Winter Injuries Don't Have to Keep You Down

Winter Injuries Don't Have to Keep You Down

by Bevon Findley (SU)
It used to be that an injury from a winter sport could keep someone down for the season. However, with advances in orthopaedic medicine, that’s no longer always the case. For instance, a recent patient of Brian Polsky, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon with Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland, had a snowboarding accident that left him with a tear in his meniscus (part of the knee.) After Dr. Polsky repaired the tear using a minimally invasive surgical technique, he was back on the slopes after a short recovery. Injuries from winter sports are very common and most patients experience sprains and strains, especially in knees, from the twisting and turning associated with activities such as skiing, snowboarding and skating. Most often, these injuries are minor and can be treated more conservatively with rest and time and even physical therapy and heal completely. However, some people experience more serious injuries, such as tears of ligaments, tendons and cartilage, which can require surgery.