When an athletic injury requires surgery, expert diagnosis and experience in the full range of potential procedures are essential for a quick return to action.
"But to prevent reinjury and restore full function, it’s also important to devise a tailored rehabilitation program that can be adapted as needed as we carefully track recovery,” said C. Benjamin Ma, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon and chief of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at the UCSF Orthopaedic Institute at Mission Bay.
At the institute, surgeons perform procedures on everything from the shoulder, elbow and wrist to the hip, knee, ankle and foot. "Having an expert, interdisciplinary team and advanced equipment can optimize the rehabilitation phase," Ma said.
Ma said that care is enhanced by a staff that includes orthopaedic surgeons, primary care sports physicians and certified athletic trainers, all who work closely with consulting physiatrists, rheumatologists, cardiologists and other UCSF specialists. The team takes advantage of a high-tech Human Performance Center that precisely analyzes a variety of factors critical to health and athletic performance, including where patients are in their recovery from surgery.
Consider a common sports procedure, such as reconstructive surgery for the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). A comprehensive postsurgical evaluation includes a:
"These tests enable us to be more precise with our recommendations," Ma said. "We can determine things such as how much weight a person should train with along the recovery path, or what pace to run if they are engaged in endurance sports."
The value of such recommendations is enhanced by continuous insights from research, as well as expert, collaborative clinical work on virtually all sports injuries at any level of play — from pediatric athletes and adult weekend warriors to collegiate and professional athletes.
In addition to its surgical and rehabilitation services, the sports medicine team runs cardiac and concussion prevention and treatment clinics, as well as two innovative community outreach efforts:
Appointments can be made at the Orthopaedic Institute Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at (415) 353-7566.
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