• Treating ankle sprains

    Source - abc Health News

    According to estimates from orthopedic surgeons, 25-thousand people a day experience an ankle sprain. "The most common ankle injury is the lateral ankle sprain, which is spraining the ligaments on the outside of the ankle," Dr. Brian Donley of the Cleveland Clinic said. Lateral sprains are frequent in sports and the most common type seen in emergency rooms. A more serious sprain can involve a tear or happen higher in the ankle

    It's the amount of stretching or tearing of the ligament that determines the pain. But whether mild, moderate or severe, the first response should be R-I-C-E. "The initial treatment that's important for both sprains is what we like to call the RICE method: Rest it, Ice it, put Compression on it, and elevate it and that's essential for both types of sprains," Donley said.


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  • Rehabilitation prior to arthroscopic rotator cuff repair yields range of motion benefits

    Source - ORTHOSuperSite

    Preoperative rehabilitation programs for arthroscopic rotator cuff repair patients were found effective for increasing postoperative range of motion, but only during the first 3 weeks of recovery, according to a study presented at the 8th Biennial ISAKOS 2011 Congress.

    From their study of 168 patients, Seyahi and colleagues found that while results of the preoperative rehabilitation program in the first 3 weeks after surgery were associated with greater improvement in range of motion (ROM) vs. those patients who completed only regular postoperative rehabilitation, there were no significant differences between the two groups’ functional outcomes at the 12 week and 12.4 month follow-ups.

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  • Some seniors at greater risk of falls and hip fractures due to undiagnosed neurological disorders

    Source - Medical News Today

    Hip fractures are a common cause of morbidity and mortality in elderly patients. Cervical myelopathy is a common neurological condition that can diminish balance and coordination. Undiagnosed neurological disorders may predispose patients to falls and fractures. Screening for cervical myelopathy should be standard care for all hip fracture patients, to reduce the risk for additional falls and fractures.

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