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Current arthritis treatment is outdated and unacceptable

Avoid joint replacement
You are told you have knee arthritis. The advice the doctor gives you is to go home, rest your knee, take anti-inflammatory drugs, lose some weight, wait until you are older and then get an artificial knee replacement. This advice is awful. Here's why.

Avoid a chronically unstable ankle with a BioAnkle procedure

Avoid a chronically unstable ankle with a BioAnkle procedure
It’s possible to repair a chronically unstable ankle but it is best to help people avoid ever getting to that unstable stage by making sure that simple torn ligaments are stimulated to heal properly in the first place.

Mental focus can aid in recovery from injury

Mental focus can aid in recovery from injury
In surgical practice, we note that people who are really good at visualization recover from surgery faster. They feel less pain and achieve their goals earlier.

Robotic technology is a vital part of knee replacement surgery

Total knee replacement
A CT scan of your knee is used to build a computer model, which robotically guides the surgeon to precisely replace the joint, resulting in better alignment and reducing the risk of early wear. However, getting your insurance company to cover this cost is not easy.

Don’t pedal faster than you can daydream

Don’t pedal faster than you can daydream
The end goal of activity was once a natural, post-exercise endorphin glow. Now this has been sidelined in favor of statistics and data. We focus less on how we feel and more on how we measured up to our previous results.

Z-Lig™ approved! We're pushing the boundaries of orthopedics.

Z-Lig™ approved! We're pushing the boundaries of orthopedics.
The Z-Lig™ ACLR Device, invented by Kevin R. Stone, M.D. and subsequently developed by Aperion Biologics, has been cleared for marketing and distribution in the European Union and other markets which recognize the CE Mark.

Focus on electronic records takes away from patient care

Focus on electronic records takes away from patient care
Go into any hospital today and notice that between every great nurse and patient sits a computer terminal. The quantified health movement has created the great digital divide, between the patient and everyone else.

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.

No meniscus surgical procedure should ever be standard

Meniscus surgery should never be standard
When I hear a patient say, “The doctor told me it is a standard procedure,” I often think that means there isn’t much thought being put into it. Each knee is different. Each torn meniscus cartilage is different.

Vitamins, supplements can benefit your body

Vitamins, supplements can benefit your body
The seesaw of vitamin and supplement recommendations continues to confound the orthopedic world.

Stem Cell Therapy: Adult stem cells can boost healing of your joints

Stem Cell Therapy: Adult stem cells can boost healing of your joints
When we are injured, our body immediately begins the process of healing itself. Certain stem cells, called mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) play a critical role in tissue formation and healing.

GMAs: Genetically modified athletes

GMAs: Genetically modified athletes
Athletes in this year’s Winter Olympics have been genetically engineered to perform.

Why being a hard-ass can sometimes be a good thing

Glutes control the power in the body
As you marvel the ability of ultra-fit athletes at the pinnacle of their sport, take some time to check out their butts.

NFL players: Play now, pay later. Is this the best we can do?

NFL injuries to the knee can be devastating
In orthopedics training, we used to joke that the only purpose of the heart was to provide blood supply to the knees.

Sex and the Olympics: Why gender shouldn't matter to sports medics

Sex and the Olympics: Why gender shouldn't matter to sports medics
If the IOC and the rest of science can’t figure out what a female is, how can we discuss sports medicine and injury in the context of gender?

Lindsey Vonn and the ACL dilemma

Lindsey Vonn and the ACL dilemma
When skiing superstar Lindsey Vonn recently announced her withdrawal from the Winter Olympics, she demonstrated that reconstructing the torn anterior cruciate ligament of a world-class athlete has its unique problems.

How to reduce pain after surgery

How to reduce pain after surgery
Pain is debilitating. It crushes the spirit. Joint pain inhibits muscle development, causes abnormal gait and limits activities. Pain decreases the appetite. Pain is enemy of rehabilitation. Since pain is so detrimental, why are the treatments of pain so poor?

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.