• Multidisciplinary treatment can help with pain after TKA or THA

    Source: Healio

    Multidisciplinary pain treatment has been shown in a recent study to one way to aid patients following total knee arthroplasty and total hip arthroplasty procedures.

    In the study, investigators found that multidisciplinary pain treatment (MPT) “has beneficial short-term and mid-term effects on subjective pain intensity, physical capability and depression levels in patients with persistent pain after joint arthroplasty,” lead author Christian Merle, MD, MSc, and colleagues, wrote.

    Merle and colleagues conducted a retrospective study that followed 40 patients (mean age 62 years) with persistent unexplained pain following total knee arthroplasty (TKA) or total hip arthroplasty (THA) that previous treatments were unable to rectify. The procedures were performed between April 2007 and April 2010.

    The evaluations, which were done before MPT, after 3 weeks of MPT and at 32 months mean follow-up, focused on the patients' pain intensity, physical capability and psychological status, according to the study.

    All the scores used showed a significant improvement at the completion of MPT over the baseline pain scores. At 32 months' follow-up, pain intensity, physical capability and depression levels deteriorated slightly, but were significantly better than at baseline.

    The results showed 79% of the 34 patients available for final follow-up reported a reduction in pain on the Numeric Rating Scale of 0.5 to 5.0 points. All patients reported pre-MPT NSAID use, 41% of patients continued to use NSAIDs and15% of them reported using opioids after 32 months.

    Because MPT helps to alleviate unexplained pain following TKA and THA, Merle and colleagues noted in the study it may help patients avoid exploratory revision surgery.

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  • Rose Needs Surgery on Torn Right Meniscus

    Source: Chicago Tribune

    Derrick Rose had so looked forward to the warm embrace that awaited him on Sunday.

    With friends and family looking on from where he makes his offseason home, Rose was scheduled to play the Clippers in a matinee at the Staples Center. That's mere miles from where he spent so many grueling hours rehabilitating his torn left anterior cruciate ligament over many of the previous 19 months.

    Instead, Rose was headed back to Chicago on Sunday, facing more surgery early this week and uncertainty after an MRI exam confirmed a medial meniscus tear to his right knee. The Bulls said Rose will be sidelined indefinitely.

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  • Young athletes at risk for lower back injuries

    Source: Medical News Today

    Lower back injuries are the third most common injuries suffered in athletes under age 18, according to a study presented by sports medicine physician NeeruJayanthi, MD.

    Many injuries are severe enough to sideline young athletes for one-to-six months, and put them at future risk for long-term back problems.

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  • Hours spent in organized sports may predict young athlete injury

    Source: Medical News Today

    Athletes ages 8 to 18 who spend twice as many hours per week in organized sports than in free play, and especially in a single sport, are more likely to be injured, according to an abstract presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.

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  • Exercise may prevent fall-related injuries in older adults

    Source: Medical News Today

    New research suggests that exercise programs aimed at preventing falls in older adults may also prevent injuries caused by falls. This is according to a study published in the BMJ.

    These injuries can have serious implications on a person's mobility and independence, increasing the risk of discharge to a nursing home, as well as incurring high economic costs.

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