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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: 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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The Hockey Doc: Hip arthritis and skating

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

 

Question: I am a 50-year-old who developed hip arthritis 18 months ago. I attempted to play through my injury for six months, but then I had to stop. After a thorough workup, I was sent to rehabilitation and now I have almost no pain. While I have hip stiffness and tightness and the decreased motion, I would like to try and skate again. Do you think this is possible?

Answer: In recent years, it has been recognized that hockey players have a much higher risk for development of hip arthritis. Even in youth hockey players, increased hours on the ice may lead to damage of the growth plate and the development of femoroacetabular impingement.

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The Hockey Doc: Clavicle fractures

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

 

Question: I was recently checked hard into the boards and felt a sharp pain in my shoulder area. After getting x-rays, I was diagnosed with a clavicle fracture. How long until I can get back to practice and games?

Answer: The clavicle is one of the most commonly broken bones in the body. The clavicle is an “S” shaped bone that sits horizontally in the shoulder region and acts as a strut, or bridge, between the scapula (shoulder blade) and sternum (chest). In addition, the clavicle helps to connect your arm to your upper torso and protects the underlying blood vessels and nerves in your shoulder.

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The Hockey Doc: Prepatellar bursitis on the front of the knee

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

 

Question: I hit my right knee hard into the boards when I was checked. Over the past week, I have developed swelling, like a baseball, over the front of one of my knees. I’ve been told that it is a bursitis -what should I do about it? Should I get an MRI?

Answer: The symptoms that you are experiencing and the mechanism of your injury do fit the diagnosis of prepatellar bursitis – an inflammation of the large prepatellar bursa in the front of the knee.

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