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Shoulder Motions

Shoulder Motions The Stone Clinic
The shoulder can dislocate or just subluxate—i.e., move partially in and out of the joint. The causes for these are most commonly a torn ligament or a lax capsule. The repair steps have improved dramatically and are worth doing early.

The Too Flexible Athlete

The Too Flexible Athlete The Stone Clinic
“Stretch, stretch more, do yoga, do Pilates,” our trainers encourage us in a never-ending litany. Our stiffness is hurting our backs, our knees, and our performance. But what about the too flexible athletes?

The moment you tear it is the moment to repair it.

The moment you tear it is the moment to repair it. The Stone Clinic
Almost all orthopaedic injuries are best repaired immediately. The old “wait and see” for most joint injuries has been proven to lead to scar tissue, loss of motion, and arthritis. With today’s accurate imaging, using repair and reconstructing techniques to restore normal anatomy beats living with deformities.

The Zen of Surgery

The Zen of Surgery The Stone Clinic
Calm, happy patients make calmer, happier surgeons. It adds up to better outcomes. Though it’s hard to prove, the more the patient helps the surgeon relax, the better the surgeon perceives the patient and the job ahead. I know, having been both the surgeon and the patient.

Broken Clavicles: To ignore, pin, or plate

Broken Clavicles: To ignore, pin, or plate The Stone Clinic
Stay vertical on the bike. If falling, roll with the fall. And, if it ain’t broke, don’t break it.

Broken Collarbones

Broken Collarbone
It’s a nasty injury. But thanks to new materials and techniques, repair and healing are a whole lot easier.

The Biceps Tendon: A mistreated and misunderstood friend

The Biceps Tendon: A mistreated and misunderstood friend
Our biceps is our “Popeye” muscle, long associated with strength & vitality. But when the tendon of the biceps becomes painful & inflamed, drastic measures like surgical excision are often the treatment of choice. That should change—and it will. 

Surgery can make you worse

Orthopedic Surgery Team San Francisco
Why the dire warning? Because stuff happens and each person heals a little differently. Sometimes the best efforts to repair a problem can in fact make it a lot worse. Let's look at some of our worst nightmares.

Early repair of shoulder AC joint key to recovery

Early repair of shoulder AC joint key to recovery
You are told you have a shoulder separation or AC joint dislocation. Now what do you do?
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