Dr. Richard Berger, the Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon who discovered the type of wrist injury that nearly ended Jayson Werth’s baseball career — as well as the successful surgical treatment that has helped him return to baseball and play in two World Series for the Philadelphia Phillies — will participate in a live chat about the issue on Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
Update 11/12/09: USA Today has a story in today’s edition about Jayson’s wrist injury that begins:
A few years ago, Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth thought he had hit the end of his career. Chronic wrist pain had sidelined him from playing baseball with his then-team, the Los Angeles Dodgers – until a surgeon at the Mayo Clinic diagnosed the root of his problem and corrected it with arthroscopic surgery that he developed.
Dr. Berger is conducting an ongoing conversation about this type of injury on Twitter using the #wristpain hash tag, so you can ask questions by including #wristpain in your tweet, or in the comments on this post.
Dr. Berger has developed a non-invasive test for diagnosing this wrist injury, which he believes may be as common as an ACL tear in the knee, and the surgical treatment and rehabilitation are straightforward, with 95 percent success.
Below are some resources describing the condition and its treatment, including a television story, an interview with Jayson Werth, a podcast discussion with Dr. Berger and links to some of his scientific research publications about the injury and its treatment, along with a list of orthopedic surgeons he has trained in this procedure.
Journal of Hand Surgery article on diagnosing the UT split tear.
In Part 1 of an interview conducted earlier this year, Jayson Werth describes his injury and symptoms and how he came to seek treatment from Dr. Berger at Mayo Clinic:
Click here for an extended audio discussion with Dr. Berger.
If you think you may have this type of injury and want to see a physician near you, you may download a list of surgeons who have trained with Dr. Berger in diagnosing and treating these injuries. For information on appointments with Dr. Berger, call 888-509-8773 or contact him by email.
Meanwhile, here are a couple of additional video segments I shot this weekend with Dr. Berger, in which he relates the story of how he discovered this type of injury, as well as how it’s diagnosed and treated: