Dr Cummings joined the American Medical Society in 1987. He has been active in organized medicine helping patients have easy access to care and to protect the doctor patient relationship.
Dr Cummings had the privilege of escorting ISMS President Dr Ramirez as he toured the health care facilities here in Peoria. Meetings included OSF Medical Center, Jump training center, Unity Point as well as Family House of Peoria. He was impressed with the high level of expert medical care and state of the art facilities.
Dr Cummings attends an educational event where some of the latest medications are discussed.
Practical Dermatology this March has reviewed some of the aesthetic trends taking the nation by storm. Top of this list is Microneedling. DaVinci Med Spa is ahead of the curve. We have been preforming microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, for years. Our clients are happy we are seeing great results. This therapy has minimal discomfort, minimal down time and natural results.
Dr Cummings recently attended an education meeting on the “Complexity of Obesity and Steps for Effective Management” Bernie Ranchero, MD from Sarah Bush Lincoln Medical Center gave a comprehensive review of the physiologic pathways responsible for obesity with an emphasis on Glucagon Like Peptide- 1 (GLP-1). This is a gut hormone that is released by the body in response to a meal. It inhibits the liver’s release of glucagon, enhances the body’s release of insulin and suppresses the appetite. GLP-1 helps stabilize sugar levels in the blood and can help with weight loss in certain patients.
According to a recently published research paper by Timothy E. McAlindon, DM, MPH, et al, “Among patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis, intra-articular triamcinolone, compared with intra-articular saline, increased cartilage volume loss and had no effect on knee pain over 2 years.” This report was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association in May of 2017. 140 patients with symptomatic arthritis were entered into the study. Half got a cortisone shot every 3 months while the other half got saline (placebo) shots in their knee. Those that got cortisone shots resulted in significantly greater cartilage volume loss than did saline patients. In other words they lost cartilage with steroid shots and did no better as far as pain.
Dr AJ Cummings has been using Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) instead of cortisone shots on his patients for years now.
Dr Cummings attends an educational dinner where pain management is discussed. Dr Anne Christopher presented an overview of treatment options. Specifically the medication Nucynta was discussed. It treats both chronic pain and neuropathic pain.
Dr A.J. Cummings attends the 2017 Illinois State Medical Society annual House of Delegates Meeting. Here he participated in educational and social events as well as developing health care policy for the State of Illinois.
Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP
Regenerative Medicine is a new frontier in health care. Dr A.J. Cummings is at the forefront in this field having lectured regionally on the topic and applying treatments on a regular basis. Here is is teaching a medical student on how platelet rich plasma (PRP) can be used in both orthopedics and cosmetics.
Dr Cummings providing another shoulder injection to treat bursitis. People are thrilled with how comfortable it was and they get immediate relief.