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New England Stem Cell Institute Blog

Can Osteoarthritis Cripple You?

February 26, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — newengland @ 2:35 pm
man looking out window worried about osteoarthritis

One of the key elements of osteoarthritis (OA) is that it is a degenerative condition, which essentially means that it will not go away on its own. Once a joint starts to lose cartilage because of OA, the only way to stop it is with joint replacement surgery. To avoid this invasive procedure, most patients opt to preserve the health of the joint with more conservative methods. But on a long enough timeline, can OA ultimately cripple you and leave you unable to move? This is a common worry among patients, and one that is going to be addressed directly in today’s blog.  


Are Pushups Bad for Your Rotator Cuff?

December 14, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — newengland @ 12:59 pm
person doing pushup against a wall?

With thousands of gyms being closed around the country, working out at home has become the best option for most people to stay active and fit. One of the most popular exercises is also one of the simplest, the pushup. It offers many benefits, in that it can strengthen multiple muscles with one movement, improve balance, and requires no equipment. But, if you’re concerned about your rotator cuff or have experienced an injury in the past, should you avoid pushups? Are they doing more harm than good? We share everything you need to know in today’s blog.


Top 3 Foods to Avoid if You Have Osteoarthritis

September 22, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — newengland @ 3:23 pm
woman with osteoarthritis rejecting fried chicken

Osteoarthritis involves a gradual loss of joint cartilage, leading to more friction between the bones that creates inflammation in the adjacent muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This is the root source of the pain and stiffness associated with the condition. There are several ways a person can lessen inflammation throughout their body to make their OA easier to manage, and one of the simplest is slightly adjusting the diet. By avoiding the following 3 foods, a person can help themselves feel more comfortable and be more mobile day to day.


Heat or Cold: Which is Better for Osteoarthritis?

September 9, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — newengland @ 2:20 pm
hot or cold?

For millions of Americans dealing with osteoarthritis, the quickest and most convenient solution isn’t to call their doctor or even take medication, but rather apply heat or cold to the afflicted joint. These methods have been used by doctors, patients, athletes, coaches, and trainers for decades, but a simple question remains: Is one better than the other? If you’re hoping to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and improve mobility, should you go with heat or cold? We offer the definitive answer in today’s blog.


What Does It Feel Like to Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

May 24, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — newengland @ 12:54 pm
man with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome holding wrist

Millions of people around the world experience some kind of hand and wrist pain daily, but a very small number actually have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Everything from a bad fall to simply sleeping with your hand in an awkward position can lead to symptoms similar to CTS, but there are a few telltale signs that distinguish the condition. If any of the following sounds familiar, be sure to consult a doctor right away.


What Are Stem Cells & What Can They Do?

December 20, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — newengland @ 3:07 pm
stem cells

If you’ve watched the news or been on the internet in the past 10 years, then you’ve likely heard the term “stem cells.” Scientists and doctors around the world are claiming they can be used to heal all sorts of chronic and acute conditions ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome to back pain to tendon/ligament injuries, but this begs a basic question: What are stem cells? What makes them so special? In today’s blog, we get down to basics and discuss why stem cell therapy is creating so much excitement in the realm of regenerative medicine.



April 22, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — newengland @ 6:16 pm

“Toxic Injections”

“Are you being injected with toxins when you go to the doctor?  A recent new study looked at the toxicity of injections given into joints by orthopedic surgeons and related specialities (such as rheumatology, sports medicine, pain management, and physical medicine & rehabilitation).  Specifically, researchers looked at the potential toxicity of corticosteroid injections (aka, “cortisone” injections), local anesthetics such as lidocaine and bupivicaine, contrast agents (dyes used for MRI and x-ray guided injections), and hyaluronic acid (aka “gel” or “viscosupplementation” injections).



April 3, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — newengland @ 7:55 pm

Going to the doctor’s office can be a nerve-racking experiences for many people. As such, patients have the option of seeking care from another clinician if they feel their current physician isn’t meeting their needs. While each doctor may be unique, there are common traits that most patients look for in their physician.  Here are the most important characteristics, according to MedPage Today:




March 26, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 8:07 pm

A new study published in a recent issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine showed that a single injection of PRP (platelet-rich plasma) was both more effective and longer lasting than a cortisone injection for the treatment of symptomatic gluteus medius tendinitis.

80 patients were randomized to receive either a PRP injection or a cortisone under, both under ultrasound guidance.  The PRP injection resulted in greater improvement in pain and function than a single cortisone injection. The improvement after the PRP injection was sustained at 2 years, whereas the improvement from the steroid injection was maximal at 6 weeks and not maintained beyond 24 weeks.



March 12, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 8:15 pm

Are Amniotic Fluid products “stem cell” products?

In short, NO!

A new study, published in the March 9, 2019 issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine, seven commercial companies that provide amniotic fluid products (AFPs) were invited to participate in the study. Only 3 companies (the manufacturers of PalinGen®, FloGraft®, and Genesis®  AFPs) agreed to participate and donated AFPs for analysis. The AFPs were evaluated for the presence of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and for various growth factors relevant to orthopedics.

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