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Why surgically fix a torn meniscus?

Fix a meniscus to avoid arthritis
A recent study suggested that meniscus surgery doesn't help. Studies can be misleading. Even small losses of meniscus tissue lead to big changes in force concentration on the tibia (shin bone) and eventually arthritis.

Fit wishes for 2014

fit wishes 2014
We wish you a healthy and happy New Year!

Sore shoulder? It could be your rotator cuff

Sore shoulder? It could be your rotator cuff
Shoulder injuries used to be life-changing. Now, we can fix them.

Bugs R Us - The human microbiome

Human Microbiome
If an alien landed and walked up to you, what would the alien think you are? Certainly not human. That’s because of the 10 trillion cells that make up your body, only 1 trillion are human cells, while 9 trillion are microbes — and not just bacteria, viruses and fungi.

What's happening when your knee goes snap, crackle and pop

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A question I am asked a lot is, “I hear clicking and popping in my knee, is this something that I should be concerned about?”

Twisted your ankle? Give it time to heal

Twisted your ankle? Give it time to heal
A twisted ankle is a common injury, but thankfully it is usually minor and can heal without surgery. What you want to avoid is having it twist repeatedly afterward.

StoneFit diet: Nutrition to fuel your fitness

StoneFit diet: Nutrition to fuel your fitness
Whether you are a competitive athlete, a weekend warrior or a dedicated daily exerciser (injured or fully fit), the cornerstone to improved performance and a speedy recovery is a good diet

Why fix or replace a meniscus?

Why fix or replace a meniscus?
Losing a meniscus is tough on the body. Without a meniscus, the covering of each of the bones, called the articular cartilage, rub up against one another, which leads to pain and, eventually arthritis. Patients often ask me "Isn't there a shock absorber you can put back into the knee joint?"

Become StoneFit: Fitter, faster and stronger™

Become StoneFit: Fitter, faster and stronger™
Over the past 13 years we have optimized the program we call StoneFit for orthopedic rehabilitation. For each injury, we custom-design a set of exercises to work around the injured joint using the principles of combined functional exercises.

ACL injury in women: How to beat the odds

ACL injury in women: How to beat the odds
When it comes to knee injuries through playing sports, statistics tell us that women are more likely to be injured than men.

Biology trumps bionics: An alternative to total knee replacement

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We like to do everything possible to rebuild the knee joint with biologic tissues rather than artificial materials to help delay the time in which an artificial joint replacement is necessary.

How to reduce your knee pain without surgery

How to reduce your knee pain without surgery
Sometimes surgery is the only option but if the diagnosis is a minor injury to the ligaments or soft tissues, you won't need surgery but there is still a lot that can be done.

Knee replacement: Partial can be just as good as total

Knee replacement: Partial can be just as good as total
Knees do not necessarily wear out evenly, sometimes one part of the knee is perfectly fine while another part is completely destroyed. If only part of the knee joint is worn out, why replace all of it?

Reduce your weight while you wait

Reduce your weight while you wait

Write it down!

Write it down!
Many people have “smart phones” these days, which allow you to jot down notes to yourself. Create a note called “Health,” and list when you have annual physical, teeth cleaning and any surgeries.

Don't put away your bike after breaking your clavicle

Don't put away your bike after breaking your clavicle
While elite cyclists, with prize money and international rankings at stake, get straight back onto their bikes with broken clavicles, the rest of us tend to be more sensible in our approach to healing.

The human data stream

The human data stream
Can't find the right words to describe the symptoms of your health concerns? Not sure when they began? Don't worry, data captured from your body will soon be revealing all, perhaps picking up problems before you're even aware of them.

Donor tissue best for ACL reconstruction

Donor tissue best for ACL reconstruction
In treating an ACL rupture, surgeons have a choice about whether to harvest a patient’s own tissue from their patellar tendon or hamstrings or instead to use donor tissue from a tissue bank.

It ain’t over when it’s over!

For all marathoners out there, it is time to address a subject that is often overlooked – what to do when it’s over.