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ROCHealth Radio: Innovation in Sports Medicine

A Conversation with Christopher Brown, MD, About Cutting Edge Procedures in Sports Medicine

January 8, 2019

 
When Christopher Brown, MD, thinks of sports medicine, he thinks of three main criteria: performance, prevention and treatment. As athletes and weekend warriors have become engrained in our society, he says there are three things he always has on his mind when treating his patients:

  • How can we get our athletes bigger, faster and stronger?
  • How can we prevent injury?
  • How can we recognize the signs of injury and treat them appropriately?

He said that, as a sports medicine physician, he has had to be able to react to the landscape of sports has changing drastically over the last decade – more athletes are specializing in one sport, training at high intensity levels, and playing with multiple teams. ACL tears are increasing rapidly amongst athletes over the last 15 years (about 2 percent year-over-year). Brown says that there hasn't been enough focus on prevention within the sports landscape. 

He says that overuse injuries to knees, shoulders, and ankles can be combatted with developing safe movement patterns. While they're not learned overnight, he says there are programs like Sportsmetrics, FIFA 11 Plus, and the PEP program that focus on enhanced performance through warm-ups, stretching, strengthening and sports specific agility that has proven to decrease injury risk.  

In orthopaedics, his team focuses on staying mobile and building strength within the bone. One way they've been able to do that is the MACI procedure – a knee repair that regenerates the patient's own cartilage and cells to heal. It provides long-lasting pain relief and improves the patient's overall function.

Brown has had tremendous success treating patients like Courtney Johnson with this procedure:

 

 

 

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