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Regenexx Interventional Orthopedics Articles

Watch an Advanced Image-Guided Injection of the Shoulder: Step into Our Procedure Suite with Dr. Schultz

This weekend we had an Interventional Orthopedics Foundation  (IOF) course at our Colorado headquarters. What I kept hearing from the physicians attending the course was how much more in depth this course was than any other course they had ever taken. Today I’d like to invite you to join Dr. Schultz as he performs an…
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Weather Changes and Chronic Pain: Is There a Connection?

A look at the sky shows dark clouds rolling in, and weather forecasters are calling for rain. These are the signs most of us look for to determine the weather conditions each day, but some people don’t need the signs—some people swear by the pain in their bones or joints a day or two before…
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What Percentage is “Useless Orthopedic Surgery” Based on Research?

This is a post that some orthopedic surgeons will hate but that needs to be written. This week, I decided to try and estimate the number of orthopedic surgeries that were still being done despite research showing they didn’t work. When I was done, I realized that a staggering 53% of orthopedic surgeries being performed…
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Rotator Cuff Surgery Results: Only 1/2 of Athletes Return to Play!

Throwing and other athletes tear their rotator cuff all the time, and you would expect that modern orthopedic surgery would have a great answer for these highly active patients. However, a recent study shows rather poor rotator cuff surgery results with professional and competitive athletes. In fact, less than half returned to the same level…
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Helping a CrossFit Athlete Avoid Rotator Cuff Surgery

I love helping patients avoid rotator cuff surgery. Why? We don’t have good scientific evidence that sewing your torn rotator cuff back together surgically is effective. Why? It may be more about the number of stem cells or lack thereof rather than how well we stitch your tear. A case in point is Bill, a…
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Motrin and Exercise Can Create Problems

We’ve known for some time that despite many orthopedic and primary-care guidelines including NSAID drugs, like Motrin, that these drugs can blunt healing and have serious side effects. Recently, I was searching the US National Library of Medicine and a new study caught my eye about Motrin and the rotator cuff tendons. That caused me…
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Shoulder Surgery Complications Caused by Acromioplasty

Shoulder decompression surgery, otherwise known as an acromioplasty, involves removing part the acromioclavicular (AC) joint structures and ligaments from the shoulder and is usually done in conjunction with a rotator cuff repair. The rational is that the bones and ligaments are impinging (pressing) upon the rotator cuff, so the surgeon performs an acromioplasty (cutting the…
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A Shoulder Stem Cell Procedure 6 Year Follow-up

One of the benefits of being the first physician in the U.S. to use stem cell injections to help orthopedic patients is that every once in a while, an old patient will come back. While we track everyone in a registry, it’s not the same as a patient sitting in front of you telling you…
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