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Results from the largest animal model trial yet undertaken suggest the feasibility of using engineered living tissue to create replacement spinal discs to treat neck and back pain from disc deterioration. The study on goats was performed by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine in concert...

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A new surgical approach may offer better outcomes for patients with hallux rigidus, or arthritis of the toe, according to Andrew Elliott, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, New York. Commenting on the condition, Dr. Elliott said “…hallux rigidus (is) one of the most frequent...

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Individual patient characteristics should guide the treatment plan. One creates a post-surgical treatment plan that is personalized. So it’s patient-specific, patient-centered, patient-focused personalized care plan. We have a world of generic drugs. We have no generic patients. Each patient is...

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Chronic post-surgical pain is a significant problem because it results in decreased activities of daily living, reduced quality of life, and overutilization of medication and healthcare resources, so it’s very costly. The main cause is peripheral stimulation, because of course once a surgeon breaks...

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A new and emerging field in medicine is here and some people call it regenerative medicine; some people call it stem cell treatment.  I think it’s important that we define those terms. Regenerative medicine includes this field of medicine where we can hopefully see some regeneration of tissue,...

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Although hip replacement surgery has a high success rate in relieving pain and improving mobility and quality of life, a common complication from the procedure is dislocation, for which the risk increases in cases of revision surgery. Conclusions from a new study conducted at Hospital for Special...

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The Fascial Distortion Model can help guide a practitioner towards treatment selection because the model is based on the patient’s input. The patient is the expert. Patients guide us as practitioners by body language or gestures and their verbal description of their pain. They show us exactly the...

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The Fascial Distortion Model looks at six different types of patterns of gestures that people do when they have an injury. When they show a certain gesture, we’re going to use a certain manual therapy technique that’s going to match. If they indicate with their finger a single spot on the bone, we...

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In a presentation at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2018, clinicians from Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital detailed a treatment protocol that avoids the use of opioids following colorectal surgery and that results in shorter hospital stays. Lead author Sophia Horattas, MD,...

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Understanding pain can be challenging, and using models or theories can simplify the complex. When treating people who have persistent pain, having a framework to reference is imperative, informative, and supports clinical reasoning. What is the gate control theory? Who introduced the neuromatrix?...

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