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October 2, 2023 Lecture 

October 2, 2023 Lecture Dr. Marc Darrow, MD. Invites you to meet and hear Dr. Thomas Grove, D.O Santa Monica Library 601 Santa Monica Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401 In the Martin Luther King Auditorium BRING A FRIEND AND GET A FREE STEM CELL BOOK RESERVATIONS: (310) 231-7000

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Ankle pain and avascular necrosis of the talus

In this article I will focus on the problem of avascular necrosis in the ankle, mainly the talus bone in the ankle, and to suggest if various injections may be an effective treatment in helping you avoid ankle replacement or ankle fusion surgery. People usually contact our office to discuss their ankle problems after they have had a long medical history of treatments following an acute ankle injury that turned into a chronic problem. Many people that contact me asking about their ankle pain tell me about a terrible accident or injury that they had in the past. Their ankle

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When the wrong joint gets replaced.

In many patients that come into our office, there is a complexity of symptoms and pain in multiple joints. In one patient, for instance, it could be that they suffer from back pain, hip pain, and knee pain. In the patient history, we ask that patient if they have been recommended to any surgeries? Sometimes they will respond, “yes, I have been recommended to back surgery,” or sometimes they will say, “my spinal surgeon is suggesting back surgery, my orthopedist is recommending hip surgery. My two doctors agree that I should have the hip surgery first then the spinal surgery.”

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Opioid addiction and sleep problems leading to problems of chronic hip pain

Marc Darrow, MD, JD. Many people with chronic joint pain do not sleep well. Whether it is their sleep position that causes their knees, hips, shoulders and back to hurt or the advanced degenerative condition of their joints that are always inflamed and painful, the simple fact for many is they have a hard time sleeping. Doctors are beginning to understand that lack of sleep causes chronic pain and chronic pain causes lack of sleep, so a cycle has developed. For many, who have difficulty braking the sleep-pain cycle, their doctors may offer medications for either the pain or the

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Painful thumb osteoarthritis: Surgery or injections?

Marc Darrow, MD Most of the people that contact our office looking for treatment for their thumb pain have already had a long history of treatments with limited success. In fact, many will confess that their doctors are now recommending pain management (anti-inflammatories and painkillers) as their primary treatments now that splints, physical therapy, and a generous amount of ice are no longer helping. These people will receive pain management until the decision is made to go to surgery or “live with it.” For many, the benchmark of when to proceed to surgery is when cortisone injections fail to offer

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Treatments for a torn meniscus. Conservative care, surgery and injections

Marc Darrow, MD Many people today are exploring meniscus surgery alternatives. One reason is that there is significant and controversial research to suggest that not only will meniscus surgery NOT help them, but is some instances, the surgery may leave them worse off. But what if you have been told that surgery is the only option? Research presented in this article may provide you with an understanding that perhaps there are more options than just surgery. When knee pain from meniscus damage is symptomatic, it represents a challenge since arthroscopic surgery provides unpredictable results Many people have very successful surgeries.

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