained Your Knee

Muscle injuries are known as strains, but knee sprains result from ligament injuries. Ligaments support the joints in your body and connect your bones to each other. Formed from fibrous tissue, ligaments stretch much like elastic. Most sprains occur in the ankle, knee or wrist and result from sports activities. Knee sprains can be particularly painful.


Orthopaedic Link seeks to resolve implant supply problems in developing nations

The new organization is also working to form a consortium of philanthropic alliances with the Surgical Implant Generation Network (SIGN) and similar groups.

With an interest in improving health care in developing countries and a background that includes working for Doctors Without Borders as well as the World Health Organization, it is no surprise that orthopedic surgeon Dheera Ananthakrishnan, MD, MSE, is one of the founders and also the president of Orthopaedic Link, a start-up organization that seeks to pair up surplus implant inventory with surgeons and patients in low and middle income countries.


"Test driving" ACL reconstruction in young athletes

3-D model provides critical parameters to prevent physeal injury

Among young athletes, the number of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ruptures is rising. Because these patients are often skeletally immature, ACL reconstruction risks damaging the growth plate and causing long-term growth disturbances. With the use of cutting-edge technology—three-dimensional, magnetic resonance imaging (3-D MRI) simulations of the procedure—James Kercher, MD, was able to identify critical parameters for safer, more precise ACL reconstruction.


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