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  • Battling Bone Spurs

    They are known to be painful and to interfere with the movement of a joint. But bone spurs-common in older adults-often are benign. If you are over 60, chances are good that you have a bone spur, though you may not yet realize it, according to local orthopedic surgeons.

    A bone spur-the creation of extra bone-is the result of inflammation, stress, pressure or damage. "It's the body's response to wear and tear on the joints," said Loiy Mustafa, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Capital Orthopaedic Specialists, P.A. with privileges at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham. Bone spurs are found in joints as well as in places where tendons and ligaments attach to bone. In seniors, a bone spur most often occurs when there is degeneration of a joint due to osteoarthritis, Mustafa said.

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  • Device developed for running shoes that prevents injuries

    A prototype running shoe has been designed with an integrated device that improves training management and prevents injuries. The device consists of a microelectronic measuring system capable of gathering biomechanical parameters that characterize the runner's technique during a race. This information is wirelessly transmitted to the runner's mobile phone and a mobile phone application provides real-time feedback, including level of performance and suggestions to change the running pattern or to stop running in case of detecting a high risk of injury.

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  • Prehabilitation Could Help Knee and Hip Replacement Patients Recover

    With the number of total knee and hip replacements on the rise, doctors are looking for ways to reduce the amount of care needed after surgery. Prehabilitation (physical therapy before surgery) could help patients recover faster and save money.

    Rehabilitation following knee or hip replacement is the standard of care. The physical therapy is designed to help patients adjust to new joints and strengthen muscles.

    A new study found that physical therapy before the joint replacement surgeries reduced the need for rehab after the surgery.

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  • Intra-articular tranexamic acid benefitted TKA patients without increased risk of DVT, PE

    Among patients who underwent total knee arthroplasty, intra-articular tranexamic acid significantly reduced total blood loss, drainage, reduction of hemoglobin and the need for transfusion without increasing the incidence of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, making it safe and efficacious, according to study results.

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  • Study shows trends in total hip arthroplasty implant usage from 2001 to 2012

    From 2001 to 2012, total hip arthroplasty implant usage trends favoredcementless fixation, metal-on-polyethylene or ceramic-on-polyethylene bearings, modular acetabular cups and large diameter femoral heads, according to study results

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