Should You Get Shoulder Surgery? A Surgeon Weighs In…
If you read this blog, you know that I often write about what I experience on a day-to-day basis. After all, it’s hard to do this six days a week if you’re not passionate about what you write about. This morning I’d like to share my experiences yesterday with… Read More
Does Rotator Cuff Surgery Work?
Does rotator cuff surgery work? You would think that because this has become a standard of care for nonhealing rotator cuff tears that we would have loads of high-level research showing this procedure is effective. However, we really don’t have that research. In fact, we have studies showing… Read More
Treating Rotator Cuff Tears with Stem Cells, Not Surgery
Shoulder Rotator Cuff Tear Treated with Stem Cells I love treating shoulder rotator cuff tears with precise injections of real stem cells. This patient was a weightlifter with a high-grade tear who wanted to avoid surgery and get back… Read More
Why Can’t I Lift My Arms Overhead?
Can't lift arms over head? It may be your neck... I love when patients walk in and I can easily show them how their body works. This past week, I was able to do that with a… Read More
Biceps Tenodesis Side Effects: They Did What to You?
I have a running list that I keep of the dumbest surgeries. One of my criteria to make the list is when I first hear about the procedure from a patient I am shocked enough to say out loud, “They did what to you?” While I’ve known about the… Read More
A Patient from Our Rotator Cuff Stem Cell Injection RCT
We’ve been slowly recruiting for a randomized controlled trial for the last few years that compares rotator cuff tears treated with a precise injection of high-dose bone marrow concentrate (HD-BMC) with physical therapy. This morning I’d like to update everyone on where the Rotator Cuff Stem Cell Injection… Read More
Shoulder Separation Surgery Recovery: Research Shows You Don’t Need Surgery
When I was in medical school, I crashed a motorcycle and separated my shoulder. I was told back then that I could get surgery, but I didn’t do it. Why? I was concerned about AC joint separation recovery time after surgery. Now,… Read More
Is Nonsurgical Treatment for Rotator Cuff Tears a Long-Term Solution?
In today’s modern world, if you’re middle-aged and feel a sudden stabbing pain in your shoulder and then it continues to ache, you get an MRI. If that shoulder study shows a big enough rotator cuff tear, you’re quickly spirited off to surgery. However, what would happen if… Read More
A Shoulder Fracture Nonunion and AVN Update
It’s always good to follow-up with our patients to see how they did long-term. This morning I’d like to update you on a patient whose shoulder fractures were so severe, surgeons had nothing to offer. I gave you a short look at her Fracture Nonunion and Shoulder AVN… Read More
RIP Shoulder Decompression Surgery: Another Common Orthopedic Surgery Bites the Dust
The orthopedic-surgery research this past decade has been like the Queen song “Another One Bites the Dust.” It seems like every month another randomized controlled trial shows that the common orthopedic procedures that patients sign up for every day fare no better than fake or placebo procedures. The most… Read More