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Dr. T. Sean Lynch Quoted in Orthopedics This Week

April 13, 2018

Columbia Orthopedics sports medicine specialist T. Sean Lynch, MD was quoted in the Orthopedics This Week article “Return to Play Data Post-Arthroplasty.” The article explains the results of the study “Return to Play After Hip Arthroscopy: A Systematic Review & Meta-analysis,” in which Dr. Lynch is a co-author. The study was published online in The American Journal of Sports Medicine and concluded that there is “no evidence-based return-to-play (RTP) criteria or validated functional test for getting back on the field or court after surgery.” Dr. Lynch believes that there is a need for a standardized RTP protocol so athletes can return to their sports safely:

“An athlete's safe return requires sophisticated assessment of strength, endurance and neuromuscular control that should not be time-dependent. Criteria for return to sport is complex and therefore no single test can determine an athlete's readiness to return. Clinical measures should include a battery of tests that include: pain level, patient's confidence with their hip, range of motion, core and lower extremity strength and patient-reported outcome scores. Finally integration of a functional sports assessment that can assess a patient's neuromuscular control when performing real game-like activities.”

For more thoughts about RTP protocols from Dr. Lynch, read the article here and follow him on Twitter.

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