Tendons attach muscles to bone. When tendons become injured, whether from a traumatic event or overuse, inflammation occurs in the tendon which is called tendonitis. As with many injuries, conservative treatment such as physical therapy to evaluate the mechanics associated with the injury, can be all that is needed. Oral and topical antiinflammatories can also help address the symptoms of the inflammation. PRP or growth factor injections are gaining in popularity for curing tendinitis. We have seen dramatic results from PRP even in the setting of partial tendon tears at the elbow, knee, shoulder and ankle.
To cut, or not to cut? To repair, or to let heal? To rehab without fixing? To live with imperfect parts? Each of these questions is faced every day by surgeons and their patients. Here are a few decisions about incisions.
Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free…all these variations of diets originally designed to address irritable bowels are exploding—apparently, because people’s bowels are now explosive. Celiac, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and their relatives are being diagnosed more frequently than ever. As a society, Americans are becoming both more mindful and more stressed. Could these be linked through the gut?
Top skier breaks her leg. Doctor fixes it, gives her narcotics, and sends her home. She’s told to come back in two weeks for a checkup and have the rod taken out in a year. Doctor moves on to the next patient. What is wrong with this picture?