LAS VEGAS, March 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- While there has been extensive research on when to return to sports, physiciansdo not have sufficient empirical evidence at their disposal to counsel adolescent and college-aged patients as to when they can return to school following surgery.
"Return to School Following Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Procedures: A Prospective
"'When can I return to school?' is one of the most common questions patients and parents ask their orthopaedic surgeon," said Chaudhry. "Up until now, surgeons have given patients a ballpark. Our goal was to take it from a question answered based on anecdotes to one based on evidence."
The prospective, cohort study analyzed 101 patients (48.6 percent female, 51.5 percent male) between the ages of 14 and 25 (mean age of 18.7 years). Within this group:
At two weeks postoperatively, patients were asked to complete a survey regarding time to return to school and barriers to returning to school. At six weeks and 12 weeks following surgery, patients were asked to complete another survey inquiring about difficulties faced upon returning to school and their academic performance.
The study found:
There are over 2.5 million emergency visits each year for sports-related injuries among individuals between the ages of 5 and 24 years, and orthopaedic injuries including sports-related injuries, are relatively common among adolescents and college-aged individuals.
Although this is a relatively small study, "given the prevalence of sports-related injuries in this group of patients, it is our hope that surgeons can utilize this information to counsel their patients and their parents to help them better plan for their recovery," added senior author, Sommer Hammoud, MD, orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute. Parents should also pay more attention to making school work up after an injury since exam failure rates also increase after a sports injury requiring surgery, although this increase was not statistically significant.
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