Thread carpal tunnel release is as effective as open surgery for CTS


What the surgical establishment doesn’t want you to know about minimally invasive carpal tunnel release!

Thread carpal tunnel release is as effective as open surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome and surgery can mean weeks of recovery and physical therapy. Why is that? It’s because carpal tunnel surgery hasn’t changed in more than 30 years. Sure, endoscopic release – using a telescope- has been employed but the fact of the matter is that only a few surgeons in the entire world are skilled enough to accomplish this without any side effects and complications.

The numbers speak for themselves when it comes to outcomes with carpal tunnel surgery. So… here’s the question…

Do you want to be a statistic?

The search has been to find ways to treat this condition without subjecting the patient to surgery and the attendant risks of general anesthesia.

A recent technological advance has arrived. It has been shown in carefully performed cadaver studies to provide the exact release of the transverse carpal ligament as open surgery but without many of the potential complications.

The Guo thread carpal tunnel release uses a metal impregnated thread and ultrasound guidance to create a gentle, precise cut. Local anesthetic only is used. Recovery time is shortened and potential complications, while they can occur as with any invasive procedure, are minimized.

So you might be asking… is this technique 100 % effective. And the answer is quite simply no. Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome have problems at various stages. Some early and some late. Late patients regardless of what procedure they have do not do as well as patients who are seen earlier. However, those patients seen at the same point in time do better with miniamlly invasive thread carpal tunnel release than those patients who undergo either endoscope or open procedures.

And, for no apparent reason, some people may not get back to 100%. That being said, thread carpal tunnel release is safer than and just as effective as open carpal tunnel surgery.

To find out more, go to www.arthritistreatmentcenter.com… That’s www.arthritistreatmentcenter.com.


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Study Says Yoga Can Ease Arthritis, Boost Mood


Is there something other than a pill or shot that will definitely help with arthritis…? Next

 

Study Says Yoga Can Ease Arthritis, Boost Mood

 

Diane Depra writing for Tech times reported a study has found that yoga is safe and effective as a means of staying active for those with arthritis, given certain adjustments are incorporated into a routine to address individual limitations.

 

A randomized trial has found that yoga is safe and effective for people with rheumatoid arthritis and knee osteoarthritis, two common forms of arthritis.

 

In a study published in The Journal of Rheumatology, researchers report that yoga classes taken for eight weeks have improved not just the physical but the mental well-being as well of people with rheumatoid arthritis and knee osteoarthritis. This isn’t the first time that researchers have explored the benefits of yoga but the study is the biggest randomized trial so far to tackle yoga’s effects on physical and psychological health.

 

Susan Bartlett, one of the authors of the study, said that there is a growing interest in yoga as a form of complementary treatment, with one out of every 10 people in the United States now engaged in the activity to improve their health and fitness. Yoga works for those with arthritis because it brings together physical activity and relaxation and stress management techniques while acknowledging varying limitations.

 

Comment: I have taken yoga for more than 2 years at my wife’s urging. It helps with stretching, balance, strength, and breathing all of which are important for patients with arthritis.


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Yoga For Arthritis



Is there something other than a pill or shot that will definitely help with arthritis…? Next

Study Says Yoga Can Ease Arthritis, Boost Mood

 

Diane Depra writing for Tech times reported a study has found that yoga is safe and effective as a means of staying active for those with arthritis, given certain adjustments are incorporated into a routine to address individual limitations.

 

A randomized trial has found that yoga is safe and effective for people with rheumatoid arthritis and knee osteoarthritis, two common forms of arthritis.

 

In a study published in The Journal of Rheumatology, researchers report that yoga classes taken for eight weeks have improved not just the physical but the mental well-being as well of people with rheumatoid arthritis and knee osteoarthritis. This isn’t the first time that researchers have explored the benefits of yoga but the study is the biggest randomized trial so far to tackle yoga’s effects on physical and psychological health.

 

Susan Bartlett, one of the authors of the study, said that there is a growing interest in yoga as a form of complementary treatment, with one out of every 10 people in the United States now engaged in the activity to improve their health and fitness. Yoga works for those with arthritis because it brings together physical activity and relaxation and stress management techniques while acknowledging varying limitations.

 

Comment: I have taken yoga for more than 2 years at my wife’s urging. It helps with stretching, balance, strength, and breathing all of which are important for patients with arthritis.


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Placebo effect great in arthritis studies



Placebo… not a dirty word.

Placebo effect great in arthritis studies

Susan London writing in Rheumatology News reported on a talk given by Dr. Paul Dieppe of the University of Exeter in England. Professor Dieppe pointed out the amazing and powerful effects that placebo response plays in arthritis clinical trials. He mentioned the tremendous role physicians play in the placebo response. He stated the interactions that physicians have with their patients, the ability to communicate and the caring physicians display improve the way patients feel.

Comment: The placebo response in arthritis clinical trials can approach 40 per cent or even more. While it makes interpretation of data difficult, it also demonstrates the power of caring.


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FDA caution NSAIDS


How dangerous are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs?

Next…

FDA revises heart attack and stroke warnings on NSAIDS

The FDA recently revised their warnings on anti-inflammatory drugs. They stated the risk of heart attack or stroke may occur as early as the first weeks of using an NSAID.  And the risk may increase with lionger use and higher doses of NSAID. The risk is higher with patients with risk factors but may occur inpatients without risk factors.  NSAID use increases the risk of heart failure.

Comment: Strong warnings that should be heeded.


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Just do this… to beat arthritis



In a previous blog post, I mentioned Paula Spencer Scott’s excellent article in Parade magazine… She also offered tips on action to help beat inflammation
Just do this… to beat arthritis

Eat more plant-based foods and avoid the processed stuff. Also use healthy oils like olive oil and avoid trans fats.
Avoid stress and get more sleep.

Exercise. This helps build muscle which helps burn fat. It improves blood flow to joints in people with arthritis. And it makes you feel better because your brain produces endorphins which relieve pain.

Losing weight is helpful since fat cells produce leptins, proteins that aggravate inflammation. Stop smoking. Overwhelming evidence points to the fact that smoking aggravates inflammation.

Comment: so just do it.


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Tips to Reduce Inflammation


In a previous blog post, I mentioned Paula Spencer Scott’s excellent article in Parade magazine… She also offered tips on action to help beat inflammation.

Just do this… to beat arthritis

Eat more plant-based foods and avoid the processed stuff.  Also use healthy oils like olive oil and avoid trans fats.

Avoid stress and get more sleep.

Exercise.  This helps build muscle which helps burn fat.  It improves blood flow to joints.  And it makes you feel better because your brain produces endorphins which relieve pain.

Losing weight is helpful since fat cells produce leptins, proteins that aggravate inflammation. Stop smoking.  Overwhelming evidence points to the fact that smoking aggravates inflammation.

Comment: so just do it.


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Pain improves more in OA than RA after knee replacement


Knee replacement surgery… does the type of arthritis you have determine outcome… next.

Pain improves more in OA than RA after knee replacement

Kate Wagner Lennon writing Rheumatology News reported on a study of 834 patients diagnosed with RA and 315 patients with OA who had total knee replacement between January 1999 and June 2012. Researchers found that while both groups improved, patients with OA improved more in terms of pain as well as quality of life.

Comment: RA is a very different type of arthritis and the systemic nature of the disease may explain these results.


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Low vitamin D levels linked to memory loss in older adults


Here’s more on the vitamin D story….

Low vitamin D levels linked to faster memory loss in older adults

Dr. Will Boggs writing for Reuters reported older adults with low vitamin D levels – and that accounts for most of them – may lose their memories and thinking abilities faster than those with normal vitamin D levels, researchers say.

“We were not particularly surprised by our findings because there is a recent and growing literature on the associations between vitamin D status and risk of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia, cognitive decline, and brain atrophy,” Dr. Joshua W. Miller from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey told Reuters Health.

Comment: Vitamin D is critical particularly for older individuals.


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Beat inflammation with this…


So… how can what you eat help you with your arthritis…next

 

Beat inflammation with this…

 

Paula Spencer Scott wrote a gem of an article in Parade magazine.

First, she described 5 inflammation fighting foods which are:

  1. Oily fish such as black cod, sardines, salmon, mackerel, and herring
  2. Grains such as brown rice, barley, and quinoa
  3. Plant proteins examples of which are black beans, lentils, chickpeas, pinto beans, lentils, soy, nuts, and seeds such as flax, sesame, and chia
  4. Spices like ginger, garlic, turmeric, and cinnamon
  5. And finally brightly colored fruits and vegetables.

 

Comment: So… just eat it.

 


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