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Alternatives to Joint Surgery

By Integrated Quality Care Medical, PC | July 17, 2018

Dear Dr. Raff, I am 70 years old and have tremendous pain in my knee and hip. My orthopedist says I need a joint replacement, but I dislike surgery. Are there any other alternatives? This is an important question especially for those over 60 years – old who suffer from severe ankle, knee, hip, lower…

Immune Suppressing Drugs

By Integrated Quality Care Medical, PC | June 6, 2018

Many patients are being advised to take some of the newer drugs in order to treat their Autoimmune Diseases such as Arthritis, Psoriasis, RA and others. They are effective at reducing the some of the symptoms. How do these drugs work and are there any side effects? The answer is that these drugs act by…

Beware of Flu Shots

By Integrated Quality Care Medical, PC | December 18, 2017

Flu vaccine is one of the weakest, giving protection for 2-3 months against specific strains of flu. Those over 60 years of age tend to have weaker immune system, which have protection for up to 6 weeks, and only in 65-75% of people. Flu shots should be taken as late as possible, end of November…