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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy seeing widespread use

The public, commerical, and medical community are becoming increasingly aware of the potential promise of platelet rich plasma, growth factors, and stem cell therapy. While I use PRP for tendon and cartilage disorders, physicians in South Africa have been using PRP for facial rejuvination and wrinkles by potentially stimulating collagen synthesis. http://www.internationalshoulderjournal.org/article.asp?issn=0973-6042;year=2007;volume=1;issue=2;spage=64;epage=73;aulast=du Also research is … Continue reading Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy seeing widespread use

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Dry Needling effective for Plantar Fasciitis

With musculoskeletal ultrasound to examine the heel (much like looking obstetrician’s use to examine a fetus), physicians are able to accurately target heel pain. With the advancement of technology we are able to further our understanding of disease as well as offer innovative treatments. At the December 08 annual Radiological Society of North America, Luca … Continue reading Dry Needling effective for Plantar Fasciitis

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Stem cell therapy for soldiers in battle?

Military medics often struggle to get donated blood to soldiers in battle, which can take weeks to deliver. Also hospitals in the US have seen a sharp drop in donated blood resulting from risks associated with hepatitis and other disease. This supply shortage has increased the cost of transfused blood to hospitals which are already … Continue reading Stem cell therapy for soldiers in battle?

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Dr Steven Sampson launches new web site: www.orthohealing.org/blog

We are pleased to announce that our new web site has launched! Checkout www.orthohealing.org/blog to read more about our practice. We want this website to be a resource for you, so please feel free to drop us an e-mail and let us know what you would like to read about! This site replaces the former … Continue reading Dr Steven Sampson launches new web site: www.orthohealing.org/blog

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Barack Obama Pledges to reverse Bush Administration Policy on Stem Cell Research

With the election of a new president, there will certainly be change. Recently in the Washington Post & CBS news, it was reported that Barack Obama intends to reverse the Bush policy on stem cell research. It is believed amongst the scientific community that stem cells offer abundant potential for challenging conditions including parkinson’s disease … Continue reading Barack Obama Pledges to reverse Bush Administration Policy on Stem Cell Research

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New Platelet Rich Plasma Studies Underway

As testament to the growth in the biologic sector, numerous orthobiologic companies worldwide are funding research & are obtaining grants with PRP use. Applications of study include plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinosis, congestive heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, systemic sclerosis (scleroderma), knee MCL tears, perodontal tissue, aortic aneurysms, coronary artery bypass, tennis elbow, and rotator cuff … Continue reading New Platelet Rich Plasma Studies Underway

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LA Times article emphasizes non surgical approach to arthritis

Following the well publicized NEJM article suggesting the ineffective role of arthroscoopy in arthritis, many are looking for alternative treatments that are cost effective with little risk. This article from the LA Times highlights some options including an exercise program, physical therapy modalities, and weight loss. While I agree that physical therapy is beneficial, as … Continue reading LA Times article emphasizes non surgical approach to arthritis

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Platelet Rich Plasma used on Los Angeles Dodger Pitcher Takashi Saito

PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma has seen increased use in professional athletes. Recently, Takashi Saito, a star pitcher for the LA dodgers suffered a tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. In efforts to accelerate healing and to avoid a Tommy John surgery, Saito elected to receive the prp injection graft. As a result, He was … Continue reading Platelet Rich Plasma used on Los Angeles Dodger Pitcher Takashi Saito

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New knee arthritis study suggests arthroscopies are ineffective

Despite the predominance of knee arthritis in the US, there are few good options for patients hoping to relieve pain & improve function. Physical therapy can help to increase muscle tone to the quadriceps muscles to reduce excessive workload on the joint. Also inflexible muscles can be stretched to restore the normal kinetic chain to … Continue reading New knee arthritis study suggests arthroscopies are ineffective

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Dr Steven Sampson publishes new Platelet Rich Plasma article

My PRP review article is now published in the Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine. http://www.springerlink.com/content/5708408818n30275/ The online version is available, and the printed version is coming soon. The article includes nearly 50 literature sources and provides a comprehensive overview regarding platelet rich plasma usage in orthopaedics and sports medicine. Also, the review discusses the promising … Continue reading Dr Steven Sampson publishes new Platelet Rich Plasma article

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