Sunday, December 12, 2010

Josh Koscheck Medical Moment: Anatomy of a Black Eye

PIC PROPS: MMA Weekly & Cagepotato (edited by MMAHotwire Staff)
A series of killer jabs from UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre resulted in a double-dose of painkillers and a cold steak for a  pillow for Josh Koscheck following their second meeting last night at UFC 124. Simply put, Kosch experienced a really bad black eye in his harsh unanimous decision loss to Georges St. Pierre.

Here's what Josh Koscheck's medical oulook might look like..

Diagnosis: Orbitozygomatic Fracture (cheek bone/facial fracture).

Prognosis and treatment: Koscheck will probably have to suspend all training (both contact and non-contact) for 2-3 days. He is more than likely wearing a mask, and will have to ice the the affected area at regular intervals. Depending on the extent of damage, he may have to undergo surgery once the swelling has subsided. It's likely Kos will be restricted from any contact training for at least two months, after which light sparring may be allowed depending on his healing progress.

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Peep the ever-knowledgeable Wikibox for more "black eye" stuff:

Black eye
A black eye (periorbital hematoma) or 'shiner', is bruising around the eye commonly due to an injury to the face rather than an eye injury. The name is given due to the color of bruising. The so-called black eye is caused by bleeding beneath the skin and around the eye. Sometimes a black eye indicates a more extensive injury, even a skull fracture, particularly if the area around both eyes is bruised (raccoon eyes) or if there has been a head injury.
Although most black eye injuries aren't serious, bleeding within the eye, called a hyphema, is serious and can reduce vision and damage the cornea. In some cases, abnormally high pressure inside the eyeball (ocular hypertension) can also result.

Presentation and Prognosis
Close-up of a black eye after a few days of formation. The blood has been absorbed, but the iron-laden pigments in the blood remain in the tissue leaving a discoloration that may persist from a month to a lifetime
Most black eye injuries are minor and will heal themselves in about one week. Trauma near the eyebrow or places not directly on the eye may make the eyelid go black.

The dramatic appearance (discoloration purple black and blue and swelling) does not necessarily indicate a serious injury. The fatty tissue along with the lack of muscle around the eye socket allows a potential space for blood accumulation with minor injury. As this blood is reabsorbed, various pigments are released similar to a bruise, lending itself to the extreme outward appearance. Unless there is actual trauma to the eye itself, medical attention is generally not needed.

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