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  • When can I drive after my hip replacement?

    When can I drive after my hip replacement?

    Most patients’ brake reaction time had returned to baseline level or better within 2 weeks of undergoing total hip arthroplasty, allowing the patients to be able to drive safely again, according to study results.

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  • Does total knee replacement lower risk of heart failure?

    Does total knee replacement lower risk of heart failure?

    New research presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) highlights the benefits of total knee replacement (TKR) in elderly patients with osteoarthritis, including a lower probability of heart failure and mortality.

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  • How do I get a good night’s sleep after my joint replacement surgery?

    How do I get a good night’s sleep after my joint replacement surgery?

    One of the most common complaints after joint replacement is difficulty sleeping. My patients always ask, how can I get better sleep? The most common cause of sleep disruption is pain. It has been reported that more than half of patients wake up with pain after joint replacement.

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  • Is steroid injection bad for your knee?

    Is steroid injection bad for your knee?

    A study at the Mayo Clinic has found that corticosteroids, commonly used as a short–term anti–inflammatory and analgesic for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, may be cytotoxic to mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), the direct progenitors of chondrocytes and other musculoskeletal tissue.

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  • Fish oil to decrease risk of arthritis?

    Fish oil to decrease risk of arthritis?

    According to the 2005 US census, osteoarthritis (OA) was the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting more than 50 million people. Current treatments are targeted at reducing symptoms of the inflammatory reaction that occurs after destruction of essential joint cartilage.

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  • Is arthritis preventable?

    Is arthritis preventable?

    One of the most common questions I get asked as an orthopaedic surgeon is, how do I prevent arthritis? Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder in the United States. Symptomatic knee OA occurs in 10% men and 13% in women aged 60 years or older.

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  • Does exercising make you live longer?

    Does exercising make you live longer?

    A study, published in the May British Journal of Sports Medicine, involving 6,000 Norwegian men born from 1923 to 1932 found that exercise late in life allows them to live longer. The study found that increasing physical activity benefited life span as much as did quitting smoking. The men in the study had a check on their health in 1972 and again in 2000.

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  • Drinking black tea decreases fracture risk!

    Drinking black tea decreases fracture risk!

    A new Australian study finds that drinking multiple cups of black tea is linked to lower fracture risk in older women. The study, which looked at 1,188 older women (aged 75 and over) participating in the Calcium Intake Fracture Outcome Study in Australia, found that those who drank at least three cups of tea a day had a 30% lower risk of having any osteoporosis–related fracture compared with women who rarely drank tea. A key ingredient in tea that is thought to benefit bone health are flavonoids.

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  • Does marijuana help bones heal faster?

    Does marijuana help bones heal faster?

    Bones heal faster when treated with a component of marijuana, according to a study at Tel-Aviv University in Israel. The helpful ingredient is cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychotropic component of the marijuana plant. Results of the study are published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

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  • How long will my hip replacement last?

    How long will my hip replacement last?

    Most hip replacements eventually wear out. Unfortunately, an artificial hip is not as durable as your own hip. Because the hip implants are made of metal and plastic, these materials begin to wear over time, just like the rubber on your car tires.

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