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Sports Injuries

Getting Young Players Back in the Game

Parents know that no sport is risk free. Along with the rewards of any sport is the possibility of injuries. The most common – sprains, strains, fractures, torn ligaments, dislocations -- require timely, proper medical treatment and an understanding of the musculoskeletal system of the growing athlete.

Our pediatric orthopedic physicians provide patients with comprehensive care and management of sports injuries. We are part of Baptist Health South Florida’s network of world class sports medicine care including Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, nationally known for its skilled physicians and advanced minimally invasive treatments.

Our pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Roger E. Saldana, M.D., specializes in repair and reconstruction procedures for many sports injuries, including: 

ACL reconstruction
The anterior cruciate ligament, known as the ACL, is one of the major ligaments in the knee. ACL injuries happen most often during sports that require sudden stops and direct changes – sports like basketball, football, tennis and soccer. A torn ACL causes the knee to be unstable and potentially give way. To regain full functioning of the knee, surgery is often required. Because a torn ACL cannot be successfully stitched back together, the ligament must be rebuilt using a graft, a piece of tendon from another part of the leg or from a cadaver. The graft acts as scaffolding upon which a new ligament will grow.

A less invasive procedure, arthroscopic surgery, is used to reconstruct the ACL. A small fiber-optic camera or viewing scope, the arthroscope, guides the placement of the graft through small incisions in the knee.
Meniscus repairs
Athletes who play contact sports are most likely to experience a meniscal tear, or torn cartilage in the knee. They are among the most common knee injuries. The meniscus are the rubbery pieces of cartilage the work like shock absorbers between the thighbone and shinbone. The tear is painful, and causes the knee to catch, lock and feel as though it is giving way.

Some meniscal tears require surgery, while others improve with rest, ice, a compression bandage, elevation and anti-inflammatory medication. We will consider the type of tear, related injuries, the child’s age and activity level among other factors, in developing a treatment plan.

If surgery is required, our pediatric orthopedic surgeons will repair the meniscus using arthroscopic surgery. A tiny camera or arthroscope is inserted through a small incision in the knee, so that the surgeon can clearly see the inside of the knee. Equally small instruments are inserted through another incision, and used to repair the meniscus.

With arthroscopic surgery, patients experience less pain and less recovery time.

We also offer:
Occupational and physical therapy through Baptist Children’s Hospital’s Child Development Center​ and South Miami Hospital’s Child Development Center, 5975 Sunset Drive, Suite 100.

For more information about our treatments and services or to make an appointment, please call us at 305-279-3784.