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Hip and Knee Replacement Improves Sex Lives

Janice Lloyd writing in USA Today reported the rise of hip and knee replacements among baby boomers is improving their sex lives.  According to a study conducted by the Center for Joint Preservation and Reconstruction, 90% of patients surveyed, total hip or total knee replacement improved overall sexual function including frequency and duration.  Lead author Jose Rodriquez says he decided to do the study because he knows doctors aren’t comfortable discussing sex with patients.

So, an added benefit one could say.  Thanks for watching.

Surgery and Physical Therapy Equally as Good for Meniscus Tears in Arthritis

The Associated Press reported that a recent federally funded study concluded that you might not want to rush into knee surgery as physical therapy can be just as good for a common injury and a
far less cost and risk.  Dr. Jeffery Katz, a drug specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School who helped lead the study stated at an American Academy Orthopedic
Surgeon’s conference in Chicago, “Both are very good choices and it would be quite reasonable to try physical therapy first because the chances are quite good that you’ll do quite well.”

My comment about this is that I find this very interesting and I definitely think that the conservative approach should be tried first.

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Alternatives to knee replacement… hedgehog growth factor for cartilage repair
In our series on alternatives to knee replacement surgery, we are continuing our discussion of growth factors that could be used for cartilage repair.  Whether this particular factor, Hedgehog, will ultimately play a role in osteoarthritis treatment with stem cells is still unknown.Hedgehog has unique features that make it a potentially valuable arthritis treatment weapon when used in conjunction with mesenchymal stem cells.

Piroxicam + Ultrasound = Help with Knee OA

Piroxicam-Ultrasound  Together Help With Knee OA

Helen Albert writing in Medwire reported, “Phonophoresis of the non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) piroxicam – also known as Feldene- with ultrasound is more effective than ultrasound alone for improving pain and other symptoms of mild-to-moderate knee osteoarthritis (OA),” according to a study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Researchers arrived at that conclusion after comparing “treatment with ultrasound alone plus standard gel (controls; n=23) with ultrasound plus piroxicam gel (n=23; approximately 20 mg per application) for patients with mild-to-moderate knee OA aged 59 years on average.”

Comment:  Feldene is an old drug.  Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?


Number of ACL Injuries Has More Than Tripled Since 2000

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Number of ACL Injuries Has More Than Tripled Since 2000

According to Janice Lloyd writing in USA Today,  the number of ACL injuries, like the one that affected Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, has more than tripled since 2000, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. “Learning how to protect the knee can eliminate the need for surgery and can help prevent lingering damage that can cause arthritis and lead to knee replacements.” Jim Thornton, president of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, advises athletes to strengthen their core muscles and to properly warm-up prior to exercise. Fred Azar, vice
president of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, commented that “ACL surgery requires attaching a graft from another part of the body or from a cadaver, followed by a long rehab, normally about six months.”


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