THE ARTHROSCOPE – A LITTLE TOOL THAT SAVES CAREERS

Palm Beach Sports Medicine is proud to be one of the leading centers for arthroscopic surgery in south Florida. Our surgeons have been performing this minimally-invasive procedure for many years, and our results are among the best in the nation. Sports Illustrated online reports on some noted athletes who have experienced new life in sports because of the amazing arthroscope:

Billy Sims tore his ACL and never played again. Adrian Peterson did the same and won league MVP a year later. The difference was the arthroscope, sports medicine’s most important innovation of the past 50 years.

Billy Sims ran through defenders. He launched himself over them. Once, he karate-kicked one squarely in the face (it was legal at the time). He was the Lions’ great running hope before Barry Sanders, whetting Detroit fans’ appetite for seeing a guy in a No. 20 jersey racking up 1,000-yard seasons.

Then came Oct. 21, 1984, a road game at Minnesota during Sims’ fifth NFL season. He switched shoes several times during warm-ups, struggling to get comfortable on the Metrodome’s artificial turf. Turns out, the turf was the only thing that could stop him that afternoon. It was another 100-yard day for Sims, who took his 22nd carry midway through the third quarter. The play was a handoff around right end, and his right leg—the one he’d previously thrust like a black belt—got stuck. It twisted as he got tackled, cueing an explosion inside his knee joint.

“Will I miss the rest of the game?” Sims wondered at the time. He didn’t make it back onto the field that day, or ever again. At age 29, his career was over.

“Had it not been for that injury, not to brag, [but] I might have had the chance to make the Hall of Fame,” Sims says today. “Had the technology back then been like it is now, I probably would have gotten a few more years. But, I didn’t.”

Recently, Sims has had good reason to consider the hypothetical. Another running back came along—you may have heard of him—with almost identical credentials: a son of Texas, record-setter at the University of Oklahoma, first-round pick. Adrian Peterson also tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during his fifth professional season.

Sims’ injury was career-ending. Peterson’s was the prelude to his 2,000-yard MVP season in 2012. No two football injuries are the same, but there is one big difference between these two cases: The use of the arthroscope. Full Story @ SI.com

The orthopedic surgeons at Palm Beach Sports Medicine are ready to carefully examine you, accurately diagnose the condition, and prescribe the best course of treatment. With offices in West Palm Beach and Jupiter, we are available for appointments that meet your schedule. Please call 561-845-6000