29 Dec

PHYSICAL THERAPY VS. ARTHROSCOPIC KNEE SURGERY

THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE: Physical Therapy or Arthroscopic Knee Surgery? A new study questioning the usefulness of arthroscopic surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee should encourage patients to consider physical therapy as an effective non-surgical option, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The study was published in the New England Journal…

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29 Dec

MENISCUS TEARS INCREASE KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS RISK

Damage to the meniscus in the knee joint may lead to osteoarthritis in middle-age and elderly patients. As reported in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism, Dr. Englund, from Boston University School of Medicine and Lund University Hospital in Sweden, and colleagues investigated the link between meniscal damage and the development of osteoarthritis over 30 months…

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29 Dec

TRAINING THE BRAIN MAY HELP PREVENT ACL INJURIES

ACL Injuries are a common injury in sports players and everyone alike. An ACL tear in the cruciate ligament commonly occurs during a sudden stop or change in direction. This is why it is such a common injury in sports players. New research shows that training the brain may be just as effective as training…

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29 Dec

EXERCISE 1 – 4 YEARS AFTER KNEE REPLACEMENT

Knee replacement is a major surgery on one of the largest joints in the human body. It requires a large recovery process, but just how long is it? Well, there is more than one answer to that, and it is different for every patient. The one thing that is similar among all patients is that…

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29 Dec

EXERCISE HELPS KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS

Research published in the June issue (Vol 36 Issue 6) of the Journal of Rheumatology reports that there is evidence that land-based therapeutic exercise has at least short-term benefit in terms of reduced knee pain and physical disability for people with knee osteoarthritis (OA). The magnitude of the treatment effect was significantly associated with the…

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29 Dec

LINK BETWEEN LEG-LENGTH INEQUALITY & OSTEOARTHRITIS

Leg-length inequality is a potentially modifiable risk factor for knee osteoarthritis, say authors of a study that found that radiographic leg-length inequality was associated with prevalent, incident symptomatic, and progressive knee osteoarthritis. In a study involving 3,026 participants aged 50 to 79 years with or at high risk for knee osteoarthritis, leg-length inequality was measured…

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29 Dec

EARLY PT CAN HELP KNEE SURGERY PATIENTS

On average, those beginning treatment earlier stayed in hospital two days less than the control group and had five fewer rehabilitation sessions before discharge. An early start also led to less pain, greater range of joint motion both in leg flexion and extension, improved muscle strength and higher scores in tests for gait and balance.…

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