UCL Treatment Failures and the Difference Between Surgical and Interventional Orthopedics
Last week an article was published in the LA Times about some high-profile failures of stem cell UCL treatment and the subsequent need for Tommy John surgery. I read the piece and chuckled a bit because I knew why these cases likely failed. Let me explain. What Is the… Read More
Outside Ankle Pain? What Could Be Wrong?
Outside Ankle Pain? Outside ankle pain is common. So what’s here that could be causing your pain? How should this be diagnosed? Let’s dive in. What’s Here? There are few things that can cause outside ankle pain. First, this is where the peroneus brevis… Read More
New Research: Your Achilles Tendon Is an Efficient and Twisted Mess
As a physician, like every other doctor, I was taught that the Achilles was the biggest single tendon in the human body. The first day of medical school I was also told that half of everything they would teach me would eventually be proven wrong. So this past… Read More
Arthritis from Injury to a Joint: Can It Be Prevented?
Our entire medical-care system has been trained through decades of trying to control costs to simply ignore small injuries. However, here’s the thing: these small injuries can become big problems if left untreated. In fact, all severe arthritis likely starts with a small injury to the cartilage or… Read More
Sleep-Deprived Young Athletes May Be More Prone to Sports Injuries
A new school year is starting. If you’re like most parents, your teens have been on a summer sleep schedule that consists of staying up obnoxiously late and waking up just in time for lunch. However, now comes the massive disruption known as the first day of… Read More
Does the Lower Body Protect the Upper Body from Running Injuries?
Running is one of those sports that about the age of 40 or 50, people go two different directions. Either they haven’t gotten a significant injury and they keep running or they stop running due to injury. What’s the difference between these two groups? In all honesty, we really… Read More
Land like a Ballerina to Avoid Female ACL Injuries
Land Like a Ballerina to Avoid ACL Injury! In the United States, in over a decade, we’ve seen a greater-than 900% increase in ACL injuries in girl’s sports. Interestingly, despite this epidemic, research shows that in comparison, ballerinas rarely… Read More
Why You Can’t Inject a Torn Knee ACL with Ultrasound
When we first began injecting ACL tears with stem cells many years ago, we tried quite a few techniques. At first, it was a very difficult injection that wasn’t reliable. However, after some anatomy review and testing several methods, we finally settled on a procedure that produced reliable… Read More
The Side Effects of Orthopedic Surgery: Doubling Down at the Great Orthopedic Surgery Casino
What are the side effects of orthopedic surgery? One of the more disturbing things we see in interventional orthopedics is patients who have undergone multiple aggressive types of orthopedic surgery. The behavior is a bit like a gambler at a casino. If you don’t hit it big the… Read More
Back of Knee Pain? What’s Wrong?
back of knee pain I talk a lot about knee pain and what to do and what not to do about it. This time, I want to pinpoint a precise location: the back of the knee. What does it mean, and what exactly… Read More