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Knee MCL Surgery? Not for this Avid Biker…

If you read this blog, you know that every once in a while I’ll write about an interesting patient result. While I see patients every day who are doing well and avoiding surgery, I also want to make sure that the patients I chose to write about have something unique and newsworthy. This is the…
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Kneecap Arthritis Stem Cell Injection: Level 3 Orthobiologics Injection Knowledge

Yesterday I wrote about a way to determine how sophisticated your doctor is or isn’t in using things like platelets and stem cells. I showed you a simple level 2 issue that I had to correct before treating a patient’s knee with stem cells. Today we’ll cover a level 3 technique. All of this is…
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Are Heavier Patients More Likely to Have a Knee Replacement Revision?

It’s a myth to believe that every orthobiologic injection of PRP or stem cells will help 100% of the patients with knee arthritis. In fact, there’s a failure rate with all of these technologies. So if you do need a knee replacement, what might determine if that’s a success or failure? Turns out weight is…
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Is ACL Surgery a Second Hit to the Joint Cartilage?

I’ve blogged before on the idea that we now have high-level evidence that suggests ACL surgery itself is harming the joint. While at the Havemeyer Symposium (think tank) at CSU, one of the physician-scientists presented an interesting slide that supports this idea. Let me explain. The Prior Research As I have reported previously, data from…
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Common Meniscus Surgery Causes Arthritis: Please Stop This Surgery!

One of the most common orthopedic surgeries on earth is partial meniscectomy. This surgery has been shown in many different trials to be ineffective, and now it has a new distinction. It’s also been found in a high-level randomized controlled trial to cause arthritis. Let’s dig in. Meniscus Surgery Side Effects: We Already Know Partial…
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How I Fixed My Kneecap Pain in Seconds

I’m down in Grand Cayman seeing patients at our licensed advanced practice site and injured my right knee yesterday. I was pretty bummed as my family was coming down and I could barely walk. However, I eventually fixed it with a simple therapy that can teach you how the kneecap works. What happened and how…
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What’s Causing Your Side of Knee Pain? Let’s Focus on the Outside

Do you have pain on the side of your knee? All kinds of things may be going through your mind, but what could actually be causing it? Many things, including the tendons, the meniscus, the bone, or even the nerves can cause side of knee pain. In fact, the pain may not even relate to…
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Why Are We Still Offering Meniscus Tear Patients Surgery? This Is Getting Nutty

If you read this blog, you have seen that we now have gobs of high-level evidence showing that surgery for the vast majority of meniscus tears in middle-aged patients is a fool’s errand. Despite this, the procedure is still the most common elective orthopedic surgery in the U.S. Now we have brand-new research that also weighs…
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