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Two brains are better than one

Two brains are better than one
Typically routine or common procedures are approached with a greater insight if two people know the patient, are thinking about the related issues, and are together always conceiving of new and better ways to solve these problems.

Shoulder pain: Why it hurts and when to worry

Shoulder anatomy - shoulder pain
Most shoulder problems are relatively short-lived but sometimes the pain is indicative of a more complex issue. Here’s a guide to what might be wrong and whether or not it’s a cause for concern.

Biodynamic health

biodynamic health - lessons from farming
What lessons can we apply from biodynamic farming that can help us promote health and cure disease?

Growing old is not for sissies

Growing old is not for sissies
As we age, we develop three major physical weaknesses: Weak muscles, weak bones and poor balance. Since we all want to live well until the day we die, how do we solve these three problems?

Unforced errors

Unforced error - tennis ball hits the net
Why do the most elite athletes in tennis still have concentration lapses? Why do they miss so many shots, make so many unforced errors, have to psyche themselves up between each shot?

Stem Cells Don’t Make Cartilage

Mesenchymal stem cells labeled with fluorescence molecules
Stem cell-based therapies, in which the body’s own cells are stimulated to contribute to the repair process, are enormously promising in all areas of medicine, including articular cartilage regeneration. Yet our understanding of stem cells continues to evolve.

The “New Doctor” Disease

Young doctors
A new doctor, fresh out of a top residency and fellowship, wants all the right things at the wrong time.

Regrowing your knee

Collegen Meniscus Implant
How a biological device can act as a trellis for new meniscus tissue to grow into, reconstructing missing segments of the meniscus shape.

Cortisone: The end of an era

A cortisone injection interferes with the body’s natural healing process
Cortisone is a therapeutic drug used to fight ailments ranging from asthma to arthritis. It was the athlete’s best friend throughout the 20th century. But in orthopedics, there is a significant downside.

Memories: They are all there

Memories may be permanent and total
What if rather than being fleeting and spotty, memory was in fact permanent and total. The following article is part of a series where we re-imagine not only medicine and technology but what it means to be human.

The end of antibiotics and chemotherapy

Could a modified polio virus cure cancer?
Could astonishing results from a new cancer treatment discovery signal the beginning of a new era of disease treatment?

Total joint replacement for athletes

Total knee replacement should not stop athletes being active
After a total joint replacement, is it possible to get back to sport? Yes! And here's why it's important that you do.

The degradative soup of injury and arthritis

Arthritis may in fact be preventable if we are able to stop the production of the enzymes early after injury
New studies have shown that when a meniscus tissue is torn, pro-arthritis enzymes and factors are released, which stimulate the synovial lining cells of the joint to go into overdrive.

Post op pain: You don’t have to suffer from it

no pain after surgery
Suffering from pain after surgery is one of the most feared experiences in medical care. Yet this fear is unnecessary. Why? Because pain is largely preventable.

Cartilage Repair: Is it possible? Update from the Orthopedic Research Society symposium

Orthopedic Research Society Dr. Kevin Stone
As a part of this year’s ORS meeting, Dr. Kevin R. Stone was honored to join Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic as an invited speaker in a special translational research symposium session entitled “Cartilage Repair: Is it possible?

What to look for in a physical therapist

What to look for in a physical therapist
To help you find a good physical therapist, here’s a guide to what we look for when hiring PTs, outlining the skills we expect them to bring to the patient and to the doctor.

ABC news story on The Stone Clinic

ABC news animal tissue repairs human joints
Excellent coverage on ABC News of Dr, Kevin Stone's pioneering Z-lig ACL replacement device which uses animal tissue to repair human joints.

Crazy about baseball? Try cricket.

Cricket injuries San Francisco orthopedic surgeon shoulder ACL
With the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup around the corner, our former research fellow Irfran Sheikh has a heartfelt introduction to the sport.

Pushing in the clutch

Take a day off! You'll be surprised at the results.
Take Monday morning off. You'll find that remarkable things happen. You realize that the world can wait. You recognize that your own hyper drive won’t evaporate if it is not fed for a few hours.

The next generation of joint injections

relieve joint pain with injection of substance which stimulate the body's own healing.
The body heals best when it heals itself. To ease joint pain many physicians are now turning to injections, which work to stimulate and speed up the body’s natural healing process.