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Health Tip: Using a Knee Brace

Posted 8 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- A knee brace offers support and stability for an injured or weak knee. But it must be worn properly. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these guidelines: Your doctor may suggest wearing a knee brace during sports. Put the brace on properly, so the hinges line up with the bend of the knee. Make sure the fasteners are properly applied around the leg. As you exercise, check the brace occasionally to make sure that it hasn't slipped out of position. There are different types of knee braces. They may be recommended after knee surgery or an injury, such as a torn ligament. Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Pain, Knee Joint Replacement, Joint Infection

Obesity Linked to More Severe Bone, Joint Injuries

Posted 4 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2015 – Obesity complicates the treatment of broken bones and other major joint injuries, a new study suggests. "Overall, this study found an association between obesity and increased rates of lower-extremity injuries and orthopedic surgery," said lead author and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Heather Licht. However, the study did not prove that obesity causes orthopedic injuries and related surgeries. For the study, researchers from Baylor Scott & White Health in Temple, Texas, analyzed data from 300 patients treated for multiple orthopedic injuries at U.S. trauma centers between 2006 and 2011. The investigators found that 72 percent of obese patients required surgery, compared with about 55 percent of non-obese patients. The more obese a patient was, the greater the likelihood of surgery, the study authors reported. While 67 percent of patients with the lowest level of obesity ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Knee Joint Replacement, Fracture, bone, Compression Fracture of Vertebral Column, Joint Infection

MRI Can Spot Early Signs of Knee Arthritis: Study

Posted 2 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 – MRIs can spot the warning signs of knee osteoarthritis in people who have normal X-rays, researchers report. They looked at 849 people, average age of 60, who showed no evidence of arthritis in either knee in X-rays. They were deemed at high risk due to factors such as being overweight or having a history of knee injuries. The Northwestern University team also assessed cartilage damage, bone marrow lesions and meniscus tears on MRI images taken three years apart. If the MRIs showed worsening damage during that time, the patients were at increased risk of developing knee arthritis or symptoms such as pain, stiffness and/or swelling. Depending on the type of lesion revealed by MRI, the risk of developing knee arthritis within three years was three to 20 times greater, the researchers said. "These worsening lesions are an early warning sign and an opportunity to ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Osteoarthritis, Knee Joint Replacement, Diagnosis and Investigation, Body Imaging

Long-Distance Running Takes Toll on Joints, But It May Be Temporary

Posted 30 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 – Runners who run very long distances suffer cartilage damage in their lower joints – but the cartilage can regenerate, a small study suggests. The researchers also found that the runners had lost about 6 percent of their brain's gray matter by the end of the race. But eight months later, their gray matter volume had returned to normal. The study included 44 runners taking part in the 2009 Trans Europe Foot Race, which involved running nearly 4,500 kilometers (about 2,800 miles) over two months without any days of rest. Using a mobile MRI truck, the researchers scanned the runners every three or four days during the event. Nearly all cartilage in knee, ankle and hind-foot joints showed significant deterioration in the first 900 to 1,550 miles of the race. The findings are to be presented Monday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, ... Read more

Related support groups: Knee Joint Replacement, Diagnosis and Investigation

Weight Loss May Spare Knee Cartilage, Study Finds

Posted 30 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 – Losing a large amount of weight slows the loss of knee cartilage in obese people, a new study shows. Obesity is a major risk factor for knee osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that often leads to joint replacement surgery. The new study included just over 500 overweight and obese Americans who either had mild to moderate osteoarthritis or risk factors for the disease. The study participants were randomly assigned to a control group that lost no weight, a group that lost a little weight, or a group that lost more than 10 percent of their body weight. Four years of follow-up showed significant weight loss protected against cartilage degeneration and that larger amounts of weight loss provided more protection, according to the study to be presented Monday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, in Chicago. Research presented at ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Osteoarthritis, Weight Loss, Knee Joint Replacement

Weight-Loss Surgery Often Brings Less Painful Joints: Study

Posted 4 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 – Aching knee and hip joints may hurt less after successful weight-loss surgery, a new study suggests. "In particular, walking is easier, which impacts patients' ability to adopt a more physically active lifestyle," lead researcher Wendy King said in a news release from the ObesityWeek meeting. Weight-loss surgery isn't a "magic bullet" for joint pain for every patient, however. "Some patients continue to have significant pain and disability" even after the operation, said King, who is an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. King's team was to present the findings Wednesday at the ObesityWeek meeting in Los Angeles, which is hosted by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and The Obesity Society. In the study, the researchers tracked outcomes for more than 2,200 obese people, ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Obesity, Weight Loss, Hip Replacement, Knee Joint Replacement, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery

Knee Replacement Brings Less Pain, Better Function

Posted 21 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2015 – Total knee replacement usually results in greater pain relief and better joint function after a year than nonsurgical arthritis treatment, researchers report. But baby boomers shouldn't automatically rule out physical therapy for moderate to severe knee arthritis, the authors of the new study said. "There are nearly 700,000 knee replacements done in the United States each year, but evidence of their benefit has been lacking," said lead author Soren Thorgaard Skou, a researcher in the musculoskeletal function and physiotherapy unit at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. By 2010, knee replacement had become the leading inpatient surgery performed on adults 45 and over in the United States, according to data from the U.S. National Hospital Discharge Survey. Average age of the recipients was 66. For the study, Skou's team randomly assigned 100 patients ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Surgery, Osteoarthritis, Hip Replacement, Knee Joint Replacement, Orthopedic Surgery

Obesity Won't Affect Joint Surgery Safety, Study Finds

Posted 2 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 – Obese and overweight people who have joint replacement surgeries are less likely to need blood transfusions and are no more likely to face complications than normal weight patients, a new analysis finds. "It's a very complex issue," said study co-author Dr. Nolan Wessell, an orthopaedic surgery resident at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. "And this finding is somewhat surprising. "But it could just be that larger patients have a larger total blood value," he added. "And therefore lose a lower percentage of their blood than smaller patients during surgery. Essentially, it may be that they have a larger reserve in their tank, and can afford to lose a bit more blood without needing a transfusion. We don't know. But at least conceptually that makes sense." Still, senior study author Dr. Craig Silverton, vice chairman of orthopaedics at Henry Ford, cautioned that more ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Obesity, Hip Replacement, Knee Joint Replacement, Orthopedic Surgery

More Americans Getting Knees Replaced, And at Younger Ages

Posted 2 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2015 – Aging baby boomers are getting bum knees replaced at a greater rate, and at a younger age, than ever before, a new U.S. study confirms. The data, from the National Hospital Discharge Survey, shows that between 2000 and 2010, more than 5.2 million total knee replacements were performed in the United States. By 2010, the operation had become the leading inpatient surgery performed on adults aged 45 and over. The rate at which middle-aged and older Americans got their knees replaced almost doubled over the years covered by the study, for men and women, the researchers found. People aren't putting off the procedure for as long, either. In 2000, the average knee replacement patient was about 69 years old, but by 2010 that age had dropped to just over 66, the findings showed. One expert said there's been a change in doctors' and patients' attitudes toward the ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Knee Joint Replacement, Orthopedic Surgery

Knee, Hip Replacement Surgeries Linked to Heart Risks

Posted 31 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 – People who have total hip or knee replacement surgery face a greater risk for a heart attack during the first month following the procedure, a new study finds. The chances of a heart attack were more than eight times greater in the first 30 days after total knee replacement surgery compared to people who didn't have the procedure. The risk of a heart attack was four times greater during the month following total hip replacement surgery, the study revealed. But the researchers noted that the findings shouldn't deter people from having these surgeries. "Overall, neither knee or hip replacement increases the risk of heart attack over the entire follow-up period in our study, even though the risk was substantially increased shortly after surgery," he said. "This risk should not keep a patient from having either surgery." Indeed, the odds of a heart attack dissipated ... Read more

Related support groups: Heart Attack, Hip Replacement, Knee Joint Replacement, Myocardial Infarction

25 Million U.S. Adults Struggle With Daily Pain

Posted 18 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – Pain is widespread in much of America, with more than 25 million adults – 11 percent – suffering on a daily basis, a new national survey reveals. And approximately 14 million adults – roughly 6.4 percent – experience severe pain, which can be associated with poorer health and disability, researchers found. Other national studies of chronic pain have yielded similar results, said study author Richard Nahin, an epidemiologist with the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). "What makes this study unique is that I also looked at how often adults have mild pain," he said. Nahin found that about 54 million adults – nearly one-quarter – reported "mild," but not incapacitating, pain. Whether pain is increasing nationally is difficult to say, Nahin said. But the good news is that roughly half of ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Fibromyalgia, Back Pain, Muscle Pain, Chronic Pain, Sciatica, Neck Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Knee Joint Replacement, Nocturnal Leg Cramps, Scoliosis, Breakthrough Pain, Frozen Shoulder, Pain/Fever, Postoperative Pain, Somatoform Pain Disorder

Tuning Into Your Favorite Music May Boost Post-Op Recovery

Posted 12 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 – Mozart, Madonna or Eminem: Whatever your taste, music may help you recover from a surgery, according to a new review of data on the subject. "More than 51 million operations are performed every year in the U.S.," lead author Dr. Catherine Meads, of Brunel University in the United Kingdom, said in a news release from The Lancet, which published the findings Aug. 12. "Music is a non-invasive, safe, cheap intervention that should be available to everyone undergoing surgery," she said. "Patients should be allowed to choose the type of music they would like to hear to maximize the benefit to their well-being." The only caveat: "Care needs to be taken that music does not interfere with the medical team's communication," Meads said. In their research, her team reviewed data from 72 studies that included nearly 7,000 patients. The investigators found that listening ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Hip Replacement, Knee Joint Replacement, Orthopedic Surgery, Head & Neck Surgery, Surgical Prophylaxis, Vascular Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Knee Replacement May Ease Pain for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Posted 30 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – Knee replacement surgery can temporarily return the joint to an earlier, better level of function in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, new research suggests. The surgery "acts like a time machine" for these patients, said study senior author Kaleb Michaud, an associate professor of internal medicine in the division of rheumatology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in Omaha. "It's a very important treatment option, and our study is really about showing how their lives improved afterwards," Michaud said. Most studies of knee replacement surgery focus on patients with osteoarthritis, the "wear-and-tear" form of arthritis. This kind of arthritis involves the breakdown of cartilage, the cushiony material at the ends of bones. On the other hand, patients who have the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis experience painful inflammation and swelling ... Read more

Related support groups: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Knee Joint Replacement

Using Same Hospital for Complications After Surgery Lowers Death Risk: Study

Posted 18 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 – Surgery patients who suffer complications after discharge from a hospital are more likely to die if they're readmitted to a different hospital than where they had their original operation, a new study finds. University of Utah researchers reviewed information on millions of Medicare patients who underwent one of 12 major surgical procedures between 2001 and 2011. They found that up to one-fifth of the patients were readmitted to a hospital within 30 days due to complications. Up to 83 percent of patients with complications were readmitted to the same hospital where they had their initial surgery. Overall, readmission to the same hospital was associated with a 26 percent lower risk of death within 90 days, the study revealed. For specific types of surgeries, the risk of death associated with readmission to the same hospital ranged from 44 percent lower for ... Read more

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Study Questions Value of Arthroscopic Knee Surgery for Older Patients

Posted 17 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 – Arthroscopic surgery to relieve chronic knee pain in middle-aged and older patients is only temporarily effective and might be harmful, a new analysis suggests. Researchers who reviewed 18 studies recommended against the procedure as a treatment for arthritis pain or a torn meniscus – the shock-absorbing cartilage between the knee bones – in older adults. "We found you improve regardless of if you have surgery or nonsurgical treatment," said one of the researchers, Ewa Roos, a professor in the department of sports science and clinical biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark. Dr. David Teuscher, president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, agrees that for this type of knee pain, arthroscopic surgery has no benefit. In fact, doctors in the U.S. no longer use this procedure to relieve knee pain, he said. "We did the research on this ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Knee Joint Replacement, Orthopedic Surgery, Surgical Prophylaxis

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