Dr. Michael Stuart on Concussions and Sports Injuries

This  Medical Edge Weekend episode features Mayo Clinic physician Dr. Michael Stuart on concussions and sports injuries.

Medical Edge Weekend 9-11-10

8 Comments

  1. Posted September 5, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    How can you tell if there is injury to a ligament or tendon in the leg/thigh?

  2. Posted September 5, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Will injury to ligament or tendon cause swelling? How long does it take to heal?

    • jstreed
      Posted September 8, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      Frida,

      Thanks for your questions. Below is a response from Dr. Stuart.

      An injury to a muscle or tendon in the thigh is associated with tenderness, swelling and pain with active knee motion. A complete tendon rupture results in loss of muscle function and knee giving way.

  3. Karen Ross
    Posted September 8, 2010 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    My 15 year old son suffered a concussion w/o LOC 2 1/2 months ago. He continues to have noise sensitivity, some head pressure, and fatigue. He is struggling to keep up in school because of fatigue. My son is a very driven young man who is desperate to get his life back. We are managing both physical and cognitive activities to control his symptoms. His symptoms have been improving (with the exception of fatigue), but obviously very slowly. He is taking magnesium (400mg 2x/day) and fish oil (520mg 1x/day) supplements under the direction of the physician who is following him for the concussion. He has not had a CAT scan or an MRI. Would an MRI be of any value at this point? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • jstreed
      Posted September 9, 2010 at 6:55 am | Permalink

      Karen,

      Below is a response from Dr. Stuart:

      Symptoms lasting for over 2 months are consistent with post-concussion syndrome. We refer these patients to our multidisciplinary concussion team comprised of traumatic brain injury experts for further evaluation and treatment.

      • Karen Ross
        Posted September 11, 2010 at 9:07 am | Permalink

        What does evaluation and treatment consist of for Post Concussion Syndrome? Are you familiar with MRI spectroscopy as an evaluation tool? If so, do you feel it is safe to use in children and an effective means of evaluation?

  4. Anonymous
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Permalink
  5. Heather Wallace
    Posted October 18, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Dr Stuart’s 1997 study of football safety is widely available. Is there anything similar that is more current? Are more injuries occuring? We have a league with a similar # of players and grade levels and have had 3 broken bones, 2 requiring surgery on ONE TEAM–I would like to gather league data to compare our experience, are there guidelines for gathering safety/injury information?


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