Sports injuries are not uncommon, but each injury has its own unique symptoms and treatment.
Joseph Mecca has been playing soccer since he was four years old, but one day this year. Mecca says, “I was just playing soccer and that day after the game, I just felt a shooting pain up my back.”
And things haven’t been the same since. Mecca is now 30 and hasn’t been able to play soccer in recent months because of a hip joint impingement injury. “Waited some months, but it didn’t go away which then brought me to a doctor.”
So Mecca came here to URMC to figure out what was going on.
“A person or athlete can go from being perfectly healthy, normal, feeling fine and then wake up one day and have tons of pain,” said Dr. Brian Giordano.
Doctor Giordano from URMC says it’s unpredictable as to how these problems occur. However, a minimally invasive procedure can repair torn pieces of cartilage in the hip and fix tears to the socket. It’s helped Mecca out a lot.
“Now the focus on biologics is to repair/restore that cartilage with a more normal natural cartilage that provides more cushioning and shock absorption,” said Dr. Giordano.
Before the end of the year, Mecca hopes to get back out on the soccer field.
Mecca says, “So I am about six weeks out from surgery right now. I’m about to get off from crutches and everything has been great and in a couple months I should be back to 100 percent.”