Orthopedics Articles & Stories:

The Shoulder and Its Many Sources of Pain

The Shoulder and Its Many Sources of Pain With all the extraordinary array of muscles, bones, ligaments and nerves that cluster in the shoulder, it's sometimes called the "spaghetti junction" of our bodies. And with this dizzying array of layered elements, it's not surprising that the shoulder is prone to many pains that may have ... Read More

Cartilage Transplants Help Repair Shoulder Joints

Cartilage Transplants Help Repair Shoulder Joints Doctors are finally beginning to use cartilage transplants to fix damaged shoulder joints instead of relying on arthroscopic surgery or impermanent implants to do the job. But only a few hospitals nationwide have taken up the practice. "For a long time, surgeons have been looking for an al... Read More

One-Sixth of Knee Cartilage Treatments Need Redoing

One-Sixth of Knee Cartilage Treatments Need Redoing More than one in six patients who receive an implant of their own tissue to repair knee cartilage damage must undergo repeat surgery, a recent study found. Doctors conduct the well-established surgical procedure, known as autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI), by removing cartilage cells ... Read More

Synthetic Bone May Assist Implant Surgery

Synthetic Bone May Assist Implant Surgery British scientists have created a dissolvable ceramic bone substitute that, through a technique for building automobile catalytic converters, can be made highly porous so that natural bone cells can infiltrate it and use it as scaffolding for regrowing actual bone. The new material, which is ... Read More

Technique Aids Joint Replacements

Technique Aids Joint Replacements A computer-aided bone-implant technique is coming on line that will increase the accuracy of implant insertions and decrease operating room time for hip, shoulder, knee and ankle replacements - especially for younger patients. The novel technology relies on software newly developed by the Hum... Read More

Anti-Arthritis Benefits of Ancient China's Qigong

Anti-Arthritis Benefits of Ancient China's Qigong An old Chinese healing-energy practice has potential for helping patients with knee arthritis, recent research suggests. The Chinese technique, known as qigong (pronounced chee-gong), utilizes the supposed flows of chi (qi), or energy, in practitioner and patient to bring healing to a variety... Read More

Waiting May Reduce Need for Back Surgery

Waiting May Reduce Need for Back Surgery New studies demonstrate that waiting may be the best alternative to back surgery. Approximately 1.5 million back surgeries are performed worldwide. These surgeries are performed to address painful problems associated with slipped or misaligned disks. Intransient sciatica and other lower back ... Read More

Women With Depression At Risk For Osteoporosis

Women With Depression At Risk For Osteoporosis A study from the National Institute of Mental Health has found that women who suffer from depression are more likely to enter menopause with an increased risk of bone fractures. Researchers report that 17% of women with depression had decreased bone mass in the femoral neck, compared to 2% of... Read More

Restless Legs Linked to Heart Disease and Stroke

Restless Legs Linked to Heart Disease and Stroke A study published in the latest issue of Neurology found that people with restless leg syndrome (RLS) have double the risk of heart disease and stroke. The study included nearly 3,500 community based participants of average age 68 years from the Sleep Heart Health Study. The researchers used ... Read More

Specific Strength Training Relieves Chronic Neck Pain

Specific Strength Training  Relieves Chronic Neck Pain Neck pain has become increasingly prevalent over the past two decades and is now second only to back pain, the most common musculoskeletal disorder and most common cause of disability in working Americans. Women are more likely to suffer from neck pain than are men, especially those who engag... Read More

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