Blog

  • Regenerative Sports Medicine : A Definition Revisited

    Regenerative sports medicine is restoring joint function by harnessing the natural healing processes. Controlling pain and restoring normal activity levels in active people is the key to this restoration. The great advantage of OrthoBiologics is the re-consideration of  non-surgical modalities as a first-line treatment in joint and cartilage care.

    Read More | 10 Jan 2018
  • The Top 3 Snow Skiing Stretches

    Snow skiing stretching exercises to improve your performance and do away with snow skiing injuries for good.

    Read More | 04 Jan 2018
  • Preventing Snow Ski Injury

    With spring break and spring ski season approaching, Dr. Kelly Cunningham, a US Ski Team physician for 15 years, orthopedist and founder of Austin OrthoBiologics, treats many snow ski & snowboard injuries. He is often asked what he recommends to avoid ski injury on the slopes.

    Read More | 23 Dec 2017
  • 7 MOVES TO GET YOUR KNEES SKI AND SNOWBOARD REA

    Prevent knee injuries before they stop you from hitting the slopes this season. Approximately 75 to 85 percent of skiing injuries are from falls, according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Injuries from collisions account for 11 to …

    Read More | 23 Dec 2017
  • 6-Week Workout : Get ready for Ski Season

    Are you one of the millions of skiers who hit the slopes hard opening week only to hobble around for the first few days afterward? Here’s a full-body workout plan get your body in shape for the entire season. This …

    Read More | 22 Dec 2017
  • Stem cells engineered to grow cartilage, fight inflammation

    With a goal of treating worn, arthritic hips without extensive surgery to replace them, scientists have programmed stem cells to grow new cartilage on a 3-D template shaped like the ball of a hip joint. What's more, using gene therapy, they have activated the new cartilage to release anti-inflammatory molecules to fend off a return of arthritis.

    Read More | 21 Dec 2017
  • Get into Shape for Ski Season

    Get into Shape for Ski Season With spring break and spring ski season approaching, Dr. Kelly Cunningham, a former US Ski Team physician, orthopedist and founder of Austin OrthoBiologics, treats many snow ski & snowboard injuries. Get into Shape for …

    Read More | 09 Dec 2017
  • Which Sports Rely Most on Having a Normal ACL

    Some sports are considered high-demand sports that require an intact ACL for performance. Other sports do not require an ACL for most athletes. Patients who participate in high demand sports usually require surgery after an ACL tear to return to …

    Read More | 27 Nov 2017
  • ACL Injuries in Football Players

    ACL Injuries ACL injuries are the most common major knee injury that occurs in football. These injuries generally require surgery to allow the patient to return to sport. Without ACL reconstruction, most patients have knee instability and are unable to …

    Read More | 08 Nov 2017
  • 11 Knee Pain Dos and Don’ts

    You can do many things to help knee pain, whether it’s due to a recent injury or arthritis you’ve had for years. Follow these 11 dos and don’ts to help your knees feel their best. Don’t rest too much. Too …

    Read More | 07 Nov 2017
  • Knee Pain

    An acute knee injury usually occurs suddenly through either trauma or a twisting action. Pain in the knee can vary in severity from very mild to very severe and this depends on the injury mechanism (how the injury occurred) and …

    Read More | 09 Oct 2017
  • COMMON INJURIES IN FOOTBALL PLAYERS

    Injuries occur during football games and practice due to the combination of high speeds and full contact. While overuse injuries can occur, traumatic injuries such as concussions are most common.

    Read More | 26 Sep 2017
  • Volleyball Shoulder Injuries

    Volleyball Shoulder Injuries Volleyball requires speed, endurance and the use of many major muscle groups in your legs and upper body. Sore shoulders from volleyball are fairly common as the repetitive action of serving and spiking the ball can irritate …

    Read More | 17 Sep 2017
  • Stem Cell Storage Freezes Your Cells to Fight Disease Tomorrow

    Store your young, viable stem cells today, so that you can access them for use in future rejuvenation therapies and to fight age-related disease tomorrow. YOUR YOUNG STEM CELLS ARE UNIQUELY VALUABLE TO YOU.Your stem cells diminish in number and quality as you …

    Read More | 29 Aug 2017
  • The Top Ten Causes of Cartilage Loss

    And What YOU Can Do to Prevent It! Our patients often ask what they can do to help their cartilage. Understanding why we lose cartilage in the first place is helpful in understanding how you can keep more cartilage as you age. …

    Read More | 10 Aug 2017
  • Is Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis Safe and Effective?

      People considering stem cell treatment for arthritis want to know Is it safe? and Is it effective? Stem Cell Therapy Safety Stem Cell Treatment for Arthritis Most stem cell therapy using adult stem cells is considered safe because the …

    Read More | 04 Aug 2017
  • Knee Pain? Steroids Are Not The Bee’s Knees

    As long suspected, this well-designed study concludes that treatment of joint pain from arthritis with steroid injections is not only ineffective (beyond the short-term), but actually harmful to the cartilage of the knee.

    Read More | 16 Jul 2017
  • What I Wish I’d Known About My Knees

    By JANE E. BRODY JULY 3, 2017 This is a very revealing article about the difficulty in treating joint arthritis without replacement. All true with respect to limited benefits of steroid and HA “lubricant”.  Not so much, arthroscopic surgery — not …

    Read More | 05 Jul 2017
  • Breaking News: Surgery using Stem Cells

    Dr. Cunningham will be participating in a multicenter U.S. trial on a “single stage” repair technique of cartilage repair, using a patient’s own stem cells to stimulate cartilage regrowth and repair.

    Read More | 13 Jun 2017
  • Garret Richards & Stem Cell Therapy | MLB Baseball

    Stem Cell Sports Medicine

    Read More | 06 Jun 2017
  • Knee Replacement alternative relieves pain, retains mobility

    This is an excellent and comprehensive article on nonsurgical & surgical options for knee arthritis. (I am trained in and perform many cartilage restoration procedures surgically.) What it omits is the emerging treatment of platelet plasma/PRP and stem cell as …

    Read More | 21 May 2017
  • Stem Cells Showing Promising Results for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Specifically, the umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells were able to inhibit the proliferation of fibrolast-like synoviocytes cells from rheumatoid arthritis patients. These fibroblast-like synoviocytes are critical components of rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, the umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells reduced levels …

    Read More | 02 May 2017
  • More Good News About Platelet Rich Plasma / PRP For Arthritis Treatment

    Editorial Commentary: The Time Has Come to Try Intra-articular Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections for Your Patients With Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis.   From the editor of a  peer-reviewed orthopedic surgery journal. The word-wide data for use of platelet plasma is compelling… -Kelly …

    Read More | 23 Apr 2017
  • Does Smoking Damage Stem Cells?

    Smoking is awful for your health. If you needed another reason to quit, damage to the cells that repair every part of your body should be good motivation. In the meantime, don’t smoke if you’re thinking about a stem cell procedure or even a joint replacement!

    Read More | 11 Apr 2017
  • Joint Injections Compared: Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) & Stem Cell vs. Viscosupplementation

    Joint Injection Options Tired of living with knee pain? Confused about which joint injection treatment will work for you?   Kelly Cunningham, MD,  compares non-surgical joint injections for your joint pain and muscle/tendon injury. Founder of Austin Ortho+Biologics and a board …

    Read More | 20 Mar 2017
  • What You Can Do About Shoulder pain Right Now

      Golfers rely heavily on their shoulders in their golf swing. If you spend more time outside this fall by picking up your golfing game, then you will increase the use of this motion that is not natural for the …

    Read More | 14 Mar 2017
  • Experiencing runner’s knee pain during or after running?

    As your mileage picks up throughout the year, you might start to experience a dull pain in your knees. This pain is often diagnosed as Runner’s Knee, known medically as Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS). Knee injuries are one of the …

    Read More | 03 Mar 2017
  • Is swimmer’s shoulder causing pain during or after your swim training?

    During the summer months, athletes often decide to escape the heat and swim more than they normally would. As a result, your body might not handle the overuse of your shoulders, causing your muscles and tendons to become fatigued. Swimmer’s …

    Read More | 01 Mar 2017
  • Stem Cell and Platelet Plasma Injections: Ask the Doc

    Patients will often ask me these two questions about biologic stem cell and platelet plasma therapy. I have diabetes, and steroid injections can raise my blood glucose levels.   Do stem cell injections do the same? This can be a …

    Read More | 27 Feb 2017
  • PRP and Stem Cell Treatment FAQs

    PRP and Stem Cell Treatment Facts Is prp or stem cell treatment right for me?  At Austin Ortho+Biologics, we spend the face-to-face time with our patients necessary to determine if your sports medicine problem is a candidate for platelet or …

    Read More | 26 Feb 2017
  • Four Things You Should Do In The First 24 Hours After Injury

    The first 24 hours after injury is the most critical time for an athlete. How you react and treat a sprain, tear, pull or any other muscle or joint injury in the first day can set the tone for the …

    Read More | 24 Feb 2017
  • Arthritis Of the Knee

    Arthritis of the Knee Osteoarthritis of the knee is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. It develops slowly and the pain it causes worsens over time.    In its early stages, arthritis of the knee is …

    Read More | 18 Feb 2017
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for Knee and Joint Arthritis – New Findings and Results

    While both injection therapy treatments offer pain relief for knee and joint arthritis symptoms, PRP injection lasted longer as well as suppressed inflammation markers found in the joint fluid of the knee.

    Read More | 09 Feb 2017
  • PRACTICAL REGENERATIVE SPORTS MEDICINE: Stem Cells and Healing of a Rotator Cuff Tear (RCT) of the Shoulder

    PRACTICAL REGENERATIVE SPORTS MEDICINE: A recent long-term study from France demonstrates the powerful healing potential of a patient’s own stem cells in sports medicine. In a matched control study with patients undergoing surgical shoulder rotator cuff repair for symtomatic rotator …

    Read More | 15 Jan 2017
  • Progress in Orthobiologics: Stem Cells, Cartilage Repair & Replacement Surgery in the U.S.

    Orthobiologics is the emerging science of harnessing the patient’s own healing powers as it applies to orthopedic conditions of the joints, cartilage and muscles and tendons. In many instances, that can be done in an office setting by injectable, non-surgical …

    Read More | 11 Dec 2016
  • Dr. Kelly Cunningham Multiple Winner of Texas Super Doctors®

    Dr. Kelly Cunningham was selected as a member of the Texas Super Doctors ® multiple times . This recognition is earned by less than five percent of Texas physicians. Dr. Kelly Cunningham proves to be one of the top Orthopedic Surgeons in Texas,

    Read More | 09 Dec 2016
  • Stem Cells have Powerful Healing Potential

    A recent long-term study from France demonstrates the powerful healing potential of a patient’s own stem cells. In a matched control study with patients undergoing surgical shoulder rotator cuff repair, those patients that had their own bone marrow – derived …

    Read More | 03 Nov 2016
  • PRP and Stem Cell Therapy for Joint & Arthritis pain or Cartilage Injury

    Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection for Sprains & Strains, Soft-Tissue Injuries If you are suffering from sprain, strains, and soft tissue injuries, platelet rich plasma injection may your best treatment option. Recent scientific advances in the field of orthopedic biologics (orthobiologic …

    Read More | 17 Oct 2016
  • Dr Kelly Cunningham Attends 13th Annual ICRS Meeting, addressing Surgical Stem Cell Use , Joint Cartilage Repair and Restoration, Regenerative Sports Medicine

    Due to a different regulatory environment and years of progressive research, Western Europe has emerged as a worldwide leader in joint cartilage repair and restoration technology and innovation. For the second year, Kelly Cunningham, MD, of Austin Ortho+Biologics,  traveled overseas …

    Read More | 02 Oct 2016
  • Austin Ortho+Biologics and Medical Savings Accounts: Treating early arthritis and joint pain with stem cell and platelet-rich plasma injection (PRP) therapy, available through Dr. Kelly Cunningham

    Can I use my Flexible Spending (FSA) or Health Savings (HSA) Accounts to take advantage of the benefits of biologic and cartilage restoration treatment? Absolutely.  Don’t let 2016 Flex /Medical Savings Account benefits expire un-used at the end of the …

    Read More | 18 Sep 2016
  • Dr. Cunningham Attends Vail Scientific Summit 2016

    In August, Kelly Cunningham, MD, orthopedic surgeon and founder of Austin Ortho+Biologics, was invited to the 2nd annual summit of basic scientists, clinicians and researchers who convened in Colorado at the prestigous Steadman Phillipon Clinic in Vail, to discuss progress …

    Read More | 28 Aug 2016
  • Cell Therapy Treatment

    What is the nature of Cell Therapy? “Cellular Medicine” uses components from your own (autograft) or donor (allograft) blood and bone marrow,  harvested and prepared for re-injection of  growth factors,  anti-inflammatories and stem cells. These activate your body’s own repair …

    Read More | 07 Aug 2016
  • Time Warner Cable News report, Treating Joint Arthritis, Injuries with Stem Cells

    Time Warner Cable’s "Health and Medicine” series explores how platelet rich plasma and stem cell treatments can be used to relieve pain and help joint arthritis.

    Read More | 27 Apr 2016
  • KVUE News Report, Stem cell Therapy

    Dr. Cunningham explains how stem cell therapy is used to promote healing of joint cartilage and tissue.

    Read More | 27 Apr 2016
  • Dealing with Runner’s Knee Pain

    As your mileage picks up this spring, you might start to experience a dull pain in your knees. This pain is often diagnosed as Runner’s Knee, known medically as Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS). Knee injuries are one of the most …

    Read More | 02 Apr 2016
  • Austin Ortho+Biologics

    Austin Ortho Biologics After 25 years Dr Kelly Cunningham has branched out and added new Biologics services for his patients. In addition to traditional sports medicine care of joint pain &  injuries of the knee, shoulder and hip, He is …

    Read More | 08 Jan 2016
  • Orthobiologics Austin and Medical Savings Accounts

    Can I use my Flexible Spending (FSA) or Health Savings (HSA) Accounts to take advantage of the benefits of biologic and cartilage restoration treatment? Absolutely.  Don’t let 2015 Flex /Medical Savings Account benefits expire un-used at the end of the …

    Read More | 29 Nov 2015
  • PRP and Stem Cell Treatment FAQ’s — Part 2

    What is the difference between PRP/platelet and BMA/stem cell use in a practical sense? Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is spun off of a normal (venous) blood sample, delivering growth factors to the injured joint or muscle/tendon. These factors exert powerful healing …

    Read More | 08 Nov 2015
  • Kelly Cunningham, MD, Attends European Cartilage Conference, Visits Biologic Research Institute

    In September, 2015, Dr. Kelly Cunningham of Austin Ortho+Biologics traveled to Zurich, Switzerland, to attend the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS) Conference, “Rehabilitation of Cartilage Injuries and Surgery in Sport”. Noted researchers, surgeons, and physical therapists from Europe, the United …

    Read More | 13 Oct 2015
  • KELLY CUNNINGHAM MD OPENS NEW SPORTS MEDICINE & BIOLOGICS PRACTICE

    Effective Monday, August 18, 2015, Dr. Kelly Cunningham will re-locate his long-standing orthopedic and sports medicine practice in Austin, Texas, to two new locations, offering the latest in innovative techniques of joint, cartilage and musculoskeletal care. Dr. Cunningham will office …

    Read More | 11 Aug 2015
  • Dr. Cunningham Attends TOBI Conference

    In June, 2015, Dr. Kelly Cunningham attended the 6th annual The Orthobiologic Institute (TOBI) PRP and Regenerative Medicine symposium videoconference in Las Vegas. The pre-eminent researchers and clinicians in the field of platelet and cell therapy from around the world …

    Read More | 17 Jul 2015
  • A Critique of “Surgery for Knee Pain May Not Provide Benefits”

    Several weeks ago in the New York Times, the above-titled article by Nicholas Bakalar opened with the statement that “people in their 50’s and older often get arthroscopic surgery for their knee pain, but a new review of studies suggests …

    Read More | 05 Jul 2015
  • New Techniques in Cartilage Surgery Are Emerging

    Orthobiologics Orthobiologics is the emerging science of harnessing the patient’s own healing powers as it applies to orthopedic conditions of the joints, cartilage and muscles and tendons. In many instances, that can be done in an office setting by injectable, …

    Read More | 04 Jun 2015
  • Allograft Placental Stem Cell Tissue Injection for Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)

    Recent scientific advances in the field of orthopedic biologics have begun to uncover the potential of amniotic tissue allograft as the treatment for degenerative joint disease. While safely used for years as a FDA-approved biologic “dressing” for healing wounds, evidence …

    Read More | 06 Apr 2015
  • PRP Injection for Sprains & Strains

    Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection for Sprains & Strains, Soft-Tissue Injuries If you are suffering from sprain, strains, and soft tissue injuries, platelet rich plasma injection may your best treatment option. Recent scientific advances in the field of orthopedic biologics (orthobiologic …

    Read More | 20 Feb 2015
  • Biocartilage Procedure, is the future of joint repair surgery with cartilage restoration

    Dr. Kelly Cunningham has been accepted into a pioneering study group on the Biocartilage procedure, an emerging surgical technique for the repair of injured joint cartilage. Joining prestigious U.S. and international orthopedic surgeons, he will confirm clinical outcomes and best practice guidelines for this surgical protocol. This is a five-year study that will help advance the applications of Ortho + Biologics.

    Read More | 08 May 2014
  • Cunningham Appointed to Leading National Health Policy Committee April, 2014

    Kelly Cunningham, MD has been selected to serve as a member the Health Policy Committee for a leading orthopedic surgery organization, the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA). He will serve in this national leadership position from 2014 – 2016.

    Read More | 25 Apr 2014
  • 3rd Annual Emerging Techniques in Orthopedics

    This past December, Kelly Cunningham, MD was selected to moderate a panel discussion at a prestigious orthopedic medicine conference, the 3rd Annual Emerging Techniques in Orthopedics. His discussion was on emerging new Ortho + Biologics treatments, which he overviews in his Non-Surgical Treatment video here.

    Read More | 21 Mar 2014