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  • Why are stem cells better than steroids? Let’s break it down. The reality is, the two of them are on the opposite ends of the spectrum. Cortisone shots may help with pain for a couple days or weeks, but the short term relief is not worth all the negative side effects. What are some of those side effects? Research shows that cortisone breaks the joint down more. We’re seeing patients who get these shots have far more issues in the future than they did from the initial injury. Not only that, but these steroid shots can cause: · Increased appetite…

  • I recently did a follow up exam with a patient who was looking at knee replacement surgery a year ago. She had severe pain in her right knee and couldn’t walk up stairs or even kneel. The worst part… She had given up driving because simply putting enough pressure on the brake to stop the car was unbearable. She came to see me and, after a consultation and x rays, we decided she was a good candidate for stem cell therapy. Here’s what she had to say about it… “After just 2 weeks, I couldn’t believe the improvement. After a…

  • Not all steroids make you stronger. Some commonly prescribed forms of this powerful class of drug might actually make you weaker, especially when it comes to your bones. With strong anti-inflammatory and immuno-suppressant properties, corticosteroids (the legal kind of “steroids,”) have been prescribed since the 1950s to treat more than a dozen acute and chronic conditions as both prescription and over-the counter drugs. When it comes to serious and potentially debilitating side effects, the method and duration of corticosteroid delivery matters. Some examples of commonly prescribed systemic corticosteroids: Systemic corticosteroids:  Prednisone Prednisolone Hydrocortisone Dexamethasone Because they are absorbed throughout the…

  • What is the number #1 cause of peripheral neuropathy? Diabetes. If you have diabetes, you are at risk of developing the debilitating condition. Approximately 60% of people who have diabetes will develop some form of peripheral neuropathy. So, if you have diabetes, you have a strong chance of developing peripheral neuropathy. Why is that the case? Diabetic neuropathy has several factors that contribute to the disorder. For instance, diabetics suffer from high levels of blood glucose that they have to fight to control. These high glucose levels cause chemical changes in their nerves, which impairs the nerve’s ability to transmit…

  • April 16, 2019

    What Is Arthritis?

    Arthritis is very common. 1 in 3 people over the age of 30 and 1 in 2 over the age of 50, suffer from this debilitating disease. Essentially, it’s a progressively worsening joint pain that leads to decreased range of motion. For anyone with arthritis, this often means a reduced ability to exercise and perform daily activities. This results in making us feel a lot older than we really are. What are the different types of arthritis? While there are many kinds of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common form. Osteoarthritis is when wear and tear lead to declining mobility…

  • Even when properly used, corticosteroids start one problem that leads to more problems. That’s what happened to journalist and nonfiction author, Caitlin Kelly. Here’s the story: When nothing else worked for severe osteoarthritis pain in her left hip, her orthopedic surgeon prescribed a course of corticosteroids. Since anything longer than a course of 90 days would put her at a high risk for GIOP (Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis,) they decided to do a short round of injections. But, shortly after treatment began, Kelly says she experienced different, excruciating pain. “It was agony to take even a few steps.” Kelly was told of…

  • Let’s talk about the number #1 cause of Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) – Diabetes If you have diabetes, you are at risk. Diabetes is the number one cause of Peripheral Neuropathy. Approximately 60% of people who have Diabetes will develop some form of Peripheral Neuropathy, so if you have diabetes, you have a strong chance of having peripheral neuropathy as well. Diabetic neuropathy has several factors that contribute to the disorder. For instance, diabetics suffer from having high levels of blood glucose that they have to fight to control. These high glucose levels cause chemical changes in their nerves which impairs…

  • Avoid the Vicious Cycle One of the many reasons why Neuropathy can become so severe in some patients is because of the vicious cycle of Neuropathy. For instance, those affected by this progressive nerve disease may have restricted mobility due to the onset or a flare up of nerve deterioration. Their muscles cramp and frequently experience weakness – leaving them immobile.  In the same swoop, immobility is a main cause of nerve damage itself. When your blood flow slows due to inactivity, it can cause your existing symptoms to worsen. This is why it is so important to seek help…

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