The blog has been quiet for a while as this season I am President of the Canadian Association of Orthopaedic Medicine. Basically this means a lot of conference planning and organising, and dealing with any day-to-day issues that arise. We are hosting a conference on platelet-rich plasma in Sidney, BC in May, and then the main CAOM conference is set for October in Victoria. Go regenerative medicine! The way of the future...
Our colleague from Kelowna, Dr. Francois Louw, has just published a well put-together study on prolotherapy for TMJ (jaw) pain. It is yet another excellent randomised controlled trial (the best kind of study) showing how effective this simple treatment can be. Well done, Dr. Louw! (You can see the details under our Research tab, in the prolotherapy section).
CBC news has a story entitled "Every bit of exercise counts in reducing risk of early death". You can find a link to here. The study authors compared bouts of exercise to regular (eg. taking the stairs instead of the elevator) as well as total moderate to vigourous daily activity. The more the better, but any exercise counts!
David and I have recently returned from a prolotherapy medical mission to Honduras. We were based in the small town of Tela, and had a great time learning and teaching, sharing prolotherapy with each other and with many Hondurans who made the trip to the town from outlying villages. It was the 49th year the HHPF organisation has run the mission! Here are some pictures of the week there :-)
I have recently attended the annual Canadian Association of Orthopaedic Medicine conference, this year held in the big TO. As usual there were some excellent presentations and workshops, and I left feeling inspired and privileged to be working in musculoskeletal pain management. There was a lot of focus on nutrition: so much of pain can be attributed to the foods we eat! Also there was an excellent talk on genetic testing - knowing one's genome can help tailor treatment very specifically and even prevent certain problems/diseases from occurring. I presented a workshop on the hydrodissection of peripheral nerves using 5% dextrose under ultrasound guidance, along with a colleague, Dr Jag Gupta. This was well-attended, showing the interest in treating neuropathic pain without using drugs which have many side effects (aka brain fog). Dr Gordon Ko organised a terrific conference and I hope to incorporate new pearls of wisdom into my practice!
We now have a meta-analyis of 10 level 1 studies (level 1 being the highest calibre of studies) showing that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) should be offered for knee osteoarthritis as it is more effective than hyaluronic acid injections (a frequently used treatment) at the 1 year mark. You can find the article about this under our research tab. This is encouraging news for those of us offering and receiving PRP.
I have just returned from the AAOM's annual conference in Seattle. There were many memorable presentations, with very positive and encouraging reports on the use of regenerative medicine. One was by an Italian surgeon who has a procedure using a stem cell plug in arthritis knees, and many of his patients avoid knee replacement surgery and do well even 5 years later. There were some interesting talks by 2 veterinarians, which may sound odd, but vets are ahead of "people docs" in the field of regenerative medicine and have a good perspective to offer us! Here is an article about platelet-rich plasma injections to a Jaguar at an Albertan zoo, published on the CBC website...
In January we left for Guadalajara, Mexico, to join an international group of prolotherapists for a week-long mission. Dr David de la Mora arranges this "brigada" annually, to help many Mexicans obtain treatment who otherwise would not be able to afford it. The group treated more than 1000 patients, had fun, experienced daily education times, exchanged experiences and techniques, and we feel blessed to have been included. This is one of the HHPF's (Hackett Hemwall Patterson Foundation) organised medical missions, led by the very capable Mary Doherty. This year in Mexico we had 5 Canadian physicians, many Americans, and also doctors from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Turkey and Italy volunteering! Here is the Canadian team goofing around, and also a photo of all the doctors volunteering.
Jannice is a family physician with an interest in the treatment of pain. Anything to help the process is added to this blog.