Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Not the end of the World for NFL Draft Prospect Julio Jones
As in Julio Jones' case or any athlete that cannot have afford the luxury of a lengthy recovery, this type of fracture often needs surgery to assure healing of this injured site. A titanium or stainless steel screw is often placed across the fracture site to help speed up the healing process. Often times, a bone stimulator would also be used as an adjunct to treatment. A bone stimulator uses ultrasound or electrical waves to increase healing across bone fractures. Even with these techniques it will take 4-6 weeks to heal. The good news is with proper care these go on to heal without future consequences. The key to these injuries is early intervention. When you suspect this type of injury or sustain a severe ankle sprain, it is important to get examined by your podiatrist as soon as possible. Early intervention is essential. For Julio Jones, having immediate treatment will result in his remaining a first round pick in the 2011 draft.
Sandie Grulke, DPM