More than half a million Americans undergo surgery for knee or hip joint replacement every year in the U.S. While the majority of patients who have joint replacement surgery have positive outcomes and no complications, as with any surgery, there are risks involved. As with any procedure, if you are
Tag: hip joint
You may or may not be familiar with the term “bursae,” but these fluid-filled sacs perform an important function in your body. Situated between the bones and the tendons that make up a joint, bursae form a protective cushion that helps prevent friction as joints move. But like the bones
It isn’t just wear and tear on a joint and/or an autoimmune condition that can cause arthritis. A subtype called septic arthritis can develop if bacteria enters the body and travels through the bloodstream to a joint.
Septic arthritis tends to occur most often in the knee joint; it’s also
Many factors can influence our mobility, particularly our joints and muscles and our balance. Our skeletal system is the scaffolding of our body, providing structure and support. Joints are the parts of the bodies where different bones come together, allowing our skeletons to move. Healthy joints contain cartilage, synovial membranes,
If you’ve been experiencing chronic hip pain, you’ve no doubt considered hip replacement. It could be your best solution.
The goal of total hip replacement is to replace the worn surfaces of the ball-and-socket joint. Typically, the upper head of the femur is replaced by a metal ball mounted on a
Q. I’ve heard that painkillers can be dangerous—even over-the-counter painkillers. What are some of the possible negative effects of these drugs?
A. Most of us don’t think twice about reaching for an ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve) or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for pain relief. But if you suffer from
You wake up feeling stiff and sore, a feeling that doesn’t quite leave you throughout the day. Over-the-counter pain relievers aren’t quite keeping up with the pain, and you’re not quite able to keep up with your grandkids when they ask you to play in the yard.
Whether it’s a painful
The hamstrings are made up of three muscles that start at a common point in the hip, travel down the back of the thigh, and attach just below the knee. Their function is to flex the knee and extend the hip joint, which makes them especially important for activities such
Bisphosphonate drugs are medications designed to treat osteoporosis by increasing bone density. The first bisphosphonate was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1995. However, ongoing safety reviews have revealed concerns about effects from long-term bisphosphonate use, which have been linked with a small (less than one percent)
Hip replacement surgery is becoming more common, with more than double the number of procedures in 2010 than in 2000. Part of the increase is due to more surgeries being performed on younger patients between the ages of 45 and 54, and part is due to the growing numbers of