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Crutch No More

Crutch No More
Off-loading prosthetic
Skiers get injured. But with this new weight-bearing device, patients can ditch the crutches—and carry their own coffee.

[ Fri, 2009-11-06 11:42 ]
ACL rupture
Skiers who tear their ACLs have three reconstruction options. Find out which one is best for you.

For skiers who tear their anterior cruciate ligaments, the decision of whether or not to reconstruct it is not an issue; active people almost always opt for surgery. What is a challenge, however, is deciding how to reconstruct the rupture: using the patient's patellar tendon, hamstring or a donor graft from a cadaver. Each option bears different results. Dr. Johnathon Cluett weighs the pros and cons of each, and guides you in the right direction.

[ Mon, 2009-10-05 13:22 ]
Knee X-Ray
More doctors are performing partial-knee replacements, which may be a better option than a full prosthetic.

Bump skiers, rejoice! A total knee replacement may not be your fate. More orthopedic surgeons are performing partial knee replacements, also known as unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) or "uniknee," which are less invasive. Osteoarthritis of the knees, caused by wear and tear, is incredibly common in skiers.

Injury Busters

Want to avoid injury this season? Here are nine moves you need to know to stack the safety odds in your favor.

As a skier, risk-taking is in your genes—your fourth dopamine receptor gene, to be exact. That’s why even though alpine skiing comes with the chance of injury, you won’t be hocking your Atomics any time soon.

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