Tennis Elbow, Shin Splints and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Could Be a Thing of the Past Due to New Efforts with Sports Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

The Andrews Institute brings national attention to sports musculoskeletal ultrasound, hosting their second sports musculoskeletal conference chaired by medical director and renowned sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews

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Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Josh Hackel of the Andrews Institute utilize ultrasound to diagnose sports injury.

The Andrews Institute has a primary focus on research and education related to cutting edge technologies

Gulf Breeze, Fla. (Vocus) July 16, 2009

The second Sports Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course hosted by the Andrews Institute will attract top physicians, surgeons and other professionals from around the country July 16-18, 2009. The three day course will cover the techniques and applications of diagnostic and interventional sports medicine/musculoskeletal ultrasound in major joints of the body related to sports medicine injuries.

With the first course selling out, the second course expects the same success with participants registered from around the globe. The conference will cover a range of sports musculoskeletal ultrasound including training for the shoulder, knee, elbow, hand, wrist, foot and ankle, and muscle/soft tissue injury. One unique aspect will include how NFL and Olympic physicians utilize this during games and practices and how it can make an immediate impact in the diagnosis of an injury.

Another exclusive trend that is taking hold in the sports world is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy. PRP is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. These platelets include bioactive proteins that initiate connective tissue healing such as bone, tendon and ligament regeneration and repair. PRP can be injected in tendons and ligaments all over the body, which can help with sports injuries and more specific injuries including tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints and many other damaged ligaments and tendons. Patients see significant improvement immediately which may eliminate the need for aggressive treatments such as long term medication or surgery. Andrews Institute physician Dr. Josh Hackel already employs this therapy on a number of local area patients.

Keynote speakers include the following physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists:

  •     James R. Andrews, MD, Andrews Institute, Gulf Breeze, Fla. - Course Chairman
  •     Josh Hackel, MD, Andrews Institute, Gulf Breeze, Fla. - Course Chairman and Director
  •     Antonio Bouffard, MD, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Mich. - Course Chairman
  •     Jay Smith, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
  •     Joseph Cygan, ATC, United States Olympic Committee, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  •     Ched Garten, MD, Atlanta Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Atlanta, Ga.
  •     Jon Jacobson, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  •     Levon Nazarian, MD,
  •     David M. Crane, MD
  •     John McShane MD
  •     John Dlugosz, RDMS
  •     Patrick Meyers, BS, ARDMS, RVT, RDCS
  •     Wayne Smith DPT, ATC, SCS

"The Andrews Institute has a primary focus on research and education related to cutting edge technologies," says Dr. Josh Hackel, primary care sports medicine physician and musculoskeletal ultrasound specialist at the Andrews Institute. "This conference will focus on this specific methodology in order to train other physicians to carryout this diagnostic tool in their own medical practices. What is discussed, utilized and taught in this course will have an instantaneous effect on the patients that are seen by these physicians gaining this unique expertise."

James R. Andrews, M.D., the renowned orthopaedic surgeon for whom the institute is named, will open the first session at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2009.

Registration and course information can be found at http://www.theandrewsinstitute.com/Events/MusculoskeletalUltrasound/.

About the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine:

Located minutes from Pensacola, Florida in Gulf Breeze, the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine provides world-class care and service for the athlete in everyone. The Institute's 40 physicians and medical experts provide top-notch service to every patient and it's the only place in the world to offer surgery, diagnostic imaging, rehab and athletic performance training all on one campus. The one-of-a-kind center focuses on the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries while using the expertise of nationally and internationally renowned orthopaedic surgeon James Andrews, M.D. Dr. Andrews is best known as physician to some of sport's greatest professional athletes. http://www.theandrewsinstitute.com

The Andrews Institute is an affiliate of Baptist Health Care. Baptist Health Care is a community-owned, not-for-profit health care organization committed to improving the quality of life for people and communities in Northwest Florida and South Alabama. Nationally recognized for performance excellence and quality achievement, Baptist received the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2003; and has consistently ranked in the 99th percentile for patient satisfaction as recognized by Press Ganey. Baptist Health Care includes four hospitals, two medical parks, Baptist Manor, Baptist Home Health Care and Durable Medical Equipment, Baptist Leadership Institute, Andrews Institute for Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine and Lakeview Center. With more than 5,000 employees, Baptist Health Care is the largest non-governmental employer in northwest Florida. For more information, please visit http://www.ebaptisthealthcare.org

Contact: Nikki Troxclair, Andrews Institute, 850.916.8571.

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