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.
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.
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.