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Subtalar Fusion? Do You Really Need This Surgery?

The subtalar joint is sort of the red-headed stepchild of the ankle. Most of the focus is usually on it’s bigger brother, the main tibiotalar joint. However, arthritis in the smaller subtalar joint can cause loads of pain and disability. That pain can lead some patients to consider subtalar fusion. However, do you really need…
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Sweden: COVID Disaster or Valuable Data?

This week there were several COVID media narratives. One took aim at Sweden for bucking the shutdown trend. Some of these stories were based all or in part on a new study out of the University of Virginia. So let’s dive into that new research and see what it found. We’ll also examine what’s been…
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SI Joint Fusion? The Most Unnecessary Spine Surgery?

Several years ago I began to see a very disturbing trend. Pain management physicians fusing SI joints. While we were supposed to be the good guys who offered patients non-surgical options, instead we were now just another specialty where invasive surgery could be monetized. SI joint fusion is a great example of this slippery slope.…
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Should We Be Rehabbing Like Dogs and Horses? Rethinking Early Mobilization

Have you ever watched a dog or horse heal from orthopedic surgery? They don’t do it like we do it. There are no crutches, big braces, or little scooters. In fact, early weight-bearing on the area is the only rule of thumb. So while we’re still totally disabled, our canine and equine buddies are already…
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These united States of America

On July 4th, 1776 the Continental Congress formally stated that 13 American colonies were breaking from Great Britain and laid down the principles on which a new country would be based. Now that we’re sitting in the middle of a pandemic, it’s reasonable to reflect on that document created some 244 years ago. Because if…
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Should I Have Surgery for Spinal Stenosis?

As a doctor who helps patients avoid spinal surgery, I get asked this question several times a week: “Should I Have Surgery for Spinal Stenosis?” The answer is frequently “No”, so let’s delve into why I think that and go over the results of one patient who we helped avoid the surgery. What Is Spinal…
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This Pallingen Flow Sales Pitch Is Dangerous

Colleagues send me stuff all the time to review. Some of my favorite myth-buster activities come from reviewing aggressive sales emails sent to doctors to try to get them to purchase fake stem cell products. One such email just came across my desk that I’ll review today. The goal is to educate consumers and doctors…
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Florida COVID Emergency or Is the COVID Hospital Bed “Crisis” Self-created?

What’s up with the media’s reports of Florigeddon? How does that intersect with Texageddon? When I blogged on the Texas hospital bed crisis I noted an interesting discrepancy between the number of hospital beds listed on COVID models and the number that the Texas DSHS website had listed. Now after hearing quotes from a Texas…
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