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CrossFitting with Arthritis

CrossFitting with Arthritis

Arthritis is the loss of cushion on a joint surface-period. The cushion called articular cartilage is an amazing multi faceted structure that allows us to walk, run, jump, and lift without pain. Deep to the cushion is bone. If bone is exposed then this causes pain as there are nerve endings in the bone. When bone rubs against bone the joint becomes painful, swollen and stiff. There is no cure for arthritis and treatment is directed towards pain...

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2015 CrossFit Medical Team

2015 CrossFit Medical Team

Congratulations to all the 2015 competitors! It was an honor to take care of you. Dr. Sean Rockett and fellow medical team members at the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games. (Image: CrossFit, Inc. All rights...

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The ACL- It’s crucial

The ACL- It’s crucial

The ACL or anterior cruciate ligament is the most important ligament in the knee. When it is completely torn, it can lead to instability or buckling of the knee. Why is it so important? What makes it unique? Why doesn’t it heal? Why do surgeons recommend getting it fixed? Is it necessary to get it fixed if I CrossFit®? Are there things I should avoid in CrossFit and life if I don’t get it fixed? All good questions but let’s check out its...

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Shoulder Bursitis and Impingement

Shoulder Bursitis and Impingement

The rotator cuff is made up of 4 muscles that attach to the ball of the ball and socket joint known as the shoulder. There is a space between the rotator cuff and the bone that lies directly above it. On top of the muscle is a bursa that allows the muscles to glide against the bone easily. When the bursa becomes inflamed it is called bursitis. Here is the shoulder with its 4 muscles. When you lift your arm overhead, there is a tendency for the...

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Pectoralis Major Tears/Rupture

Pectoralis Major Tears/Rupture

This may come as weird to a lot of people but there are certain injuries that orthopedic surgeons enjoy taking care of. I love taking care of rotator cuff tears, labral tears, meniscal tears, and ACL tears. Pectoralis major ruptures, which are much less common than those above, also fall into this category. It is an injury that is very satisfying to treat. There is such a noticeable deformity that occurs with this injury that when you fix them,...

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Multidirectional Shoulder Instability

Multidirectional Shoulder Instability

Our last post talked about anterior instability of the shoulder especially with dislocations or subluxation events.  I have seen this with overhead squats or snatches. What if someone is loose or unstable in different directions? What are the symptoms that can occur and how does this happen? If someone has loose ligaments then they may have something called multidirectional instability.  Typically this can occur in females from 20 to 50 years...

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All out effort

All out effort

Just saw this picture from the Games. Reminded me of the all out effort that was seen by tremendous athletes like...

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About Me

Dr. Sean Rockett is an Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine. His group is Orthopedics New England with offices in Dedham, Natick and Newton, Massachusetts. Dr. Rockett is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and has been a CrossFitter at CrossFit New England since 2007. Dr. Rockett is on the Medical Team for the CrossFit Games and the Northeast Regionals.

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“Thinking Inside the Box” An injury Prevention Seminar

This interactive talk specifically designed for CF boxes emphasizes human anatomy, early signs of injury, modification for injuries, treatment, but most importantly PREVENTION. Many boxes have signed up and have asked for repeat lectures. There is a $20 drop in fee with profits going to a variety of charities. Please email Ronda at rockettronda@comcast.net to have Dr. Rockett speak at your box.

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