Orthopedics Articles & Stories:

Expert Commentary: Thomas Murray, Jr., M.D. 3/25/2010

Expert Commentary: Thomas Murray, Jr., M.D. 3/25/2010 A tear of a cartilage cushion or meniscus is one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries, and removal of the torn fragments, or menisectomy, is one of the most common orthopaedic procedures done in the United States every day. The two menisci (plural) are semi-circular structures in the k... Read More

New Bone-Marrow-Cell Therapy Aids Spine Repair

New Bone-Marrow-Cell Therapy Aids Spine Repair Injecting a patient’s own bone-marrow stem cells into the spine using multiple routes helps to restore some function and quality of life to victims of spinal cord injury with no objectionable side effects, a recent study revealed.     The findings, published in the journ... Read More

Stem Cell Cartilage Offers Hope to Osteoarthritis Sufferers

Stem Cell Cartilage Offers Hope to Osteoarthritis Sufferers Cartilage grown from stem cells in a laboratory may one day repair damaged knees, according to research from UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering. Lead author, Kyriacos Athanasiou and his team used adult stem cells from bone marrow and skin as well as human embryonic stem cells to gro... Read More

Weight Loss Can Help Reduce Chance of Knee Osteoarthritis

Weight Loss Can Help Reduce Chance of Knee Osteoarthritis There's another good reason to lose even a moderate amount of weight: it could reduce your chance of developing knee osteoarthritis, according to data from a large ongoing study at the University of North Carolina. People who are overweight and lose just 5 percent of their weight are less like... Read More

High Dose Vitamin D Can Prevent Falls For Seniors Over 65

High Dose Vitamin D Can Prevent Falls For Seniors Over 65 Elderly people taking a daily supplement of vitamin D at a dose of 700-1000 IU (international unit of measurement) reduce their risk of falling by 19%, according to a study published on bmj.com. Every year, one in three people over aged 65 experiences at least one fall, with around 6% resultin... Read More

Getting Sun During Pregnancy May Strengthen Baby's Bones

Getting Sun During Pregnancy May Strengthen Baby's Bones When women get more sun during the last months of their pregnancies, their babies are likely to have stronger, healthier bones, a benefit that may last their whole lives, a recent study found. The study, conducted in Britain and reported in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism,... Read More

Expert Commentary: Paul Meli MD, FACS 2/1/2010

Expert Commentary: Paul Meli MD, FACS 2/1/2010 Injuries to the cartilage of the knee; the meniscus, are one of the most common injuries seen in the knee. A wide variety of activities can cause damage to the knee ranging from professional sporting activities such as football, soccer, or tennis to routine activities of daily living such as ... Read More

Expert Commentary: Gregory Portland, M.D. 11/23/2009

Expert Commentary: Gregory Portland, M.D. 11/23/2009 Torn rotator cuff tendons are among the most common conditions shoulder specialists face. Decisions to fix a torn tendon are predicated on a patient's age, occupation, activity level, weakness, and pain. Pain, in my experience, is the number one motivator to proceed with surgery. Read More

Expert Commentary: Peter Snitovsky, M.D. - 11/09/2009

Expert Commentary: Peter Snitovsky, M.D. - 11/09/2009 The story about warming-up before exercising is important because it shows how we can injure ourselves during everyday activities. Another, even more common place we may injure ourselves is right in front of our computer screens. In the world we live in today, we tend to work on our computers ... Read More

Source of Out-of-Control Bone Growth Discovered

Source of Out-of-Control Bone Growth Discovered A condition in which there is radically abnormal bone growth stems from bone-forming cells that line blood vessels deep within skeletal muscle tissue, not, as would have been expected, from muscle stem cells, according to a recent study. It also showed that cells involved in the body’s ... Read More

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