Posts Tagged ‘knee’

MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound for the Management of Osteoarthritic Knee Pain

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Another treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee?

MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound for the Management of Osteoarthritic Knee Pain

A Japanese study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders and reported in Medscape showed that local bone denervation by MR-guided focused ultrasound has been demonstrated as a promising tool for pain relief of bone metastases. Eight patients with medial knee pain and eligible for total knee replacement were included. MR-guided focused sonication treatments were applied the target sites. The pain intensity during walking was assessed on a 100 mm visual analog scale (VAS) before and after treatment.

Six patients showed immediate pain alleviation after treatment, and four of them demonstrated long-lasting effect at 6-month follow up. There were no adverse side effects or complications during and after treatment.

Comment: This therapy is promising and innovative. It’s a pretty small sample size though.

Big Toe May Not Be The Biggest Culprit In Gout Flares

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Big Toe May Not Be The Biggest Culprit In Gout Flares

Robert Preidt writing in Healthday reported that research scheduled to be presented at the European League Against Rheumatism meeting suggests that “the big toe is not the biggest culprit in gout flare-ups, contrary to popular belief.” Investigators “found that people with the highest risk of repeated cases of gout are those whose gout first appears in other joints, such as the knee or elbow, rather than in the joints of the big toe.” The study included 46 patients with gout who were followed for approximately 13 years.

Comment: Another myth bites the dust.

Joint Replacement Surgery At Less Experienced Hospitals = More Complications.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

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Less-Experienced Hospitals Have More Post-Procedure Complications.

Mary Elizabeth Dallas writing in Healthday reported, “People who have hip or knee replacement surgery at hospitals that do relatively few surgeries are at greater risk for serious complications after the procedure,” according to a study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism. For the study, Dr. Jasvinder Singh of the University of Alabama, and colleagues, “compiled data on 10,187 hip and 19,418 knee replacement surgeries performed in Pennsylvania in 2002.” The researchers found that “people who had a hip replaced at a hospital that did 200 or fewer surgeries a year were more likely to develop a blood clot that travels to the lungs, called a pulmonary embolism, within 30 days of surgery than were those who had their surgery at a high-volume hospital, which did more than 200 surgeries a year.”

Emotional State Affects Outcome After Knee Surgery.

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

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Emotional State May Affect Results After Knee Surgery.

Deborah Kotz writing in the Boston Globe reported that many patients considering knee, wrist or hip surgery may not think about “how their overall health and emotional state plays a role in determining how well they’ll heal from surgery.” Dr. David Ayers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School “estimates that one-third of all surgical patients have what he calls a ‘low emotional state’ before surgery, and previous research has shown that these patients are 3.5 times as likely to have less functional improvement after surgery.” Moreover, patients with low emotions are more than “10 times as likely to wind up with less function if they also had heart disease, vascular disease, or diabetes,” according to Dr. Ayers.

What do you want to know about stem cell and PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy?

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

I’d like to know what you want to know about stem cell and PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy.

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