Youth Injuries & Sport Care: ACL

Youth Injuries & Sport Care: ACL

There’s an old saying that says, “Youth is wasted on the young.” As you watch your kids hard at work on the playing field, most of the time you might marvel at what kind of punishment they can put themselves through in the prime of their youth. Unfortunately, that all may change the moment they encounter a sports injury. Most of the time, they are giving everything they have to the sport, and with coaching, the pressures to succeed and to dominate on the field, kids are a lot less willing to hold back. Because of this, a sports injury can wreak havoc on future performance in more ways that just one. With an injury comes the setback of building and maintaining a level of physical ability, but the mental trauma associated with such an injury can cause them to hold back in future events, hindering their once all-in athletic performance.

One of the most common injuries affects the anterior cruciate ligament, or as it is most commonly referred to, the ACL. The ACL is one of the most important ligaments in the range of motion as well as the strength of your knees. Most sports are heavily reliant upon the function of an athlete’s knees, not only in terms of strength, but also flexibility. This is why proper treatment of an injured ACL is of utmost importance. Thankfully, an ACL injury is no longer a career-ender, much less a permanently debilitating injury, due to advances in modern medicine.

Through the use of minimally-invasive, arthroscopic surgery, as well as combined treatment plans in pain management and physical therapy, recovery is shorter than it has ever been and the likelihood of repeated injury is also significantly reduced from even a few years ago. Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine has the technical experience as well as bedside manner you can rely on to get your young athlete back on the playing field, court, track, or floor doing what they love.

Contact us to get back on the road to recovery today!  Let us help your young athlete to achieve their goals and follow their dreams.


Common Hockey Injuries

Concussions, Back Injuries, Elbow Injuries

Hockey Players Take A Beating, Typically

It is no surprise that hockey player undergo some physical pushing and shoving during the game. Sometimes the game is so physical that it can lead to injuries to their body which requires the medical attention of a doctor. We recommend an advanced sports medicine doctor like our very own, Dr. Irvine.

Ice hockey players fighting during game, Dr. Irvine, Sport Medicine

What are some common hockey player injuries?

Concussion This is a traumatic brain injury which may alter the way your brain functions.

Shoulder Injury* Our team evaluates and treat shoulder injuries including labral tears, Bankart lesions, rotator cuff tears & more.

Elbow Injury* Dr Irvine helps east the pain from elbow injuries such as fractures.

Back Injury Hockey players are especially at risk for lower back injuries which can affect your skating stride and overall comfort.

Hip Injury* Dr Irvine is experienced in treating hip arthroscopy as well as performing total hip replacement.

Knee Injury* Our doctor can perform ACL and PCL reconstruction, whether it be minimally invasive or a total reconstruction. However, his experience does not stop there. He is also able to treat a number of other knee conditions and injuries.

Wrist Injury* If you are experiencing a mallet finger injury and/or a wrist or hand fracture, then Dr. Irvine is your guy to call.

* Denotes services in which Dr. Irvine can help diagnose & treat.

If you are interested in jumping onto the road of recovery, and would like to become a potential patient of ours, please call today to schedule your appointment 314-567-5850.

Patience is key to ACL surgery recovery

Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine will help you recover from an ACL injury in a proper time frame.

If you play soccer, it’s likely that you or someone you know has suffered an injury to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament, better known as ACL. The number one question after an ACL surgery is schedule is “how long until I’m better and can return to play?”

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t the same for everyone and that’s because the answer depends on the extent of the injury and the rehabilitation.

As noted by, there are many phases of an ACL rehabilitation.

The first phase, or the first two week after surgery, is focused on controlling the inflammation, using crutches and working on the range of motion. The next phase comes two to six weeks after surgery and it’s focused on strengthening the knee and giving it full range of motion.

The third phase happens six weeks to four months after the surgery and works on preparing the athlete to return to playing sports. This includes improving the patient’s confidence and beginning some light jogging.

Four to six month after surgery, the patient might be able to return to sports depending on the sport. The patient should also be pain-free with full range of motion and have sufficient strength back in the ligament.

Usually around six months, the patient can return to playing sports if he/she meets all the criteria for rehabilitation and recovery with a doctor’s clearance. The patient should also understand there may be limits to what he/she can do following surgery.

The recovery time for any surgery is unique to each individual patient. These phases listed above are just a general guideline for most patients.

At Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine, Dr. Irvine performs the most advanced techniques in arthroscopy, including ACL and PCL reconstruction. He is skilled at performing a minimally invasive ACL reconstruction to shorten your recovery time.

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Stay safe on the slopes this winter

Ski injury prevention Missouri Orthopedics

It’s difficult to be active during the winter if you hate the cold, but those who don’t mind the chill in the air often find refuge on the ski slopes where injuries on slick surfaces and choppy areas are common.

The following is a list of common skiing injuries and prevention tips:

According to, the most common skiing injury is a damaged ACL. This happens by twisting your knee such as when skiers squat, extend their uphill arm behind them and place their weight on the inside edge of the downhill ski. Skiers can avoid this injury by squatting to keep from falling, quickly pulling the skis together, flexing your knees and extending their arms in front of them.

Twelve percent of skiing injuries are a damaged MCL. It can happen when you fall forward and catch the ski tip’s inside edge which puts stress on your knee’s MCL. You can avoid it by making sure your bindings work. You can have a ski mechanic do a release check by following the American Society for Testing and Materials standards.

Another common injury is known as “skier’s thumb.” This happens when a skier grips their pole as they fall and drive their thumb into the snow or against the strap. Doctors urge skiers not to slip their wrists through the strap if a pole as one on it.

Click here for more information on common skiing injuries.

At Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine, Dr. Irvine can help your ski or other injury-related ailments. He has a particular interest in treating knee pain and injuries, but he can also treat and evaluate injuries to the elbow, hand, wrist, hip, foot, and ankle.

If you recently suffered an injury, don’t hesitate to call us at (314) 567-5850!

Stretching can help prevent knee sprains

Knee Sprain Prevention at Missouri Orthopedics

In late November, the St. Louis Blues had a scare when goaltender Brian Elliott suffered a “lower-body injury” when his leg appeared to be caught underneath him during a scramble in front of the net.

The injury would be later classified as a knee sprain by several media outlets.

A knee sprain is classified as the stretching or tearing of ligaments that support the knee, but fortunately for the Blues, Elliott didn’t need surgery which is required when the ligament is completely torn.

While Elliott was injured playing a sport, a knee sprain can happen in everyday life, such as having poor coordination and balance, inadequate flexibility and strength in muscles and ligaments, and loose joints.

According to, some of the causes of a knee sprain include forced twisting of the knee, stopping suddenly or shifting your weight while running, landing awkwardly after jumping, a blow to the outer or inner side of the knee, and a blow to the front of the knee while bent and the foot is firmly planted on the ground.

There are three grades of knee sprains and the treatments to heal a sprained knee include the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation), medication, knee support such as a brace, rehabilitation exercises, and surgery.

How can you reduce the risk of spraining your knee? It’s recommend to stretch or warm up before exercising and cool down afterwards. Also, you should take a break from sports or exercise when you feel tired. Doing exercises that strengthen the leg muscles and learning proper techniques for sports and exercises will decrease the stress on the knee area.

Dr. Irvine at Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine has a particular interest in treating knee pain and injuries. He performs the most advanced techniques in arthroscopy, including ACL and PCL reconstruction, and treatment of osteochondral defects.

Call us at (314) 567-5850 to schedule an appointment.

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