Friday, August 7, 2009
Medical Reports: Knee Injuries
One of the most common injuries for teen athletes are knee injuries. In tonight's healthcast, Diana Diaz tells us how one doctor is making it his mission to save the knees so teens can continue to play.
WSVN -- Nathan Green knows it takes a lot of fancy foot work and hard work to become a top player.
Nathan Green: "I'm just kind of good at it, so it just kind of stuck."
But his dreams of college soccer were almost wiped out
Nathan Green: "I heard a pop and I just went down."
Nathan tore his ACL, traditional surgeries on teen knees can damage the growth plates.
So pediatric orthopedic surgeon Eric Wall developed a tendon reconstruction just for teens. Nathan's hamstring tendon was used to create a new ACL. The procedure avoids any contact with the growth plate.
Dr. Eric Wall: "In an adult, the tunnel goes up this way and crosses through the growth plate. This way, the tunnel goes horizontally across his knee and the tunnel is drilled beneath the growth plate, so it doesn't touch the growth plate or doesn't cross the growth plate."
On the left is Nathan's knee before surgery. The ACL is gone. On the right, a new ACL is in place.
Jacob Sorger: "I couldn't even walk up the steps when I got home, it was hurting that bad."
Jacob Sorger suffers from a less common but very painful problem, Juvenile Osteochondritis Dissecans or JOCC, which is caused by pressure on immature bones. He needed a bone graft to fix the pain in his knees.
Dr. Eric Wall: "That bone graft supplies stem cells to grow new bone and it supplies bone cells to grow new bone. This is the one chance we have to actually cure a problem and get the knee back to normal."
Now both boys are back up and running.
Diana Diaz: "Rehab took about six months before both boys were able to play soccer, but that's better than their other option which would be to not play at all."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center