Women Skiers More Likely To Inure Knees

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Pain increases muscle strength

M. Alexander Otto writing in Rheumatology News reported on a randomized controlled study involving 27 people.   The Danish study showed that after eight weeks of strength training, subjects whose knees were injected with a painful hypertonic saline solution before each workout had quadriceps (thigh) muscles that were 22 percent stronger; the quadriceps of peers that didn’t  get the painful injections were 7 percent stronger.  No pain… no gain

 

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Osteoporosis Drugs Prolong Life Of Joint Replacements.

Salyn Boyles writing in WebMD, reported a UK study published in the BMJ “suggesting that commonly prescribed osteoporosis drugs may extend the life of replacement joints, but researchers say it is not yet clear which patients will benefit most from the treatment. …Bisphosphonate users who took the medication regularly for at least six months before hip or knee joint replacement surgeries were half as likely as non-users to need repeat surgeries after five years. Furthermore, use of the drugs was associated with an almost twofold increase in implant survival time.” Good news!

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Osteoarthritis risk increased in young soldiers

Naseem Miller writing in Rheumatology News reported on a 10 year databank study that showed that active duty military members 40 years or older were more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with osteoarthritis as their peers.  The presence of traumatic knee injuries along with the rigors of activity were implicated by the study authors.

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Opioid dependence slows knee surgery recovery

Robert Preidt writing in Healthday reported on a Study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery showing “recovery after knee replacement surgery can be much more difficult if patients are dependent on opioid painkillers before the procedure.” Researchers “compared results of 49 knee replacements in opioid-dependent patients against recovery rates for a group of patients not dependent on narcotics.  They found that patients who were opioid-dependent before surgery tended to have longer hospital stays, more unexplained pain or stiffness, a higher rate of complications and were more likely to require additional surgery, compared to patients who were not opioid-dependent.”

 

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