Alternative to Rotator Cuff Surgery
This week we saw two patients in our clinic that demonstrate the usefulness of precisely placed regenerative injections with stem cells as an alternative to shoulder surgery. Both patients were seen 6 months after their procedure and both were doing very well. Charles P is 71 year old male who became paraplegic about 40 years ago as a result of […]
The Failed Promises of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
First, what exactly is minimally invasive spine surgery? You would think that this term means surgery involving minimal manipulation of, and minimal damage to the tissues of the spine and around the spine. But, in reality that is not necessarily the case. The definition of minimally invasive spine surgery is not based on the amount of tissue removed or manipulated, […]
Can Meditation Help Patients with Chronic Pain?
A regular program of meditation can improve your general health. A growing number of scientific studies have shown that meditation may help patients with a variety of conditions like: depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, and sleep difficulties. It has been suggested that meditation achieves these positive outcomes by reducing stress and anxiety. Since meditation is an easy and […]
Surgery for Spinal Stenosis No Better Than Conservative Care
Many patients come to our office asking if stem cell therapy will help their spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis refers to a condition of narrowing of the spaces in the spine where our spinal cord and spinal nerves travel. Narrowing of those spaces can be a congenital condition, but most frequently it is the result of arthritis and degeneration of the […]
How Safe Are Your Pain Medications?
As the “baby boomer” generation enter its Medicare years the prevalence of arthritis and musculoskeletal pain is increasing at an accelerating pace. Some call this epidemic of chronic pain America’s biggest health problem. According to a 2011 report by the Institute of Medicine (part of the National Academy of Sciences) chronic pain will affect at some point 100 million Americans […]