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Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the Knee in a Soccer Player

Jun 08, 2013

Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the Knee in a Soccer Player Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, Fl       Avascular Necrosis (AVN) is difficult at best for most patients, for competitive athletes it may be career ending. Athletes with Avascular Necrosis (AVN) must have a stable joint that is not collapsing, and withstand the stress of athletic participation. The knee is under great stress in soccer. A concern with AVN is also secondary degenerative arthritis that results from decay of…

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When Your Neck is Screwed, Sometimes it’s a Real Pain

Jun 05, 2013

   When Your Neck is Screwed, Sometimes it’s a Real Pain  Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, Fl When you have neck (cervical) surgery, sometimes the surgeon elects to use instrumentation with plates and screws for fusion. It is not always successful, and sometimes it may be a real pain in the neck. Regenerative Medicine procedures such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Stem Cell Therapy, and Biologics may have a role in alleviating pain that persists in the neck. Sometimes with…

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Avoiding Hip Replacement? Regenerative Therapy: Stem Cells

May 29, 2013

Avoiding Hip Replacement? Regenerative Therapy: Stem Cells   Many Musicians who perform live have had hip ailments. Rumor has it Prince needs double hip replacement surgery, but after conversion to Jehovah’s Witness he wishes to avoid the blood associated hip surgery. Another musician who struggled with hip pain Steve Perry, of Journey fame, ultimately had the hip replacement procedure. Perry was afflicted with hip problems at an earlier age, and it affected planned concert tours leading to his departure from…

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Knee Stem Cells

May 28, 2013

Knee Stem Cells Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, FL Stem Cell Therapy for knee disorders are becoming more common. A year long trial in the United Kingdom focused on mixing stem cells in a lab with cartilage cells, then re-injected the cells back into damaged knees. This stem cell therapy is hoped to be an alternative to knee joint replacement. Australia and the United States have ongoing clinical trials with stem cells for knee osteoarthritis. These trials have focused on…

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Ankle and Knee Injuries Hamper Tennis Stars

May 25, 2013

Ankle and Knee Injuries Hamper Tennis Stars Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, FL Tennis is a demanding sport and joint and muscle problems are frequent complaints. Tennis star Novak Djokovic is hampered by an ankle injury that a recent MRI found without structural problems. Rafael Nadal has seen his share of knee problems. He has reportedly been diagnosed with a partially torn patellar tendon in his knee, and missed most of last season due to his knee. Nadal has also…

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Ruptured Achilles Tendon PRP and Stem Cell Therapy

May 23, 2013

Ruptured Achilles Tendon PRP and Stem Cell Therapy  Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater Acute and chronic ankle problems are common sports injuries. Aruptured Achilles tendon is a very difficult dilemma. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy has been previously used by sports stars with success. Now Kobe Bryant has a torn Achilles tendon confirmed on MRI.  Bryant has had injuries before, turning tonPlatelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) for a knee problem. The road back to recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon…

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Adipose (Fat) Stem Cells used to treat Heart Failure

May 16, 2013

Adipose (Fat) Stem Cells used to treat Heart Failure Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, FL Adipose stem cells have been used for a variety of medical disorders. Early work at UCLA in the 2000’s, revealed the adipose or fat tissue possessed a large reservoir of stem cells capable of differentiating into muscle, cartilage, and bone. Since then research and use of fat stem cells has grown significantly. Physicians at the Scripps Clinic have taken fat from the patient, and utilized…

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Can exercise accelerate arthritis?

May 15, 2013

Can exercise accelerate arthritis? Arthritis can present as a significant problem to exercise inclined individuals. Arthritis may be a natural progression of aging, be part genetic, or post-traumatic in origin. A frequent question with individuals who have joint arthritis is, what exercises can I do? This is a complex question, the answer often beyond what most people wish to hear. Simple answers with a structured response such as type of exercise, frequency, and duration are desired. However, those inclined to…

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Elbow Pain and Arthritis after Surgery, Treatment Options

May 14, 2013

Elbow Pain and Arthritis after Surgery, Treatment Options When things don’t improve after elbow surgery, arthritis may be one potential complication. Surgery is often preformed after elbow trauma, and surgery imparts more trauma to the elbow region which may further accelerate arthritis development. Minimizing further elbow joint trauma, continued repetitive joint stress or biomechanical overload may help prevent further elbow arthritis development. Regenerative Medicine therapies may address chronic elbow pain and dysfunction, by utilizing tissue repair and regeneration models of…

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Low Back Pain: Can PRP Help?

May 08, 2013

Low Back Pain: Can PRP Help? Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, Fl Low back pain afflicts many individuals. Often, it does not respond to conservative treatment. Surgery in the United States for low back pain hovers at 50% success rates. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used for many musculoskeletal problems, including low back pain. Certain low back conditions may respond to Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Exact placement of the PRP is the key. Localizing where the pain comes from…

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