There is great excitement and interest about the use of stem cells to improve or reverse chronic disease. Stem cells contain anti-inflammatory chemicals that recruit healing, increase vascularity and decrease pain. These cells can fight cellular apoptosis (cellular death) and differentiate into multiple tissues, including: bone, muscle, cartilage and fat. They are capable of self-replication.
From 1990 through 2014, the number of soccer-related injuries treated in hospital emergency departments in the US each year increased by 78 percent and the yearly rate of injuries increased by 111 percent among youth 7-17 years of age, a new article reports.
Except for increased anterior-posterior knee laxity, results from this study indicated female athletes and male athletes were not similar with regard to predictors for first-time noncontact ACL injury.
Researchers are investigating how changes during pregnancy may affect the lower extremities in the long term, as well as ways to treat and prevent these issues.
Patients who underwent primary hip arthroscopy experienced greater improvement in patient-reported outcome scores at 2-year follow-up compared with patients who underwent revision arthroscopy, according to recently presented data.
May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. Most people don’t realize that one in every five adults is affected by arthritis in their lifetime.
“Arthritis is a catch all phrase for a degenerative condition of a joint,” said Dr. Randy Clark of Coral Desert Orthopaedics of St. George. “In layman’s terms, it’s where the cartilage wears out.”
Many patients present to our office in need of knee surgery. They are often surprised to learn that they are candidates for a partial (rather than complete) knee replacement. It has been our experience that many of our patients are not aware of this possibility, so we would like to take this opportunity to educate the general public.
Partial knee replacement surgery has a long history dating back to the early 1970s. Part of the appeal is that it is a less invasive and less painful surgery, permits quicker post-operative recovery, provides improved range of motion, retains more normal tissue, and is less expensive. A partial knee replacement is more likely to mimic the natural motion pattern of a normal knee as compared to a total knee replacement.
Do you have a stubborn tendon injury? New technology has provided us with another option to stimulate the body’s natural healing response.
There has been a lot of interest in the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP). This is an exciting new technology that allows the surgeon to inject a concentrated group of the body’s own healing factors into torn or injured tissues. The healing factors (platelets, enzymes, proteins) are concentrated from one’s own blood and re-injected to promote the body’s own healing response. We would like to take this opportunity to clarify the indications and limitations of this treatment option.
Many people go to their doctor’s office complaining of vague low back, buttocks or groin pain. This usually leads to X-rays of the back and hips. On many occasions, those imaging studies are interpreted by the clinician as unremarkable and the patient is told that nothing can be done for the pain. This can lead to chronic discomfort and frustration.
These patients may be surprised that their ailment is actually non-arthritic hip pain.
We are now familiar with a condition called femoroacetabular impingement, or FAI, a mechanical impingement of the femoral head into the acetabular socket. Orthopedic surgeons have discovered that many patients who present with the previously described pain go on to develop characteristic hip joint abnormalities which may eventually lead to arthritis and a hip replacement at a relatively young age
Many people know someone with an artificial knee or hip joint. Less common, but just as successful in relieving joint pain, is a shoulder replacement (arthroplasty). This procedure may be recommended if arthritis or degenerative joint disease makes your shoulder stiff and painful or if the upper arm bone is fractured so badly that tissue death may result.
This booklet will help provide answers to the questions you may have about a shoulder replacement (arthroplasty). It contains information about what to expect before, during and after your hospitalization. You will learn about the hospital routines, the people who will assist in your recovery and changes in your lifestyle.