Rectus femoris injury

Rectus femoris injury

Case This 45-year-old man presented three months after an injury to his left quadricep (his dominant leg). He describes experiencing acute pain while kicking a ball. This was enough to prevent him from being able to continue to play and made him limp for about two weeks. His symptoms have now largely settled however he [...]
Do platelet-rich plasma or hyaluronic acid intra-articular injections work better for treating knee osteoarthritis?

Do platelet-rich plasma or hyaluronic acid intra-articular injections work better for treating knee osteoarthritis?

Injections are commonly used to treat knee pain in football. This randomised controlled trial from the American Journal of Sports Medicine compares two of the more common types of injection, platelet rich plasma (PRP) and hyaluronic acid (HA) and found little difference between the two options at five-year follow-up1. Osteoarthritis (OA) commonly occurs in footballers [...]
Talocalcaneal coalition

Talocalcaneal coalition

Case A 24 year old female recreational football player presented with a 12 month history of worsening dorsal mid-foot pain. She was found to have a marked restriction in subtalar movements and generalised tenderness about the hindfoot. Findings A lateral x-ray image was grossly abnormal showing absent anterior and middle facets of the talocalcaneal joint. [...]
Surgery or rehabilitation for ruptured Achilles tendons?  Which is best ?

Surgery or rehabilitation for ruptured Achilles tendons? Which is best ?

This meta-analysis found non-surgical management of an acute Achilles tendon rupture had the same risk of tendon re-rupture if an early functional range of motion protocol was also followed. The two groups had equivalent proportions of patients returning to the same level of sporting activity, while the surgical group had higher rates of other complications1. [...]