Sports Medicine

What Is the Tommy John Surgery?




Dr. Charles Preston discusses a procedure for elbow reconstruction.

The Tommy John procedure is an ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (UCLR) named after the pitcher Tommy John, who underwent the procedure for the first time in 1974. He successfully had his elbow reconstructed and was able to win a ton of games after.

The procedure restores stability to the elbow by reconnecting the ligament from the humerus to the olecranon. This is the ligament that undergoes stress during repetitive throwing.

The Tommy John surgery has an 80 percent return-to-play rate. It’s not perfect. The procedure does not improve performance, but [Learn More]

What Is the Tommy John Surgery?2022-05-16T15:30:32-07:00

Running More Than a 5K?



If you’re upping your distance training, read these tips and get ready to pound more ground in the cooler fall weather.

Running in California is a year-round activity thanks to mild weather and beautiful scenery. And the cooler fall months ahead make training for longer distances that much more accessible. But as you increase your mileage, you also increase your chance of injury, dehydration, and burnout.

If you’re not training properly and increasing your mileage at a proper pace, you may find yourself sidelined. Common running-related injuries include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis  (strain on the tendon connecting the calf muscle and heel bone), IT Band [Learn More]

Running More Than a 5K?2022-05-16T15:22:21-07:00

Winter Sports Injuries





We can’t resist the lure of snow at Lake Tahoe, and the winter sports we love. Even during COVID-19 and especially with our warmer Bay Area weather, we are willing to put the chains on the car and brave the winter storms in the mountains to get out and play.

Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowmobiling and sledding are fun winter activities, but they are not without risk. Some things you can do to set yourself up for a successful day include making sure your equipment is in good repair and adequate [Learn More]

Winter Sports Injuries2022-05-16T14:45:33-07:00

The New Movie? Concussion? Will Open Eyes & Raise Questions




For athletes and the parents of young athletes, the question from watching the movie about the NFL’s negligence on concussion danger may well be, Is this sport too dangerous for me/my son/daughter to play?

Medical drama sports thrillers aren’t normal Hollywood fare, but the topic of concussion problems in the NFL and its attempt to cover up medical evidence of known damage had the studios dropping “Concussion” on us Christmas Day. And I’m glad they did.

I’ve been studying concussions and devising evaluation and treatment plans for over 20 years, including when I was the director of sports medicine at Boston [Learn More]

The New Movie? Concussion? Will Open Eyes & Raise Questions2022-05-02T15:55:46-07:00

Partnering With Local High Schools & Sports Teams


Partnering With Local High Schools & Sports Teams

Through Muir’s Organized Sports Partnership Program, our specialty-trained sports MDs provide athletic training services to several local high schools. The program also offers MD and athletic trainer sideline coverage to local sports teams and at sporting events throughout the community to provide professional care on-site.

In an effort to educate the local athletic population on sports health and safety, our sports program physicians have also participated in “Sports Minute” commercials on the local sports channel, and have created a YouTube channel answering high school sports questions from students.

Our sports MDs also guest [Learn More]

Partnering With Local High Schools & Sports Teams2022-05-04T13:25:51-07:00

NFL Lineman J.J. Watt Disc Herniation Jeopardizes His Return to All-Pro Form



Repeated stress from 300-pound linemen likely resulted in re-injury after his summer surgery on a previously herniated disc

The Houston Texans were dealt an incredibly difficult blow to absorb when news broke that defensive end J.J. Watt will be placed on injured reserve for a herniated disc in his low back. Watt had surgery over the summer to correct the initial injury to the disc, which he suffered late last season. On September 30, he had a second surgery and will likely be ruled out for the rest of the season.

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NFL Lineman J.J. Watt Disc Herniation Jeopardizes His Return to All-Pro Form2022-04-29T13:41:52-07:00

Sprain vs. Tear: Know the Difference


Are Sprains and Tears the Same Thing?

Many people use the terms sprain and tear interchangeably—though they are similar injuries, they are not the same. Read more to learn about each of these common sports injuries and how to identify them.

What is a Sprain?

A sprain is when a ligament is overstretched or torn due to falling, twisting of a joint, or when suffering an impact to the body. Ligaments are the fibrous connective tissue that attaches bone to bone; usually, ligaments holding joints together to provide stability.

Generally, sprains can take anywhere from a few days to [Learn More]

Sprain vs. Tear: Know the Difference2022-08-03T11:29:49-07:00

Get Bike Fit & Prevent Injuries


An orthopedic surgeon who enjoys exploring the world by bike shares tips to stay safe & injury-free

More than 80 million Americans have taken to bicycling as a low-impact way to stay in shape and get around town. Cycling is a great way to explore new environs and can provide an opportunity for quiet solitude or close camaraderie, depending on one’s mood or preference.

As you begin to plan your bike routes or long-distance rides for warmer weather, it’s important to be mindful of common cycling injuries that can occur and the best practices to prevent them.

Although the cycling injuries we fear the [Learn More]

Get Bike Fit & Prevent Injuries2022-04-28T09:18:23-07:00

Women and Arthritis



Arthritis is a category of conditions characterized by joint pain, stiffness, inflammation, redness and decreased range of motion. Arthritis is a common form of disability, and while it can affect anyone of any age, arthritis is more likely to affect women over the age of 50. Women are slightly more likely to develop arthritis and to experience a greater level of arthritis pain, especially in the hands and knees.

There are two common types of arthritis: Osteoarthritis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune reaction and may affect women because women can [Learn More]

Women and Arthritis2022-04-26T15:03:18-07:00

GSOS Attends CalHi Sports Awards Banquet


Golden State Orthopedics & Spine is a sponsor of the CalHi Sports program, which organizes the annual CalHi Sports Awards Banquet to recognize the achievements of the Bay Area’s top athletes.

The CalHi news team featured the highlights of the event, including an interview with Dr. Murali Moorthy of GSOS about the importance of the program.

View the interview (skip to 2:03 to view Dr. Moorthy’s interview)

GSOS Attends CalHi Sports Awards Banquet2022-04-25T13:03:58-07:00
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