Orthopedics Sports Medicine

Orthopedics Sports Medicine

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Take the Sprains and Strains Quiz

Sprain? Strain? The terms for these injuries sound so similar, what's the difference? Find out by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

1. If you have a sprain, it means you've injured a ligament.
2. In a strain, a muscle or tendon is involved.
3. The most common site for a sprain is the wrist.
4. A typical sprain occurs when a person missteps and lands on the side of the foot.
5. One symptom of a sprain is a popping sound from the affected joint when the injury occurs.
6. You should see your health care provider for a sprain if you cannot move or put weight on the injured joint.
7. The back is a common site for strains.
8. A muscle spasm can be a symptom of a strain.
9. You should treat a sprain or strain by immediately applying moist heat.
10. Wearing shoes that fit properly is one way to prevent a sprain or strain.

From left: Drs. George Caldwell, Erol Yoldas,
and Daniel Kanell.

For information or to schedule an appointment, call 954-522-3355

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Drs. Daniel Kanell, George Caldwell and Erol Yoldas specialize in treating professional, high school and recreational athletes, focusing on injuries to the shoulder, knee and elbow. While their emphasis is on sports medicine, they also treat individuals whose daily activities have caused damage to those parts of the body.

Treating these injuries begins with a conservative approach that usually incorporates rest, anti-inflammatory medication and possibly physical therapy. If those methods prove unsuccessful, they intensify the treatment program and then consider surgery.

“I like the fact that these patients are usually motivated people who want to return to their normal function, whether that function is in everyday life or a sport. So it's a pleasure to help somebody get back to their activities of enjoyment,” Yoldas said.

For more than 10 years, these doctors have been caring for professional sports teams. They also serve as team physician for three local high schools to help ensure the health and safety of student athletes. “We work closely with each school, educating trainers and consulting with them about injured players. We also attend the games to treat on-the-spot injuries when possible,” said Caldwell. On the collegiate level, they are involved with Nova Southeastern University, teaching sports medicine fellows and physician assistants.

Currently, the physicians are working on becoming involved with Broward Health's already established sports medicine program in order to provide coverage for all of Broward County's student athletes as well as educate the trainers. Their existing staff consists of 10 highly qualified professionals who have assisted the physicians for the last several years. Caldwell, Kanell and Yoldas said they want every high school athlete to have access to the same standard of care that professional athletes receive.

“Broward Health has a vision and plan to provide service for the whole county and we feel very excited to be part of that,” Kanell said. “We feel it's important for us to make our skills available to everybody who needs us.”