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New study showing the positive effect of autologous platelet-rich plasma-releasate (PRP) on spine disc degeneration in rabbit model

Intervertebral discs serve as a cushion between the bones of your back, holding them together and allowing minor movement of these bones. In a recent study, PRP use in treating disc degeneration was evaluated. Twelve female New Zealand white rabbits were selected and underwent puncture of two discs to induce disc degeneration. Four weeks after … Continue reading New study showing the positive effect of autologous platelet-rich plasma-releasate (PRP) on spine disc degeneration in rabbit model

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Inflammation blood test links to muscle weakness in knee osteoarthritis new study suggests.

Recent studies suggest that patients with larger muscles surrounding the knee equals less cartilage damage over 4 years & improved function. (link to prior blog post). Another new study found a correlation with a patient’s blood inflammation levels (CRP & ESR) and reduced muscle strength. Understanding patients baseline inflammation status may be key in understanding expectations … Continue reading Inflammation blood test links to muscle weakness in knee osteoarthritis new study suggests.

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New study in American Journal of Sports Medicine shows Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) blood injection superior to placebo for knee osteoarthritis treatment.

In a new study from the American Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers in India were able to show that when compared to a placebo control of saline (water), PRP patients had superior benefits. There was a mild deterioration of those improvements at 6 months. This level 1 randomized placebo controlled study showed that PRP injection … Continue reading New study in American Journal of Sports Medicine shows Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) blood injection superior to placebo for knee osteoarthritis treatment.

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A recent article in Reuters Health shows patients gaining weight after knee replacement

A new study demonstrates increased risk of weight gain in patients after a knee replacement. Data of nearly a thousand patients from Mayo Clinic in Rochester was evaluated. It was concluded that five years after surgery, thirty percent of patients had minimum of five percent increase in weight from time of the surgery. But when … Continue reading A recent article in Reuters Health shows patients gaining weight after knee replacement

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Printing New Cartilage: Breakthroughs in Cartilage Repair Techniques

In a major Regenerative Medicine breakthrough, researchers at Wake Forest University have developed a machine that prints 3D cartilage tissue. Cartilage is a tough, fibrous tissue that plays an important structural and supportive role in the body. It lends structure and shape to the nose and ear, for instance, as well as cushions joints such as the knee. Repairing cartilage … Continue reading Printing New Cartilage: Breakthroughs in Cartilage Repair Techniques

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Sports Med: Whole-Body Cryotherapy for recovery from muscle injury in athletes. Cutting Edge therapy for patients as well?

Whole-Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is a form of cold therapy, which exposes the patient to very cold air (-110 degrees C to -140 degrees C) in a special chamber, usually for two minutes. It is generally used to relieve pain and inflammatory symptoms caused by conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and ankylosing spondylitis. Currently, this form … Continue reading Sports Med: Whole-Body Cryotherapy for recovery from muscle injury in athletes. Cutting Edge therapy for patients as well?

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Research shows patients undergoing Total Joint replacement for Osteoarthritis have different recovery expectations than their surgeons

In a recent study sixty-eight patients that were scheduled for a total hip replacement or total knee replacement were asked to complete a questionnaire with their expectations in terms of pain relief and function after surgery. The surgeons were also asked to take the same questionnaire for each patient. The results showed that few patients … Continue reading Research shows patients undergoing Total Joint replacement for Osteoarthritis have different recovery expectations than their surgeons

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Increase in thigh quadriceps muscle (vastus medialis) size linked with decreased pain, cartilage loss, and knee replacement in osteoarthritis

In a recent study the size of thigh muscles (vastus medialis) was evaluated to determine if it is related to decreased knee pain, cartilage loss, and knee replacement in osteoarthritis. One hundred and seventeen patients were followed over the course of 4.5 years. At the end of the four and a half years, it was … Continue reading Increase in thigh quadriceps muscle (vastus medialis) size linked with decreased pain, cartilage loss, and knee replacement in osteoarthritis

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Recent study from The American Journal of Sports Medicine: National Hockey League players with increased hip labral and joint cartilage injuries, especially Goalie Position.

In a recent study intra-articular hip (hip joint) injuries from the years 2006-2010 in the NHL were evaluated. This study looked at all positions (goaltenders, defensemen and forwards) to see if any one position was more prone to get this particular injury and also determined the average games missed in the recovery process. It was … Continue reading Recent study from The American Journal of Sports Medicine: National Hockey League players with increased hip labral and joint cartilage injuries, especially Goalie Position.

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Animal study Suggests: Bone Marrow Injection Therapy as a Possible Non-Surgical Treatment Option for Meniscus Tears

Bone marrow concentrate, or BMC, therapy is being studied for its uses in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. Tears of the meniscus, for instance, are of great interest due to the lack of blood supply to meniscal tissue. BMC injections deliver immature cells that differentiate into cells that can potentially rebuild various types of tissue. … Continue reading Animal study Suggests: Bone Marrow Injection Therapy as a Possible Non-Surgical Treatment Option for Meniscus Tears

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