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  • Embracing the brace

    Knees are only meant to bend forward and backward. If a knee pops and locks up with major pain, something serious is going on there, and it's most likely an ACL injury.

    The injuries often need surgery to reconstruct the ligament, followed by therapy to help rehabilitate the knee.

    It does not lower pain, protect from reinjuring the knee or improve the stability of the knee. Rather, braces add an unnecessary expense to the recovery.

    Vitamins and other supplements also don't help in the healing process.

    Beginning physical therapy shortly after surgery, ideally within a few days after, can bring great outcomes for patients.

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  • Does rehab help before joint replacement?

    Before going through knee replacement surgery, patients often do some rehab for their aching joint. That is, they try to improve pain and function before surgery. But does this pre-surgery rehab improve outcomes?

    According to recent research, pre-surgery rehabilitation seemed to do little to improve pain, function and motion after knee replacement surgery.

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  • More magnesium, less arthritis

    What you put in your body can affect your risk of disease, even your risk of osteoarthritis. If you're trying to prevent this "wear-and-tear" type of arthritis, you may want to eat more almonds and spinach.

    Eating more magnesium - a mineral found in many green vegetables, beans and nuts - it may lower the risk of knee osteoarthritis.

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  • Most damage, most gain in knee replacement

    If you have knee osteoarthritis, you can take steps to prevent permanent damage. For those with the damage done, joint replacement surgery may relieve pain and boost knee function.

    Osteoarthritis patients with the most joint damage before surgery may be the most likely to benefit from total knee replacement.

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  • MRI may spot arthritis unseen by X-ray

    Osteoarthritis happens when joints and joint tissues wear down over time. Usually, doctors use X-ray imaging to see this joint damage. But another imaging technique may give doctors a better picture.

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) spotted many signs of knee osteoarthritis in patients that had no signs of knee osteoarthritis in X-ray images.

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  • Cartilage made from stem cells

    Using pluripotent stem cells, a team of Duke Medicine researchers has engineered cartilage. The findings suggest that induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) may be a viable source of patient-specific articular cartilage tissue.

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  • Vanguard in La Grange Debuts Medical Offices in Former Attic

    The medical group held its grand opening last Wednesday for its new orthopedics and plastic/reconstructive surgery offices on the building's second floor.

    Virtually no hint remains that the second floor of Vanguard Medical Group in La Grange was once mostly a disused attic.

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  • Learn how Chicago's top Orthopedic Experts at Macneal Hospital can get your life back on track

    Thursday, October 18 at 5 PM 
    Presented by Thomas Smith, D.O. 
    MacNeal Hospital-Staff Room
    3249 S. Oak Park Avenue
    Berwyn, IL 60402

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  • Dr Tom Smith, will have an open house at his new practice location

    Dr Tom Smith, will have an open house at his new practice location 47 South 6th Avenue in La Grange, on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 4 to 7 PM.

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  • MacNeal hospital honored as one of Chicagoland's Best Hospitals.

    macneal hospital voted best US news

    MacNeal Hospital is ranked as one of U.S. News & World Report's Best Regional Hospitals, with distinctions in Orthopedics and Urology.

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