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Author Archives: Russ Riggs

How Platelet Rich Plasma Can Help Avoid Knee Surgery

Athletes and active individuals who suffer with chronic knee pain from injuries or osteoarthritis (OA) may get relief from a safe and non-surgical procedure. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy involves using a person’s own blood to heal damaged tendons or cartilage. PRP has been successful in not only relieving pain but accelerating the healing process. […]

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Looking for Relief? Learn the Benefits of an Off-Loading Knee Brace

Although the benefits of knee braces are clear, many people refrain from using this tool due common misconceptions – some perceive that the devices are bulky, uncomfortable, or difficult to put on. However, recent focus on design and innovation has presented many lightweight and modern models to the public.

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On the Horizon: A Potential Breakthrough in Cartilage Regeneration

Some exciting news was published earlier this year in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatology – researchers from the University of Iowa have discovered that a synthetic gel capable of repairing cartilage may also prevent development of osteoarthritis (OA). James Martin, Ph.D., assistant professor of orthopedics and rehabilitation at the University of Iowa, and his […]

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Yoga for Knee Pain and Osteoarthritis

In many areas around the country Yoga is growing in popularity, and Portland is no exception. Despite your perceptions of yoga, it’s not just for health nuts and hippies. This ancient practice of stretching, fluid movement, breathing, and meditation is accessible in a variety of ways, and can not only help improve overall bodily function […]

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On The Horizon: New Microcapsule Technology Offers Hope

A new study out of London is changing everything to do with a naturally occurring protein circulating in human blood, known as C-type natriuretic peptide, or ‘CNP’. CNP plays a role in the repair of damaged tissue and also reduces inflammation. Until now, there was little hope that it would be useful in conditions such […]

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Knee Replacement Recalls

  Product recalls are not uncommon in America. Most often you hear it related to automobiles – a part is giving out, or is faulty and needs to be replaced. It’s an inconvenience to bring your car back in for a day, but (aside from finding a ride) isn’t a major issue. But what if […]

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The Cycle of Knee Pain and Weight Gain

The average weight gain of patients diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA) is around 40 pounds. This weight gain typically occurs within the first year after diagnosis. A 40 pound weight gain equates to 200 additional pounds of force being transmitted across the knee joints each time a step is taken. This increased force accelerates the rate of damage to the underlying cartilage or meniscal tissue, which results in more pain.

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Advancements in Regenerative Medicine for Osteoarthritis

They found that at 4 weeks after implantation, partial damage repair could be seen. After 12 weeks they observed a “smooth surface… similar to normal cartilage”. This is significant – since not only did it successfully generate healthy cartilage, but there were also no side effects observed in the rats.

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