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  • Knees Buckling Under Pressure

    Your body weight and your job may be putting considerable pressure on your knees. This pressure could lead to a medical condition called knee osteoarthritis.

    A recent study found that having a higher body mass index (a measure of height and weight) and living a more active lifestyle were both associated with a higher risk of knee osteoarthritis.

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  • Knee Replacement Often Beneficial for RA: Study

    The common belief that rheumatoid arthritis patients don't benefit from knee replacement surgery as much as those with the more common osteoarthritis has been challenged by the findings from a pair of studies by New York City scientists.

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  • Omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce risk of hip fracture in postmenopausal women

    The risk of hip fractures in postmenopausal women may be reduced through consuming more omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, according to a study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

    “We don’t yet know whether omega-3 supplementation would affect results for bone health or other outcomes,” Tonya Orchard, PhD, RD, LD, from Ohio State University, stated in a press release. “Though it is premature to make a nutrition recommendation based on this work, I do think this study adds a little more strength to current recommendations to include more omega-3s in the diet in the form of fish, and suggests that plant sources of omega-3 may be just as important for preventing hip fractures in women.”

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  • Women With Lupus Seem at Higher Risk for Hip Fractures

    Women with lupus the autoimmune disease that can damage skin, joints and organs also are at higher risk of a hip fracture known as a cervical fracture, new research from Taiwan suggests.

    Dr. Shu-Hung Wang, of the Taipei Veterans General Hospital, and his colleagues evaluated nearly 15,000 adults 90 percent of them women who had lupus. They followed them for an average of six years.During that time, 75 suffered a hip fracture. Of those, 57 were cervical fractures of the hip; the other 18 were trochanteric fractures of the hip.

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  • Arthritis & Your Knees Presented by Dr. Tom Smith, Orthopedic Surgeon and Steve Hanley, Physical Therapist

    Thursday, May 16 1:00-2:00 p.m.

    ATI Physical Therapy 
    1 N. La Grange Rd, Unit 2 C
    La Grange, IL
    (The former Border's Bldg)

    RSVP to Amanda 630.699.4094
    Refreshments will be served

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  • Knee osteoarthritis patients have improved knee loads when using specialized mobility shoe

    When patients with knee osteoarthritis are walking, their knees may jut out to the side. Shoes that imitate barefoot walking can help with that.

    A recently published study found that wearing a "mobility" shoe keeps the knee joint more aligned in knee osteoarthritis patients.

    Using flat, flexible footwear can significantly reduce knee loading in patients with the joint condition, according to researchers.

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  • ACL surgery techniques using double versus single bundle ligaments provide equal stability

    Surgery for a blown anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) inside the knee is becoming more and more common. New techniques to perform the surgery are on the rise across the country.

    Damaged ACLs that were replaced using a double-bundle technique during surgery were as stable as patients who received the single-bundle technique, according to a study presented at a conference.

    In double-bundle, the new ligament has two parts whereas the single bundle just has one.

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  • Total knee replacements for juvenile idiopathic arthritis last for decades in most patients

    People typically think knee replacement surgery is only for older adults with arthritis. But the surgery is also used for young patients when joint damage has become severe.

    Recently, researchers found knee replacements did not last as long in young patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) as they do in older osteoarthritis patients.

    Still, the procedure can be a life-changer for many patients with JIA – a painful disease that affects children. In patients with JIA, about 92 percent of knee replacements lasted 10 years and a little over 75 percent lasted 20 years.

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  • Patients with diabetes at no greater risk for infection or other complications after total knee replacement

    Patients with diabetes were no more likely to suffer infection, deep vein thrombosis(a deep vein blood clot) or other complications following total knee replacement(TKR) than patients without diabetes, according to new research published online today, in advance of its publication in the March 2013 Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS).

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  • Which knees need the knife?

    Jeffery Katz, MD, of Orthopedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, and colleagues led the study to determine if patients with a meniscal tear and knee osteoarthritis had better outcomes with surgery plus physical therapy or just physical therapy.

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