Education is one key components of TRIA’s mission. Our annual Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Conference allows us to bring in recognized specialists in their field to educate orthopedic surgeons and other orthopedic professionals. Topics addressed issues and challenges faced in the treatment and management of patients as they age, yet remain active.
Friday February 9, 2018 marked TRIA Orthopaedic Center’s 21st Annual Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Conference.”Sports Injuries Across the Ages: Staying in the Game” drew more than 175 attendees.
Many presenters throughout the day discussed evolving technology. Dr. Brian Cole presented on biologics, which is the new frontier in orthopedic medicine. With these advanced technologies, doctors can provide patients with options for individualized care as well as improve patient’s pain and surgical outcomes.
As the population is staying more active later in life, attendees learned about treatment options that help this goal. If a patient has osteoarthritis it does not mean they need a total joint replacement. There are emerging surgical and non-surgical techniques that allow us to help preserve a patient’s joint longer. Shoulder experts also discussed advanced surgical techniques for rotator cuff repairs and joint preservation for young, active patients with shoulder arthritis.
The Keynote panel “Staying in the Game” was led by TRIA sports medicine physician, Rob Johnson. Panelist included Jordan Leopold, former professional hockey; Paul Molitor, manager of the Minnesota Twins; David Wheaton former professional tennis player; Megan Webster, PT, USA champion cyclist; Dan Zeman, MS an exercise physiologist.
The panel discussed many topics, including the importance of youth athletes playing many sports. Growing up, the panelists took the skills and training learned from other sports to help develop a professional level of expertise in their career sport. They also shared real-life issues they struggled with after their professional athletic careers ended. Some of the athletes benefited from organizations that supported their transition out of their sport at the end of their career.
Nutrition plays a major role in athletes at any age or level. It’s important to maintain a balanced diet that is sustainable, rather than following a ‘fad’ diet. Dr. Desmond Ebanks talked about the hormone therapy benefits to the everyday aging athlete. Hormones may help a person continue competing, sustain performance and maintain muscle mass. Genetic testing is also becoming more prevalent. It helps identify potential risks factors and provide individualized care.
Many other specialists also participated in the conference, including Jeffrey Abrams, MD; Alan Getgood, MD; Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD; Lynn Snyder-Mackler, PT, ScD, ATC; Gerald Williams Jr., MD.
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