Andy Cossey – Knee Surgeon Portsmouth

Planning to Sochi Slalom?

Planning to Sochi Slalom?

By on Feb 25, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

 

Knee injuries account for well over a third of ski injuries. Of this the commonest musculoskeletal injury skier’s sustain is a non-contact twist to the knee, typically on an implanted ski. Injuries sustained through non-contact, or by direct contact with fellow enthusiasts, have a significant effect on both occupational and social activities therefore need treating appropriately.Knee injuries account for well over a third of ski injuries. Of this the commonest musculoskeletal injury skier’s sustain is a non-contact twist to the knee, typically on an implanted ski. Injuries sustained through non-contact, or by direct contact with fellow enthusiasts, have a significant effect on both occupational and social activities therefore need treating appropriately.

 

Most injuries are assessed within the local resort clinic, following an x-ray by a clinician. Usually, given no bony injury or fracture is detected a provisional diagnosis is made and a brace should be fitted. For the remainder of your holiday it is advisable to take the following intervention:

  • Elevate the knee
  • Rest
  • Apply regular ice to reduce any swelling
  • An anti-inflammatory should be taken

 

Upon your return it is essential you receive an early assessment of your knee injury, by a specialist to ensure an accurate diagnosis.

Key symptoms to consider:

  • ‘Popping’  at the time of injury
  • Instant  swelling
  • The  knee feeling unstable since the injury
  • The  inability to fully straighten or lock your knee

It is essential an accurate diagnosis is made to ensure the correct treatment plan. This will enable a quicker return to pre-injury levels of performance.

The most accurate way to diagnose knee injuries is by MRI scan. This sensitive investigation enables the soft tissues within your knee to be assessed for injury. Typical injuries includes the menisci (shock absorbers), articular joint lining and the ligaments. A scan will ensure the correct treatment is process, which depending on diagnosis may include:

  • Bracing   (especially if the Medial Collateral Ligament is injured)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Arthroscopic  (keyhole) surgery
  • Ligament  reconstruction (commonly the ACL)

 

The majority of knee skiing injuries will return to pre injury performance levels, if the correct diagnosis is made and treatment instigated. This level of professionalism is how France’s Peter Vaultier won gold in the Sochi Snowboard Cross, after tearing his ACL less than 12weeks ago!

What an inspiration!

…Happy skiing.

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