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May 21, 2016

Beijing policeman pulls off eight-hour plank world record

Planks have become increasingly popular in the world of exercise and rehab.  “How much you bench?” is now replaced with “how long you plank?”.

For the first time ever a highly regarded spinal surgeon specifically prescribed “Plank exercise” for a patient with severe and chronic back pain.

Are Planks the greatest exercise for trunk stability and controlling back pain?

What determines the quality and therefore benefit of a plank exercise.  Position? (I would say so), muscle recruitment patterns? (absolutely), Duration (not so much!)

Huge kudos to Mao Weidong.  He displayed remarkable strength, endurance and mental focus.  Back pain?

April 9, 2016

A Potential Breakthrough in ACL Surgery

Check out this interesting article in the Wall Street Journal that highlights one of the remarkable advancements  on the horizon  in our field.

One of the most common dilemmas facing patients with ACL ruptures is what graft or technique is best for them.  These days we see a lot of the best surgeons utilizing Allografts and Hamstring grafts to spare the complications of harvesting a Patella Tendon autograft.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could heal the torn ligament!  This may be the beginning of a game changer.

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