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Common Knee Surgery May Boost Arthritis Risk, Study Suggests

Posted 19 days ago 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

Related support groups: Osteoarthritis, Orthopedic Surgery

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