Spinal Fusion Surgery Not Better Than Non-Surgical Care
First, some background: fusion surgeries of the spine are commonly performed in the USA, at a rate that is 2-3 times higher than in any other industrialized nation on Earth. Even within the USA there are extremely high regional variations on the rate of fusion surgeries. Spine surgeons seem to rarely agree on what constitute an indication for fusion surgery. […]
Smoking and Pain
Quit Smoking To Treat Your Pain A new study presented at the 2013 meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons demonstrates that smoking cessation results in improvements in pain in patients with spinal disorders. The study was done following patients undergoing treatment for spinal disorders and reporting severe pain. Mean treatment duration was eight months. The researchers found that […]
How do Stem Cells Work?
How Do Stem Cells Work In The Joints? Stem Cell therapy is about the renewal of tissues. The treatment is based on the fact that stem cells differentiate to renew cells. The desired goal is to stimulate the production of new cells in a particular tissue to regenerate that tissue. For orthopedic applications the object is to target cells called […]
Keep Your Joints Healthy
Keep Your Joints Healthy Regardless of what medical treatment you choose to pursue to treat joint pain, there are certain steps you can take to improve the health of your joints and keep them healthy. Our bodies are always undergoing constant change, in response to a changing environment. That response is mediated primarily by 3 elements: the nervous system, the […]
Knee Surgery? Still in Pain?
Did you Have Knee Surgery? Still in Pain? Mr. S. is an active 77 year old male who enjoys playing golf. Unfortunately, knee pain and knee osteoarthritis had limited his ability to enjoy his favorite hobby. The pain on his right knee became so severe that he had to quit playing golf. He was also unable to walk long distances […]