Should you do the minimum amount of daily exercise?

A colleague recently forwarded an article to me with this title:
If Your Workouts Last Longer Than 13 Minutes, Science Says You’re Wasting Your Time.

The opening line is “Unless you have unlimited time and an unnatural enthusiasm for exercise, chances are you want to work out as little as possible to reap all the benefits.” The article goes on to say that you can get all you need in 13 mins.

This got me thinking, […]

By |September 27th, 2018|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle|Tags: |Comments Off on Should you do the minimum amount of daily exercise?

Why does your knee hurt?

Knee 101 August 2018 Blog Part II
Hi All,
My last blog was Knee 101, a basic lesson on anatomy.  Today we will cover the more common types of injuries/problems/pathology and how they affect the joint.  This is Part II in a III part series.  In III we will discuss possible treatments.
As with all my blogs, I would add the caveat that this is a basic/informational discussion.  If you desire more education on this topic, there […]

By |September 18th, 2018|Categories: Knee Pain, Pain Management|Tags: |Comments Off on Why does your knee hurt?

Knee 101

Hi All,
It has been a few months since I have written a blog.  The biggest reason was devoting my time to the River of No Return Race in Challis.  We have been the medical providers for 5 years and I’m happy to report another successful year with no serious issues.  Anyway, I’m now back on track and ready to resume a monthly blog. 
As a PA, or I would assume any medical provider it is […]

By |August 10th, 2018|Categories: Knee Pain|Tags: |Comments Off on Knee 101

PRP for Knee Arthritis

When talking with other physicians about regenerative injections and PRP (platelet-rich plasma injections), I commonly hear the response “well, it is worth a try and I can’t see that it hurts, but until there is more data out there I don’t recommend it to my patients”.

The tides are changing. I recently read an editorial commentary, “The Time Has Come to Try Intra-articular Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections for Your Patients With Symptomatic Knee Arthritis”, […]

By |June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Knee Pain, Platelet Rich Plasma|Tags: |Comments Off on PRP for Knee Arthritis


Last week, I was lifting weights at 5 am (trying to practice what I preach! the importance of exercise!) and while bending forwards, I felt the dreaded tug/pull in my lumbar spine. I limped through the rest of my workout, but was pretty miserable by the afternoon.

Here’s what I wanted to do:
-lie on the couch, eating potato chips, while taking hydrocodone and ibuprofen, binge watching netflix and hoping that symptoms would pass.

Here’s what I […]

By |June 14th, 2018|Categories: Back Pain, Pain Management|Tags: |Comments Off on I HURT MY BACK!

Back pain: A book that will change your life!

This book held my attention for most of Feb and March:

If you have back pain, and particularly if you are considering surgery, I would strongly recommend giving this book a read. It reveals a journalist’s travels through back pain and sorts out what works and what doesn’t. The reader’s digest version of what works: EXERCISE.

Yep, folks, once again, MOTION IS LOTION.

A few core ideas:

1. A passive approach to recovery from back pain […]

By |April 17th, 2018|Categories: Back Pain|Tags: |Comments Off on Back pain: A book that will change your life!

Acute Low Back Pain: What To Do, What Not To Do

Today, I saw a young gentleman with sudden onset of fairly severe low back pain, who was seen in the ER over the weekend and was terrified he was going to have surgery. Here’s what I told him to do versus what he had been told in the ER:

1. Get moving!!! The ER told him to lay down and essentially not move and that bedrest would help. This is very dated thinking and is […]

By |March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Back Pain, Pain Management|Tags: |Comments Off on Acute Low Back Pain: What To Do, What Not To Do

Adventures in Stem Cell Therapy

Our regenexx ( procedures are going extremely well and we have many satisfied patients who have been able to reduce their pain, improve their function and avoid invasive orthopedic or spine surgeries.

Today’s blog post is a little hot-headed, as I continue to be dismayed by other local providers offering “stem cell therapy” and here are two examples in the past week:

1. A local physician posts a photo of offering a ‘stem cell knee injection’ […]

By |March 8th, 2018|Categories: Stem Cell Therapy|Tags: |Comments Off on Adventures in Stem Cell Therapy

Changing People’s Health and Lives

I am at the 2018 Interventional Orthopedics Foundation conference.
(Interventional Orthopedics Foundation – The Future of Medicine is Regenerative)

Check this amazing non-profit organization out. I will be headed there at least 6 times this next year for additional training and to keep adding procedures to my skillset to help patients.

We are reviewing the latest data on orthobiologics (PRP and stem cell injections) for musculoskeletal and spine disorders.

It is an incredibly inspiring conference […]

By |March 5th, 2018|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle|Tags: |Comments Off on Changing People’s Health and Lives

Artificial Disc Replacement

This month I have chosen a topic that seems like the perfect solution to a significant problem—Artificial Disc Replacement surgery.  Recently, I have had more questions posed to me on this matter.   As I’m not a neurosurgeon, I don’t have all the answers, but wanted to obtain more edification on the subject.
Artificial Disc replacement (ADR) or Total Disc Replacement  is a surgical procedure that replaces a worn/degenerated disk in the neck or lower […]

By |February 12th, 2018|Categories: Back Pain, Pain Management|Tags: , |Comments Off on Artificial Disc Replacement
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