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Top 3 Foods to Avoid if You Have Osteoarthritis

September 22, 2020

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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

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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

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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

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Meet Dr. LaVallee

While Dr. LaVallee joined us with a solid foundation in sports medicine and non-surgical orthopedics, Dr. Tortland has spent the last 18 months personally training him in the art of Regenerative Medicine, including PRP and stem cell treatments.  Dr. LaVallee has also had extensive training in both diagnostic and interventional ultrasound.  Dr. LaVallee’s skills are now so good that he has been invited to help teach musculoskeletal ultrasound!  We encourage patients not to hesitate to see Dr. LaVallee for their painful orthopedic and musculoskeletal needs.



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

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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

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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.



March 1, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — newengland @ 8:20 pm

Over the past year, at least 17 people have been hospitalized after being injected with products made from umbilical cord blood, according to state and federal health officials and patient reports. Sold as a miracle cure for a variety of intractable conditions, the injections have sickened people in five states. One product in particular was the main culprit. Read the linked story:



February 6, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — newengland @ 8:31 pm

Are you considering “decompression shoulder surgery” (also known as subacromial decompression) for rotator cuff impingement?

A new study published in the Jan. 15, 2019 issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine showed that “subacromial decompression surgery provided no important benefit compared with placebo surgery or exercise therapy, and probably carries a small risk of serious harms.”

Surgeons have hypothesized that shoulder impingement arises due the rotator cuff tendons getting pinched between the ball of the shoulder and the overhanging portion the shoulder blade (the acromion).

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