Habitual running ‘may protect against knee osteoarthritis, not cause it’
Source: Medical News Today
Osteoarthritis is a joint disease characterized by the breakdown of the cartilage, joint lining, ligaments and bone. It most commonly affects the knees, hips, hands and spine. Around 26.9 million adults in the US are estimated to have some form of osteoarthritis, with middle-aged and elderly individuals being most affected.
Although it is unclear exactly what causes osteoarthritis, some studies have suggested that regular running may contribute to the disease. But the team notes that such studies have been conducted in professional male runners, so they may not apply to the general public
Patients should wait at least six weeks to resume driving following shoulder replacement surgery
More than 53,000 Americans have total shoulder joint replacement (SJR) surgery each year, and yet the effects of this surgery on a patient’s ability to safely drive a vehicle, and the appropriate recovery time before patients should return to driving, have yet to be determined
Successful outcomes for most failed rotator cuff repairs
Source: Medical Xpress
More than half of patients with failed rotator cuff repair have successful outcomes, and the presence of retear negatively affects clinical outcomes.
Research aims to improve repair of rotator cuff injuries
Source: Medical Xpress
Rotator cuff tears are among the most common orthopedic injuries suffered by adults in the United States, due to wear and tear or the effects of age. With a 94 percent failure rate for surgical repairs of large tears in older patients, it’s no surprise that the injury is a major cause of pain and disability.
More osteoarthritis noted later in life in kids who have ACL reconstruction
Source: Science Daily
Adolescents who have an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction are more likely to demonstrate osteoarthritic changes later in life, researchers have discovered. “Early reconstruction of ACLs is often the trend for young more skeletally mature athletes to restore knee stability and prevent progressive meniscal and/or articular cartilage damage. Often these procedures do allow individuals to return to the playing field and continue an active lifestyle. However, it is still important to evaluate long-term effects such as osteoarthritis when considering surgeries for these pediatric patients,” said the lead researcher.