Recent advances in treating sports injuries are likely to be just the beginning. Watch for developments in these areas in the not-too-distant future:

  1. The need for surgery may decline as improved rehabilitation techniques lead to a more "natural" progression to recovery for more musculoskeletal injuries.
  2. Technical advances and new imaging methods will lead to better ways to diagnose and treat injuries.
  3. Scientists will gain a better understanding of the role of nutrition in inflammation and healing. Such knowledge could lead to improvements in treatment.
  4. Tissue engineering will become more commonplace. Early studies of cartilage tissue engineering are now underway.
  5. Using gene therapy, doctors may be able to modify particular cells to induce repair of injured tissues.
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