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Valley Sports Physicians & Orthopedic Medicine Blog

Simple Exercises That Can Help with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

May 25, 2020

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man holding hand with fingers outstretched

Even mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) can have a big impact on your day-to-day life, but fortunately, you don’t have to just sit idly by. In addition to consulting with a doctor, there are also a few exercises you can do on your own to relieve the chronic hand and wrist pain. Give these a try, but be sure to start slow, and if anything causes discomfort, don’t push it. These shouldn’t substitute for treatment from a doctor, but they can provide a much-needed short term solution to improve your comfort and function.

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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:

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PRP Better than Cortisone 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.

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Exercise can slow the progression of knee arthritis

March 2, 2019

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A new study published last month in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences showed that moderate physical activity (MPA) can delay the worsening of mild knee osteoarthritis (OA).

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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.”

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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.  (Dr. Tortland holds a valid Florida medical license.)  Dr. Tortland is an internationally recognized teacher in the field of Regenerative Medicine and musculoskeletal ultrasound.

HOME ULTRASOUND UNIT HELPS WITH KNEE ARTHRITIS

December 14, 2018

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A newly-published study in the Journal of Orthopedic Surgery and Research shows that using a wearable therapeutic home ultrasound device can significantly improve symptoms.  The device, known as the samSport®, delivers up to 4 hours a day of continuous low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS).  Patients wore the samSport® device for 4 hours a day for 6 weeks, and they saw a dramatic improvement in their pain and function. The samSport® is painless and non-invasive, and it can be worn during normal daily activities.

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