Event Title

Osteoarthritis and Hyaluronic Acid Injections

Major

Athletic Training

Faculty Mentor

Amanda I. Jarriel

Abstract

Case Study: Osteoarthritis and Hyaluronic Acid Injections Head C; Georgia Military College Milledgeville, GA Objective: To present the case of a collegiate football player suffering from osteoarthritis. Background: Patient is a football tight end who complained of left knee pain during preseason. Differential Diagnosis: Inflamed plica, torn meniscus, osteochondral irregularity, flatten subchondral plate, and moderate chondromalacia. Treatment: Patient was started on rehabilitation program to gain full range of motion and strength to his knee. Underwater treadmill was used every other day to keep the patient in shape without adding extra stress to the joint. Range of motion exercises and electrical stimulation was used for pain reduction. Game Ready was also used to alleviate pain and any swelling that occurred throughout rehab. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) injections, a natural lubricant geared to act as a shock absorber to the joint were eventually given in three series. Uniqueness: Osteoarthritis in young adults is rare. Although there has not been a cure for osteoarthritis, the knee is the only place that HA injections have been approved to be administered. Conclusion: Although osteoarthritis is not as prevalent in young adults this case study can give other athletic trainers treatment options for athletes presenting with osteoarthritis. It can also prevent future healthcare professionals from ignoring the symptoms of osteoarthritis in young adults. References Osteoarthritis and you: patient information from the CDC. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2010;24(4):430-1.

Session Name:

Poster Presentation Session #1 - Poster #19

Start Date

10-4-2015 11:30 AM

End Date

10-4-2015 12:15 PM

Location

HSB 3rd Floor Student Commons

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Osteoarthritis and Hyaluronic Acid Injections

HSB 3rd Floor Student Commons

Case Study: Osteoarthritis and Hyaluronic Acid Injections Head C; Georgia Military College Milledgeville, GA Objective: To present the case of a collegiate football player suffering from osteoarthritis. Background: Patient is a football tight end who complained of left knee pain during preseason. Differential Diagnosis: Inflamed plica, torn meniscus, osteochondral irregularity, flatten subchondral plate, and moderate chondromalacia. Treatment: Patient was started on rehabilitation program to gain full range of motion and strength to his knee. Underwater treadmill was used every other day to keep the patient in shape without adding extra stress to the joint. Range of motion exercises and electrical stimulation was used for pain reduction. Game Ready was also used to alleviate pain and any swelling that occurred throughout rehab. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) injections, a natural lubricant geared to act as a shock absorber to the joint were eventually given in three series. Uniqueness: Osteoarthritis in young adults is rare. Although there has not been a cure for osteoarthritis, the knee is the only place that HA injections have been approved to be administered. Conclusion: Although osteoarthritis is not as prevalent in young adults this case study can give other athletic trainers treatment options for athletes presenting with osteoarthritis. It can also prevent future healthcare professionals from ignoring the symptoms of osteoarthritis in young adults. References Osteoarthritis and you: patient information from the CDC. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2010;24(4):430-1.