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The Real Risks associated with Knee and Hip replacement surgeries

Many patients who pursue a knee or hip replacement assume they are going for a routine medical procedure that gives them a new joint. In reality they are going for a joint amputation, which is then replaced with an artificial prosthesis. Moreover the real risks associated with these surgeries is dramatically more significant than what [...]

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Webinar- Regenexx stem cell and platelet treatments for orthopedic conditions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyrQ6i8YsBU  

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Regenerative medicine tips to differentiate pros vs amateurs- understanding the value of prolotherapy

Regenerative medicine is rapidly growing with more efficacy and safety data being reported, and more patient and physician interest. The increased visibility is great for the field, but patients need assistance navigating knowledgeable from novice providers in order to get the best quality treatments. I will discuss over time the ways for patients to differentiate [...]

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Regenerative medicine approach to the prescription drug epidemic, using your own cells

Prescription opioid drugs were at one time a major advance in medicine that allowed millions of people to reduce suffering. Still in many parts of the world these medications are not available and needless pain and suffering continues. But clearly in this country we have a prescription opioid problem. These medications are used for essentially [...]

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Concave vs Convex Risk taking and how to think about your Musculoskeletal health

  Concave and convex risk taking are concepts from quantitative finance, and are discussed throughout Nicolas Nassim Taleb's books, his most recent being Antifragility. In essence a convex risk is one where the downside risks are limited and the upside benefits unlimited. Concave risk curves are ones where the potential benefit is limited but the [...]

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Fixing Hip pain with SI joint treatment

The first time I recall my mother having difficulty with her hip was during my college application process. I recall after an hour of walking she began to limp during the college campus tour due to pain in her hip. It wasn't too long that we were behind the rest of the group due to [...]

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Treating ACL injuries without surgery

ACL injuries are devastating injuries. In the most severe form they can leave a knee completely unstable. Even in a mild form a slightly unstable knee will predispose to osteoarthritis long term. For significant tears the surgical approach of tearing out your existing ACL and replacing it with a graft from one of your own [...]

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Treating the aging athlete with a modern Regenerative Orthopedic approach

My father is a vigorous and active man in his early 70s. A lifetime of strength training and significant endurance exercise has enabled him to stay active and healthy. Beginning in his late 60s he began training and then participating in marathons. Given his style of going hard and intensely at anything he picks up, [...]

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How to save your hip after a labral tear

The hip labrum is a layer of tissue that extends from the cartilage that protects the hip joint.  When injured it can cause pain and catching of the joint. If you've failed conservative treatment such as physical therapy and rest, a common treatment for hip labral tears is arthroscopic surgery to remove the torn labrum. What's wrong [...]

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Safety of Regenexx stem cell treatments for orthopedic conditions

Safety should be a key variable when making a decision on what treatment to pursue for your arthritis and tendinitis. In the last few years treatments such as platelet rich plasma and stem cells have literally exploded on the medical scene. While there are a lot of good effects with these treatments, there are potential [...]

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