Four Surprising Contributors to Lingering Knee Pain

Four Surprising Contributors to Lingering Knee Pain

Approximately 25% of adults suffer from lingering, chronic knee pain without any clear reason why.  For some, aging and arthritis is to blame, and it’s something to just “live” with. For others, they’re told it’s due to “wear and tear”. Yet despite one or more surgeries to “clean out the knee” – the pain lingersRead More…

Torn Meniscus? Is Surgery Worth it?

Torn Meniscus? Is Surgery Worth it?

It’s estimated that approximately 750,000 arthroscopic knee surgeries are performed every year – the majority of them being due to a torn meniscus. But at a cost of about $4 billion per year – is this surgery even worth it? Let’s investigate… Arthroscopic knee surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that’s commonly done to helpRead More…

6 Reasons Your Back Surgery Failed

6 Reasons Your Back Surgery Failed

Back surgery, often viewed as a last resort for those suffering from debilitating back pain, has become increasingly common in the last 15 years A quick Google search reveals that an estimated 1.5 million spinal fusions are performed annually in the United States alone. When you consider that 70-80% of all back pain is consideredRead More…

Three Science-backed Reasons not to rely on Imaging for Orthopedic Surgery

Three Science-backed Reasons not to rely on Imaging for Orthopedic Surgery

Approximately 7 million people undergo an orthopedic surgery each year in the United States. Topping this list are elective procedures (meaning they are not life threatening or urgent) such as ACL reconstruction, total hip and knee replacements, arthroscopic surgery (meniscus repairs, shoulder decompression, etc), and spinal fusions. Now, what if I told you that of theRead More…

Why Cortisone Shots Often Fail in the Knee

Why Cortisone Shots Often Fail in the Knee

When you’ve got nagging, persistent knee pain, it’s common for doctors to recommend a cortisone shot. Cortisone shots, also known as corticosteroid injections, or “steroid shots”, work by reducing inflammation in your knee joint in an effort to alleviate pain. Sounds pretty straightforward, right? Well… not so fast. Assuming your knee pain is truly due to inflammation,Read More…

How Mary Avoided Unwanted Knee Replacement Surgery

How Mary Avoided Unwanted Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee replacement surgery is a very good and successful option for those suffering from debilitating osteoarthritis in their knee. I’m not here to tell you that it isn’t. I’m here to tell you to proceed with caution – and do your research first. Not everyone’s knee pain is caused by debilitating osteoarthritis – even if your X-rayRead More…

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery – Does It Even Work?

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery – Does It Even Work?

You might be aware of this already – but I have a weekly column in the Nextdoor Magazine- and while researching for my latest article – I came across an interesting study titled: “Arthroscopy for degenerative knees – a difficult habit to break”. Don’t worry… anything I write for the magazine I share with you hereRead More…

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