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Takeaways from Dr. Oskouei's Stem Cell Treatment Chat
Aug 28, 2014 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

Stem Cell TreatmentThank you for attending the live chat on Stem Cell Treatment for Osteoarthritis on Tuesday, Aug. 12. We had a great discussion, so thank you to all who participated and asked questions. We were thrilled with the number of people who were able to register and participate in the chat. Check out the chat transcript for a full list of questions and answers! The response was so great that we had a several questions we were not able to answer during the chat, so we will answer them below for your reference. The questions have been broken into sections based on topic:

Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Stem Cell Treatment

  • How exactly do both stem cell treatments work?
Shervin Oskouei, MDDr. Oskouei: When implanted surgically, they recruit surrounding cartilage cellsand begin differentiation into mature cartilage.
  • Can you explain the differences in "stem cell implantation surgery" and "stem cell
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Achilles Tendon Ruptures and Repair
Aug 25, 2014 By Dr. Labib

achilles tendonThe Achilles tendon connects the muscles in the back of your calf to your heel bone. There are two basic variations of Achilles injuries: Achilles tendonitis, and a complete tear. It’s important to know whether the Achilles is torn or not, because the treatment is very different: a torn Achilles may require surgery; Achilles tendonitis probably means rehab and rest. While tendonitis is a gradual onset of pain that tends to get worse with more activity, an Achilles tear is a sudden injury, and it feels as if you were hit or kicked in the back of the ankle. A tear usually affects your ability to walk properly. Because an Achilles tendon rupture can impair your ability to walk, it's common to seek immediate treatment. You may also need to consult with doctors specializing in sports medicine or orthopaedic surgery. Tests and Diagnosis During the physical exam, your doctor [...]

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Torn Meniscus and Torn Meniscus Surgery
Aug 14, 2014 By Dr. Mathew Pombo

Torn MeniscusWhen people talk about torn cartilage in the knee, they are usually referring to a torn meniscus. The meniscus is a rubbery, C-shaped disc that cushions your knee and acts as a shock absorber between your thighbone and shinbone. Each knee has two menisci, which help to keep your knee steady by balancing your weight across the knee. Any person at any time can tear their meniscus, but athletes—particularly those who play contact sports—tend to be at a higher risk, the reason being that a meniscus tear is usually caused by twisting or turning quickly, often with the foot planted while the knee is bent. Players may squat and twist the knee, causing a tear. As you get older, your meniscus gets worn which can make it tear more easily. Cartilage weakens and wears thin over time, increasing the likelihood of degenerative meniscal tears. One awkward twist when getting up from a [...]

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Rotator Cuff Surgery
Jul 22, 2014 By Dr. Karas

rotator cuffThe rotator cuff is a group of four tendons and their attached muscles that stabilize the shoulder and allow you to raise and rotate your arm. The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint with three main bones: the upper arm bone (humerus), the collarbone (clavicle), and the shoulder blade (scapula). The rotator cuff helps keep the ball of the arm bone seated into the socket of the shoulder blade. When the tendons and muscles of the rotator cuff are overly stretched or damaged, the shoulder may begin to hurt. Patients with a rotator cuff tear usually have a dull ache in their upper arm in the area of the deltoid muscle. Neck pain on the same side may develop over time, as well as dull headaches. Patients may experience weakness or “popping” in the shoulder. and have difficulty with over-head shoulder activities (tennis, swimming, getting dressed). Night pain is a common finding [...]

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Understanding Talar Fractures
Jul 17, 2014 By William Reisman, MD

talus fractureThe talus is a small bone that sits between the heel bone (calcaneus) and the two bones of the lower leg (tibia and fibula). Where the talus meets the bones of the foot, it forms the subtalar joint, which plays an important role in walking and stabilization. The talus is an important connector between the foot and the leg and body, helping to transfer weight and pressure forces across the ankle joint. The talus has no muscular attachments and is mostly covered with cartilage, which makes injuries difficult to heal. What causes a talus fracture? Talus fractures are often the result of high-energy injuries. Most injuries to the talus result from motor vehicle accidents, although falls from heights also can injure the talus. These fractures also may occur from twisting the ankle, particularly when significant weight bearing forces are involved, which can result in small chips or [...]

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Stem Cell Treatment for Osteoarthritis – What is it and is it right for you?
Jul 15, 2014 By admin

Stem Cell ChatDid you know that physicians at Emory are now treating osteoarthritis by using a patient’s own stem cells? It is one of the latest advances in orthopaedic care and Emory Orthopaedics surgeon, Shervin Oskouei, MD, and some of his colleagues are doing the procedure here in Atlanta. Find out more about this unique procedure and whether it is right for you by joining us on Tuesday, August 12 for a live, online web chat. During this hour long, informal chat, you can ask specific questions about this groundbreaking new procedure such as:

  • Is stem cell treatment a good option for patients with osteoarthritis, loss of cartilage in the joint, or chronic tendon injuries?
  • What are the stem cell treatment options currently available?
  • Who is a candidate for this type of treatment?
  • Are there other stem cell treatments for osteoarthritis coming soon to the market?
  • What happens during
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Spinal Stenosis: Treatment Options
Jun 26, 2014 By Dheera Ananthakrishnan, MD

spinal stenosisSpinal stenosis is a condition that occurs when the small spinal canal, which contains the nerve roots and spinal cord, becomes compressed (or narrowed). This narrowing occurs most often in the lower back or neck, and can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, causing a "pinching" of the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. The pinching can lead to a variety of symptoms, including pain, weakness and numbness. Symptoms often start slowly and get worse over time, and typically a person with this condition complains of severe pain in the legs, calves or lower back when standing or walking. Other symptoms include abnormal bowel/and or bladder function and loss of sexual function. Depending on where the narrowing takes place, you may feel these symptoms in the lower back and legs, neck, shoulder or arms. Usually, it is relieved by sitting down, leaning over or sitting forward. In [...]

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Emory Expansion Update: Emory Orthopaedics, Sports and Spine is On the Move
Jun 23, 2014 By Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

ExpansionTo provide a better patient care experience and align demand with available capacity, the orthopaedic doctors and physical therapy clinic currently located at Perimeter are relocating to Dunwoody. The new space will be more inviting for patients, include an outpatient ambulatory surgery center and also be more accommodating to our physicians’ needs. Thursday, June 26th will be the last day in the Perimeter Clinic, currently located at 875 Johnson Ferry Road. Our new clinic located at 4555 North Shallowford Road in Dunwoody will begin seeing patients on Tuesday, July 1st. If you have an appointment with any of the doctors below and have a question regarding where your appointment will be, please call us at 404-778-3350.

If you have an appointment with Emory Physical Therapy and have a question, please call 404-778-6031. [...]

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How is Arthroscopic Hip Surgery Different?
Jun 19, 2014 By Kyle Hammond, MD

ArthroscopyArthroscopy (also called Arthroscopic surgery) is a surgical procedure by which the internal structure of a joint is examined for diagnosis (and possibly treated) using an instrument called an arthroscope. Arthroscopy gives doctors a clear view of the inside of a joint, and helps them diagnose and treat joint problems. Hip arthroscopy has been slower to evolve than arthroscopy of other joints such as the knee or shoulder, mostly because the hip joint is much deeper in the body and therefore harder to access, but can be very effective at treating certain hip conditions. Arthroscopic hip surgery is radically different than traditional open surgery, and may be considered before one opts for a full hip replacement surgery. Non-operative measures should always be considered first -- rest, behavior modification, physical therapy and anti-inflammatories may work to alleviate reversible [...]

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Takeaways from Dr. Mason’s live chat on “How to Run and Train for Running Races and Other Athletic Adventures"
Jun 17, 2014 By Emory Sports Medicine

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the live chat with Amadeus Mason, MD, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Family Medicine. Dr. Mason answered questions about how new runners can develop a plan for training and working up to a long race. He also discussed proper training before a marathon as well as running shoes and how frequently to replace them. Below are a few questions and answers from the chat. You can see all of the questions and answers by reading the chat transcript. Question:  Are there any special precautions of which "new" runners with low back pain should be mindful? Amadeus Mason, MDDr. Mason: Running should not be causing low back pain. If your low back pain was already present before you started running, or you are experiencing low back pain after running, I recommend you be evaluated to find out why.       Question:  I would love to become a [...]

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