Prolotherapy: An Alternative to Arthritis Surgery

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Ross Hauser, MD Many times, patients are getting surgery recommendations for degenerative conditions. The most common surgery is arthroscopy which in numerousd medical studies was found to be no more effective than placebo in regard to knee arthritis. There are still hundreds of thousands of joint replacements every year for Degenerative Joint Disease. There are […]

Minimally invasive spinal surgery

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In this article surgeons discuss pros and cons of  minimally invasive spinal surgery versus traditional open surgery. The article concludes with a discussion of non-surgical regenerative medicine procedures versus surgery. Researchers at New York University Langone Medical Center warn about the growth and popularity of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) procedures. They say that the procedures are […]

Arthroscopic surgery and stem cells – the best of both worlds?

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The healing potential of stem cells are so exciting that surgeons believe that it can make arthroscopic surgery much more successful. Here is an editorial – The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery a publication of the Arthroscopy Association of North America. “we are believers in stem cell therapy” and “stem cells have substantial potential […]

Spinal fusion surgery complications and treatment options

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New research in the medical journal Spine suggests that patients who have a case review by a team of spinal pain specialists will likely not get a spinal fusion surgery. In the study the researchers representing Virginia Mason Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the  University of Washington implemented a multidisciplinary conference involving physiatrists, anesthesiologists, pain […]

Alternative to the FAST Technique

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Danielle Steilen, MMS, PA-C There is a “new” technique spreading across orthopedic offices in the U.S. It is called the FAST Technique, short for fasciotomy and surgical tenotomy, aimed at tendon injuries such as plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, and other tendon issues. It is minimally invasive in that an ultrasound is used to identify the […]