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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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Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease that is sometimes called “wear and tear” arthritis. It’s the most common chronic condition of the joints and occurs when the surface layer of cartilage breaks down. In a healthy knee, cartilage allows bones to glide over one another and acts as a shock absorber. In addition to cartilage, a normal knee joint also contains synovial fluid - a thick, gel-like substance that cushions the joint and further reduces friction by acting as a lubricant. It’s the combination of cartilage deterioration and reduction of synovial fluid that contributes to the symptoms of OA:...

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Although it has been practised for more than 3,000 years, acupuncture is poorly understood in Western medicine. In spite of this, its effects are so well known that physicians refer their patients to acupuncturists more than any other alternative health care provider. Simply put, acupuncture alleviates pain and inflammation by removing blockages in energy pathways called meridians. Whether or not you understand how this works, or believe it, studies have shown that it does.  Acupuncture was applied to patients with total knee arthroplasty to investigate its effects on knee rehabilitation. The treatment commenced seven days after knee replacement surgery and was administered...

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The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) consistently ranks as the top hospital for orthopedics in the US. It's doctors and therapists are highly regarded and have the distinction of being team physicians for a multitude of professional and collegiate sports teams. It's in this environment of orthopedic excellence, that new ideas and approaches are nurtured. One such approach is Dr. Gregory DiFelice's approach to ACL surgery. Typically once an ACL is torn, ACL reconstruction is the go-to treatment. However this 'one size fit's all' approach doesn't take into consideration that depending on how the ACL is torn, it can possibly be repaired...

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MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is the 'go to' diagnostic tool for investigating trauma to the knee. The biggest advantage of the MRI scan is that there's no need for exploratory surgery to make a diagnosis. Thing is, visualizing the structures within the knee is still a superior method for evaluating damage. To address this, Trice Medical has introduced the mi-eye 2, a revolutionary handheld arthroscope designed for in-office use. This minimally invasive tool uses a needle to deliver an integrated camera and a light source within the knee joint. Structures can be viewed in high definition detail, which gives orthopedic surgeons the ability...

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