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Health Benefits of Good Posture
Sit up. Just like your mother told you to. Sit up straight. Stand up straight—and feel healthy and powerful. Improving your posture does a world of good for you and for others.

The Sport of CrossFit

CrossFit Medical Advice
CrossFit became one of the world’s largest sports gym chains by motivating people to compete with themselves and with others in a variety of fitness tests. While initially focused on Olympic weight lifting and gymnastics, the CrossFit world morphed into a dizzying variety of athletic performance drills—along the way, becoming a sport unto itself. Now what?

Why ACL Repairs Fail

Why ACL Repairs Fail
For decades there have been unsuccessful efforts to repair the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) after rupture. Why? Because the forces required to tear the complex weave of the ACL’s collagen fibers involve both tearing and pulling apart. Think of a climbing rope: When overstretched the rope fails within its sheath, not just at a single clean edge. Here is why the ruptured anterior cruciate ligament is most often replaced (reconstructed) rather than repaired.

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Organ Donor Transplants
If all of us were organ donors, there would not be a shortage of the life-saving tissues that go to waste every day. And I’m talking about more than kidneys, hearts, and lungs. Orthopaedic tissues, such as meniscus and articular cartilage, are also in short supply. Here is a little insight into a solvable problem.

Avoiding Total Knee Replacements

Avoiding a Total Knee Replacement Stone Clinic
This year, in the US alone, the number of total knee replacements will exceed 600,000. Eighty percent of these are unnecessary. Here is why.

Rotator Cuff Revisited

Rotator Cuff Revisited The Stone Clinic
The rotator cuff of the shoulder has four major tendons. The supraspinatus—the one on top—is the one most often torn. Here is a look at the controversies about this injury and its repair.

Risk Exposure Time

Risk Exposure Time The Stone Clinic
The increasing number of injuries in all sports for all ages begs the question: Is the risk worth it? Can the risks be decreased? How do we increase the fun/time ratio without the injury cost?

Top Ten Summer Water Sports Recommendations

Top Ten Summer Water Sports Recommendations The Stone Clinic
Get wet this summer!

Birth Tissue Revolution

Birth Tissue Revolution The Stone Clinic
Birth tissues products such as membranes, cells, and fluids donated by the mothers when they give birth are the new fountain of youth used in many fields of medicine. Here is a brief, biased guide to what you may hear at your next orthopedic (and almost every other medical) office visit.

Confidence, Power, Purpose

Confidence, Power, Purpose The Stone Clinic
Ever find yourself wandering into the gym only then trying to decide what workout to do? You feel the eyes of others scanning you in a judgmental way and allow their imagined opinions to seep into your mind. At that point, a cloud of self-doubt begins to form. You may end up hiding out on the cardio machine or in a remote corner of the gym. Or you might just turn around and say, “No one I know saw me…I’ll just go home.”

Goodbye, Mom

Goodbye, Mom The Stone Clinic
Moms: We all have one. At some point, they leave us. In my case, the end was bittersweet, knowing that she lived too long and would never have wanted her days to end in a nursing home. Can’t we do better than this?

Calf Strains

Calf Strains The Stone Clinic
Calf strains are in the air. No, not different kinds of baby cows: but the strained muscle kind that sidelines great basketball players—like Kevin Durant. Here is what is known and new about them.

Supplements 2.0

Supplements 2.0 The Stone Clinic
“My veterinarian gave my horse (or dog) glucosamine, and the animal stopped limping, so I started taking it and I feel less stiff. But I sure hate those big horse pills!”

Patients For Life

Patients For Life The Stone Clinic
When you see a doctor, you have three choices: Ignore their advice and go somewhere else, trust them to solve your problem and move on, or engage with them as an advisor for life. Magic happens when doctor and patient bond forever.

Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures The Stone Clinic
Stress fractures happen to athletes at the worst of times. Usually, it is just when they’re increasing training, starting a new sport, or landing awkwardly from a jump. The bones of the feet and the shins are most at risk, but occasionally the hip or spine is injured. The knee is also exposed to such fractures, mostly during ligament ruptures and after meniscus removals. Here is the current thinking on what to do.

The Sleep Dilemma

The Sleep Dilemma The Stone Clinic
The data is now overwhelming. Eight hours of sleep each night is what humans need for optimal health and performance. Yet most of us don’t get it. What is the fix?

If You Can't Build It, Float It

If You Can't Build It, Float It The Stone Clinic
I am fortunate in that I can treat injured people, and push forward the medical science to repair and prevent arthritis. But if my patient doesn’t have a home, what good are my skills?

Here is my suggestion for a practical solution to one part of the homeless problem in the San Francisco Bay Area: a ship.

Protein and Water

Protein and Water The Stone Clinic
Diets come and go. Advice on water, supplements, energy drinks, and food choices vary like the wind. There are two key principles, however, that have withstood the test of time in our clinic: Protein and water should make up most of your diet. Here is why.

Once You Go Soft You are Never Going Back

Once You Go Soft You are Never Going Back The Stone Clinic
Ski boots haven’t changed much in twenty years. Stiff and stiffer cuffs, rounded Italian-molded toe shapes, heavy polyurethane plastics with cold, hard buckles pretty much describes most of the downhill boots on the market. This is about to radically change.

Stress

Stress The Stone Clinic
We all experience it. Sometimes, we can use it to our advantage. But more often it is a disease, rotting our insides. Is there a treatment for stress? A vaccine or a cure? Let’s look at performance, relationships, and sleep. Each is affected by stress in a different way, and each has a variety of useful and useless responses.