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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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Eli the Donkey, Stem Cells and Spinal Cord Injury

May 22, 2013

Eli the Donkey, Stem Cells and Spinal Cord Injury  Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, FL   Eli the Donkey was beginning to be a very sad story that has a happy stem cell ending. Eli lived on a prized horse ranch in California. Eli unfortunately was kicked by a thoroughbred horse and suffered a spinal cord injury. The owner very fond of Eli hoped for recovery, however when bed sores developed the situation turned grave. The owner in consultation with…

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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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T Regulatory Cells and Stem Cell Therapy: The T Rex of Helper Cells

May 10, 2013

T Regulatory Cells and Stem Cell Therapy: The T Rex of Helper Cells Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, Fl Wouldn’t a giant of a cell that heals injuries be nice? Well our body possesses such creatures. They are called regulatory cells. In the stem cell world, they serve a giant function, they assist in repair pathways by secreting repair chemicals known as cytokines or interleukins. The body’s cells communicates with each other by signaling molecules. These signaling molecules or cytokines…

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Avascular Necrosis of the Hip and Knee: Treatment with Stem Cells

May 09, 2013

   Avascular Necrosis (AVN) or osteonecrosis is a troubling medical condition. It literal means the bone (osteo) is dying (necrosis). This is a simplified explanation in that only a portion of the bone is becoming necrotic. The bone loses it’s blood supply and begins to decay. This ischemic area is similar to heart tissue that loses blood supply during a heart attack, except unlike cardiac tissue that fills with scarred tissue bone decays and the surrounding areas may degenerate quickly…

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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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Weight Lifting, Bodybuilding and Joint Repair

May 07, 2013

 Weight Lifting, Bodybuilding and Joint Repair      Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, FL   As we age are joints do jot heal and repair as efficiently as when we were younger. Weightlifting and bodybuilding can place excessive loads on the joints due to repetitive motion, heavy weight, lack of flexibility, improper form and not warming up properly. Avid weightlifters and bodybuilders who sustain joint injuries are hampered as often they find taking time off from training to heal properly may…

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Rationale for nonsurgical knee meniscal repair

May 05, 2013

Rationale for nonsurgical knee meniscal repair Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, FL Sometimes mother nature heals just fine. At times however, healing is incomplete. This occurs in the knee due to the poor blood supply in all but the outer aspects of the knee meniscus. These portions, which comprise the majority of knee meniscal injuries, are known as the avascular zone. There are several reasons to consider treatment for meniscal injuries. These include: Reduce pain improve joint biomechanicsa delay or…

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