ACL injuries are more devastating to the knee then previously thought—and the tools for replacing the ACL produce their own problems. But there is hope. Here is an update from the leading ACL surgeons’ conference, just held in Sweden.
When an orthopedic surgeon gets a taste of his own medicine, lessons are learned. After a successful partial knee replacement surgery, Dr. Kevin Stone recounts his personal journey down the road to recovery.
The risk of injury is a constant factor in our active lives. But we chose to put that out of our minds until we’re forced to confront it. At what point do we confront these risks, and hope? READ MORE from Dr. Kevin Stone.
Though usually self-healing in the young, a tongue-twisting condition called Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) can mean more serious trouble for adolescents. Advances in knee surgery may move this injury, like many others, into the “curable” realm.
The Golden State Warriors, and star Steph Curry, may seem like superheroes—but they’re human beings with human parts. He’s what their knees endure during each game, and why (barring injury) they're able to handle it with such finesse.
Our biceps is our “Popeye” muscle, long associated with strength and vitality. But when the tendon of the biceps becomes painful and inflamed, drastic measures like surgical excision are often the treatment of choice. That should change—and it will.
In the traditional model of medicine, people visit the doctor when they’re sick or injured. But one of the most important fields of medicine today involves “predictive science:” learning well beforehand what will cause disease or injury, and treating it pro-actively. At the moment it sounds like science fiction.
When a professional dancer hears the dreaded “pop” of an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear, he or she might imagine that they’ll never perform again. However, modern treatment and healing techniques can make what seems like miraculous recoveries.
Our unique regenerative approach to healing joints and repairing arthritis can get you back to the activities you love, without compromise. You’ll be fitter, faster and stronger than you have been in years.
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.
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.