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 […]
How Effective is Our Treatment?
One of the most frequent questions we are asked by prospective patients is: “How effective is your treatment?” Most clinics offering stem cell therapy would just make up a number because they really have no clue how effective their treatment protocols are. We wanted to know how effective our treatments were, and for that reason we started a patient registry […]
Broccoli and Arthritis
One of These a Day May Keep the Joint Surgeon Away Proper nutrition is part of the treatment program to battle osteoarthritis. Along with physical activity and nutritional supplements, proper eating may help keeping the joints healthy. Sulforaphane is a compound found in cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts and cabbage and particularly plentiful in broccoli. This compound has been found […]
Weight Loss as Treatment for Knee Osteoarthritis
Mechanical stress has been thought to be the main factor in the development of knee osteoarthritis. After all, osteoarthritis has been postulated to be a “wear and tear” disease. For that same reason, the association between obesity and knee osteoarthritis seems logical: the extra weight results in increased mechanical stress to the knee joint leading to the development of osteoarthritis. […]
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. […]