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With any knee surgery there may be muscle loss, more specifically, loss in quadriceps muscle strength. As this muscle is so critical to knee joint strength and stability, maintaining muscle strength is key to a swift recovery. Two ways to do this are through exercise and nutrition. With post-op exercise being the domain of your healthcare professional, let’s look at one proven nutritional approach to slowing down muscle loss and maintaining that critical ‘quad’ strength. Research has shown that specific nutrients are effective in maintaining muscle mass and strength. In a 2015 study, researchers sought to determine if supplementing with...

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While knee pain is relatively common and can be caused by many things, one thing that is often overlooked is our hip and the strength of the muscles around the hip joint. Hip muscles like the gluteus medius, are integral to controlling the position of your thighs and knees, which could be the key to preventing and treating your knee problems. The hip has many muscular attachments that help control its motion and the motion of your leg. The gluteus maximus (buttocks muscle) is a powerful extender of the hip, while the gluteus medius muscle helps to abduct the hip and...

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Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections aren’t new. In fact, they have been a mainstay of the sports medicine community for over two decades. Professional athletes routinely use PRP to speed up soft tissue healing, with many swearing by it. Reportedly, Steph Curry’s MCL sprain – an injury which typically requires 4-6 weeks of recovery – was resolved in two weeks following PRP treatment, allowing him to play in a pivotal Western Conference Semifinal series.  So what is PRP? Our blood is made up of three components: red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, which all float in a liquid called plasma. Platelets contain...

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There should soon be a new kid on the block for knee osteoarthritis pain management. Centrexion, a company focused on developing non-opioid, non-steroidal therapeutics for treating pain, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Fast Track designation to CNTX-4975 for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis pain. CNTX-4975 is a synthetic, ultra-pure injection of trans-capsaicin (derived from the chili plant) designed to be administered directly into the knee joint to provide rapid and long-lasting pain relief. “This is an important milestone for both Centrexion and the millions of people suffering from pain associated with knee osteoarthritis. With the Fast Track approval,...

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In our recent article A Different Approach to ACL Surgery, we shed some light on ACL repair vs ACL reconstruction and its advantages. Sadly, for the majority of people with an ACL tear, reconstruction is their only viable option. Within this option, there is a non-traditional approach to ACL reconstruction called All-Inside ACL reconstruction, which could result in less pain and reduce your recovery time significantly. Both traditional ACL reconstruction surgery and All-Inside ACL reconstruction surgery involve replacing the torn ACL with a tendon graft (whether it be a hamstring tendon, patellar tendon or cadaver graft). The difference between traditional ACL surgery and All-Inside...

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