Before patients get a new knee or hip, should they have to go to boot camp? It’s a two-hour training program that teaches them what to expect before, during, and after surgery, and how they can make the process easier. It has reduced hospital stays and improved patient outcomes.
More than 10-million Americans suffer from knee pain. Drugs and surgery can be a fix, but now, there's a better option for some patients and doctors are freezing away the pain! Sixteen-year-old Abbey Watson has been running her whole life.
Watson told Ivanhoe, "I did my first 5k when I was four years old!"
The cross country athlete has even gone to states. But recently, knee pain slowed her down.
10-million Americans have osteoporosis and 18-million more are at risk. The bone disease leads to an increase in fractures in the hip, spine and wrist accounting for one-point-five million painful fractures each year and one woman's harrowing story of recovery is inspiring.
Every year, 330-thousand Americans undergo surgery to replace hip joints that have been damaged by age or overuse. After surgery most patients can go back to their normal activities but no running, no jumping and no high impact sports for some people who have been very physically active. Now, new research shows hip resurfacing may be the better option to get them back on their feet.
Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder and affects about one-third of older adults. New research suggests that cartilage damage from exercise may aid in early detection of osteoarthritis.
"We discovered that GAG-depleted tissue is most vulnerable to high rates of loading and not just the magnitude of the load. This finding suggests that people with early degradation of cartilage, even before such changes would be felt as pain, should be careful of dynamic activities such as running or jumping," Grodzinsky was quoted as saying.
The numbers are sky-rocketing. There were more than 300 thousand total hip replacements in 2010, that's up 135 thousand compared to just ten years earlier. As more and more people need help to relieve the pain, there's an option that's becoming popular with patients and surgeons.
"It's a less invasive approach," Stefan Kreuzer, MD, associate professor at Memorial Hermann Hospital, told Ivanhoe. He went through the front of her leg to get to her hip, instead of the more traditional technique of going through the back.
The doctor says the normal post-operative restrictions on hip movements do not apply to patients who undergo direct anterior hip replacement. He tells us it great for most people in need of a hip replacement, including highly active patients. The doctor is currently training surgeons from around the world on the technique.
ACL injuries have increased 400% in teens and adolescents in the last ten years. They’re also on the rise among baby boomers. To make sure you don’t have to pay out-of-pocket to fix the injury, doctors are using a new tool to show surgery works.
That’s where the gait-rite system comes in. This 26 foot carpet contains sensors to assess gait after injury and again after surgery to show how patients are doing.
Dr. Maloney says that, “We will have seen that their gait has been restored to what we consider normal and safe and allow them to progress.”