15Jun, 2016

Is it a Simple Case of Slouching or is it Scheuermann’s Disease?

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Scheuermann’s Disease of the Spine by Samuel Bederman MD, PhD Orange County Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Slouching, hunching forward or rounded back is often considered just poor posture.  In many cases, it is the result of a rarely recognized condition called SCHEUERMANN’S DISEASE.  Similar to Scoliosis, Scheuermann’s Disease is a structural exaggerated forward curvature in children and adolescents that can progress into adulthood. Slouching is often mistaken for poor posture which is flexible and corrects with standing more upright.  Scheuermann’s disease is a structural abnormality that develops during adolescent growth. It […]
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7Dec, 2015

The Sacroiliac Joint Pain- The Other Cause of Low Back Pain

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Sacroiliac Joint Pain- The Other Cause of Low Back Pain by Andrew Germanovich, DO Restore Orthopedics and Spine Center, Orange County   The sacroiliac (SI) joint is the largest spinal joint in the body. There is minimal mobility in this L-shaped joint and the mechanics of sacroiliac joint movement are quite complex.  This joint also has the strongest ligaments1 .  Pain in the SI joint is usually secondary to ligamentous injury or laxity, hypo or hypermobility, core muscle weakness, chronic joint inflammation, axial compression of the sacrum by the weight of the upper torso and torque.   Sacroiliac joint is the least understood, most controversial joint in […]
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8Nov, 2015

Compression Fractures of the Spine- A New Approach

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New Standard of Care for Spine Vertebral Compression Fractures by Greg Carlson, M.D. Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon Fellowship Trained in Spine Surgery Vertebral Compression Fractures (VCF’s) are common problems impacting people with weak bone structure (osteoporosis). Patients often present with severe incapacitating back and leg pain completely unaware of the fragile bone condition that has developed over time. The symptoms often render the patients unable to mobilize or take care of themselves. Bed rest and immobility are often unresponsive to pain medication, bracing and supportive care.  In addition to the […]
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6Oct, 2015

The Stiff and Painful Elbow in Combat Athletes

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Dr. Mora has been treating patients who participate in mixed martial arts for over 10 years.  He has taken care of the weekend warrior as well as the professional champion level UFC fighter. He has been a guest blogger on MMA web pages including www.bloodyelbow.com.  In this article he writes about the painful, stiff locking elbow.   I have been seeing more and more young active patients present with painful and stiff elbow joints. The majority of these patients have been heavily involved in the practice of mixed martial arts (MMA).  Most […]
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24Sep, 2015

Why Do I Go On Medical Missions To Peru- Steve A. Mora MD

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by Steve A. Mora MD People always ask me why I go to Peru to do medical missions? I go because….my first 7 years of life were spent in Peru. I share a bond and a culture with the people of Peru. Although it was only the first  7 years of my life,  it was enough time for the culture and language to be impregnated into my being. Within those 7 years I was in a terrible car accident. I was a trauma patient in Peru. I was hit by a […]
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22Sep, 2015

Radiofrequency Neurotomy for Knee Pain

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Radiofrequency Neurotomy for Knee Pain:  Did you undergo a  total knee replacement but still have knee pain?  Do you have knee pain despite already having traditional treatment options?  There is a technique that can help alleviate that pain. It is called Radiofrequency Neurotomy of the knee joint. When medications and physical therapy is not enough to manage the pain after a total knee replacement, Radiofrequency Neurotomy can provide a therapeutic alternative. This is a non-surgical option that uses radiofrequency waves to modulate the genicular nerves that provide painful sensation to the […]
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15Sep, 2015

Arthritis Treatment of the Knee Using Platelet Rich Plasma

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ARTHRITIS TREATMENT USING PLATELET RICH PLASMA AND OTHER INJECTIONS ARE WE CLOSE TO THE HOLY GRAIL? By Steve A. Mora, M.D. and Eric Chang, M.D. Over the last 5 years there has been a surge of information regarding the use of non-operative therapies which harness the body’s own healing capacity to relieve or heal from injuries.  Some of these treatment have been called blood therapies because they utilize some component of a patient’s own blood.  These treatments include Platelet-Rich Plasma, Mesenchymal Stem Cell injections, amniotic tissue, Hyaluronic Acid injections, and […]
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7Sep, 2015

Overnight Stay After Total Knee Replacement- Are you a candidate?

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Overnight Stay After Total Knee Replacement- Are you a candidate? by Michael Gillman MD Restore Orthopedics and Spine Center Efficiency and cost-effective care are imperative as we move forward in practicing medicine.  This is particularly true in total knee replacement surgery.  A study by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons estimates a 673% growth rate for patients having knee replacement from 2006-20261.  With limited resources, it is important to all stakeholders- patients, physicians, hospitals and insurers to maximize the use of our health care dollars whenever possible. Current techniques allow […]
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11Jul, 2015

The Treatment of Arthritic Knee Pain- It’s Not Always Easy

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The Treatment of Arthritic Knee Pain- It’s Not Always Easy by Steve A. Mora, MD Orange County Orthopedic Knee Specialist Restore Orthopedics and Spine Center I see patients with arthritic or degenerative knee pain on a daily basis.  Trying to figure out the cause of knee pain is a personal challenge.  I have a special interest in helping folks with arthritic knee pain.  One of the reasons why I am passionate about keeping up with current research regarding arthritis is that I personally have knee pain secondary to a childhood […]
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3Jul, 2015

When Should PRP Be Used To Treat Knee Arthritis?

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by Steve A. Mora, MD Orange County Orthopedic Surgeon I have personally used both Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) as well as adult mesenchymal stem cell injection for knee pain and a few other diagnoses but I am very selective in its use.  There is a lot of information regarding PRP and Stem cells on-line.  However most of this information focuses on the biology behind the treatment and not so much on the indication or the number of injections required to see a result.  Patients also discover rather quickly that PRP […]
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