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Get Help for Your Sports Injury From the Comfort of Your Home Aug 2nd, 2022

Sports injuries not only sideline you from the game, but also require expert treatment to help you heal quickly. Fortunately, telemedicine keeps orthopedic patients connected to superior care. Telemedicine appointments are especially helpful when a sports injury has affected your mobility. Temporarily immobilizing the affected body part, whether it be...

How Does Telemedicine Work? Jul 3rd, 2022

With the help of technology, orthopedic patients can access high-quality care from any location. While some services, like physical exams, require an in-person visit, you can access many others conveniently through telemedicine. Board-certified orthopedic and shoulder surgeon Matthew Pifer, MD, offers telemedicine visits in addition to in-person visits to make orthopedic...

The Benefits of PRP for Your Tennis or Golfer's Elbow Jun 1st, 2022

Because tendons receive very little blood flow, tendon injuries are very slow to heal. Overuse injuries like tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow can cause chronic problems that interfere with your ability to lead an active lifestyle or engage in your favorite sport.  Regenerative treatments like platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) are...

Can My Rotator Cuff Tear Heal on Its Own? May 1st, 2022

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles in the upper arm that stabilize the shoulder joint so that you can move your arms, lift, push, and pull. The shoulder is a unique and complex joint that is more susceptible to strains and tears than other joints. In most...

Treating Your Shoulder Pain With Cortisone Injections Apr 1st, 2022

Corticosteroid injections are a crucial aspect of therapy for shoulder problems. They relieve inflammation and enable you to move without pain. They may even lessen the need for surgery when used with an active rehabilitation program. If you have shoulder pain, it’s wise to see an orthopedic expert like board-certified...

I'm an Athlete: How Does Sports Medicine Work? Mar 1st, 2022

Sports medicine physicians are orthopedic experts who work with athletes and those who have musculoskeletal ailments. They're specially trained to deal with any sports-related ailment, including joint pain, osteoarthritis, and nutrition. Sports physicians are most recognized for advising and treating recreational and professional players who have sustained a sports injury,...

Understanding a Reverse Shoulder Replacement Feb 1st, 2022

Each year, surgeons perform more than 50,000 shoulder replacements in the United States. Reverse shoulder replacement is a procedure specifically designed for patients who have shoulder arthritis and a large tear in the rotator cuff, which prevents them from being candidates for a traditional shoulder replacement.   Board-certified orthopedic shoulder and...

How Regenerative Medicine Can Play a Huge Role in Your Healing Jan 1st, 2022

Regenerative medicine is a breakthrough in treating orthopedic injuries. Specifically, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cell therapy take advantage of your body’s own natural ability to heal itself. Thanks to the advancements in regenerative medicine, injuries such as those in the neck, back, knees, and other joints can heal...

When Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Is the Better Choice Dec 1st, 2021

The knee is the largest and most complex joint in your body. Tasked with bearing your weight as you stand, jump, and move, it’s no surprise that your knees are vulnerable to sports-related injuries, as well as age-related wear-and-tear. Eventually, you may be affected by chronic knee pain. When this...

What Are My Options for Strengthening My Shoulder? Nov 1st, 2021

Dr. Matthew Pifer is a top-level orthopedic surgeon with a busy practice in Santa Barbara, California. He specializes in knee and shoulder injuries, sports medicine, and biological therapies that tackle musculoskeletal rehab at the cellular level. During college, Dr. Pifer was also an NCAA football scholarship recipient and holds one...

When Telemedicine Might Be the Best Option for You Oct 1st, 2021

Telemedicine enables you to quickly and conveniently connect with your provider to have continued access to top-quality orthopedic care, no matter where you are. Reliable video chats and secure text messaging keep you connected on any device.  With virtual waiting rooms and the ability to send and receive documents, telemedicine...

Understanding the Different Types of Knee Surgery Sep 1st, 2021

Damage to the knee from injury or wear and tear may require surgery to repair. After meeting with an orthopedic surgeon to determine the necessity for knee surgery, your surgeon will discuss the type of surgery and approach to repair your knee and restore function. Orthopedic surgeon Matthew Pifer, MD,...

How PRP Can Treat Your Arthritis Aug 1st, 2021

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an innovative therapy used to treat a range of orthopedic issues, including arthritis. This new approach is transforming the way arthritis is treated.  Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Matthew Pifer, MD specializes in biological therapies and offers PRP and stem cell therapy to ease orthopedic pain and slow...

The Power of Regenerative Medicine for Relieving Joint Pain Jul 1st, 2021

Regenerating tissue to restore function is a breakthrough in the treatment of joint pain. Injury and age-related breakdown of normal tissue are one of the most common causes of pain. Over the past two decades, advances in medicine have been developed that harness the power of cells from your own...

Your Treatment Options for Shoulder Instability Jun 2nd, 2021

If you have shoulder pain and a persistent feeling that your shoulder is loose, or your shoulder repeatedly gives out, you could have shoulder instability. This occurs when the structures that surround and support the shoulder aren’t working properly. If your shoulder joint is loose, it may slide out of...

Common Signs of a Rotator Cuff Injury May 18th, 2021

Shoulder pain can have many causes. For athletes, overuse, as well as sudden damage sustained during practice or play are common causes of shoulder pain. For others, conditions such as arthritis are involved. The shoulder is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body and the rotator...

Improve Your Performance Through Sports Medicine Apr 12th, 2021

Athletes and recreational sports enthusiasts turn to sports medicine to prevent and recover from injuries, boost performance, and maintain peak shape. Whatever your age, sport, and activity level, sport medicine experts can help you stay on top of your game.   Sports medicine specialist Matthew Pifer, MD, can help you achieve...

Do I Need a Shoulder Replacement? Mar 15th, 2021

If you’re dealing with chronic shoulder pain, it’s wise to know when shoulder replacement is a good option. Total shoulder replacement, also called total shoulder arthroplasty, is a highly successful procedure that reduces pain and restores function and mobility.  Visiting a specialist is the first step to getting relief from...

PRP: The Answer to Treating Your Sports Injury Feb 9th, 2021

Injury can sideline professional and recreational athletes alike. Sitting out of your chosen sport for the weeks or months necessary to heal can mean missing out on an entire season. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy offers an alternative to extended recovery and surgery. This orthobiologic treatment is safe, effective, and can...

What to Expect From Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery Jan 11th, 2021

Shoulder surgery is sometimes necessary to repair the shoulder joint. Arthroscopy is a less invasive approach used to diagnose and treat a wide range of shoulder problems. It’s performed as an outpatient procedure and patients return home the same day. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Matthew Pifer specializes in shoulder and...

The Role of Stem Cells After Surgery Dec 1st, 2020

Stem cell therapy is one of the most significant breakthroughs in modern medicine. This treatment uses your body’s own healing capacity to speed recovery through cell regeneration. An improvement in pain and a shorter recovery time from surgery are some of the benefits of stem cell therapy. Knee, shoulder, and...

Early Signs of a Frozen Shoulder Nov 5th, 2020

Musculoskeletal pain of any kind makes you feel older than you are, restricts your mobility, and lessens your quality of life if it becomes chronic. Do You have shoulder pain? You're probably wondering exactly what's causing it. Is it arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, or something else? There’s quite a...

Five Common Causes of Knee Pain Oct 8th, 2020

The knee is the largest joint in the body. Without your knees, you wouldn’t be able to stand. Your knees bear your weight and throughout your life take the brunt of the wear and tear compared to other joints in the body. It’s no surprise that knee pain is very...

Getting Active Again After a Rotator Cuff Tear Sep 17th, 2020

A rotator cuff tear causes significant shoulder pain. Arthroscopic surgery to repair the tear is an outpatient procedure but requires lengthy recovery time. The goal of rotator cuff repair surgery is to reattach the torn tendon to the bone securely. The ability to return to an active lifestyle is one...

Am I a Good Candidate for Stem Cell Therapy? Aug 13th, 2020

Surgery isn’t the only option for chronic pain in the neck, shoulder, knees, and other joints. A special treatment called stem cell therapy has the potential to decrease pain, heal joints, and help you avoid surgery. Orthopedic shoulder and sports medicine surgeon Matthew Pifer, MD offers innovative regenerative medicine treatments...

4 Reasons PRP Injections May be Right for You Jul 20th, 2020

More than 54 million adults in the United States are living with arthritis, and even more, are struggling to recover from an orthopedic injury.  Regardless of the cause, musculoskeletal pain can have a major impact on your daily life. From morning stiffness to joint swelling, orthopedic problems can make everyday...

Returning to Sports After ACL Surgery Jun 17th, 2020

Returning to unrestricted activity following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery is a complex decision made between patients and surgeons. Orthopedic surgeons take many factors into account before considering it safe for patients to return to sports. Understanding what you're up against can help optimize the outcome. ACL injuries and sports...

When it Shoulder Surgery the Right Option? May 20th, 2020

Physical rehabilitation, steroid injections, and other non-surgical treatments can do wonders to ease shoulder pain and improve shoulder function. Despite this, surgery is sometimes necessary to repair shoulder damage and restore function.  Delaying shoulder surgery when you need it can make treatment more difficult down the line. Your orthopedic provider...

The Many Benefits of Telemedicine Apr 23rd, 2020

Telemedicine offers a unique approach to extend services to patients with orthopedic needs. Patients can access care from orthopedic specialists using computers, phones, and mobile devices. Your provider can monitor your health and provide the same level of care as in-office consultations from the comfort of your home or office....

Are You a Candidate for Reverse Shoulder Replacement? Mar 11th, 2020

Your shoulder is a complex group of joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons that work together so you can lift, reach, carry, push, and pull. When you’ve tried nonsurgical treatments for shoulder pain without success, the idea of moving your shoulder without pain can seem out of reach. Ongoing shoulder problems...