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Aging does not mean giving up function and fun.

People make travel plans around it, design kitchen cabinets to avoid it, even move to single level ranch homes to alleviate it. There is no single cause for that throbbing, swelling, tenderness, joint stiffness, fatigue, and reduced range of motion that affects 1 in 5 American adults in at least one joint. The Conserved Domain Database (CDD) projects that arthritis pain will affect 78 million adults by the year 2040. That’s a quarter of the population. Whether it’s your infection, or your injury-exacerbated joint cartilage deteriorating till bone rubs against bone (osteoarthritis), or your immune system attacking your joint tissues...

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Massage not relieving your rotator cuff pain

That dull, aching pain radiating from your shoulder to your upper chest can really cramp your style. And you may not even remember which repetitive overhead motions strained the muscles and tendons in your shoulder and rotator cuff. Painting. Sculpting. Hanging. Lifting. Waving. Slowly, over time, they can cause degenerative tears in your rotator cuff. You’ll know you may need treatment when you feel: arm weaknessseverely reduced range of arm motiondifficulty reaching behind your back or over your headdifficulty sleeping due to pain And you wouldn’t be alone. Each year, approximately 200,000 Americans get shoulder surgery to repair a torn...

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What’s the best way to treat an intramuscular tear?

It’s usually a sudden jerk of a muscle during strenuous sports, exercise, or heavy lifting. Sometimes it’s blunt impact during a car accident. One abrupt move or direction shift can cause an intramuscular tear—a tear within the muscle lining. The burning sensation is immediately followed by severe throbbing. You limp. You tremble. You can’t flex the muscle without excruciating pain. Your normal function is replaced by swelling and stiffness. What’s the best way to treat an intramuscular tear? Even among top NBA and NFL orthopedic specialists, there is no consensus. But they do agree on one thing: players who have...

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Live Stem Cell therapy is the healing choice of the future.

Arizona Cardinals’ running back Chris Johnson can tell you that a torn meniscus can get you cursing like …well, a football pro. You may not have rushed 196 times for 814 yards before a tear took you down, but it doesn’t mean you hurt any less. Nor does it mean that stem cell therapy would stimulate any less cartilage growth in your knee’s natural shock absorber as it did in his. According to Sports Illustrated, more than 100 NFL players have tried stem cell therapy—both in place of surgery and as an adjunct procedure to speed up post-surgical regeneration. Live...

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How Stem Cells Work

Nothing like a brisk Saturday morning run on the forest trail with the girls. Until you meet up with runner’s knee—that popping and cracking followed by swelling and grinding on the outside of your knee cap. You don’t have to be running to hear the assailant—you can be walking, climbing, descending stairs, squatting, kneeling, sitting down or standing up, and sometimes simply sitting for a long time with your knee bent. The medical term is “patellofemoral pain syndrome” (if you were wondering), and it’s more common among women. Health care providers say it accounts for about 17% of their patient...

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