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Checking Prices for Medical Procedures Online? Good Luck

Posted 5 days ago 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. "Fewer than 1 in 5 websites actually yielded a local price estimate that was relevant to the health care procedure in question," Kratka said. To help halt the rising cost of health care, Kratka said, patients are being encouraged to learn more about the prices of medical procedures they need. However, it's unclear whether the resources exist to help people gain a real understanding of what a procedure costs and what they would have to pay out-of-pocket, she said. To see whether the internet is of any ... Read more

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7 Signs You'd Benefit From a Fitness Assessment

Posted 5 days ago 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 measured and your risk factors for heart disease and other health conditions will be evaluated. The findings will provide you your unique exercise road map and serve as a baseline from which to track your progress. A fitness assessment evaluates the following areas of conditioning: Cardiovascular fitness. Muscular strength. Muscular endurance. Flexibility. Balance. Who needs this type of assessment? The American College of Sports Medicine recommends a simple self-evaluation to help you decide. The ... Read more

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This Weight-Loss Strategy May Not Help Your Knees

Posted 12 days ago 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 it wasn't clear until now if the method of weight loss made a difference. Apparently, it does. "These results add to the hypothesis that solely exercise as a regimen in order to lose weight in overweight and obese adults may not be as beneficial to the knee joint as weight loss regimens involving diet," said lead author Dr. Alexandra Gersing. Gersing made her comments in a news release from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). She's with the University of California, San ... Read more

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

Arthritis No Longer Just a Disease of the Old

Posted 13 days ago 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 Boston University. "Arthritis is incredibly common, and we have underestimated how common it is," he said. This off-kilter count most likely occurred because previous research only included a doctor's diagnosis of arthritis, Felson explained. "It turns out that especially people under 65 who have arthritis say 'no' to that question, so they are never included in the estimates," Felson said. Obesity and stress on joints from vigorous exercise and sports are likely causes of arthritis among younger ... Read more

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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 orthopedic trauma fellow at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School. "As the rate of obesity increases, the rate of knee dislocations increases. The total number of patients who are obese is increasing, so we are seeing more of these problems," Johnson explained. Knee dislocations result from multiple torn ligaments. Vehicle crashes or contact sports, such as football, are common causes. For the study, the researchers analyzed more than 19,000 knee dislocations nationwide between 2000 and ... Read more

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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 included 223 patients. Their average age was 61. All had orthopedic, neurological or general surgery. Of these, 96 received some form of regional anesthesia (spinal, epidural or peripheral nerve block). The remaining 127 patients received only general anesthesia. Before their surgery, the patients estimated what level of postoperative pain they expected on a 0-10 scale (10 being the most painful). After surgery, they were asked about their level of pain in the post-anesthesia care unit one hour ... Read more

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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 bleeding, the researchers explained. Warfarin is "a widely used anticoagulant, but it causes more major adverse events than any other oral drug. Thousands of patients end up in the emergency department or hospital because of warfarin-induced bleeding. But we continue to prescribe it because it is highly effective, reversible and inexpensive," said study first author Dr. Brian Gage. He is a professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The researchers said they ... Read more

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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 osteoarthritis. The Pennsylvania State University study was based on 135 adults with knee arthritis. "On days when patients felt more confident in their ability to be active, they indeed took more steps and spent more time in moderate-intensity activity, despite their level of pain that day," said study lead author Ruixue Zhaoyang. What's more, "this positive effect of patients' confidence on their actual physical activity was found for patients with varying degrees of pain in the morning," added ... Read more

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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 alternatives to standard pharmacological therapy, which remains the first option for treatment," the study team wrote. The finding stems from an in-depth look at 39 already-completed studies. These studies included nearly 2,400 total knee replacement patients. The studies looked at a number of different alternative treatments, including acupuncture and electrotherapy (the use of electrical energy to stimulate nerves and muscles). The researchers also included studies of cryotherapy (involving the ... Read more

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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 is actually twice as common today than even in the recent past. But the even bigger surprise is that it's not just because people are living longer or getting fatter, but for other reasons likely related to our modern environments," said study first author Ian Wallace. Wallace is a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of senior study author Daniel Lieberman, a professor of biological sciences at Harvard University. The researchers are now working to find out what's causing the increase. They said ... Read more

Related support groups: Osteoarthritis, Knee Joint Replacement

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 forward or stretch to get something off the floor. Kneel down on the knee that's on the side that was operated on. While bending down, don't turn your feet to an extreme inward or outward position. Also, don't bend at the waist more than 90 degrees. While in bed, don't reach to grab the blankets. Manage pain by applying an ice pack wrapped in a towel. Apply heat for about 20 minutes before exercise. If exercising is painful, reduce the length of your session, but don't stop altogether. Read more

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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 it will take a long time during which their joints will worsen. If they can get the surgery earlier, once function is restored they can better address obesity," Li said in a university news release. For the study, researchers examined the outcomes of more than 2,000 patients who had total hip replacement and just under 3,000 who had total knee replacement in the United States between May 2011 and March 2013. Obese patients achieved about the same pain relief and improved function as ... Read more

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

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 research adds to short- and long-term studies that show a good prognosis for return to pre-injury quality of life," said the study's corresponding author, Dr. Kurt Spindler. Spindler, from the Cleveland Clinic department of orthopaedic surgery, added that these findings could help medical providers continue to make good treatment decisions. The study also confirms that these injuries are typically just a setback, he said in a news release from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine ... Read more

Related support groups: Knee Joint Replacement, Orthopedic Surgery, Diagnosis and Investigation

Taking the Stairs May Soon Get Easier

Posted 12 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – Does a long staircase leave you weak? Take heart – researchers say they've developed stairs that "recycle" a person's energy, which could be of help to seniors and disabled people. The stairs use latched springs to store energy when someone goes down them. The energy is then released when a person climbs the stairs again. According to the researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University in Atlanta, the high-tech stairs absorb a person's energy as he or she descends, which cuts forces on the ankle by 26 percent. But when the person then ascends the same stairs, that energy is released, making the stairs spring up a bit. The ascent is therefore 37 percent easier on the knees than it otherwise would be. "Unlike normal walking where each heel-strike dissipates energy that can be potentially restored, stair ascent is actually very energy ... Read more

Related support groups: Knee Joint Replacement, Hip Replacement, Prevention of Falls

Health Tip: Exercise to Manage Knee Pain

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- When your knees hurt, you may be tempted to rest instead of exercise. But regular exercise can help strengthen your knees and ease pain. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends: Start exercising slowly. Over time, increase repetitions or weights as you feel stronger. While some discomfort is normal, pain isn't. Stop if you feel pain. Don't push yourself so hard that you're in pain the next day. Consult with a therapist or doctor about how often to exercise, and the types of exercise to try. Read more

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