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ACL Surgery: Where the Problems Are

ACL Surgery: Where the Problems Are The Stone Clinic
The ACL is the key stabilizer of the knee and is torn 300,000 times a year in the U.S. alone. The treatment of these torn ligaments has evolved in some ways, but not so much in others. Here is what we know today.

The World’s Dumbest Exercises

The World’s Dumbest Exercises The Stone Clinic
Exercise for fun, or for training, or both. Exercise wisely, in ways that help you in sports or your daily life. But don’t do exercises that are useless, or potentially injury-generating. Here are a few doozies that should not be on your list:

VIP Disease

VIP Disease The Stone Clinic
Varying medical protocols because someone is extra-special can lead to problems.
If you are extra-special, I suggest you request plain vanilla care—and expect the best outcome to occur. Here is why.

The Testosterone Trap

The Testosterone Trap The Stone Clinic
What is a woman? The question has confounded sports authorities forever. The current attempts to regulate this controversy are doomed to fail

Soccer Makes Us Dumber

Soccer Makes Us Dumber The Stone Clinic
Why is it that the fun and satisfaction of participating in sports overwhelms our recognition that they could significantly destroy our body, be it the knee or the brain?

Hamstrings

Hamstrings The Stone Clinic
The dreaded “hammy” is the tearing of the muscle or tendon fibers of the powerful hamstring muscles at the back of the leg. It’s dreaded because the pain is sharp, and the recovery can be long. Here is what’s known and what’s new:

LeBron James v Stephen Curry

LeBron James v Stephen Curry The Stone Clinic
You watch the ball. I watch the knees. Here is what I see:

How to Run Without Pain

How to Run Without Pain The Stone Clinic
Pain and running: Do they have to go together? Not for everybody.
Here, in a nutshell, are my 10 best tips for diminishing pain while running:

Stand Up

Stand Up The Stone Clinic
Stand up straight, like your mother told you to. Bad posture is a cause of multiple musculoskeletal problems. Here is what you can do.

Building SuperHumans

Building SuperHumans The Stone Clinic
It is a heady time in the world of human empowerment. We are seeing technologies that can alter our genetic code, augment our brainpower, enhance our physique, and extend our lives.

The Opioid Crisis Solution

The Opioid Crisis Solution The Stone Clinic
Pot. Almost 50% of the patients in my practice recently used marijuana to reduce their post-op pain. I didn’t prescribe it; the word just seems to be out.

Drop Dead at 100

Drop Dead at 100 The Stone Clinic
Drop dead in your 100s, playing some sport. This is our goal for our patients. If they can stay fit, recover from illness and injury, and keep their eye on the ball; dropping dead in action at 100+ is a great goal. Here is how to get there and how not to:

The Color of Life

The Color of Life The Stone Clinic
Red is the color. So much depends on red. Healthy red blood is the essence of all tissues and even the determinant of the health of bone. I look at life through this prism and notice the shades suggestive of this injury or that disease. I read those signals to predict outcomes.

You, Inc.

You, Inc. The Stone Clinic
Ever consider presenting yourself to a Fitness Venture Capitalist as an investment? If you do, the investor will, of course, want to know what your “personal fitness business plan” is. Have you ever even heard of one? Now that you have, this is the time to get it together and invest in yourself.

What Zuckerberg Should Have Said

What Zuckerberg Should Have Said The Stone Clinic
Mark Zuckerberg should have taught the American Congress the primary fact of digital life: All things digital are public. Here is the lesson.

Dual Ski Racing is Back!

Dual Ski Racing is Back! The Stone Clinic
Dual head-to-head racing is the most exciting thing you can watch in competitive skiing. It began in the 1960's with Henri Moreault in Aspen, was expanded into a pro racing tour by the late Bob Beattie in the 1970's, continued by Ed Rogers then fizzled out in the 1990's.
It is now back, under the guidance of Ed Rogers—and it rocks.

The MCL Injury

The MCL Injury The Stone Clinic
The MCL is in the news. When Steph Curry’s knee stopped the fall of JaVale McGee in the game against the Atlanta Hawks, his knee bent inward with the tibia moving toward the opposite leg and the femur moving outward. A fibrous ligament, called the Medial Collateral Ligament, gave way. Here, anatomically and biologically, is what happened:

What We Don’t Know

What We Don’t Know The Stone Clinic
What we think we know is probably not true. If we are practicing medicine the same way next year as we are practicing this year, we clearly haven’t learned anything.

The Untethered Athlete

The Untethered Athlete The Stone Clinic
All athletes get injured. The best ones use the injury as an excuse to come back better than they were before they were hurt. Others may not be able to. This may, in part, be due to their inability to let go of the self-image they are attached to. Here are some tips for avoiding that trap.

The Great Stem Cell Divide

The Great Stem Cell Divide The Stone Clinic
Stem cell therapies are sprouting like weeds. This is a good thing. The medical community is rushing into the biologic sciences, opening up the field of stimulating tissues to heal—rather than suppressing them with steroids, anti-inflammatories, or joint replacement surgeries. Here is my take on where the field is now and where it is going.