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Ensure the Best Outcome After Joint Replacement Surgery

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

Ask the Doctor: Hydrocodone; Hearing Aids; Sustained Weight Loss

Q: I’m going to have knee surgery, and I’m concerned about the painkillers I may be prescribed afterwards. I’ve read how hydrocodone can be addictive. Any thoughts?

A: Hydrocodone is among a class of drugs known as narcotic analgesics. It’s also an opioid, which means it binds to opioid receptors in

Bone Pain? Consider These Imaging and Screening Options

Bone Pain? Consider These Imaging and Screening Options

If you’ve been feeling bone pain, your doctor may take one look at that stiff, swollen joint or that loss of motion and suspect that what you’ve got is the inevitable onset of age-related osteoarthritis (OA) or the autoimmune disorder that leads to rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
But to refine that diagnosis,

Knee Replacement Surgery: When Should You Consider It?

Knee pain becomes an all-too-common ailment as you age. In fact, one-third of doctor’s visits for muscle and bone pain are knee-related. Yet for many older adults, achy knees and growing lack of mobility are often the result of osteoarthritis (OA). “This is an age-related ‘wear and tear’ type of

Newsbriefs: Hip Fracture; Bisphosphonates; Fast Food; Colorectal Cancer

Bisphosphonates May Prevent Knee Surgery
If you’re a woman with knee osteoarthritis, taking bisphosphonates may help reduce your need for having knee replacement surgery, according to a recent study conducted in the UK. The study found that women who took bisphosphonates were 27 percent less likely to undergo knee replacement surgery

Ask the Doctor: Spider Veins; Knee Supports; Vitamin B-12 Deficiency

Q. What causes my spider veins, and is there anything I can do about them?

A. Spider veins are tiny blood vessels close to the surface of the skin. The primary cause of spider veins is genetic, although too much sitting, standing, and substantial weight gain, can trigger them. Seldom are

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