Knowledgeable in the field of orthopaedic medicine, Dr. Bobby Chhabra teaches on the subject and is also an administrator in the sports medicine and orthopaedic field. One of Bobby Chhabra’s areas of focus is sprains of the wrist.
A wrist sprain is a type of ligament injury. Therefore, the injury affects the connective tissues that link one bone to the next. A common sports injury, a wrist sprain generally results when a ligament is torn or stretched.
Because a number of ligaments act to support the wrist, any sprain that occurs may be rated mild, moderate, or severe. The degree of severity then depends on the extent of the injury. Grade one wrist sprains are mild and generally happen when a ligament is merely overstretched. Moderate or grade two sprains are denoted by partial tearing of the affected ligament or ligaments. The patient may also complain about some loss of functioning.
Severe or grade three sprains happen when the ligament is entirely torn. These types of injuries generally necessitate surgery. An avulsion fracture, characterized by a chipped bone, is usually considered a grade three injury.
Symptoms of a wrist sprain include pain at the outset, wrist swelling, pain while moving the wrist, bruising, tenderness, and a popping sensation. The patient may also feel some warmth around the wrist itself.
While some wrist strains may present very little in the way of swelling, it does not mean that the injury is not severe. A crucial ligament may have been torn, and this can result in eventual stiffness and pain if the injury is not addressed. Therefore, it is important to have the wrist carefully examined whenever any injury occurs.
Bobby Chhabra, MD, is the Lillian T. Pratt distinguished professor and department chair at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He also serves as the institution's division head for hand and upper extremity surgery. Additionally, Bobby Chhabra, MD, serves as a team physician for the University of Virginia's athletic program.
Part of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), the University of Virginia Cavaliers consists of more than 20 sports teams for men and women, including basketball, football, wrestling, track and field, and tennis. Since its first season in 1889, baseball has endured as one of the most popular sports played by the Cavaliers.
Under head coach Brian O'Connor, the University of Virginia's baseball program received a “power program” designation by ESPN in 2013 and completed the year with a 50-12 record. Since joining the school in 2004, O'Connor has led the team to more than 450 wins and several ACC championships. In January 2014, for the first time in the team's existence, Baseball America and Perfect Game selected the club as number one in the preseason national rankings. The ACC also named the University of Virginia as the preseason favorite going into the 2014 season based on a poll of the conference's 14 coaches.
Dr. Bobby Chhabra has served as a faculty member in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Virginia for over 11 years and has trained many surgeons. During this time, he has earned numerous teaching accolades, including the University of Virginia Master Educator Award, and most recently, the Charles W. Miller Chief Resident Teaching Award. Dr. Bobby Chhabra also earned a seat as a member of the Academy of Distinguished Educators.
Established in 2003 by the dean of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, the Academy of Distinguished Educators offers a structural organization that sponsors, recognizes, and rewards merit in education. The Academy of Distinguished Educators not only honors outstanding teachers but also strives to promote excellence in teaching as an area for academic advancement. Open to all of the teaching staff at the School of Medicine with the rank of an assistant professor or higher, the Academy of Distinguished Educators actively engages members in achieving its goal of enhancing the quality and quantity of medical research at the university.
Recently named as Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System, Dr. Bobby Chhabra has been affiliated with UVA as a physician and educator for more than a decade. In addition to his duties as professor of orthopaedic and plastic surgery at UVA, Dr. Bobby Chhabra also serves as a team physician for UVA Department of Athletics, consulting on upper-extremity and hand injuries. Dr. Bobby Chhabra has also served as president of the University of Virginia Orthopaedic Alumni Association and the Virginia Orthopaedic Society.
Recognized as the authoritative voice on musculoskeletal health in the state of Virginia, the Virginia Orthopaedic Society (VOS) recently announced the dates for its 2014 Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for May 2-4, 2014 at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia. In its 67th year, the VOS Annual Meeting organizers are currently preparing the program and accepting submissions for exhibitions. Companies who have exhibited at past conferences include Acumed, Stryker Orthopaedics, DePuy Synthes, and Smith & Nephew.
Established in 1933, VOS is dedicated to assisting its members by providing valuable resources in education and professional development. VOS advocates for the interests of both physicians and patients, and works to ensure that members are equipped with the necessary tools and resources to better treat patients and advance the field of orthopaedic surgery.
Throughout his career as an orthopedic surgeon and upper-extremity specialist, Dr. Bobby Chhabra has acquired a wealth of experience in the treatment of sports injuries. Dr. Bobby Chhabra has spent many years as an orthopedic consultant to University of Virginia athletic teams such the men’s varsity soccer team, which ranks among the most successful programs in school history.
UVA established itself as a men’s soccer powerhouse in the early 1990s, when it won four consecutive NCAA Tournament championships between 1991 and 1994. During this time, the team benefited from coach Bruce Arena and players such as Claudio Reyna and John Harkes, who went on to become successful members of the United States Men’s National Team. After 15 years of disappointment in the NCAA Tournament, the Cavaliers won the 2009 title by defeating the Akron Zips
An orthopedic surgeon with a specialization in hand and upper extremity surgery, Bobby Chhabra currently splits his time between various teaching and clinical responsibilities at the University of Virginia.