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Joint Health

Platelet rich plasma: Innovative therapy for less pain and better movement

If you’re familiar with the term platelet rich plasma (PRP), it’s likely because of its well-publicized cosmetic applications—from smoothing wrinkles to stimulating hair regrowth. Beyond beauty, though, PRP is increasingly being used for more structural applications in tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. Here’s how it works. PRP harnesses the body’s own healing properties to amplify …

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Replacing a replacement: When an artificial joint wears out

When you buy a new car, even one that has top ratings for quality, you still know that eventually it will have to be replaced — like virtually everything else that is man-made. That includes the artificial joints used during knee and hip replacement procedures. Many of the more than 1 million people each year …

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Orthopedic injuries: Why being male or female makes a difference

From competitive athletes to weekend warriors, you may have specific orthopedic needs based on your age or the sports you play. But did you know being male or female can affect your orthopedic health, too? Differences in bony anatomy, ligaments or muscle mass mean males and females have different orthopedic vulnerabilities. Fortunately, by being aware …

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Stem cells in orthopedic care: Science or snake oil?

Over the last decade, several high-profile professional athletes have turned to what has widely been referred to as stem cell therapy to recover from injury and attempt to return to top form. Ten years ago, many of these therapies were based more on scientific theory rather than medical fact.  But what about now? As a …

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Is skateboarding safe? How to prevent and treat injuries

In addition to traditional team sports, many young and old alike enjoy individual recreational activities — take golf, cycling, hiking and skateboarding, to name a few. All these activities can be great exercise, but they each also carry their own risks.  As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand and wrist injuries, I regularly see the …

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Move better while walking or running in your neighborhood

Have you found yourself running or walking regularly for the first time in a while? Running through your neighborhood streets is an easy and efficient form of exercise and a good way to get some fresh air. There are numerous physical and mental benefits to exercise and sometimes, it’s just fun to see your neighbors spending …

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How to get rid of knee pain after running

Many people, myself included, have a love/hate relationship with running. On the one hand, running allows for a high caloric burn within a short amount of time, meaning it’s one of the most efficient options for exercise. It also improves your cardiac strength and output, and it can improve your respiratory function. All in all, …

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