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'Bone Cement': A Non-Surgical Option for Painful Joints?

Posted 11 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 – Injecting a calcium-based cement into the bones of some people with knee or hip pain could help them avoid joint replacement surgery, Ohio State University doctors say. The calcium phosphate cement flows into the spongy inside portion of the bone, filling in microfractures and other damaged areas, and it hardens in about 10 minutes' time, said Dr. Kelton Vasileff, an ...

Rain May Not Cause Achy Joints After All

Posted 14 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 – Many people insist their joints ache more when it rains. But that popular notion might be all wet, a new study suggests. The study of more than 1.5 million older Americans found that people were no more likely to visit the doctor with joint or back pain during rainy weeks than sunny ones. Even among people with arthritis, there was no connection between rainfall and ...

Checking Prices for Medical Procedures Online? Good Luck

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 – The cards seem to be stacked against anyone who'd like to use the internet to become a smarter health care consumer. A new study has found that people searching online to figure out how much they'll pay for a medical procedure will come away disappointed most of the time, said lead researcher Allison Kratka. She's a medical student at Duke University in Durham, N.C. ...

7 Signs You'd Benefit From a Fitness Assessment

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 – You might be excited to begin an exercise program for better health, but for some people, getting a fitness assessment first is the right way to get started. As part of this exam you'll learn about appropriate exercises and safety guidelines, such as workout duration and the intensity level best for you. During the assessment, key components of your fitness will be ...

This Weight-Loss Strategy May Not Help Your Knees

Posted 28 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 – Weight loss from dieting can slow the progression of knee arthritis in overweight people, according to a new study. But losing pounds from exercise alone will not help preserve those aging knees, the researchers found. Obesity is a major risk factor for painful knee osteoarthritis – degeneration of cartilage caused by wear and tear. Weight loss can slow the disease, but ...

Arthritis No Longer Just a Disease of the Old

Posted 28 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 – More younger Americans experience the aches and pains of arthritis than once thought. Roughly 91 million adults had arthritis in 2015. But the most surprising fact was that nearly one-third of sufferers were aged 18 to 64, a new study found. Those estimates are 68 percent higher than previously reported, said lead researcher Dr. David Felson, a professor of medicine at ...

Obesity to Blame for Epidemic of Knee Dislocations, Complications

Posted 10 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 10, 2017 – Need another reason to keep your weight under control? Excess weight can cause dislocation of your knee and may even lead to a complication that results in amputation of your leg. A new study attributes a surge in dislocated knees to the U.S. obesity epidemic. "Obesity greatly increases the complications and costs of care," said study lead author Dr. Joey Johnson, an ...

People Tend to Overestimate Pain From Surgery

Posted 4 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 – Many patients overestimate the amount of pain they'll experience after surgery, resulting in needless anxiety, a new study reports. "We believe providers need to do a better job of counseling patients on realistic pain expectations," said study co-author Dr. Jaime Baratta, director of regional anesthesia at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. The research ...

Genetic Testing May Help Make Warfarin Safer

Posted 26 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 – Genetic testing can improve the safety of the blood thinner warfarin, a new study reports. Warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven) is often prescribed to prevent life-threatening blood clots in high-risk patients. However, a patient's genes can influence how warfarin is processed in the body. Too little warfarin will not prevent blood clots while too much can trigger internal ...

How You Think About Your Arthritis Makes a Difference

Posted 24 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 – How well you cope with knee arthritis depends a lot on your mental outlook, a new study suggests. Despite often-debilitating pain, people who remain confident in their ability to move about end up more active than their less confident peers, researchers found. Studies have shown that physical activity may be one of the best ways to reduce and manage symptoms of ...

Study Finds Options to Opioid Use After Knee Surgery

Posted 16 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 – Alternative drug-free interventions to manage pain, including acupuncture and electrotherapy, may help reduce the need for prescription painkillers after knee replacement surgery, a new review suggests. "As prescription opioid use is under national scrutiny and because surgery has been identified as an avenue for addiction, it is important to recognize effective ...

Skeletons Give Clues to Americans' Rising Arthritis Rates

Posted 14 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 – Rates of knee osteoarthritis have doubled in the United States since the 1940s, but it's not just because Americans are living longer and weigh more, a new study suggests. To come to this conclusion, Harvard University researchers examined more than 2,000 skeletons from across the United States. "We were able to show, for the first time, that this pervasive cause of pain ...

Health Tip: Adapting After Hip Replacement

Posted 24 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you're among the millions of people who have had hip replacement surgery, there are some do's and don'ts until you fully recover. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests: For at least six weeks, don't sit with your legs crossed. Keep the legs in a forward-facing position Don't raise your knee higher than your hip. Sit with the leg in front of you. While seated, don't lean ...

Obese Don't Have to Lose Weight Before Joint Replacement: Study

Posted 24 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 – Obese patients don't need to lose weight before undergoing knee or hip replacement surgery, a new study contends. "Severely obese patients can benefit a lot from the surgery," said study lead author Wenjun Li, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. "Patients who can lose weight should, but we acknowledge many people can't, or ...

Surgery for ACL Tear Often Successful Over Long Term

Posted 21 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 – People who undergo knee surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can expect to stay active and maintain a high quality of life, researchers report. Activity levels may decline over time, but a new study found that those who had the knee operation could usually still play sports 10 years later. "An active patient may view an ACL injury as devastating, but our ...

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