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APRIL NEWSLETTER

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.

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8 VITAL TRAITS OF THE IDEAL PHYSICIAN

April 3, 2019

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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:

Communication 
Empathetic
Passionate
Forthright
Professional
Respectful 
Knowledgable
Thorough

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PRP BETTER THAN CORTISONE INJECTION FOR HIP TENDINITIS

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.

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NEW STUDY: AMNIOTIC FLUID PRODUCTS CONTAIN NO STEM CELLS!

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.

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BOGUS STEM CELL TREATMENTS CAUSE ILLNESS IN 5 STATES.

March 1, 2019

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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:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/miraculous-stem-cell-therapy-has-sickened-people-in-five-states/2019/02/26/c04b23a4-3539-11e9-854a-7a14d7fec96a_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.563891637e2c

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DECOMPRESSION SURGERY FOR ROTATOR CUFF IMPINGEMENT NOT HELPFUL

February 6, 2019

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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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DR. TORTLAND TEACHES AT STEM CELL COURSE

January 19, 2019

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Dr. Tortland was the Moderator and a featured instructor at a stem cell and regenerative medicine course hosted by the Regenerative Medicine Training Institute.  The hands-on course, titled “Hands-On Orthobiologics Clinical Applications, Techniques and Procedures for Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Pain Management and Spine,” saw 20 physicians from around the country (and one from the Philippines!) learn the knowledge and essential skills needed to begin to introduce regenerative medicine into their practices​.  Dr. Tortland moderated the morning’s didactic lecture session, and he was an instructor in the afternoon’s hands-on cadaver lab workshops.  He also performed a live patient treatment in front of the group.  (He holds a valid Florida medical license.). Dr. Tortland is an internationally recognized teacher in the field of Regenerative Medicine and musculoskeletal ultrasound.

FDA ISSUES WARNING LETTER TO MAKER OF “STEM CELL” PRODUCT

December 20, 2018

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Genetech, Inc. of San Diego, CA for marketing stem cell products without FDA approval and for significant deviations from current good tissue practice (CGTP) and current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) requirements, including some violations that may have led to microbial contamination, potentially causing serious blood infections in patients.  Genetech processed umbilical cord blood from into unapproved human cellular products, which was distributed by Liveyon, LLC.  

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PRP BETTER THAN CORTISONE FOR THUMB ARTHRITIS: NEW STUDY

December 16, 2018

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A new study published in the journal Cartilage showed that PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections are significantly more effective than cortisone injections for treating symptomatic arthritis of the thumb. 33 patients were randomized to receive either 2 cortisone injections or 2 PRP injections, spaced 2 weeks apart. They were evaluated at 3 and 12 months after the 2nd injection. After 12 months’ follow-up, the PRP treatment group showed significantly better results in comparison with the corticosteroids.

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NEW TOPICAL GROWTH HORMONE AVAILABLE!

September 16, 2018

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Are you . . .Tired of being tired?

  • Not sleeping as well as you need?
  • Struggling with losing weight?
  • Suffering from declining sex drive?
  • Having more trouble with concentration & energy?

It might be your hormone balance!

Introducing SOMADERM® –
The world’s first FDA registered (NDC: 61877-0005-1) topical homeopathic Human Growth Hormone (HGH) gel.

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