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Touch

Touch The Stone Clinic
We all love touch. So why are people in need of it the most often denied it? Old people and injured people often lie in their beds or live in rehabilitation environments: places where touch is rare.

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.

Succumbing

Succumbing The Stone Clinic
We give in too often. Whether it is to an injury, disease, age, or to loneliness, the affliction overwhelms our potential. In such cases, the Latin expression Illigitimi non carborundum—“Don’t let the bastards get you down”—applies to all.

Unweighting Depression

Unweighting Depression The Stone Clinic
Depression afflicts us all at some point. It may be the more difficult, internal, life-changing kind or the post-injury, temporary loss of performance kind. It is deflating, demoralizing, and debilitating, yet the cause is often invisible.

Sustainable Exercise

Sustainable Exercise The Stone Clinic
Sustainability is in. Consumption of non-renewables is out. But what about you? Are you sustainable?

Will It To Happen.

Will It To Happen. The Stone Clinic
You make it happen. She makes it happen. Tom Brady makes it happen. So much of success in life, relationships, and health is about willing things to happen. So much of failure is avoidable if you do.

Don't Die from the Hospital

Don't Die from the Hospital The Stone Clinic
Hospitalization can be a pretty bad experience. Almost everyone needs a guardian to protect them while there. Here are some observations that may help you.

What’s Hot & What’s Not in Knee Surgery: A Few of the Highlights

What’s Hot & What’s Not in Knee Surgery: A Few of the Highlights The Stone Clinic
Stem cells are both in and out. It was once thought that if these cells were injected into joints, they would turn into cartilage. Two problems arose. First, patients (unless they are infants) have very few stem cells left. Second, the injected cells died after releasing their instructional growth factors, never turning into cartilage. But what we have learned is that an increasing number of concentrated growth factors, immune stimulants, and even some drugs can induce the migration of the body’s own progenitor cells—some of them stem cells—cells that direct healing—to the injured area. These cells then optimize the environment around the injury to effect healing.

Chicken Soup: What’s New in the Field of Cartilage Repair?

Chicken Soup: What’s New in the Field of Cartilage Repair? The Stone Clinic
The science of cartilage repair for joints is in full swing. There is a frenzy of activity around stem cells, growth factors, exosomes (small packets of growth factors), and all forms of stimulation therapies. And the matrices or patches that those factors are placed on vary widely. The bottom line is that no one factor does it all. Here is the latest update on what needs to go into the chicken soup of tissue repair to make you well.

Achilles Tears: The Debate Continues

Achilles Tear the Stone Clinic
Achilles tendon ruptures are in the news. Season-ending, will take a year to come back, terrible injury…such verdicts fill the headlines. Why?

Why Back Pain Hurts

Why Back Pain Hurts The Stone Clinic
Low back pain connects with a special region in the brain and produces the fear that you will never be the same again. Here are some guidelines that may help you.

PCL Injuries: Never simple, and not to be ignored

PCL Injuries: Never simple, and not to be ignored The Stone Clinic
The PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) can be ruptured in car accidents when the knee hits the dashboard and in ski accidents when knees get impacted in wild falls. If left alone, the injured knee degrades over time. Understanding the injury and novel ways to treat it has changed its natural history.

Top Five Reasons to Avoid Space Travel

Top Five Reasons to Avoid Space Travel The Stone Clinic
The lack of gravitational force is deadly to humans. The list of bodily systems that don’t work properly grows with every examination of astronauts who spend prolonged time in space.

Getting High

Getting High The Stone Clinic
Winter sports are often enjoyed at altitude. Going to high elevations pushes all your cardiovascular systems to respond. Are you ready?

Pop, catch, give way: The sounds you don’t want to hear

Pop, catch, give way: The sounds you don’t want to hear The Stone Clinic
“Doc, my knee popped, it now catches and gives way.” Whether it is the knee, the ankle, the hip, or the shoulder, catching and giving way—especially after hearing a pop—is bad news.

Uncommon Tips for Skiing Safety, 2019

Uncommon Tips for Skiing Safety, 2019 The Stone Clinic
Surely you have heard the usual advice: Get strong, stay flexible, don’t take the last run, and ski with a helmet. All fine and good—until you notice that the top skiers on ski teams, along with super fit backcountry skiers, all get hurt too. So let’s think about some of the less common ski tips and see if they keep you safe this year.

Designer Babies and CRISPR Joints

Designer Babies and CRISPR Joints The Stone Clinic
The first known experiment using the CRISPR gene editing technique with live human embryos was conducted in China in November 2018. The joy of seeing babies born with potential immunity to the HIV/AIDS virus was, unfortunately, dulled by a chorus of critics. What was not said is that the potential for good is unlimited and that the first real success will launch a thousand ships carrying weapons capable of killing off the diseases of old.

Go Slow to Go Fast

Go Slow to Go Fast The Stone Clinic
I used to find a lot of time in every second. Rapid thinking, multi-tasking, and impatience all supposedly led to productivity. And stress. Now I go slow to go fast—and I am trying to go slower.

The Disability You Don’t Have

The Disability You Don’t Have The Stone Clinic
“I’m grateful to not be that guy.” How often do you say this to yourself when you see someone with an obvious disability? That same gratitude is what you need to feel when it’s you who are hurt.

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: