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Is There a Surgical Role in the Treatment of Back Pain?

By Raphael Rey Roybal, M.D. Back pain continues to afflict numerous patients, accounting for billions of dollars spent for treatment, lost work days, and immeasurable human suffering. Accordingly, countless studies have been preformed evaluating the efficacy of numerous treatments of…

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Male vs. Female Injuries of the ACL

By Robert Dow Hoffman, M.D. Every year doctors treat roughly 100,000 Americans who suffer injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee. This ligament is located inside the knee joint and forms an important part of the connection…

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Minimally Invasive Hip & Knee Replacement

By James F. Holtzclaw, M.D. Millions of Americans with disabling arthritis of the hip or knee have experienced excellent outcomes following hip or knee replacement surgery. Advances in technology and instrumentation now allow surgeons to perform hip and knee replacement…

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Partial Knee Replacement: Is It For You?

By James D. Holtzclaw, M.D. As the exuberant baby-boom generation ages into its 50's, younger patients are seeking treatment for chronic knee pain in order to maintain active lifestyles. When conservative measures (NSAID's [Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs], cortisone or gel injections)…

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Scoliosis

By Raphael Rey Roybal, M.D., M.B.A. Scoliosis of the spine can best be described as an abnormal curvature that may lead to painful symptoms and may progress with time. These curves often arise because of multiple variables including genetics that…

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Shoulder Dislocations & Instability

By Greer E. Noonburg, M.D. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body. It consists of a ball (humeral head) and shallow socket (glenoid). This design enables the shoulder to perform a wide range of activities, however, stability…

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Spinal Stenosis

By Raphael Rey Roybal, M.D., M.B.A. The human spine successfully performs the major functions of providing motion, support and protection for the body's neurological structures. This complex interaction is possible because of the spine's complicated structure. The delicately balanced bone…

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Treatment of Rotator Cuff Injury

By Robert Dow Hoffman, M.D Each year, more than four million people in the United States visit their doctor for diagnosis and treatment of shoulder problems. While there are many potential causes of shoulder pain, rotator cuff problems account for…

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Trigger Finger & Trigger Thumb Management

By Greer E. Noonburg, M.D. Triggering of the fingers or thumb is a common problem in adults, usually presenting in individuals who are 40 to 60 years old. Often, the patient will complain of a painful "locking" or "catching" of…

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Weak in the Knees? You Are Not Alone.

By Mark Jenkins, D.O. Osteoarthritis of the knee is a leading cause of disability in the United States. More than 5 million American adults complain of symptoms related to knee arthritis as pain, stiffness, and swelling, leading to millions of…

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