Rick Wright, MD, the author of this blog, is a sports medicine physician at Washington University Orthopedics in St. Louis and the head team physician for the St. Louis Blues. He specializes in the treatment of sports-related injuries, and has special interests in knee ACL and revision ACL injuries, meniscus injuries, articular cartilage injuries of the knee, shoulder instability, rotator cuff disease, and total knee replacements. Your comments and feedback are encouraged.
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Monday, June 25, 2018
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Sunday, June 24, 2018
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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Michael Wacha Strains His Oblique Muscle: What Does That Mean?
Oblique muscle strains have reared their ugly head for the St. Louis Cardinals again. This time it isMichael Wacha in the midst of maybe his best season. He is expected to miss a month, but that may be optimistic. Why are these such significant injuries for some sports and playing positions while you never hear about them in other sports?
The oblique muscles reside on both sides of the abdomen and chest running from the pelvis to the chest and ribs in the front and chest and spine in the back. There are 2 muscle groups on each side the internal and external obliques. Rather than running straight vertically or horizontally they run “obliquely” across the body and thus their name.
These muscles are critical for rotational activities and that is why they are more impactful for certain sports. While challenging for any athlete an oblique muscle strain is the worst for those athletes that repetitively rotate. Thus baseball pitchers and hitters are highly affected. Hockey players are also bothered by it while shooting especially during slap shots. We have had several over the years that resulted in several games lost. It much less frequently affects sports that are more linear such as track, swimming football or basketball. It is an infrequent injury even for quarterbacks and I can’t remember a significant oblique injury with loss of time for any of the Rams quarterbacks.
Treatment is similar to other muscle strains and involves conservative management with ice, NSAIDs and rehabilitation including stretching and strengthening. Nothing seems to shorten the recovery which for baseball position players is typically a month. If anything more than a minor strain for a pitcher it can cost 6-8 weeks. Cortisone injections can be utilized, but still time is the best ally and cortisone is relatively a quick fix. These muscle strains typically are diffuse over a relatively large area and thus difficult to pinpoint for an injection. Likewise there is no scientific evidence that platelet rich plasma (PRP) or stem cell injections will speed recovery. That is why these are difficult injuries for the athletes and the fans that follow them. It is hard to be patient.
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Thursday, June 7, 2018
Alex Reyes Underwent Latissimus Repair: What Does That Mean?
Cardinal pitcher Alex Reyes underwent latissimus dorsi repair after recently injuring it. Tony Romeo a Philadelphia surgeon performed the repair. The latissimus muscle originates on the ribs and thoracic spine and inserts on the humerus (arm bone) near the shoulder joint. It is responsible for the following actions: extension, adduction, horizontal abduction, flexion froman extended position and internalrotation of the shoulder joint. Given the time to heal and then the lengthy time to return to throwing this will be a season ending injury for him. Read a description of the technique HERE
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