This is a minimally invasive procedure that allows orthopaedic surgeons to treat and diagnose some injuries. It is usually performed after other testing options including X-rays and MRI or CT scans. The doctor will insert a small fiber-optic light, a magnifying lens, and a camera into the affected area (like a joint) to see any damage. These tools allow the professional to get a detailed look at the injury.
Arthroscopy is a common treatment for sports injuries. But, some require a mixture of this procedure and open surgery. Common injuries that can be treated using arthroscopy alone include tendon, ligament, and cartilage tears, rotator cuff tears, and inflamed joints. The knees, elbows, shoulders, ankles, hips, and wrists are the most often areas treated using this method.
Sports medicine is a branch of healthcare that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries for athletes of any skill level. The goal is to get athletes back to enjoying their sport as quickly as possible. Whether you play sports professionally or are a parent supporting your little leaguer, you may eventually become familiar with sports medicine and one of its related treatments, arthroscopy.
Orthopedic injuries are common among athletes because of wear and tear, falls, and other accidents. Injuries include ACL and other ligament tears, meniscus tears, fractures, strains, torn tendons, and even joint dislocations. Orthopedic doctors can help treat sports injuries with rehabilitation, bracing, and surgery (traditional open surgery and arthroscopy).