Sakari Orava and Lasse Lempainen Continue Partnership with AC Milan
Orthopaedists Sakari Orava and Lasse Lempainen from Mehiläinen Sports Hospital act as consultants for the Italian football club AC Milan in the treatment of muscle and tendon injuries.
“Muscle and ligament issues are common in professional football. We are honoured that AC Milan, one of the world’s most successful teams, trust us enough to consult us in these matters. They turn to Mehiläinen Sports Hospital in Turku for advice when players receive tricky hamstring or achilles injuries, for example. If necessary, the player will be sent to Turku for treatment, possibly including surgery,” Lasse Lempainen explains.
AC Milan’s Medical Director Stefano Mazzoni has been happy with the possibility of consulting specialists quickly when an injury occurs.
“We value Dr Orava and Dr Lempainen’s opinion in treating our athletes, and the possibility of consulting them makes our doctors’ work easier. It is good to share our experiences and responsibilities.”
Lempainen and Orava were recently invited to Italy by AC Milan. During the visit they evaluated the situation of a couple of players from the club’s first team, and they will work with the club to monitor their rehabilitation.
”One of them had an acute adductor injury, and the other one a hamstring issue. We also familiarised ourselves with conditions at the AC Milan sports centre and held a training session there for the club’s physicians and physiotherapists. Professionally, this was a fantastic opportunity for me personally to follow a top club’s operations and their players’ training at close range,” Lempainen says.
Cooperation since 1986
Sakari Orava’s collaboration with AC Milan goes back a long way, having begun in 1986. He has looked after several of the club’s players over the years; top names such as Giuseppe Pancaro, Dario Simic’, Nigel de Jong and Giacomo Bonaventura are among those who have sought a new spark for their careers on Orava’s operating table.
“Our latest patient from Milan was Lucas Biglia, on whom Dr Lempainen and I conducted surgery last autumn,” Orava says.
“Our aim is to prove ourselves worthy of the team’s continued trust by caring for AC Milan’s players with solid professionalism, in collaboration with the team,” Lempainen concludes.