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Kevin R. Stone, M.D.
Dr. Kevin R. Stone is an orthopedic surgeon at The Stone Clinic and chairman of the Stone Research Foundation in San Francisco. He pioneers advanced orthopedic surgical and rehabilitation techniques to repair, regenerate and replace damaged cartilage and ligaments. For more info, visit

Entries by Kevin R. Stone, M.D.

Growing Old Is Not for Sissies

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 12:46 PM


Healthy old people die from falling. They trip, break their hip and then have a mortality rate of up to 58 percent in the first year. [1] These days, there are lots of devices and apps to monitor elderly and frail people and...

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Regrow Your Knee: How a Meniscus Implant Can Encourage Self-healing

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 12:52 PM


When people injure their meniscus, the fibrous shock absorber in their knee, the torn part is often removed. Sometimes it is sutured. Unfortunately, when tissue is removed, the force is concentrated on a narrow part of the joint and arthritis ensues. [1]


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Total Knee Replacement for Athletes

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 12:51 PM

After a knee replacement, our advice is to exercise more than you have in years. Focus on total body muscle building and weight optimization. You can likely return to most sports when you are fit enough to protect your joints.


When it comes...

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Unforced Errors

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 9:29 AM

Here watching the French Open tennis tournament this week has got me wondering why the most elite athletes in tennis still have concentration lapses. Why do they miss so many shots, make so many unforced errors, have to psyche themselves up between each shot?

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Post Op Pain: You Don't Have to Suffer From It

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 5:19 PM

Suffering from pain after surgery is one of the most feared experiences in medical care. Yet this fear is unnecessary. Why? Because pain is largely preventable. Here's what you can do to prevent pain after your surgery.


  1. Make a pain plan. Before...
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The Degradative Soup of Injury and Arthritis

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 6:16 PM

New studies have shown that when a meniscus tissue is torn in the knee, enzymes and factors are released, creating a degradative soup that affects healing and eventually leads to arthritis.


Injury to joint tissues used to be thought of in primarily mechanical...

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How to Have a Good Knee Replacement

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 6:45 PM

If you are due to have total knee replacement surgery, here are some tips on how to help control your own outcome.


Artificial joint replacement is the last resort for most people when their knees have worn out. Fortunately, the procedure itself has...

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Joint Injections: The Next Generation

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 12:40 PM


Joints sometimes hurt. Like well oiled machines, occasionally the oil runs thin, the surfaces become corroded, small particles become trapped, and the components get out of line. Pain happens when the surrounding nerve fibers become irritated. Swelling happens as the vessels in the...

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Knee Injury? Take Care of All Your Knee Ligaments

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 3:02 PM


The knee is tied together by more than just the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), though you might not know that hearing the daily reports of ACL injuries from football, soccer, basketball and skiing. The "other" ligaments matter just as much, and though injured...

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Standard Procedure? With Meniscus Surgery There's No Such Thing

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 12:23 PM

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is to have knee surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. While I am not privy to the details of his injury and cannot comment on his procedure, what I can tell you is that there is no such thing as...

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Why Skiers Get Injured

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 11:05 AM


Skiing is a phenomenally exciting and fun sport. However, the injury rate is relatively high, with numbers from 2008 saying that an estimated 20,000 knee injuries are sustained each year by skiers in the U.S. alone, most of which involved the...

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Fit Wishes for 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 1:09 PM

May your road ahead be clear, smooth and peaceful! Here's how to enjoy head-to-toe fitness in 2015.


From the power of rest, to stretching out tension, to building strength in your heart and lungs, to improving your trunk and core and looking after...

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Soccer Might Make Us Dumber

(2) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 1:30 PM


Why, when we know risk of injury, do we keep on playing sports?

Every day I hear something like this: "Doc, how soon can I get back to playing soccer?"

This can be a question from somebody with significant cartilage damage, torn...

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'Bend Ze Knees' to Improve More Than Just Your Skiing

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 12:11 PM


"Bend ze knees!" he shouted, "pretend like you are making love, ja!" Those were the memorable instructions I heard years ago from the Austrian ski instructor behind me on the Alps. They hold true today for all sports.

Watch a great surfer,...

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Osteoarthritis: 2 Common Treatment Misconceptions

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 10:54 AM


If you've been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, there's a strong chance that you were advised to rest, limit your activities and use anti-inflammatory drugs to treat the symptoms of pain and inflammation. However, in our 25 years of treating people with osteoarthritis, we have...

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Missing a Meniscus? No Need to Miss Out on an Active Life.

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 10:08 PM


Don't give up on your knee. Even if you had your meniscus cartilage removed and no longer have the shock absorber in your knee; even if you have developed osteoarthritis and can barely walk without pain, there is still a chance that your...

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It's OK to Want to Win

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 2:55 PM

Competitive. That's how the vast majority of the 400 female corporate executives, recently polled for a research report, see themselves. They consider competitiveness an asset to their leadership skills.

The report, Making the connection: women, sport and leadership, released earlier this month by EY Women Athletes Business...

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Key to Happiness? A New Activity Every 6 Months

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 3:00 PM


Of all my patients, regardless of age, those who are happiest seem to share one activity secret. They each add a new sport every six months.

The happiness factor is a welcome side effect of an active and varied lifestyle. For each...

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Could Artificial Intelligence End the Electronic Medical Record Nightmare?

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 11:56 AM


Medicine is an oral science. People talk to doctors about their problems. Doctors listen and ask questions. Doctors tell the patient's story to other doctors to share information and gain new ideas. Doctors and nurses talk about a patient's progress. They talk to...

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Keep Your Knees Healthy and Run Forever

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 1:20 PM


"Doc, does running hurt my knee?"

The answer is no. Injury hurts your knee.

If you have healthy knees, you can run forever. If you have a cartilage injury, a torn meniscus, or an unstable knee join,t then the knee will...

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