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Orthopedic surgeon explains why odds were never in Derrick Rose’s favor

Nov 23, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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We’re still waiting on the official diagnosis of Derrick Rose‘s knee injury, but there’s been plenty of interesting information floated out in the meantime.

It’s pretty difficult to find much optimism out there, but only the MRI scheduled today will reveal the severity of the injury. Anything else is just speculation or reading between the lines.

Still, there’s a major reason for concern. Rose’s injury was to his non-surgically repaired knee, which is a common problem for athletes returning from ACL tears. Here’s Dr. Mark Adickes, a former professional athlete who became an orthopedic surgeon, explaining why that is.

Athletes who suffer one ACL injury are vulnerable to other knee injuries, but the extent to which this is true is a little surprising.

While Rose’s repaired knee may have been as strong as it possibly could be, that doesn’t factor in your body and mind’s natural way of overcompensating, and it doesn’t factor in that you may be predisposed for injuries through no fault of your own.

Rose worked extremely hard to get back. He waited until he was ready both physically and mentally. But sometimes, as hopeless as this sounds, the odds just aren’t in your favor.

Here’s hoping Rose avoided another serious injury. We’ll know more tonight.

  1. antistratfordian - Nov 23, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Yes, back in July researchers at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting released findings from a study which indicated that “Second ACL Injuries Six Times More Likely After Reconstruction.”

    Injury to the opposite knee appears to be fairly common. They conclude with this haunting line: “…our data does provide early evidence for re-examining current rehabilitation and return to sport protocols following ACLR.”

    Too little, too late for Rose. No, he didn’t tear his other ACL, but wouldn’t the reasons for an MCL tear in this situation be similar?

  2. ProBasketballPundit - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    That’s exactly why the Phoenix training staff is so good. They anticipate potential injuries and train the players how NOT to get them.

    • onlyavoice - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      100% accurate,
      They have Mr.Miyagi secretly on staff.
      Way too many players credit Phoenixs staff for prolonging their careers.
      Nash, Amare, Shaq, Hill & others have publicly credit their staff.

  3. abxyer - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Fragile boy is out once again!!
    The BEST training and medical staff in the league is in Miami.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      That’s a funny way of spelling Phoenix.

      Vitti is also better than Miami’s doctor.

    • onlyavoice - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:06 PM

      Go Tell Shaq That.
      Miami told Shaq that his hip was deteriorating & should retire. Shaq endured countless painful injections into HIS HIP for nothing. The Docs & training staff in Phoenix examined him & told him his hip was perfectly fine & that it was his butt muscles that were in shambles.
      Send D.Wade to Phoenix & let them examine him, I’ll bet they have him up & running 100% in no time. I have little hope for Odem with Miami Working on his knees

      • byjiminy - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        Ah, that explains all Shaq’s monster seasons in Phoenix.

  4. vriv950 - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    ^ You are honestly the most ignorant Heat fan ever.

  5. onlyavoice - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    When rose had the tape put on his neck it was a warning, a week ago when he pulled his hamstring I posted they should shut him down. The guy also has a bad back & anyone with one knows you compensate other muscles severely to function.
    The Bulls take the blame for this one, especially Thibs. He’ll play the guy on crutches if they let him & not let up on the guy either.

  6. onlyavoice - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Coach Says It’s OK To Bleed From The Ear’s.

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