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The Hockey Doc: Achilles tendon injuries

By Dr. Rob LaPrade
http://drrobertlaprademd.com

 

Question: I am a 40-year-old male who plays hockey in an adult league once a week. I recently had surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon. Can I expect to return to hockey and, if so, after how long?

Answer: Achilles tendon tears are relatively common and represent a significant hurdle to individuals who wish to remain active in sports. With high profile athletes like the L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant suffering an Achilles tendon rupture and the Ottawa Senators’ Erik Karlsson sustaining an Achilles tendon laceration, interest in these injuries has been high.

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The Hockey Doc: Athletica pubalgia

By Dr. Rob LaPrade
http://drrobertlaprademd.com

 

Question: My 8-year-old son has been playing hockey for three years. He plays three days a week for one hour per game or practice. Recently, he has experienced groin pain intermittently after skating. We took him to an orthopedist who told us he has stress fractures of both pubic rami in his pelvis. What causes this and what can be done to help him return to play?

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The Hockey Doc: Hockey after hip replacements

By Dr. Rob LaPrade
http://drrobertlaprademd.com

 

Question: I am a 65-year-old university professor who still enjoys playing hockey. I have hip arthritis that is becoming very painful with activity, so I am considering hip replacements. Is there any evidence concerning the impact on hip replacements of participation in “old guy” recreational ice hockey?

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The Hockey Doc: Low back pain in hockey

By Dr. Rob LaPrade
http://drrobertlaprademd.com

 

Question:  I play forward on my high school varsity hockey team, and sometimes when I get checked my lower back goes into a painful spasm. What causes this and is there anything I can do to prevent it?

Answer: The back pain you are describing can have a number of different causes. Lower back pain can be from either the back itself (a bony or soft tissue problem), or from a problem in some of the deep organs in the lower part of the torso near the back (especially the kidneys).

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The Hockey Doc: MCL injury of the elbow

By Dr. Rob LaPrade
http://drrobertlaprademd.com

 

Question: I was checked and my arm was jammed between the boards and a stick on the the outside of my elbow. The inside of my elbow is now painful and seems to gap open. What is wrong with my elbow and what can I do to treat it?

Answer: It sounds like you have injured the medial collateral ligament (MCL) of your elbow. Chronic MCL injuries of the elbow are more common in overhead throwing sports (for example, baseball pitchers or tennis players), but can occur acutely in ice hockey.

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