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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.