— More and more patients are hearing the words “regenerative medicine” but don’t know what it means in terms of their care. And billboards and advertisements are popping up for stem cell therapy, but there are still misconceptions about it and how it works. As a primary care sports medicine physician who uses this innovative therapy for musculoskeletal issues, such as torn ligaments, tendons, strains and arthritis, I’m pleased to answer some common questions about regenerative medicine: How do Intense workouts …

— As an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, one of the questions I get asked the most is, “Should I use heat or ice to treat an injury?” With the warm weather drawing bicyclists, runners and walkers outdoors, now is a good time to set the record straight. Understanding how heat and ice works on the body may serve as a useful guide as to which to use. Ice is a potent vasoconstrictor. This means the blood vessels shrink in …

— When you’ve done all you can to protect your joints but the pain continues to interfere with every day activities, it may be time to consider joint replacement surgery. There are more than 1 million total hip and knee replacement surgeries done a year, and the ranks are growing due to people living longer than ever and having higher activity demands and expectations. In addition, surgical techniques have evolved, the surgery is less invasive, recovery is better and the  longevity …

— By Leon Benson, MD Spending time in the kitchen this Thanksgiving? Putting up holiday lights? Clearing the front walk? It’s that time of the year when people do a lot of reckless things to save time. As a hand surgeon, I have countless stories of patients with broken wrists and hand lacerations caused by one second of carelessness. Across the nation, there are about 250 injuries a day during the holiday season, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. …

— For athletes, there is nothing worse than suffering a sports injury that takes them out of competition, as was the case for Chicago Cubs player Kyle Schwarber.  In April, the left fielder suffered full tears to the ACL and LCL in his left knee. He returned to start the first game of the World Series as a designated hitter, having been cleared by his medical staff to bat. While some injuries require more rest and rehabilitation than others, those who …