April 2013

Obesity Heightens Risk Of Complications After RTSA

Obesity is a condition associated with numerous health problems, among them accelerated joint wear. While joint replacement surgery can significantly improve mobility in obese patients, they typically run a greater risk of complications compared to people of normal weight. A US research team from Danville, Pennsylvania has studied the impact of obesity in patients who […]

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EARLY TREATMENT ESSENTIAL FOR AVOIDING BACK PAIN-DEPRESSION VICIOUS CYCLE

Early treatment is very important for preventing back pain and depression from creating a vicious cycle in which one condition reinforces the other, according to Professor Markus Melloh of the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR). Some years ago, it was established that people with depressive symptoms run a greater risk of developing and

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Intense One-Sport Focus Puts Young Athletes At Much Greater Risk Of Severe Overuse Injuries

Specialisation and intensive training in one sport significantly increases the risk of serious overuse injuries in young athletes, researchers from the Loyola University Medical Center in the US have established. Based on the findings of the study, team leader Dr Neeru Jayanthi recommends that specialisation in one sport should not begin until late adolescence and

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STUDY CASTS LIGHT ON MATCH INJURIES AMONG YOUNG RUGBY PLAYERS

There have been quite a few studies examining injury patterns in senior rugby union players. However, similar investigations into youth rugby union are rare. A research team based at the University of Bath in the UK has sought to provide greater clarity, examining injury incidence among academy and school rugby players. Their study showed that

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TKR Delivers Long-Term Benefits To JIA Patients But Implant Longevity Needs Improvement

Total knee replacement (TKR) in people suffering from juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) results in better quality of life over the long term. However, further research will be needed to establish why implant longevity is poorer than in elderly osteoarthritic patients and to find ways of improving implant survivorship in JIA patients.

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Norwegian Study Associates Snowboarding With Highest Fracture Rate Among Children

Sports and recreational activities are responsible for about a third of fractures sustained by children. A research team from Akershus University Hospital in Oslo, Norway has examined the incidence and causes of sport-related fractures in the local paediatric population, concluding that distal radius fractures occur most often and snowboarding has the highest fracture rate among

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Review Shows Spine Fusion To Be Effective Treatment For LBP Caused By Degenerative Disc Disease

There is a large body of published material dealing with the outcomes of spinal fusion treatment for low back pain (LBP) resulting from degenerative disc disease. However, there is still lack of agreement as to how effective this type of surgery is. In an attempt to uncover new evidence that can shed light on the

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Bioglass Opens New Doors For Bone-Mending Solutions

Human bones can regenerate after slight damage but outside help is required when fractures are too serious. This is still achieved mostly through the use of metal nails and similar components. While these components have proved their effectiveness over time, one serious disadvantage is the need for a second operation to take them out when

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