New procedure allows star athlete to return to the softball diamond sooner

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After suffering what could have been a career-ending injury, local softball star, Cyra Cottrell, regained movement and advanced to collegiate softball following a hamstring autograft. Otherwise known as an ACL reconstruction, this an up-and-coming procedure allows patients to return to the same high level of competition they were participating in prior to their knee injury.

Eighteen-year-old student athlete, Cottrell, played on the 18U Carolina Flames Elite team prior to her injury. Unfortunately, Cottrell planted her foot as she extended for a pop fly and her entire body fell over the top of her knee, causing an ACL or Anterior Cruciate Ligament tear.

Dr. C. Curtis Elliott, sports medicine surgeon at Coastal Orthopedics, conducted a hamstring autograft to restore function in Cottrell’s knee allowing her to add her name to Elon University’s roster and return to competitive play sooner as compared to other ACL reconstruction techniques.

“With the hamstring autograft, patients typically experience less pain and the incision is smaller,” explains Dr. Elliott, “Therefore, there is less scarring and a patient can anticipate an improved recovery time.”

For more information regarding ACL tears or treatment of knee injuries, contact the specialists at Coastal Orthopedics by calling (843) 347-7222.

As one of the longest established orthopedic practices in the Grand Strand area, the specialists of Coastal Orthopedics are experts in orthopedic care. The highly-trained physicians are devoted to providing specialized care for nearly all bone, joint and muscle injuries and conditions of the body, including: spine, shoulder and elbow, hand and wrist, hip, knee, foot and ankle, sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain management and total joint replacement and revision. In addition, Coastal Orthopedics is an affiliate of Conway Medical Center and Waccamaw Community Hospital and proudly serves as the team physicians for Coastal Carolina University, Conway High School, Carolina Forest High School and Aynor High School. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit Coastal Orthopedics on the Web at