My name is Megan and on January 2nd, I received the most detrimental news any young athlete could hear in their career. My doctor informed me that I had a torn lateral meniscus, an injury that could progressively worsen if not operated on immediately. Luckily my doctor would soon go onto operate on my knee. I am now blessed to say I am a lateral meniscus tear recovery, thanks to two amazing men in my life, Dr. James Lee Pace and Chris Butler. Without the amazing work of Chris & the Catz staff, I wouldn’t be able to sit here and share with you that I am fully recovered and close to fulfilling my dreams of playing collegiate basketball. He not only pushed me when he knew I could do more, but also stopped me when I asked to do more, without his perfect balance and knowledge of my injury and self motivation, I wouldn’t be where I am today. His passion for helping others recover made my recovery a breeze. I am truly grateful for his dedication and motivation.
As summer comes to a close and the fall sports season begins, many kids will begin or resume participation on organized sports teams and in school PE class. This means an increase in growing kids experiencing heel pain, a very common condition known as Sever’s Disease or Sever’s Injury. Continue reading “Pediatric Heel Pain”
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is one of the most common knee disorders among the active population. It is characterized by peripatellar pain during activity, descending stairs or with prolonged sitting. All of these tasks sound like a typical day for an adolescent student-athlete. The patellofemoral joint consists of the patella and its approximation within the distal femoral groove. Continue reading “Youth Athlete Patellofemoral Pain: Home Exercise Routine”
Adolescent and young adult ACL reconstructions are a common diagnosis among my caseload. I often get the opportunity to consult and or provide pre-operative physical therapy in many of these cases. Nearly all of my ACL patients participate in athletics, so it’s imperative to return them to a high functional level. Complete rehabilitation requires 9-12 months of focused therapy and dedicated hard work by the patient, but it’s also important to get off to a good start. Continue reading “Considerations for Adolescent ACL Reconstructions”
This is a guest post from Kevin Wentz, PT, CSCS. Kevin is the Founder and Co-Owner of Catz Physical Therapy Institute and Sports Performance Center in Pasadena, CA. He has been a leader in the sports medicine field since 1994 and has rehabbed the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, David Beckham, and Adrian Beltre. I have had the good fortune of working with him at Catz since 2007.
Elbow Injuries in Young Baseball Pitchers
by Kevin Wentz Continue reading “Little Leaguer’s Elbow”
Youth sport specialization has become a hot topic in the sports medicine world recently. Baseball seems to be getting much of the attention, with the record setting pace of Tommy John surgeries in the MLB and studies reporting pitching participation on consecutive days and in some cases multiple games per day. Continue reading “Is Early Sport Specialization a Risk Factor for Anterior Knee Pain in Female Athletes?”