Cartiform: An Exiting New Treatment At RVO!

Cartilage wear of the knee is an unfortunately common, painful, debilitating problem which remains very difficult to treat, even in 2016.  Left unchecked, it worsens progresses to frank arthritis and often leads to the future need for complete knee replacement. Common treatments for cartilage wear include activity modification, physical therapy, medications, vitamin supplements, braces and injections. When these interventions fail, surgery is considered, and surgical treatments include arthroscopic smoothing of the worn cartilage, Microfracture, and a variety of fairly involved cartilage...

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New Shoulder Replacement Technology Available at RVO

Shoulder pain is a common complaint bringing patients to a physician’s office.  Inability to sleep at night due to shoulder pain can alter your mood and enjoyment in life’s activities.  Only 50 years ago, patients were told that no viable treatments could help.  Fortunately, dramatic advances in surgical care have been achieved since then. 


One of the most common causes of shoulder pain in the baby boomers is shoulder arthritis.  Much like knee or hip arthritis, the condition comes with a genetic predisposition along with advancing age.  Current science cannot prevent progression of the...

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You Might Be A Weekend Warrior

Historically, those who play hard on the weekend but don’t tend to exercise much during the week are termed Weekend Warriors. And, we have all heard that they may be more prone to injuries because they surprise their bodies with activity. But the reality is, most of us engage in Weekend Warrior activities in real life fairly frequently, whether that is raking leaves for the first time in 10 months, going water skiing for the first time this summer, or putting a 40# bag of salt in the softener every 3 months. If it’s a new activity for you, that qualifies you as a Weekend Warrior. But if...

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Lace Up, Running Isn’t Bad For Your Knees

    I'm often asked by those who know I like to run why an Orthopedic Surgeon would pick this form of exercise, and don't I know it's bad for the knees? 

    Well, I just had 26 miles and a beautiful day in May to think about this question while running the Bayshore Marathon. It's a great race with immense community support organized on a fast course. If you're inclined to run a marathon, this would be the one I’d suggest.  My knees were sore occasionally during the three plus hours I was running, but I was secure in the knowledge that I wasn't causing damage. 

     One of the things I...

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Spin It To Win It

"You've got to “Spin it to Win it.” …Lance Armstrong was the cyclist who started the trend of the higher cadence when he won the Tour de France. Well at least he brought it to the attention of the casual rider and spectator. As a result, cyclists today are spinning a high cadence, 90 to 100 revolutions per minute, whether riding on the flats or going up a climb. The higher revolutions keep your legs feeling fresher because a lighter resistance can be pushed. But it adds up to multiple repetitions of flexing and extending your knee, from 8,000 on a weekend spin to over 30,000 in a stage of a...

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