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Long Term Effects of ACL Reconstruction Surgery: The Procedure Destroys the Normal Wiring of the Knee

I frequently look through the US National Library of Medicine for new research, and sometimes while I’m there, I chance upon old stuff that peaks my interest. Case in point today is a 2011 study that shows just how messed up ACL surgery is when it comes to the circuitry of the body. We all take…
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Can the ACL Grow Back? Getting a Collegiate Athlete’s ACL to Heal

We began treating ACL tears using x-ray guidance and high-dose bone marrow concentrate back in 2011 before anyone else was performing that procedure and frankly before anyone else was doing much of anything with bone marrow concentrate. Early on I had to answer the question for myself, “Can the ACL grow back?” Meaning that despite…
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UCL Treatment Failures and the Difference Between Surgical and Interventional Orthopedics

Last week an article was published in the LA Times about some high-profile failures of stem cell UCL treatment and the subsequent need for Tommy John surgery. I read the piece and chuckled a bit because I knew why these cases likely failed. Let me explain. What Is the UCL? The UCL is a ligament that…
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Outside Ankle Pain? What Could Be Wrong?

Outside ankle pain is common. So what’s here that could be causing your pain? How should this be diagnosed? Let’s dive in. What’s Here? There are few things that can cause outside ankle pain. First, this is where the peroneus brevis and longus tendons live, so small tears in those ligaments or degeneration (tendinopathy) can…
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New Research: Your Achilles Tendon Is an Efficient and Twisted Mess

As a physician, like every other doctor, I was taught that the Achilles was the biggest single tendon in the human body. The first day of medical school I was also told that half of everything they would teach me would eventually be proven wrong. So this past week, researchers added yet another thing that…
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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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Sleep-Deprived Young Athletes May Be More Prone to Sports Injuries

A new school year is starting. If you’re like most parents, your teens have been on a summer sleep schedule that consists of staying up obnoxiously late and waking up just in time for lunch. However, now comes the massive disruption known as the first day of school. Growing bodies used to waking up at…
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Does the Lower Body Protect the Upper Body from Running Injuries?

Running is one of those sports that about the age of 40 or 50, people go two different directions. Either they haven’t gotten a significant injury and they keep running or they stop running due to injury. What’s the difference between these two groups? In all honesty, we really don’t know with 100% certainty yet, but…
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