…natural history of an ACL injury without surgical intervention varies from patient to patient and depends on the patient’s activity level, degree of injury and instability symptoms. The prognosis for a partially torn ACL is often favorable, with the recovery and rehabilitation period usually at least three months. However, some patients with partial ACL tears may still have instability symptoms. Close clinical follow-up and a complete course of ph…

PRP Therapeutic Injection

…have sufficient symptoms to be considering surgery or repeated injections. Patient who are NOT candidates for PRP injection Patients who are on blood thinners for medical problems such as history of blood clots or atrial fibrillation and are unable to stop their medication for PRP procedure Patients who are unable to remain off of aspirin or other anti-inflammatory products before or after the procedure Patients who will not allow removal and inje…

Distal Bicep

…repair leading to stronger tissue/bone interface Once therapy begins, the patient is encouraged to get rid of the sling Patients are counseled to avoid quick sudden movements, repetitive movements, reaching for any weight over a pound or two and avoiding any activity that requires force or power. Patients are discouraged from using arms (especially operated side) to get up from chair, bed, etc. Driving is not recommended until such time as the pa…

Beaumont seeks participants for a research study of a cartilage tissue implant for knee injuries

…chance of being treated with the implant versus microfracture. Neither the patient nor the physician may choose the treatment. At Philadelphia drug centers patients in each group will have a specific rehabilitation plan and will be evaluated periodically for three years after treatment. The study sponsor is Histogenics Corp. For more information, visit www.clinicaltrials.gov keyword “NeoCart Phase III” or contact Beaumont Research Nurse Clinician,…

Painful or Unstable Kneecap

…s some role in the development of this form of knee pain. However, younger patients can have significant pain with no evidence of arthritis. Patients who have this kind of pain often complain of some or all of the following symptoms Pain with impact activities; running, jumping, kicking, impact aerobics, lunges and squats Pain with kneeling, squatting, prolonged sitting (called a movie sign) and going up or down stairs A stiffness when getting up…

Physicians Generated $1.6 Trillion in Economic Activity for the United States in 2012

…d their role of safeguarding a healthy community and productive workforce. Patient care physicians enable economic growth, opportunity and prosperity by contributing $1.6 trillion in economic activity and supporting 10 million jobs nationwide in 2012. “Physicians carry tremendous responsibility as skilled healers, trusted confidants and patient advocates, but their positive impact isn’t confined to the exam room,” said AMA President Ardis Dee Hove…

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

…torn ACL. Treatment Treatment for an ACL tear will vary depending upon the patient’s individual needs. For example, the young athlete involved in agility sports will most likely require surgery to safely return to sports. The less active, usually older, individual may be able to return to a quieter lifestyle without surgery. Nonsurgical Treatment A torn ACL will not heal without surgery. But nonsurgical treatment may be effective for patients who…

Dr. Guettler

…cartilage restoration, ACL healing, rotator cuff repair, identification of patients at risk for osteoarthritis, advanced imaging techniques to detect early cartilage injury, and the prevention of throwing injuries in developing baseball pitchers. A true sports medicine doctor gets involved in the community’s ‘sports.’ Community outreach is the part of Dr. Guettler’s practice that ties it all together. If you look, you will see Dr. Guettler on a nu…

Instructions for Crutches

…he use of crutches can sometimes be a part of physical therapy to help the patient recover from leg or foot injuries. To fit crutches properly, stand straight up and the top of the crutch should measure around three fingers from the armpit. While walking there should not be any weight applied to your under arms (because you can cause permanent damage to your axillary nerve). The weight should be applied to your hands and chest wall (ribs) so that…

…py or home exercise program 4 weeks after treatment. If a lower extremity was treated take 325 mg Aspirin daily for 7 days after your procedure. A follow-up phone call or appointment with our nurse will be scheduled for 12 weeks post-procedure. Most patients with low back pain require only injection and it can take up to 6 months to see improvement so you must be patient. Your physician’s goal for improvement in your pain and function has been out…