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Statistics versus Success

Individual Person or Medical Statistic
Which are you: a statistic or a person with a problem? If you ask the government, or many of the “managed” health care plans, you are seen as a “life”—as in, how many “lives” will be treated and at what cost? If you ask a doctor who has your best interests at heart, you are a person. But if he or she says they must follow a guideline for your arthritis care, walk out. Here is why.

Conservative Care vs Operative Care

Band Aid Solution Conservative Care
The choice to operate—or not to operate—is a daily decision that all surgeons go through and that all injured patients face. At times, operative care can actually be more conservative than non-operative care, notably in cases where the injury is only going to get worse. Here are some of the typical choices our patients will face during this upcoming ski and winter sports season.

Rotator Cuff Revisited

Rotator Cuff Revisited The Stone Clinic
The rotator cuff of the shoulder has four major tendons. The supraspinatus—the one on top—is the one most often torn. Here is a look at the controversies about this injury and its repair.

Calf Strains

Calf Strains The Stone Clinic
Calf strains are in the air. No, not different kinds of baby cows: but the strained muscle kind that sidelines great basketball players—like Kevin Durant. Here is what is known and new about them.

Goodbye Stem Cells?

Goodbye Stem Cells? The Stone Clinic
The stem cell tsunami overwhelming all of medicine is evolving. Where once it was thought that these cells could morph into anything and cure everything, our new understanding of their behavior will change how they are used. Here is where we are on the learning curve:

Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow The Stone Clinic
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, hurts. It takes a long time to resolve and interferes with daily activities. Here is what causes the problem and what you can do about it.

Why Joint Lubrication Works

Why Joint Lubrication Works The Stone Clinic
The natural lubricant of the human joint is called hyaluronic acid (HA). As part of a large, electrically-charged sugar molecule, HA permits water to be absorbed and released from the cartilage surface of the joints. This provides durability and compressibility. Without HA we would all grind to a halt.

Why the Nurse Matters

Why the Nurse Matters
Going to the doctor? Be nice to the nurse. Guess why? Because the top level medical and surgical care starts and ends with nursing.

Conservative care often isn't what it seems

Some tissues are best treated with surgical repair as soon as is practical.
Traditionally, conservative care meant non-operative care. However, these days, conservative care often means that the insurance company has only authorized physical therapy or medications. This is not necessarily in your best interest.
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