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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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Your (Over) Weight and Your Knee

Apr 16, 2013

Your (Over) Weight and Your Knee Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, fl    I am often asked by patients what can be done for my arthritis? This is very prevalent in the knee. A glaring reality is that our society is overweight. The average American gains 10 pounds per decade. This translates to greater stress reactions on the weight bearing surface of the knee. The two bones which articulate to form the hinge knee joint are separated by cartilage and…

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Meniscal Tears

Apr 02, 2013

  Meniscal Tears     Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, Fl Injuries to the meniscus are one of the most common problems that occur in patients with knee pain.  The meniscus is a cushion or shock absorber separating the two bones that bear the weight in the knee.  The meniscus has several functions including acting as a stabilizer to help balance the weight, as well as provide a cushioning effect.  The meniscus is actually two components of a disc shape, one on…

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Treating Failed Spine Surgery with Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP)

Mar 26, 2013

  Treating Failed Spine Surgery  with Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, Fl Low back pain is unfortunately not always corrected with spine surgery. The complex array of spinal fusion devises, hardware and surgical techniques have not improved success outcomes with spine surgery at the 50% success mark (failure?). Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) a regenerative medicine procedure in which the patients own platelets are used to deliver growth factors to treat and repair injured body areas. Platelet-Rich-Plasma has been used with…

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