Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Medical Reports: Hip Help
WSVN -- It's a condition that can sideline your young athlete and cause more health problems down the road. However a new center is getting these kids back in the game. 7's Christine Cruz shows us how this hip solution works.
When Matt Forrester picked up a basketball, he never wanted to put it down.
Melinda Forrester-Brown: "By the time he was age 5, he knew he had a thing for basketball."
As he grew, so did his love of the sport.
Matthew Forrester: "I was captain 8th grade on the middle school team and junior and senior years of high school."
Yet, as much as Matt excelled on the court, he had trouble with other activities.
Melinda Forrester-Brown: "He was never able to ride a bicycle, he couldn't skateboard."
Then he started to have shooting pain in his legs.
Matthew Forrester: "I thought it was regular growing pains."
However, it turned out to be a much more serious problem with his hips that he was most likely born with.
Dr. Eric Eisner: "Where the shape of the ball and the shape of the socket of their hips doesn't quite fit."
The developmental deformation or misalignment is called hip dysplasia.
Dr. Eric Eisner: "So, everytime they move their hip like this, that ball bangs into the socket and causes the socket to wear out."
If it is not diagnosed and treated, it could lead to issues down the road.
Dr. Eric Eisner: "It leads to problems, not only with the cartilage, the cushioning in the joint, but in some of the soft tissues around the joint."
"You can see it's not a perfectly round ball it looks more like an oval."))
Dr. Eric Eisner is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at U-18 sports medicine at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. He told Matt he would need surgery on both his hips to correct the problem.
Matthew Forrester: "I was in shock to be honest that I didn't have the slightest clue that it would be coming from the hips."
All Matt cared about was playing for his team.
Matthew Forrester: "First thing that came to my head was I was going to miss my season."
Dr. Eisner scheduled the surgeries around his season, so he wouldn't miss a playing. Now, Matthew's his hip joints are like new.
Dr. Eric Eisner: "We've created a round shape to the ball."
Matt is facing months of physical therapy but he's getting stronger everyday and can do something he could never do before-- ride a bike.
Matthew Forrester: "It's a new experience."
His advice to other kids is don't suffer in silence.
Matthew Forrester: "Kids that are suffering and going through pain need to come forward and tell their parents."
Christine Cruz: "The team at U-18 started the Center For Hip Preservation to help kids overcome hip problems and get them back to their game.
For more information go to www.U18sportsmedicine.com .
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