Steven W. Meisterling, MD

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Patient Education

Protocols

ACL Reconstruction
Review proper post-op instructions following ACL reconstruction. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program.

Acromioclavicular Joint Reconstruction
Review proper post-op instructions following acromioclavicular joint reconstruction. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the accelerated rehabilitation program for athletes.

Anterior Bankart Repair
Review proper post-op instructions following arthroscopic anterior bankart repair. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program.

Posterior Bankart Repair
Review proper post-op instructions following arthroscopic posterior bankart repair. Learn more about the procedure and progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program.

Rotator Cuff Repair (Medium to Large)
Review proper post-op instructions following arthroscopic rotator cuff repair of medium to large tears. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program.

Distal Biceps Repair
Review proper post-op instructions following distal biceps repair. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program.

Baseball Throwing
The interval training program is designed for baseball players returning to sport after injury. Learn more about the program and review a throwing progression plan.

Epicondylitis Rehabilitation
Review a proper rehabilitation protocol for epicondylitis. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program.

Football Throwing
Review a detailed throwing program for athletes returning to football after injury.

Fundamental Shoulder Exercises
Review a detailed guide of shoulder exercises, including illustrations and instructions.

Golfers Ten Program
Review a detailed guide of the golfers ten program, including illustrations and instructions for stretches and strength exercises.

Hitting Program
Review a detailed guide for the interval hitting program.

LCL Reconstruction
Review proper post-op instructions following LCL reconstruction. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program.

Non-Operative Treatment of MCL Sprain
Review a proper rehabilitation protocol for the non-operative treatment of an MCL sprain. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program.

Non-Operative Treatment of PCL Deficient Knee
Review a proper rehabilitation protocol for the non-operative treatment of a PCL deficient knee. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program and criteria for returning to sport/activities.

Non-Operative Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Review a proper rehabilitation protocol for the non-operative treatment of knee osteoarthritis. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program.

Non-Operative Treatment of Subacromial Impingement
Review a proper rehabilitation protocol for the non-operative treatment of subacromial impingement. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program.

ORIF Patella Rehabilitation
Review proper post-op instructions following ORIF of the patella. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program and criteria for returning to sport/activities.

Osteochondral Autograft Transplantation
Review proper post-op instructions following osteochondral autograft transplantation. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program including range of motion and strengthening exercises and functional activities.

Patellar Tendinitis Rehabilitation
Review a proper rehabilitation protocol for patellar tendinitis. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program.

Patellar Tendon Repair
Review proper post-op instructions following patellar tendon repair. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program and criteria for returning to sport/activities.

Pitcher’s Conditioning Program
Review the pitchers conditioning program, including cardiovascular exercise and upper and lower extremity exercises.

Quad Tendon Repair
Review proper post-op instructions following quad tendon repair. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program and criteria for returning to sport/activities.

SLAP Lesion Repair (Type II)
Review proper post-op instructions following arthroscopic SLAP lesion repair (type II). Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program.

Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression Rehabilitation
Review proper post-op instructions following arthroscopic subacromial decompression. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program.

Throwers Ten Program
Review a detailed guide of exercises for the thrower’s ten program, designed to improve strength, power and endurance of the shoulder.

Total Knee Arthroplasty Rehabilitation (Active)
Review proper post-op instructions following total knee arthroplasty. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program.

Total Knee Arthroplasty Rehabilitation
Review proper post-op instructions following total knee arthroplasty. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program.

Total Shoulder Replacement
Review proper post-op instructions following total shoulder replacement. Learn more about precautions following surgery and the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program.

UCL Reconstruction
Review proper post-op instructions following UCL reconstruction. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program.

UCL Treatment (Conservative)
Review a proper rehabilitation protocol for conservative treatment of a UCL sprain. Learn more about the progression through each phase of the rehabilitation program, including exercises, ice and compression.

Articles

ACL Injuries and Recovery
Review patient education for ACL injuries and recovery. Learn more about ACL injuries, including causes, symptoms, treatment options and injury prevention techniques.

Pediatric Fractures
Published in Minnesota Health Care News, learn about pediatric fractures, including causes, types of fractures, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options.

A Pitch for Prevention
Published in Minnesota Physician, learn more about ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injuries, including symptoms, risk factors, prevention techniques and treatment options.

Publications

Return to athletic activity after plate fixation of displaced midshaft clavicle fractures.
Published on PubMed, plate fixation of displaced clavicle fractures in athletes is a safe procedure, resulting in a high satisfaction rating and minimal disability to the upper extremity. An early return (<6 weeks) to sports is possible after this treatment; however, the time to return is highly variable. Learn more.

Biomechanical comparison of bicortical versus unicortical screw placement of proximal tibia locking plates: a cadaveric model.
Published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, bicortical screw placement may provide a biomechanically superior construct than unicortical screw placement for the stabilization of unstable proximal tibia fractures. Learn more.

Interbody fusion with allograft and rhBMP-2 leads to consistent fusion but early subsidence.
Published in the Bone & Joint Journal, a study was carried out to determine whether the addition of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein (rhBMP-2) to a machined allograft spacer would improve the rate of intervertebral body fusion in the spine. Learn more.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are one of the most common serious sports injuries. Learn more about the injury, treatment options and rehabilitation principles.