Learn about emerging technologies for the nonsurgical management of common overuse and acute orthopedic conditions by Dr. Marc Gruner, a Mayo Clinic trained interventional Sports Physiatrist.
Lectures begin at 5 PM in the conference room at Highline at Greensboro, 8401 Greensboro Drive, Suite 120, Mclean, VA 22102
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Get to know Dr. Marc Gruner
Sports physician, Dr. Marc Gruner, trained at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and specializes in diagnostic ultrasound, regenerative medicine, and minimally invasive procedures and treatments to get patients back to normal after an injury. The Washington native works at Washington Sports Medicine Institute, a sports medicine clinic with a holistic approach to sports and activity recovery and medicine.
What are some common misconceptions about sports medicine doctors?
The first one is that a sports medicine doctor only takes care of athletes. Sports doctors take care of anyone that wants to be active. If you have injured your shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, and foot, a nonsurgical sports physician can help you. A second myth is that regenerative medicine doesn’t help patients out. If done properly, for the right candidates, you can help patients recover from many injuries.
How have you seen the field of non-surgical orthopedics expand?
There are so many patients that fall into a treatment gap between physical therapy and surgery. When I was growing up in the DC area, there were not many nonsurgical sports doctors. With new advances in medicine and new technology there are many treatments to avoid surgery if possible. Ultrasound machines used both diagnostically and for accurate injections is one area where nonsurgical treatments have excelled. As a national leader and instructor in ultrasound, when a patient sees me for an injury, we examine the injury under ultrasound and save many patients an unnecessary MRI. If therapy doesn’t work for the patient, I have a whole host of non-surgical options that exist now.
What are some of the newest nonsurgical treatments that you offer?
With new advances in ultrasound where in the clinic you can see where the injured tissue is you can offer several treatments. First, ultrasound is essential for accurate placement for injections which is critical for regenerative medicine. Second, there are minimally invasive surgeries that can be done in the office under ultrasound. The two biggest ones which were both developed at Mayo Clinic is ultrasound-guided carpal tunnel surgery. The other is a machine called Tenex, which does ultrasound-guided minimally invasive surgery for chronic tendonitis. These procedures can help patients heal faster and get back to activity quicker than traditional approaches.
[Reprinted with permission from Washington Jewish Week]
Watch this video to hear Dr. Gruner's patient speak about PRP for her tennis elbow.