We are dedicated to providing the highest quality and scope of care to our patients. As a practice, we individualize each patient's care with the focus on finding
the best solution, be it nonsurgical or surgical for each person's orthopedic problem. We develop long-term relationships with our patients and strive to provide a
comfortable environment for patients to receive help with their orthopedic problems.
The Anderson Knee and Shoulder Center, located at 2100 Webster Street, Suite 309 in San Francisco, brings together two top San Francisco Orthopedic surgeons - Dr.
Lesley Anderson and Dr. Robert Purchase. Both doctors aim to be among the San Francisco and Marin's best knee and shoulder surgeons, help patients choose the best
nonsurgical or surgical options for knee, shoulder, and other general orthopedic surgery needs. Newest technologies/treatments for arthritis, cartilage and ligament
injuries are passions as well for these two top Bay Area Specialist.
By Lance LeClere, MD
nterior cruciate ligament (ACL), medial collateral
ligament (MCL), and other ligament injuries of the knee can be devastating for football players and may result in significant loss of playing
time and/or require surgical treatment. As player safety and injury prevention continue to be a priority, many players and parents wonder if a
knee brace can help prevent major football injuries. Several factors come under consideration when trying to decide whether a player should
wear a knee brace:
Prophylactic knee bracing or using a knee brace to prevent injury in football is controversial, with no clearcut answer from quality studies.
Some studies suggest that prophylactic knee bracing helps prevent MCL injuries in "high risk positions" such as offensive and defensive
linemen, linebackers, and tight ends and may decrease the severity of injuries when they do occur. However, there is no strong evidence to
suggest that the rate of ACL injuries is decreased by routine use of knee braces. Two published review articles on prophylactic bracing for
prevention of knee injuries in football players concluded that data was not clear enough to make a recommendation for or against prophylactic
- Effectiveness in preventing an injury
- Play hindrance
- Added weight
- Unnatural feel
- Practicality of routine use
- Possibility of increases in injuries in the hip or ankle
Widespread, routine use of prophylactic knee braces is not supported by available evidence or professional society recommendations. However,
each player must consider individual factors such as position, level of competition, comfort, and cost when deciding if prophylactic bracing
is advisable. As always, open dialogue among players, parents, coaches, athletic trainers, and team physicians is encouraged.
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