Blog - Research

New study may change the way spinal stenosis is treated in the future

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and discussed in the New York Times, found that patients who had a standard steroid injection for spinal stenosis did not decrease pain or improve function after six weeks any more than patients who received an anesthetic injection alone. Spinal stenosis occurs when space within… read more

3D-printed casts look great, but do they provide any substantial benefits to patients?

Have you ever wondered why the cast hasn’t changed in (what seems like) forever? Sure, it’s great to have bright colors, but that’s not really a fundamental change; it’s certainly not a change or improvement in the technology. But recently, with the advent of 3D-printing technology, designers are beginning to think about printing patients’ hearts… read more

Oxygen without taking a breath: potentially lifesaving injection for thousands

What would you do with 15 minutes of not needing to take a breath?  Plug your nose, slap some tape over your mouth, and hang out at the bottom of a pool? Just stand there and be amazed? Or maybe you’d compete in a race (we hope not. That would be unethical.)? Sound like fun? Absolutely!… read more

French study examines benefits of avocado and soy in slowing osteoarthritis of the hip

A recent study in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, found that an avocado-soy pill decreased the percentage of people whose osteoarthritis progressed after three years by 10%. While this may seem somewhat promising, Dr. Richard Olson, a rheumatologist for Rockford Orthopedic Associates, pointed to the low percentage of patients who experienced a benefit and… read more

ACL Tears Part 2: Why women are 3.5 times more likely to tear an ACL than men

Perhaps, that number shocks you: 3.5 times more than men.  Well, to a certain extent, it should.  But some people claim even higher numbers up to eight times as likely, though the data do not necessarily support those claims.  Season risk over the course of the year for a female soccer player is about 5%,… read more