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What is the Knee Meniscus and What Does it Do? Apr 1st, 2022

The menisci of the knee joint are crescent-shaped wedges of cartilage that play a critical role in stabilizing and lubricating the knee joint. The menisci are a crucial part of the knee joint’s mechanics, distributing the load across the knee joint and acting as shock absorbers.  Damage to the meniscus...

How Long Does It Take to Recover After ACL Surgery? Mar 1st, 2022

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery is a common operation. Whether you’re an athlete or just eager to get back to your active lifestyle, you’re likely wondering how long recovery will take. Everyone's path to successful rehabilitation is different, but you can take some steps to aid in your recovery, and...

Can A Herniated Disc Repair Itself Feb 1st, 2022

A herniated disc, also called a slipped disc, is a common problem that can happen at any age but becomes more common as you get older. It can be caused by various things but is most often the result of wear and tear on the spine. When this happens, the...

What to Expect After Knee Meniscal Surgery Jan 10th, 2022

Meniscus injuries are among the most common knee injuries, with surgeons performing an estimated 850,000 meniscus surgery each year in the United States.  Board-certified sports medicine and orthopedic surgeon Michael Klassen, MD, performs a full range of orthopedic surgical approaches and routinely repairs meniscal tears, particularly common in contact sports. ...

I'm an Athlete: Will an ACL Reconstruction Stop Me from Playing? Dec 9th, 2021

ACL injuries are one of the most common sports injuries and tend to occur in sports that involve pivoting, twisting, quick stops, or landing from a jump. Football, soccer, and tennis are sports most likely to cause ACL injuries.  Every athlete wants to return to their chosen sport as quickly...

Understanding Biologics and How They Work Nov 7th, 2021

Biologics are a breakthrough in medicine and cover a broad range of therapies. Biologics have highly beneficial use in orthopedic medicine. Common biologics used in orthopedic medicine include platelet rich plasma (PRP), stem cell therapy, birth tissue, and certain fat graphs. Board-certified sports medicine and orthopedic surgeon Michael Klassen, MD,...

How Nonsurgical Treatments Can Improve Your Spine Injury Oct 4th, 2021

Your back is composed of bones, muscles, and other structures that stabilize the body. The spine is in the center and supports the upper body, and protects the spinal cord. Various injuries can impact your back, from spine fracture to damage caused by arthritis. Most people with spine injuries won't...

The 3 Most Common Types of Shoulder Surgeries Sep 14th, 2021

Patients are referred for shoulder surgery to repair and restore function to a damaged shoulder joint. Injury, inflammatory disease, and wear and tear are common causes of shoulder damage. Surgery is an option when the damage to the shoulder joint is extensive or nonsurgical treatments fail to provide adequate pain...

Who is a Candidate for Spine Surgery? Aug 15th, 2021

Sudden or degenerative spinal damage such as herniated discs and ligament injuries can mean dealing with daily neck and back pain. Whether from a bad fall or a degenerative condition like arthritis, damage to the spine can negatively impact many aspects of your day-to-day life and lower your overall quality...

Getting Back in the Game After and ACL Tear Jul 19th, 2021

An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear is a common sports-related injury. The ability to return to play following an ACL injury is the primary concern of most athletes.  Prompt surgical intervention and rehabilitation are a priority for athletes with ACL injuries. Orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Michael Klassen, MD,...

Signs of a Rotator Cuff Injury Jun 11th, 2021

Your shoulder is one of the largest, most complex joints in your body. It involves three bones held securely in place by a group of muscles and tendons. Together, they make your rotator cuff, which keeps your upper arm bone in your shoulder socket and gives you a wide range...