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Pain Behind Knee? Injury vs. Disease-Related Causes

Pain Behind Knee? Injury vs. Disease-Related Causes

Pain behind the knee can be caused by a variety of conditions, the vast majority of which are injury-related. Some systemic diseases, however, can cause pain-behind-knee symptoms, and some life-threatening diseases also can be a source.
Here, we take a closer look at injuries as well as diseases that might lead

Knee Pain: When Joint Replacement is the Best Option

Knee replacement surgery has become increasingly more common over the last 15 years, mainly because the obesity epidemic has increased the prevalence of osteoarthritis (OA) in the knee. More than 600,000 total knee replacements (TKRs) are performed each year in the U.S., according to figures from the Agency for Healthcare

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

One-Third of Total Knee Replacements Classified “Inappropriate”

Thirty-four percent of knee replacements performed over a 20-year period were classified as “inappropriate” in a study published online in the June 30, 2014, edition of Arthritis & Rheumatology.
More than 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the U.S., mostly to repair the damage caused by osteoarthritis (OA). The

Newsbriefs: Joint Replacement; Gout; Experimental AMD

Women Have Fewer Complications After Joint Replacement.
Women fare better than men following total joint replacement (TJR), contradicting long-held theories that TJR is underutilized in women because they have worse post-op outcomes, according to study findings presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Based on

Smoking Triples Odds of Knee Replacement Revision

It’s estimated that 42.1 million adults in the U.S. smoke cigarettes, and those who do increase their risk of requiring revision surgery of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) following the initial procedure, according to a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders (September 2015). Researchers reviewed 436 patients who had undergone TKA

Frontline: Breast Cancer; Joint Replacement Surgery; Hormone Therapy

Breast Cancer Survival Rates Higher Following Ovary Removal
According to a study published online April 23, 2015 in the journal JAMA Oncology, for breast cancer patients who have the BRCA1 gene mutation, undergoing an oophorectomy (a proce-dure that removes a woman’s ovaries) reduced breast cancer death rates by 62 percent. Among

Surgical Solutions Deciding Whether Surgery Is for You

When you have arthritis, it’s not hard to understand chronic pain. While it is clear that the condition is causing your bones to become rough and grind together, you may be unsure how to best manage the pain.
Do you stick with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and stay the course of

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