Arthritis is a common condition characterized by inflammation of the joints, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. Affecting millions of people worldwide, arthritis encompasses various types, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, each with distinct causes and treatment approaches.

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TFCC Surgery Issues and Jennifer’s Story

Our opposable thumbs are one of the things that have allowed our brains to get so big. To make that work, there’s a structure you may never have heard of called the TFCC which can become damaged and cause immense pain. When that happens TFCC surgery is often recommended. Is that a good idea? No,…read more

My Elbow and Getting on Top of Early Arthritis

Several years ago I had a really bad fall onto my right wrist. Now my elbow hurts. Let’s learn why that is and how that intersects with staying on top of injuries and knowing when to have us intervene. Let’s dig in. My Elbow Story I’d love to tell you that I was screaming down…read more

Labral Tears and a Track Athlete – Surgery on Kids

On my Facebook Live show “You’ve Got the Power” on Friday I spoke about how crazy it is that we continue to offer aggressive orthopedic surgery to young athletes. Today I’d like to highlight one who avoided hip labral surgery. Let’s dig in. Why Are We Operating on Kids? One of the big differences in…read more

If You Have Any Arthritis Hip FAI Surgery Is a Bad Idea

The number of hip FAI surgeries has exploded in recent years. However, there has been a consistent finding in the research that shows that anyone with any type of hip arthritis is not a candidate for this surgery. A big super study on the topic was just published. Let’s dig in on what it told…read more

Should You Get an Ankle Fusion?

Do you need an ankle fusion surgery? Ankle fusion has become a common surgical solution for ankle arthritis, but it’s obviously a big surgery with lots of things to consider before pulling the trigger. Let’s dig in. What Does Fusing the Ankle Mean? First, ankle fusions are typically performed for patients who have moderate to…read more

Toe Joint Fusion Recovery: One Patient’s Story

On this page: Big toe arthritis and hallux rigidus Problems with toe joint fusion A patient’s story This week I met a patient who had a toe joint fusion. However, this was a disaster of sorts. The good news was that her toe felt better, but the bad news was that her ankle felt worse.…read more

What Is A2M, and How Can It Help Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis?

We have used A2M in patients with significant knee swelling and as a cartilage protectant in osteoarthritis (OA). However, this new study suggests that it may prevent cartilage breakdown in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as well. What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a much different disease from osteoarthritis. When we talk about arthritis, in general,…read more

More Evidence that Knee Meniscus Surgery Causes Arthritis

You gotta love medicine. In no other profession would something that has been shown to be ineffective continue to be done. As an example, we’ve known for years now that knee meniscus surgery doesn’t work. Despite that, it’s still the most common knee procedure in the United States. We also have some research to show…read more
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