News Category: General

New Treatment Approach to Trigger Points

Star Trek lovers are familiar with the “Vulcan nerve pinch”, a technique used by Dr. Spock to cause someone to lose consciousness. The technique was to pinch a pressure point at the base of the victim’s neck but in fact, it’s likely the pinch was in fact a trigger point […]

Platelet-Rich Plasma As a Treatment for Osteoarthritis

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a fairly new treatment tool for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Platelets taken from the person’s own blood are injected into the damaged or injured area. Special growth factors always present in platelets are released and stimulate tissue healing. In this study, scientists from the Netherlands […]

Surgeons Offer Up-To-Date Review of Autogenous Bone Graft

Orthopedic surgeons often find it necessary to use bone graft material to fill in holes, defects, and gaps in bone. The most common reasons bone grafting are needed include fractures that don’t heal and surgical procedures that require removal of bone. Most of the time, it’s best to use the […]

Applying Basic Science Research to Clinical Practice

The things orthopedic surgeons do to help heal damaged soft tissue and bone aren’t magical and they don’t come out of a hat somewhere. Treatment techniques applied to the human body (especially bones and the surrounding soft tissues) come from basic science research. Some of the newer ideas (e.g., using […]

What’s the Latest on Platelet-Rich Plasma?

According to the authors of this review and update on platelet-rich plasma (PRP), there are now 1000s of articles published on the topic. Yet for all that research, we still don’t know if platelet-rich plasma treatment is really the way to go for tendon (or other soft tissue and bone) […]

Effect of Pain Pump on Joint Cartilage

Injections into joints of anesthetics (numbing agents) and pain relieving medications have been used for a long time. They were considered “safe” based on clinical research in the mid-1980s. The use of single injection anesthetics such as lidocaine and bupivacaine gradually expanded to include modern day use of pain pumps. […]

How To Get the Best Results After Joint Replacement

After going through all the fuss to replace a joint, you want the best results, right? Well, here are a few tips to help you along the way. The focus is on physical activity (how much is too much?) and ways to prevent complications and revision (second) surgeries. The information […]

Current Efforts to Address Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis (decreased bone density) is a common problem for “older” adults — and for many who don’t consider themselves “older”. For example, some people over age 50 who have risk factors for osteoporosis may find themselves facing this brittle bone disease much sooner than expected. Who should be screened? How […]

Predicting Osteoporosis Through a Few Questions

Wouldn’t it be nice if all you had to do to find out if you have osteoporosis is answer a few simple questions? No testing required. No special X-rays. Well, thanks to the work of some German researchers, it’s easier than ever to predict who might be at risk for […]

New Information About Gout

If you are a gout sufferer or know someone who is…this information may be of interest to you. The data comes from many studies around the world on gout and was presented at a special meeting. The meeting was the 2011 Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism, also […]

Current Consensus on Tuberculosis in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Tuberculosis (also known as TB) is a bacterial infection affecting the lungs and other parts of the body. It was almost completely gone from the United States but is now on the rise again. And patients being treated for rheumatoid arthritis may be at increased risk. Before the development of […]

National Injury Database for Major League Baseball

One way to prevent baseball injuries is to understand how they happen. A good way to do that is to create a computerized database where information on injuries can be downloaded, stored, studied, and analyzed. We are one step closer to having such a tool. In this study, a group […]

Scientific Evidence for Pilates in Rehabilitation

If you haven’t heard about Pilates, you’re not alone. But for the millions of people who have discovered and now use of this specialized exercise for core stabilization, you will find the results of this study of interest. And if you are looking for some help with exercise, fitness, or […]

What Do We Know So Far About 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. In some conditions, this […]

An Update About An Old Problem: Bursitis

Bursitis may be a word you only heard spoken by the elderly but, in fact, this condition can affect people of all ages. Older adults are the most likely to develop pain, swelling, and tenderness around a joint from bursitis. But younger folks can be affected, too. What exactly is […]

Summary of 5,000 Studies on Platelet-Rich Plasma

If you haven’t heard of platelet-rich plasma as a treatment for various musculoskeletal problems, let us fill you in! Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is the clear portion of blood (plasma) with the blood clotting platelets. It is taken from the patient so doesn’t require blood donors. The growth factors contained […]

Do You Have Lupus or Know Someone Who Does?

If you have a condition called lupus (short for systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE, this report may be of interest to you. For the first time in over 50 years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the nod for a new drug to treat this condition. Lupus is […]

The Effects of Caffeine on Pain

Did you know that caffeine in its various forms is considered a psychoactive agent? Psychoactive means it has a stimulating effect on the central nervous system. Given its effects on the nervous system, some even consider this substance a drug. Did you know that surveys show that almost all adults […]

Good News for Anyone with Psoriatic Arthritis

This is the second article in a two-part series to bring us up-to-date on psoriatic arthritis (PsA). The first part focused on the diagnosis of this condition using biomarkers and advanced imaging studies. In this second half, the use of medications to treat the problem is highlighted. Psoriasis is a […]

Diagnosing Psoriatic Arthritis

Arthritis comes in many forms including one called psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Psoriasis is a disease that most people think of as primarily a skin disease because the condition causes a persistent rash in various areas of the body. Psoriatic arthritis is a type of joint disease that occurs in roughly […]