Tag: joint surgery

Newsbriefs: Opioids; Hip Fractures; Vitamin C

Opioids Less Effective Than Expected.
While the U.S. is undergoing an opioid epidemic, new findings show that the millions of people who take opioids for back pain may not experience pain relief, and suffer side effects in addition. In a study of 2,030 people with low back pain, almost half took

Q&A: Ligament Tears; Sense of Taste; Anxiety

Q. Years ago I had tears in my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and my medial collateral ligament (MCL). Do these knee injuries lead to early arthritis? At the time, I had some arthroscopic procedures to repair the injuries.
A. Any trauma to a joint (even surgery) can lead to a series of

Arthroscopic Hip Surgery is on the Rise—But it Doesn’t Suit All

If you suffer from chronic hip pain that doesn’t respond to conservative measures like pain-relieving drugs and physical therapy, it is possible your doctor may broach the possibility of hip arthroscopy. A minimally invasive surgical procedure, arthroscopy can help alleviate pain arising from certain joint problems. It’s sometimes used for

Ensure the Best Outcome after Joint Replacement Surgery

The decision to have joint replacement surgery is never easy, but the steps you take beforehand can get you back on your feet more quickly. New research suggests that performing physical therapy exercises prior to surgery can speed your recovery and reduce your need for postoperative medical care.
“Patients who are

Stop Hurting: Explore Treatment Options for Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can diminish your quality of life and limit your ability to perform daily activities, whether it’s a result of surgery, a compressed disc, arthritis, or some other cause.
Unfortunately, too many women aren’t getting the help they need to manage their pain. According to a report issued earlier this

Osteoporosis Treatment Can Be Highly Effective if Used as Prescribed

People who sustain a fragility fracture due to osteoporosis are at greater risk for subsequent fractures. But according to a new study (Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, Oct. 7) anti-osteoporotic therapy—treatment intended to increase bone mineral density—can significantly decrease this risk. For the three-year study, researchers looked at 31,069

The New Osteoporosis Patient

The concerns of osteoporosis for women are well documented, but did you know that men are also at risk for serious fractures due to the condition? Research has shown that 1 in 4 men over the age of 50 will break a bone during his lifetime due to osteoporosis.
Yet, when

Do ACL And MCL Injuries Lead To Early Arthritis?

Q. I had arthroscopic procedures for ACL and MCL tears to my knees in my younger days. Do these injuries lead to early arthritis? Is arthroscopy always recommended for ACL and MCL injuries?

A. Any trauma to a joint, even surgery, can potentially start a cascade of events in the joint

Drug Therapy Reduces Future Fracture Risk

A new study shows that anti-resorptive therapy (drugs that prevent bone resorption or bone breakdown), including bisphosphonates, denosumab and others, can decrease the risk of subsequent fractures by 40 percent. Research published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (October 2015) studied over 31,000 patients who were 50 years

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