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MRIAs opposed to the hip joint (a true ball and socket joint), the shoulder joint is a much shallower joint, and offers less structural support than is seen in the hip. The shoulder joint's anatomy has sometimes been compared to that of a golf ball and golf tee, with the head of the humerus being compared to the golf ball, and the scapula's glenoid fossa being the tee. The cross-sectional MRI of the shoulder joint, as seen below, shows this unique anatomical relationship in detail.
Ankle SprainIf symptoms persist, deformities are noted, or pain intensity is high, x-rays may need to be taken to rule out any bone fractures. Initial treatment for ankle injuries should include protection from further injury, ice, compression, rest, and elevation. It may be necessary for the player to wear an ankle brace and/or ankle tape to prevent further injury during rehabilitating and after returning to active play.
ArthroscopyKnee joint arthroscopy is performed with a surgical arthroscope that allows the surgeon to indirectly view the knee's anatomy on a television monitor.
Minimally Invasive SurgeryRecovery time from arthroscopic surgery is much shorter than it is for conventional or open surgery. Because the incisions for this minimally invasive surgery are much smaller, patients experience less post-operative discomfort, and are able to return to their daily activities in a much shortened time period.
ArthroscopyDr. Ahlfeld is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Sugery and has a subspecialty board certification in sports medicine. He is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Assiociation of North America. He also holds membership in the Indiana State Medical Association as well as numberous other societies and professional associations. He has authored several articles and scientific papers on sports-related injuries and general orthopaedic topics. Has served on a national expert panel on the topic of basketball injuries presented by the American College of Sports Medicine. He also served as Chief Medical Officer fo the Pan American Games in Indianapolis. Dr. Ahlfeld reviews research publications for the American Journal of Sports Medicine.
Knee ReplacementA partial knee replacement is used to treat moderate to severe arthritis of the knee. This procedure replaces the medial components of the femur and tibia, allowing a patient to keep existing lateral bone that may not need to be replaced.
Knee ArthroscopyThe cartilage that cushions the shoulder socket is also known as the labrum. This tissue can tear from compression, twisting and often overuse injuries of the shoulder. Small tear can be debrided away similar to a knee arthroscopy, however larger tears need to be anchored back to the glenoid to assure proper attachment and full function.
ArthritisThis anterior cruciate ligament is a thick fibrous band that connects the femur (the thigh bone) with the tibia (shin bone). If the ACL is completely torn, the knee becomes unstable. Because long-term instability may lead to early arthritis of the knee, a proper diagnosis is necessary to obtain the best possible outcome. By recognizing the instability and reconstructing the ACL, the chance of degenerative changes in the joint are reduced. A small percentage of people may be able to function with a torn ACL; however, this usually requires modification of activity.
Sports MedicineSteven K. Ahlfeld, MD has been in private practice in Indianapolis as an orthopaedic surgeon since 1984. During that time he has become a recognized leader in Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. Many of Dr. Ahlfeld's patients are competitive or recreational athletes, who have suffered some type of sports-related injury.
Manual TherapyIn not just providing generic types of treatments and any treatments recommended will be based on thorough and proper evaluation of each patient. For patient experience pain, modalities such as cortisone, ultrasound and taping are availble to add comfort. For other that see a lack of performance due to a tightness or weakness, manual therapy augmented with specific muscle control exercise may be needed. Whatever the injury or discrepancy, we will find the cause and treat accordingly.
Orthotics and Prosthetic Therapy
Ankle SprainAn ankle sprain is a common occurrence in basketball, as well as other sports. This injury causes a stretch or tear to one or more of the ligaments in the ankle. Sprains are graded on a I to III Grading Scale based on ligament damage, with a Grade III Sprain being the most severe injury. The most common mechanism of injury involves stepping or landing on someone else's foot. The result is a twisting injury to the ankle. Symptoms may include sudden pain, swelling, discoloration, and an inability to move the ankle properly.
Physical TherapyFor patients that do not require surgery, physical therapy is a proven way to decrease pain and restore function. We pride ourselves
Tennis ElbowTennis Elbow, also called lateral epicondylitis, is a very common form of tendinitis that occurs in at a specific area on the lateral elbow. The cause of this condition is believed not to be inflammatory in nature, but may be related to sustained overuse of the forearm, called repetitive trauma. In some instances, the condition may be work-related, or sports-related as well. Although the name implies a direct correlation with the sport of tennis, you do not have to play tennis to get this condition.
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