Category: Medical Information

Uncovering the Difference: Tendinitis vs Tendinosis

Tendinitis vs Tendinosis

“Diagnosis is not the end, but the beginning of practice.”   ~Martin H. Fischer Medical terminology can be confusing for patients and even for doctors in training. In medical school we are taught that an elbow or shoulder sprain is a “tendinitis”. Unless physicians go onto… Read More »

Treating the Whole Body…. Not JUST Treating Symptoms

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas A. Edison Let’s start with an excerpt from the services page on my website:… Read More »

AAOM Annual Meeting 2013: “Future Directions in Regenerative Medicine”

“Anatomy is to physiology as geography is to history; it describes the theatre of events.” – Jean Francois Fernel, De Naturali Parte Medicinae Libri Septem, 1592 At the 2013 Annual Meeting of the AAOM, there were some compelling lectures on what may possibly become treatments of… Read More »

Physical Therapy vs Surgery for Meniscal Tears

 ”I don’t deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don’t deserve that either.” -Jack Benny Before I dive into the findings of a recent New England Journal of Medicine study and how this connects to what is called “conservative treatment” (ie; non-surgical), here is a brief… Read More »

Medical Studies 101: How Test Results Can Shift Philosophies and Support Your Recovery

“Declare the past, diagnose the present, foretell the future.” – Hippocrates Medical studies on various medical issues are used by doctors of all disciplines as guidelines for present and future knowledge. There are things like the WOMAC scale, percentages of “success”, and the scientific research base-lines which help determine… Read More »

Commitment to Recovery is a Two-Way Street

“I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I’d invented it, because it is very true.”   – Katherine Hepburn  When I was working as an intern, I was at an underserved community health clinic on the Southside of Chicago where there is… Read More »

HUH? An Introduction to Making Sense of What Your Doctor is Trying (and Failing) to Tell You

“They certainly give very strange names to diseases.” – Plato When a doctor orders an x-ray, ultrasound, MRI (or any other test for that matter), it is done to help make a diagnosis of the patient’s problem after a thorough history and physical exam are… Read More »

New Ideas on the ‘Cell’ and Implications for Musculoskeletal Medicine

“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.“   – Vince Lombardi From the American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine Conference, April 19th, 2012 Donald Inger (MD, PhD, Harvard Pathologist, Researcher), gave a compelling lecture entitled, “Tensegrity, Mechanotransduction and Regenerative Medicine”. He talked about how the cell… Read More »