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Knee Pain and the New OActive Knee Brace and BioniCare

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The OActive nee Brace and BioniCare® System from VQ OrthoCare is the first non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical treatment option for osteoarthritis of the knee. BioniCare treats the pain and symptoms caused by osteoarthritis of the knee by delivering a low-level pulsed signal to the knee joint that is not felt by the patient, but is proven to provide overall knee improvement as assessed by the Physicians Global Evaluation. The BioniCare System achieves affordable, life-changing outcomes by improving the overall health of arthritic joints, as supported by peer-reviewed, published clinical evidence. The BioniCare System received FDA clearance in 2003 and was granted a Medicare reimbursement code in 1 (800) 444-1456

Dr. Frederic NicolaBoard Certified Orthopedic Surgeon/D.I.S.C Sports & Spine Center

Dr. Frederic Nicola is a Johns Hopkins Fellowship trained physician who is an experienced surgeon specializing in the fields of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His expertise in disorders of the knee joint and in advanced techniques for cartilage preservation using minimally invasive and FDA approved techniques is unsurpassed.Having served as team physician for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders since 1983, Dr. Nicola still actively maintains that role for the Raiders, performing game-day, training camp, and NFL Combine duties. As a member of the National Football League Team Physician Society, Dr. Nicola has worked as team physician during two Super Bowls and two Pro Bowls. He is also an experienced Ringside Boxing Physician for the California State Athletic Commission. With more than 20 years of treating some of the top athletes in the nation, Dr. Nicola's experience as an orthopedic surgeon and sports physician is unmatched.The former chairman of orthopedics at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Nicola is currently the director of the Knee and Hip Institute at DISC, where he continues to use minimally-invasive as well as the latest FDA approved techniques to treat disorders of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and ankle. His other specialty lies in utilizing the technique of cartilage preservation to prolong the natural life of those joints. As an orthopedic surgeon, he is dedicated to relieving the pain caused by joint-related injuries and allowing his patients to enjoy the same active lifestyle they had prior to their injury

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