Monday, January 22, 2018

Is a sports Injury limiting your game?

...minimally invasive procedure means quicker recovery process

Dr Alejandro Badia

Sports injuries can leave professional players out of the game for several seasons, but they can also affect those who practice physical activity regularly. Intense pain and constant discomfort in the focus of the injury can coexist with the patient for long months, until he manages to find the right treatment and professional to treat the case.

The most common injury in the athletic population is found in the fingers and includes dislocations, sprains, muscle strains, fractures of bones, inflammation of the tendon and rupture of ligaments. Excessive injuries (chronic) are more likely to occur in athletes who practice sports that require them to repeat a particular movement (for example: baseball, soccer, tennis or golf). An athlete's performance can decrease significantly if chronic injuries are left untreated. Surgery may be necessary if chronic overuse injuries persist and continue over time.

Conduct an immediate consultation with your doctor or specialist, if upper limb pain, bruising, or swelling persists after several days. "Arthroscopy of the hand and wrist is a minimally invasive surgical technique that is used to explore a set of pathologies. Small incisions are made to insert a fiber optic instrument that serves as a camera inside a joint and allows not only a diagnosis of the problem, but many times comes to the conclusion of what definitive treatment would be best for the patient," said Dr. Badia.

Dr. Badia is a renowned hand and upper extremity surgeon from Miami, Florida. In 2011 he was named one of the 45 best hand and upper extremity surgeons in the country by the Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review. He has been honored for two consecutive years by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the 100 most powerful leaders in the health sector.

Dr Alejandro Badia, during surgery.

Among its list of treated patients, Dr. Badia has operated athletes at the international level such as Terrell “T.O” Owens, former football player in the NFL and Trinidad and Tobago's very own goalkeeper, Adrian Foncette, who recently eliminated the United States from the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Foncette's story is an example of the difference a subspecialist like a hand surgeon can make. The football player had severely injured his elbow in a car accident and doctors told him he would not be able to play soccer again. Dr. Badia took on the case and performed a tendon transfer operation on the young man who went on to continue his career.

To make a consultation with Dr. Badia, you do not have to travel to Miami. Now from the comfort of your home or office you can perform a virtual consultation (telemedicine) where you can diagnose your injury through a computer, tablet or cell phone.

For more information, call 1 (305) 227-4263 or write to

About the author: Dr. Alejandro Badia, MD, FACS, is a hand and upper extremity surgeon based in the United States, with expertise in minimally invasive procedures for sports injuries of the upper limbs. A former president of the International Society of Traumatology for the Hand (ISSPORTH) and founder of Badia Hand to Shoulder Center and OrthoNow in Miami, he performed surgery on Trinidad and Tobago's national football goalkeeper Adrian Foncette,who was part of the team that recently eliminated the US from the 2018 World Cup in Russia.