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Repairing torn shoulder muscles in elderly patients is often discouraged because of fears of complications. But a new study conducted at Rush University Medical Center has shown that minimally invasive, or arthroscopic, surgery can significantly improve pain and function.
The study has just been published online in Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery and will appear in the October issue.
“In people over the age of 70, pain is the main issue, and pain relief is a fairly reliable outcome after surgery,” said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nikhil Verma, who led the study. “Patients do not require that their shoulder function be fully restored. They just want the pain to be gone.” Verma is assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Rush.
With that requirement, Verma said, “age is not a contraindication” for the surgery.
Following failed conservative treatment, PCL repair or reconstruction is a safe and viable treatment option for pediatric and adolescent patients with multiligament or isolated PCL injuries, according to recent study results.
High profile events like the Olympics bring the hope that witnessing and celebrating dedicated athletes at the top of their game, will inspire young people to take up sport and physical activities that help them develop confidence, lead more satisfying lives, and not least, secure long-term health by reducing their risk for developing chronic illness like diabetes, obesity, cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
But unfortunately, if they don’t take appropriate measures, young athletes can instead, end up in pain, on a different path to poor health, due to avoidable sport injury.
A new study suggests that echocardiography be included as part of screenings to help identify student athletes with heart problems that could lead to sudden death.
Thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms might present as a burning, tingling and numb feeling felt within the arm, hands, and fingers. In thoracic outlet syndrome (also referred to as compression syndrome), the nerves and blood vessels are compressed or squeezed as they exit the neck space and journey into the shoulder and arm. If a nerve is compressed, you will notice weakness in your grip. If a vein is compressed, your hand may well feel cold, or flip pale or bluish. This text can take a deeper check into the signs related to this ailment, causes, diagnostic tests and medical treatments.
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A common, painful hip condition in elite athletes may be able to be repaired with an improved surgical technique, according to researchers presenting their work at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.
“In our review of 21 male, elite athletes who had hip pain and instability issues (hypoplastic or labrum tear), 81 percent returned to play at a similar level as before they were hurt, after receiving an arthroscopic reconstruction technique using an ipsilateral iliotibial band autograft,” said research author, Marc J. Philippon, MD, of the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado.
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When it comes to treating cartilage tears in athletes, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a safe and effective method of treatment, according to research presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in Baltimore.
“As athletic participation has grown,” Kon noted, “new problems like cartilage lesions, or tears, continue to emerge. Finding the right approach to treatment is difficult, but PRP has emerged as a viable option according to our research.”
Men have a greater number of knee ligament injuries than women, despite research suggesting that women’s knees are more prone to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and surgeries to fix them, according to a Swedish study.
The report, published in the American Journal of Sports medicine, counted the injuries across the entire Swedish population, not just among players of particular sports or in certain regions.
Exercise can counteract muscle breakdown, increase strength and reduce inflammation caused by aging and heart failure, according to new research in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal. The benefits for heart failure patients are similar to those for anyone who exercises: there’s less muscle-wasting, and their bodies become conditioned to handle more exercise. Age of the patients didn’t matter, either, researchers found.
As the pros warm up during spring training in Florida and Arizona, it’s a good time for recreational baseball and softball players also to consider how they can avoid injury.
“Unfortunately, as they’re gearing up for the spring season, some people always lose out due to injury,” says Parsons. “Throwing injuries and overuse often lead to shoulder pain, which for weekend warriors is most often due to a strain of the rotator cuff.