NEW YORK, Sept. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mark Teixeira continues to suffer severe pain as a result of a bone bruise to his tibia (shin bone). The Yankees' first baseman returned to the game on August 25th, eight days after sustaining the injury, and pinch hit the following day, but has been unable to play since. Recent medical testing revealed no evidence of a full fracture, but neither did it reveal evidence of his bone bruise healing.
While Dr. Leon Popovitz did not personally treat Teixeira, he comments that "bone bruises may take months to fully heal." Some players experience significantly diminished pain sooner and can return to play during healing, but for many, the pain persists. In fact, one study confirmed that the average healing time for bone bruises is 42 weeks.
Sports Medicine treatment typically consists of limited weight bearing, rest, ice and physical therapy to maintain strength and range of motion. One study found that medications, called bisphosphonates, may help. These are medications such as Fosamax that are typically used to treat osteoporosis. They may be useful in accelerating healing and diminishing pain.
If Teixeira is still experiencing such significant pain at this stage, it is reasonable to assume it will continue for many more weeks and that he may miss the remaining month of the season. There is still hope that his pain will lessen enough to return for some part of the play-offs, depending how far the Yankees go without him.
About NY Bone and Joint Specialists
Dr. Leon Popovitz is head orthopedic surgeon and co-owner of NY Bone and Joint Specialists, a top-rated, private Orthopedic and Sports Medicine practice in New York City. The Orthopedic Surgery, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Pain Management Specialists routinely perform surgical and non-surgical treatments for professional athletes from across the United States and various other countries. Dr. Popovitz and his team are known for their exemplary surgical skill and best-rated treatment plans, along with their top, in-office physical therapy and long-term sports rehabilitation processes that return athletes of all levels to their top physical potential.
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