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PRP BETTER THAN HYALURONIC ACID FOR KNEE ARTHRITIS - NEW STUDY Nov 25th, 2019

"Intra-articular injections of platelet-rich plasma [PRP] are associated with better outcomes than hyaluronic acid in knee osteoarthritis."  ​So conclude the authors of a new study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Surgery.   The study looked at 190 patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA).  (OA is the common "wear and tear" type.)  94 patients received PRP injections while 84 received hyaluronic acid injections.  Each...

APRIL NEWSLETTER Apr 22nd, 2019

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...

8 VITAL TRAITS OF THE IDEAL PHYSICIAN Apr 3rd, 2019

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...

PRP BETTER THAN CORTISONE INJECTION FOR HIP TENDINITIS Mar 26th, 2019

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...

NEW STUDY: AMNIOTIC FLUID PRODUCTS CONTAIN NO STEM CELLS! Mar 12th, 2019

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...

BOGUS STEM CELL TREATMENTS CAUSE ILLNESS IN 5 STATES. Mar 1st, 2019

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....

DECOMPRESSION SURGERY FOR ROTATOR CUFF IMPINGEMENT NOT HELPFUL Feb 6th, 2019

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...

DR. TORTLAND TEACHES AT STEM CELL COURSE Jan 19th, 2019

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...

FDA ISSUES WARNING LETTER TO MAKER OF "STEM CELL" PRODUCT Dec 20th, 2018

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...

PRP BETTER THAN CORTISONE FOR THUMB ARTHRITIS: NEW STUDY Dec 16th, 2018

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...

NEW TOPICAL GROWTH HORMONE AVAILABLE! Sep 16th, 2018

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. HGH...

INJURED YOUR LEG? HERE'S WHAT TO DO: Aug 28th, 2018

It’s no walk in the park to experience foot or ankle pain – literally, especially if everyone is out enjoying the warm weather while you’re stuck at home because you can’t move. Our feet are what we use daily to get around, and to experience pain there of all places...

DR. TORTLAND SPEAKS IN LAS VEGAS Aug 28th, 2018

Dr. Tortland was a featured speaker and teacher recently at the 8th meeting of The Orthobiologic Institute (TOBI) in Las Vegas, June 7-9. He presented a lecture on bone marrow harvesting techniques, moderated a panel discussion on The Use of Orthobiologics in Elite Athletes, and helped teach bone marrow harvesting...