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  • Sports injuries strike again

    Source - dailyRx

    Sports are a great way for kids to get exercise and have fun. But sometimes young athletes get hurt. Many sports injuries are mild and heal on their own. Others — such as knee ligament tears — may be more serious and require surgery.

    Athletes who have had surgery to repair knee ligament tears are more likely to experience another knee ligament tear than uninjured athletes, according to a recent study.

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  • Knee replacement often beneficial for RA: study

    Source - WebMD

    The common belief that rheumatoid arthritis patients don't benefit from knee replacement surgery as much as those with the more common osteoarthritis has been challenged by the findings from a pair of studies by New York City scientists.

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  • Different options for shoulder replacement

    Source - PalmBeachPost.com

    Question: I am considering having my shoulder replaced. What questions should I be asking my doctor?


    Answer: The decision to replace your shoulder joint is a very serious one. The most important factor in choosing a surgeon is their experience.


    A study that was published out of Duke University in 2004 demonstrated that the risk of a post-operative complication was reduced by more than 50 percent when surgeons performed a high volume of shoulder replacements in a high-volume hospital, compared to surgeons and hospitals performing relatively few of these procedures. This high volume is typical of shoulder fellowship-trained surgeons.

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  • Shoulder surgery may make sense for young patients: research

    Source - MD India

    According to research presented today at the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine's (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, arthroscopic bankart repair surgery is a cost-effective approach for patients suffering their first shoulder dislocation.

    "We based our conclusions on a Markov model, which takes into account how surgery affects the patient's recovery in relation to the actual costs of medical treatment," commented Ryan P. Donegan, MD, MS, from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. "For surgery to be cost-effective in this model, expenses must be under $24,457, the probability of re-dislocation must be under 7 percent, and the quality of life rating must not fall below 0.86. Our research showed surgical costs of $11,267, probability of re-dislocation at only 4 percent and quality of life rating of 0.93 - numbers suggesting surgery is a good investment for these patients."

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  • Better posture can help ease shoulder pain from impingement

    Source - UT Sandiego

    Shoulder pain from impingement occurs frequently as the rotator cuff tendons and sometimes a bursal sac get pinched under the roof of the shoulder blade or the acromion. People with a downward slope of the acromion, or who have developed bone spurs from arthritis in the adjacent acromioclavicular (AC) joint, are more susceptible to developing such impingement.

    The mechanism causing this disorder may be a gradual or sudden elevation of the ball of the shoulder joint, squishing the described soft tissues against the acromion roof. The rotator cuff muscles are responsible for keeping the ball of the shoulder joint down and away from the roof as we elevate the arm.

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  • Distal radial fractures heal by direct woven bone formation

    Source - MDLinx

    Descriptions of fracture healing almost exclusively deal with shaft fractures and they often emphasize endochondral bone formation. In reality, most fractures occur in metaphysealcancellous bone. Apart from a study of vertebral fractures, authors have not found any histological description of cancellous bone healing in humans. The histology suggests that cells in the midst of the marrow respond to the trauma by direct formation of bone, independently of trabecular surfaces.

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  • No Time to Hesitate Before Hip Surgeryl

    Source - dailyRx

    Older adults who take a bad fall or blow to the hip might need to act quickly. If the hip's fractured, there's no time to delay.

    A study recently presented at a conference found that delaying surgery to treat a fractured hip more than two days increased the odds of dying by about 10 percent.

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  • Patients rave about anterior hip replacement, but it's not right for all

    Source - Tampa Bay Times

    Ann Elias knew something was wrong when her much-loved tennis games produced more pain than pleasure. X-rays showed the source of her discomfort — enough damage to her hip joint to warrant hip replacement surgery. But the 71-year-old put it off for more than two years after friends shared frightening stories about the long, painful recovery from hip surgery done in the conventional way, through an incision made on the back side of the body.

    For instance, with the anterior approach there is less danger of the new ball joint popping out of its socket in the six weeks or so after surgery. "Medicare estimates that 2 to 3 percent of all (hip replacement) patients nationally have dislocation" with the standard surgery, Cooper said. "With anterior, it's 0.2 percent."

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  • Patients physically more active than ever before and after hip implantations

    Source - PR-inside.com

    The proportion of patients physically active before and after a hip implantation increased in the last decade by 14%, Swiss researchers reported at the EFORT Congress in Istanbul. The sustainable success of hip replacements was confirmed in a recent long-term study which nevertheless cautioned against excessive physical activity.

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  • Embrace the Knee Brace

    Source - dailyRx

    It's been established that braces for the knees can provide relief from pain and protection from injury. But until now, not much was known on whether knee braces can pinpoint pain in the kneecap.

    Knee braces can ease pain from osteoarthritis specifically in the kneecap, according to a study recently presented at a conference.

    The findings show that the brace is a step forward from relying on painkillers and reducing the chances of needing joint surgery, according to researchers.

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