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Common Injures of Tennis Players, Their Causes and Treatments

Tennis is a pretty popular sport played all over the world. Matches can be long and there are high forces being generated over and over in the shoulder and elbow. This can result in injuries from overuse in the shoulder and elbow. There are also a lot of quick movements […]

What is the deal with Platelet-Rich Plasma?

Recent treatments for joint pain due to cartilage damage are focusing in the area of less invasive solutions, and platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) is of interest to many clinicians and researchers alike. Platelets are particles in the human bloodstream that contain biological building blocks for tissues such as cartilage. The building blocks […]

Treatment of Muscle Injuries: Contusion, Strain, or Laceration

There are three major types of muscles injuries: contusion, strain, or laceration. Contusion is caused by a direct and compressive force such as a direct blow. Muscle strain is more often the result of tensile force (tension) beyond what the muscle can stretch. And of course, a laceration or cut […]

Harvest of Bone Marrow Cells from The Posterior Iliac Crest is Recommended

More research is focused now on tissue regeneration for bone repair in humans. Stem cells from the person’s own bone marrow have two major advantages: the patient does not experience cell rejection and this source of stem cells avoids the controversy over the use of embryonic stem cells. Stem cells […]

Results After Surgery for Leg Compartment Syndrome in Military Personnel

Patients with compartment syndrome of the lower leg face the possibility of symptoms coming back after treatment, complications from surgery, and the need for a second operation. In the case of young military personnel, medical discharge due to an inability to return to full duty may be the final outcome. […]

New Guidelines for Antibiotic Use Before Dental Procedures

If you have a joint replacement or implant of any kind, you will want to pay attention to these three new Clinical Practice Guidelines. They have been approved by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs: Routine use of antibiotics before dental […]

Rethinking Osteoarthritis as Just a Wear-and-Tear Disease

Three things are clear from ongoing research: 1) obesity is on the rise in the United States, 2) more people are experiencing osteoarthritis (OA), and 3) there is a direct link between obesity and osteoarthritis. None of that may surprise you. What is new and notable is the fact that […]

Drug Treatment for Osteoporosis of the Upper Extremity

Osteoporosis (decreased bone mineral density) is a very common disorder affecting the skeleton. In a patient with osteoporosis, the bones begin losing their minerals and support beams, leaving the skeleton brittle and prone to fractures. In the U.S., 10 million individuals are estimated to already have the disease and almost […]

Vitamin D: What’s All the Fuss?

Calling all athletes — and coaches, physical therapists, sports trainers, and sports health physicians who work with them! Here’s a review on the essentials of Vitamin D you won’t want to miss. Most likely by now, you have heard something about the perils of low vitamin D. Without it, we […]

Bugs in Joint Replacements

One of the biggest reasons joint replacements fail is due to joint infection. Bacteria (sometimes referred to as “bugs”) and fungi can travel through the bloodstream. These pathogens can be carried by the blood to anywhere in the body including the joints. Once in the joint, they can form a […]

Advice to Orthopedic Surgeons About Worker Compensation Patients

Fact: Results after upper extremity (shoulder or arm) surgery for worker compensation patients are worse than for non-worker compensation patients. Fact: Worker compensation patients take longer to recover after shoulder/arm surgery compared with non-worker compensation patients treated for the same thing. Fact: Worker compensation patients are much slower to return […]

Vitamin D Recommendations for Athletes

You wouldn’t think athletes with their strong bones and muscles would need any Vitamin D supplementation. But according to this group of researchers, there are sports health benefits to taking Vitamin D supplements. Some of those benefits actually come in the form of prevention. That is — preventing the musculoskeletal […]

How To Treat Gout Flare-Ups

For some reason, more and more people in the United States are experiencing acute episodes of gout, an inflammatory type of arthritis. Painful joint symptoms associated with gout are caused by the deposit of uric acid crystals in the joint and in the surrounding soft tissues. The most typical pattern […]

Best “Recipe” for Treatment of Tendons with Platelet-Rich Plasma

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) (also known as blood injection therapy) is a medical treatment being used for a wide range of musculoskeletal problems. Platelet-rich plasma refers to a sample of serum (blood) plasma that has as much as four times more than the normal amount of platelets. This treatment enhances the […]

Nutraceuticals for Patients with Arthritis

If you suffer from joint pain associated with arthritis, it’s likely you’ve heard of or even tried some (if not all) of the following supplements: glucosamine, chondroitin, fish oil, thunder god vine, capsaicin, SAMe, and curcumin. Didn’t find the one you are taking or have taken? That’s because this is […]

Exercise Should Be the First Treatment for Tendinopathy

Tendon repair can be tricky business. When the process gets interrupted for any reason, the tendon may get stuck in a lose-lose situation. Too much inflammation (and even sometimes not enough inflammation) can result in a process that produces a problem we call tendinosis or tendinopathy. Tendinopathy refers to any […]

Not All Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments Are the Same

There are at least 16 different collection kits available on the market for platelet-rich plasma. They are not all the same and the differences may make affect results of studies trying to determine the effectiveness and long-lasting benefit of this treatment. In this article, orthopedic surgeons from Northwestern University School […]

Choosing the Right Method for Obtaining Platelet-Rich Plasma

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) (also known as blood injection therapy) is a medical treatment being used for a wide range of musculoskeletal problems. Platelet-rich plasma refers to a sample of serum (blood) plasma that has as much as four times more than the normal amount of platelets. This treatment enhances the […]

Risks and Benefits of Blood Injection Therapy

Any time a new treatment technique is tried approval depends on how well it works, long the effects last, and the balance between risks and benefits. Risks usually include problems during the procedure and complications after the treatment. One of the new treatments for orthopedic conditions currently being studied is […]

What Do We Know About Psoriatic Arthritis?

You’ve probably seen the old commercial that talks about “the heartbreak of psoriasis.” But it isn’t just the skin lesions that create so much trouble for patients. Up to half of all patients with psoriasis develop disabling arthritis. And psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is chronic, inflammatory, and deforming. In this review […]