Efficacy of Injections for Core Muscle Injuries

Getting Athletes through the Season: Efficacy of Injections for Core Muscle Injuries
By William C. Meyers, MD, Vincera Core Physicians, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and
Alexander E. Poor, MD, Vincera Core Physicians, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

There are currently a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatments that exist for core muscle injuries. Alternative treatments include corticosteroid injections, massage, core stability exercises, muscle sequence/kinetic chain modifications, and avoidance of certain exercises. Other injections, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells are still under investigation but have been proven useful in certain instances. For example, PRP can help with distal adductor injuries but are probably more problematic for proximal injuries. If a player does need surgery, it can sometimes be deferred until after the season, depending on a number of factors including: level of performance, risk of additional injury, timing within the season, and contract issues.

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Is Ignoring a Hernia Dangerous?

The statistics are incredible…5 million Americans have a hernia, but only about 750,000 Americans seek treatment for a hernia each year! Many people have fear of surgery, including pain and length of recovery. We see many patients wait to seek treatment even though their symptoms have persisted for months or even years. If you have symptoms of a hernia, it is important to consult with a specialist immediately, as denying the issue may lead to complications. Below is a brief overview of hernias, including symptoms and causes. For a list of hernia types and treatment options, visit The Hernia Center at Vincera.

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Overcoming a Core Muscle Injury: a Singer’s Journey

If you think singing is not an athletic activity, just ask Amy Lloyd, singer and independent recording artist in Southern Maryland. Similar to a sport, singing requires endurance and strength. Singing without engaging your core muscles is like trying to walk without using your quadriceps. Amy’s abdominal pain hindered her ability to perform, and eventually forced her to stop singing.

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