Are you 55 years old or older and still pain free? Chances are you have osteoarthritis and don't know it. X-rays show arthritic changes in eight out of every 10 adults age 55 and older. Knees, hips, and spines are affected most, in that order. Older adults with leg pain may have arthritic changes in both the hip and spine. They sometimes have a total hip replacement (THR) only to develop groin and buttock pain next. Or suddenly they have muscle weakness that isn't related to the THR. In these cases, lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) may be the problem. LSS occurs when age-related changes narrow the canal where the spinal cord and nerves travel. Bone spurs, thickened ligaments, and worn-down joints are just some of the changes leading to LSS. These doctors from Baylor College of Medicine offer other orthopedic surgeons some guidance. They say that when a patient with a recent THR has severe pain after the operation, look for infection, an unstable implant, or LSS. Location of the pain is a key...
When a baby lies down to sleep he loses the beneficial effect of
gravity, which helps keep the stomach's contents in the stomach.
Oftentimes, nights are the worst times for children suffering from
A common suggestion to reduce nighttime effects of reflux is to
have the baby sleep on an incline so that the feet of the baby are
lower than its head. Usually this is done by tilting the baby's
mattress, which is easiest and safest. Or you could tilt the
Regardless of the method, you are looking to elevate the head of
the baby at about a 30° to 45° angle higher than his
Method 1: Tilt the mattress.
With most cribs, you can change the height of the mattress by
simply raising or lowering the mattress's supporting platform.
Remove the sheets and mattress covering, and then remove the
mattress. The mattress will be resting on a supporting platform
(may be solid or springs). Where this platform attaches to the
crib-frame there may be attachments that allow you ...
This is a retrospective study of 66 patients who were diagnosed by arthroscopy with a hip labral tear. Retrospective means the researchers looked back after the diagnosis was made to see if there was any way to tell what the problem was. For example, did all the patients have a limp? Did they all have hip and/or groin pain? Was there any one clinical test that was positive for every patient to point to a labral tear? The labrum is a rim of cartilage around the edge of the acetabulum (hip socket). It helps keep the joint stable and in place. Recent studies have shown that many degenerative conditions affecting the hip cause this kind of tear. Young and middle-aged adults are affected most often. Diagnosis of labral tears can be difficult. The wrong diagnosis is often made, and time is wasted on the wrong treatment. Sometimes surgery is done on the wrong body part. The results of this study may help change that. The authors report 95 per cent of the patients had a positive impingement sig...
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