Daily Rx

  • One ACL Injury Might Mean More Down the Road

    Injuries are a potential risk athletic kids face. Concussions may be getting a lot of press lately, but injuries to the knee may be just as important.

    A new study found that young athletes who needed ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) surgery were likely to re-injure their knees over a 15-year period.

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  • Staying at Home for Knee Rehab

    After a knee replacement, there's no place like home for your physical therapy - or at least home may be just as good a place as a clinic to do your exercises. In a new study, knee replacement patients who followed a six-week, monitored exercise program at home showed similar progress to those who were in regular outpatient rehabilitation programs.

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  • Prehabilitation Could Help Knee and Hip Replacement Patients Recover

    With the number of total knee and hip replacements on the rise, doctors are looking for ways to reduce the amount of care needed after surgery. Prehabilitation (physical therapy before surgery) could help patients recover faster and save money.

    Rehabilitation following knee or hip replacement is the standard of care. The physical therapy is designed to help patients adjust to new joints and strengthen muscles.

    A new study found that physical therapy before the joint replacement surgeries reduced the need for rehab after the surgery.

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  • Regional anesthesia for hip fracture surgery was not associated with increased 30 day mortality compared to general anesthesia

    A hip fracture can mean surgery and a hospital stay. The type of anesthesia used in that surgery might affect the length of the hospital stay and recovery. Researchers compared the two types of surgical anesthesia in hip fracture patients and found that there was no difference in survival a month after surgery. Patients who had regional anesthesia had a slightly shorter hospital stay.

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  • Obesity may be driving increasing need for knee and hip replacements in steadily younger patients

    The impact of being overweight has far reaching health implications — implications that may be taking a toll at an earlier age.

    In a new study, researchers found that packing on the pounds may be setting the stage for total knee or hip replacement at increasingly younger ages.

    Further, the scientists found that being overweight or obese had a greater impact on the knee than the hip.

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  • Colles' fracture patients found to be at risk for later hip fracture

    Certain types of bone fractures have the potential to put you at risk for further bone fractures — even on a different part of your body. Wrist and hip fractures are one of these combinations. A recent study found that patients who have suffered a Colles' wrist fracture are at a significantly higher risk of experiencing a hip fracture, compared to people who have not had a Colles' fracture. The researchers found that osteoporosis (bone disease) is a risk factor associated with hip fracture, especially if a patient has had a Colles' fracture and has osteoporosis.

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  • Risk Factors for Complications After Knee Replacement

    While knee replacement surgery can help to improve mobility, there can be complications connected to this procedure. And some patients may be at a higher risk for experiencing these complications than others. A recent study found that being older, having diabetes and being obese were significant risk factors for death or experiencing complications like wound infections in the 30 days after knee replacement surgery. The authors of this study noted that patients and physicians should be mindful of any new symptoms or pain that occurs after having knee replacement surgery.

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  • Healing and Surviving After Knee and Hip Replacements

    For some people with aching bones and joints, knee or hip replacement surgery may be a treatment option. But pre-existing conditions may affect how a patient responds to surgery.

    A recent study found that joint replacement patients with certain pre-existing conditions had a greater risk of having a second surgery or not surviving the next one to 10 years than patients without such disorders.

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  • Knee Braces for Osteoarthritis Treatment

    Osteoarthritis is the most common joint issue for middle-aged and older adults. The good news is that there may be a simple solution to help patients deal with the pain.

    A recent study examined the effectiveness of wearing a patellofemoral (the joint connecting the back of the knee cap and the thigh bone) knee brace for reducing knee pain and damaged bone marrow (tissue inside the bones).

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  • Sports Injuries Strike Again

    Sports are a great way for kids to get exercise and have fun. But sometimes young athletes get hurt.

    Many sports injuries are mild and heal on their own. Others — such as knee ligament tears — may be more serious and require surgery.

    Athletes who have had surgery to repair knee ligament tears are more likely to experience another knee ligament tear than uninjured athletes, according to a recent study.

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