Knees

PHYSICAL THERAPY EFFECTIVE VS. ARTHROSCOPIC KNEE SURGERY

THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE: A new study questioning the usefulness of arthroscopic surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee should encourage patients to consider physical therapy as an effective non-surgical option, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine ...

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MENISCUS TEARS INCREASE KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS RISK

Damage to the meniscus in the knee joint may lead to osteoarthritis in middle-age and elderly patients. As reported in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism, Dr. Englund, from Boston University School of Medicine and Lund University Hospital in Sweden, and colleagues investigated the link between meniscal damage and the development of ...

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TRAINING THE BRAIN MAY HELP PREVENT ACL INJURIES

New research shows that training the brain may be just as effective as training muscles in preventing ACL knee injuries, and suggests a shift from performance-based to prevention-based athletic training programs, say researchers at the University of Michigan. In studying ACL injuries, researchers had participants perform one-legged squats to fatigue, then tested the ...

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EXERCISE 1 – 4 YEARS AFTER KNEE REPLACEMENT

An increase in muscle size and strength and an improvement in levels of mobility can occur after 12 weeks of resistance exercise in older individuals 1 to 4 years after total knee arthroplasty (TKA), say authors of study published in the June issue (Vol 467 Issue 6) of Clinical Orthopaedics ...

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EXERCISE HELPS KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS

Research published in the June issue (Vol 36 Issue 6) of the Journal of Rheumatology reports that there is evidence that land-based therapeutic exercise has at least short-term benefit in terms of reduced knee pain and physical disability for people with knee osteoarthritis (OA). The magnitude of the treatment effect ...

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LINK BETWEEN LEG-LENGTH INEQUALITY & OSTEOARTHRITIS

Leg-length inequality is a potentially modifiable risk factor for knee osteoarthritis, say authors of a study that found that radiographic leg-length inequality was associated with prevalent, incident symptomatic, and progressive knee osteoarthritis. In a study involving 3,026 participants aged 50 to 79 years with or at high risk for knee osteoarthritis, ...

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EARLY PT CAN HELP KNEE SURGERY PATIENTS

On average, those beginning treatment earlier stayed in hospital two days less than the control group and had five fewer rehabilitation sessions before discharge. An early start also led to less pain, greater range of joint motion both in leg flexion and extension, improved muscle strength and higher scores in ...

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