By “bio-identical” we mean that the biochemical structure of the hormone is perfectly matched to the hormone produced in a woman’s body by her endocrine system. Bio-Identicals used in hormone replacement therapy are neither a horse’s hormone nor an artificially formulated (synthetic) that is intentionally manufactured to be slightly different from human hormone in order to patent it. Bio-Identical hormones are plant-based, natural substances that our bodies can metabolize in the way it was designed to do, minimizing side effects. These compounded bio-identicals can be matched to each woman’s unique needs, something that’s impossible with mass-manufactured products. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy using the pellet method has changed the manner women age. Natural hormone replacement therapy has helped improve not only the quality of our lives, but also how long we live them.
Solutions for Knee Pain associated with knee arthritis Photo courtesy of nSeika(CC Attribution) Walking, kneeling, stair schlepping…Knees take abuse. No wonder 20% of us report having had pain in these joints in the past 3 months. Most arises from injuries and osteoarthritis, which are more common with age. Here’s how to get a leg up on the pain of knee arthritis. Ice Frozen peas pair nicely with swelling and pain. Whether you injure your knee or suffer an arthritis flare-up, ice molded around the joint for 20 minutes each hour brings down inflammation. Smart Exercise As in, definitely don’t stop working out. Keeping active builds muscles that support the knee joint. Two things to avoid if you have pain: running and doing full leg extensions with a resistance machine. Better bets: walking, bicycling, and “closed kinetic chain” exercises, in which the foot stays planted (like on an elliptical trainer). (Keep moving with these 11 workout tips for achy joints.) Healing Foods They go straight to your knees. Drinking 1% or fat-free milk helped women put the brakes on kneeosteoarthritis in one study. Other research shows that people who eat fruit with vitamin C show fewer signs of heading toward OA than those who don’t. […]
back pain. Photo courtesy of ballywho Dr. David Duffner, a clinical orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spinal surgery, knows chronic back pain can have a serious impact on a person’s daily activities and overall quality of life. According to clinical studies, about 25% of lower back pain issues may be attributed to the sacroiliac joint or the SI joint, which is located in the pelvis. Symptoms of Lower Back Pain Dr. Duffner says the most common symptoms from SI joint issues is pain in the lower back and buttock area. Either one or both sides of the body may be affected. Patients often describe sharp pain shooting down their leg all the way to the foot. These types of issues are often mistaken for herniated discs or spine injuries. Before treating the back pain, first its symptoms should be diagnosed. Dr. Duffner will need as much information about the exact location of your pain and your level of productivity or functionality. It is also important for you to mention how often the pain occurs and how intense it feels. Various tests that Dr. Duffner may have you undergo to determine the causes of the back pain would be physical examinations, diagnostic imaging […]
An estimated 16 million American adults deal with debilitating chronic back pain. If you’re one of them, you are probably desperate for a solution. Back pain may be causing you to miss work, skip family activities, and avoid exercise. Before Dr. Duffner can treat you successfully, he must be able to correctly diagnose your problem. To make the most of your upcoming visit with him, consider adhering to the following 5 tips. Bring a Copy of Your Medical History When visiting Dr. Duffner, you should always bring a copy of your medical history. In order to make an accurate diagnosis, your physician needs to know about any past medical problems. Your medical history should include a list of past surgeries and hospital stays. When making this list, include the dates of the events. Your list should also include the names of any medications you are currently taking. Beside the names of the medicines, you should include the exact dosages you take each day. Don’t forget to include the names of any dietary supplements or herbal medications you take. Prepare to describe your back pain to Dr. Duffner When Dr. Duffner questions you about the reason for your visit, you need […]
It is a well known fact that men and women experience declining hormone levels as they get older. These deficient hormone levels are associated with symptoms of fatigue, irritability, loss of memory, increased weight gain, insomnia, and decreased sex drive. There are also significant diseases associated with hormonal deficiencies, including osteoporosis. Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. David Duffner and Certified Nurse Practitioner Renee Mc gaughy bring you BioTE Hormone Pellet Therapy. BioTE® Medical Hormone Pellet Therapy is the only method of hormone therapy that provides sustained hormone levels throughout the day for up to four to six months without any “roller coaster” effect as seen with oral and transdermal forms of hormonal therapy. Because the pellets are completely natural, Pellet Therapy is ideal for patients wanting the benefits of a natural hormone, without the drawbacks of a synthetic. How Hormone Therapy is introduced to the body is very important. Most of the common methods, such as pills, patches, creams, gels, and injections don’t contain natural, bio-identical hormones, and all provide inconsistent hormone levels. They may actually lead to greater health risks. A more effective alternative is hormonal therapy using pellets that are easily placed under the skin, into the upper buttock. Pellets are […]
Where is the sacroiliac joint? The sacroiliac joint connects the last segment of the spine, the sacrum, to the pelvis. The integrity of the sacroiliac joint depends on strong ligaments that encase and cover the joint. These ligaments compress and stabilize the joint. How the sacroiliac joint causes lower back pain? The ligaments that encase the sacroiliac joint may be disrupted due to injury or degenerate due to age, allowing the joint to have excessive motion. This excessive motion may inflame and disrupt the joint and surrounding nerves. Your physician may also refer to sacroiliac joint pain by other terms like sacroiliitis, SI joint degeneration, SI joint inflammation, SI joint syndrome, SI joint disruption and SI joint strain. How do the symptoms of sacroiliac joint pain present? The most common symptom of sacroiliac joint disorders is pain in the lower back, buttock and legs. This can present as sciatica like symptoms (leg pain, burning, numbness, and tingling) that mimic lumbar disc or radicular low back pain, pain that radiates down into the legs. Causes of sacroiliac joint disorders Causes of sacroiliac joint disorders can be split into five categories: Traumatic (lifting, fall, accident) Biomechanical (leg length discrepancy, prior lumbar fusion) […]
BOARD-CERTIFIED IN ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Duffner provides surgical and non surgical solutions for a wide range of conditions and traumas, including sports injuries. 1180 North Indian Canyon Drive, Suite 318, Palm Springs, CA 92262 I 1760)325-8677 Dr. David Duffner, MD, MBA, FAAOS, is an expert and highly experienced Orthopedic Surgeon in Palm Springs, California, who has been in practice for more than three decades. His acclaimed career in medicine began in 1979, when he graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City. Upon earning his Medical Degree, Dr. Duffner completed an internship and residency at the Texas A&M – Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple,Texas, before traveling to Switzerland to complete a fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Orthopedics at the University of Basel. He also holds a Master of Business Administration Degree. Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Duffner provides surgical and non surgical solutions for a wide range of conditions and traumas, including sports injuries. He is particularly renowned, however, as an expert in spine surgery. Specialist procedures undertaken by him include herniated disc surgery, spinal fusion, spinal reconstructive surgery and spinal cord stimulation. […]