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Did Ancient Man Have Knee Arthritis?

The number of people with knee arthritis has exploded since I was a kid. One of the ways we can find out if this is related to our modern, industrialized societies is by looking at the bones of our ancestors. Even though they had far more wear and tear because being active was needed to…
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Does Hypertension Increase Your Risk for Knee Arthritis?

If you have high blood pressure, does that increase your knee arthritis risk? Are the two merely related, or is there something about hypertension or its causes that creates arthritis? Knee Osteoarthritis and Hypertension Knee osteoarthritis (OA) affects the smooth and tough connective tissue in the knee called cartilage. When that cartilage begins to break…
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Should I Get Meniscus Surgery? Stop and Read This…

As you know, if you read this blog, the things I see in the clinic make up a good deal of what I write. This past week I saw a poor guy who was made much worse by meniscus surgery. It wasn’t hard to see why this happened. So if you’re considering meniscus surgery, let…
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What Does It Mean When Your Knee Goes Back Too Far? Meet the PCL

You might not even notice that your knee goes back too far on one side. Maybe it’s just a little bit that only others will notice or maybe it’s enough to catch your attention. Today I’d like to introduce you to the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and how it plays a role in limiting extension…
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Arthritis from Injury to a Joint: Can It Be Prevented?

Our entire medical-care system has been trained through decades of trying to control costs to simply ignore small injuries. However, here’s the thing: these small injuries can become big problems if left untreated. In fact, all severe arthritis likely starts with a small injury to the cartilage or ligaments that was ignored. I call these…
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Surgery to Remove Cartilage in the Knee: Not Effective!

Surgery to remove cartilage in the knee likely happens thousands of time each day. The surgeon pokes in the arthroscope and sees a cartilage flap, a piece of cartilage that is attached at one end and no longer connected to the bone. The doctor then shaves that piece of cartilage off. Why? No particular scientific…
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Why a Patient Who Decided to Undergo ACL Surgery is a Win…

If you read this blog, you know that we offer a ground breaking precise injection of stem cells to help heal ACL tears. We developed this procedure and are quite proud of it. However, you also know that we have learned which types of ACL tears respond and which are likely to fail. This week I…
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Steroid Injections Kill Cartilage, so Why Not a Long Acting Steroid Shot?

Last month, a high-level research study confirmed what we’ve known for years: the anti-inflammatory steroid that the average family doctor, pain-management specialist, or orthopedic surgeon is injecting into your knee is killing the cartilage. So that research should put the whole steroid injection thing to bed, right? Nope. Surprisingly, this week, a company called Flexion has announced…
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