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Orthopedist Offers Tips for Preventing Shoulder Injuries

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 – As the most flexible joint in your body, your shoulder can move and position your arm in many ways. But this flexibility also makes it prone to instability and injury. Shoulder muscles, ligaments and tendons can be injured by sports, household chores and heavy lifting. These injuries sometimes take months to heal and can interfere with everyday tasks, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says. In 2010, about 16 million Americans visited their doctor for a shoulder problem, and more than 2.7 million were diagnosed with sprains and strains of the shoulder and upper arm, according to the academy. "Strengthening and stretching the muscles that support your shoulder joint can keep it stable and restore range of motion to help reduce the risk of injuries," orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brent Ponce, an academy spokesman, said in an academy news release. "If you ... Read more

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Second 'Tommy John' Surgery Is No Win for Pitchers

Posted 24 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 – Having a second elbow ligament reconstruction surgery appears to lower professional baseball pitchers' performance and shorten their careers, a new study finds. Researchers looked at 33 major league pitchers who had surgery twice to reconstruct a torn ulnar collateral ligament in their throwing arm – a procedure widely referred to as "Tommy John" surgery because he's the first pitcher who had the surgery. After the second UCL reconstruction, 65 percent of the pitchers returned to pitching at a major league level. They averaged three years or less at the major league level after the second procedure. The number of innings they pitched decreased by nearly half, according to the study. The number of pitches resulting in walks rose from 4.02 to 4.79 for every nine innings, and their wins and losses dropped in half following the second surgery. The Henry Ford ... Read more

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Common Knee Surgery May Boost Arthritis Risk, Study Suggests

Posted 3 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 – A common type of knee surgery may increase the chances of arthritis, a new study suggests. The procedure repairs tears in the meniscus, a piece of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber. There are two in each knee, and they stabilize the knee joint. Meniscal tears are one of the most common knee injuries, and surgery is often performed to reduce pain and improve joint function, the researchers said. In their study, the scientists used MRI scans to look at 355 knees with arthritis, and compared them to a similar number of knees without arthritis. The average age of the patients was about 60 and most were overweight. All 31 knees that were operated on to repair meniscal tears developed arthritis within a year, compared with 59 percent of knees with meniscal damage that did not have surgery. Cartilage loss occurred in nearly 81 percent of knees that had meniscal ... Read more

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Many Orthopedic Surgery Patients Low on Vitamin D

Posted 9 Oct 2010 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 8 – Nearly half of patients undergoing orthopedic surgery have vitamin D deficiency, which can impair their recovery, researchers say. In these cases, patients' vitamin D levels need to be brought up to normal levels before they undergo surgery, according to researchers at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Vitamin D is essential for bone healing and muscle function. "In the perfect world, test levels, fix and then operate," study leader Dr. Joseph Lane, a professor of orthopedic surgery and chief of the hospital's Metabolic Bone Disease Service, said in a hospital news release. According to Lane, an important part of the healing process – bone tissue formation – occurs around two to four weeks after surgery and is the critical period that the body needs vitamin D. "If you put people on 2,000 to 4,000 [milligrams] of vitamin D based on what their ... Read more

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Arthroscopic Hip Surgery May Help Athletes Get Back to Play

Posted 15 Jul 2010 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 15 – The use of minimally invasive "arthroscopic" surgery to treat painful disorders of the hip offers athletes who undergo the procedure a good shot at ultimately resuming their respective sport at a highly competitive level, a new study suggests. Researchers determined that nearly 80 percent of athletes suffering from hip arthritis sparked by internal ball and socket joint damage to the hip ("hip impingement") were able to return to their sport within an average of a little more than nine months following a hip arthroscopy. What's more, about 90 percent were capable of competing at the same level as they had prior to their initial hip impairment, the study authors noted. "In athletic activities which require a high degree of motion and significant force through the joint, there can be earlier onset of symptomatic injury," Dr. Bryan Kelly, sports medicine orthopedic ... Read more

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Exercise Key Player in Knee Replacement Recovery

Posted 4 Feb 2009 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4 – Exercise may play a key role in helping people recover from total knee replacement and knee osteoarthritis (OA), two new studies show. After receiving a total knee replacement, patients following a six-week progressive strengthening program showed much improvement in strength, function and pain when compared to those following the conventional care of inpatient rehabilitation and home physical therapy, according to a University of Delaware study published in the February issue of Arthritis Care & Research. Those in the exercise program – which consisted of sessions focused on knee extension, range of motion, kneecap mobility, quadriceps strength, pain control and gait two to three times a week – also showed much greater strength in their quadriceps and functional performance than the other group a year after the program. Half of those in the exercise group also ... Read more

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