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There are many reasons why knee stiffness occurs after joint replacement. In this article, ways to predict and manage such a problem are reported. Computerized records of almost 10,000 patients were reviewed to provide this information. Stiffness was defined for this study as less than 90-degrees of knee flexion. Two groups of patients were compared. The first group had a total knee replacement (TKR) with stiffness afterwards. The second (control) group had a TKR without stiffness. Everything about these patients was compared. For example, age, race, sex, and body mass index were compared. Range of motion before the surgery was reported. Details of the operation such as length of time and blood loss were included. The authors report that more patients with stiff knees after TKR were younger than the control group patients. Women were affected more often than men. They had shorter patellar (kneecap) length and longer patellar tendon. These changes lead to a slightly different position of...
Last week, I had my monthly massage with Ruth. I love going to see her because (a) she’s become a friend; (b) massages (for the most part) feel really good; and (c) I get a chance to analyze what’s happening with my body when she hits a pressure point or finds a muscle that’s really tight. This month, I asked Ruth to pay attention to my legs. “My hamstring muscles have been really tight as of late,” I told her during our pre-massage discussion. “They haven’t been cramping, but they feel like they are thinking about it.”
So why would they have been tightening up? Ruth’s guess was that these muscles were reacting to the extra mile that I’ve added to my daily walk with my dog. And – surprisingly – she found that my calf muscles were much tighter than my hamstrings.
So what is muscle stiffness? “Muscle stiffness is [the] feeling of tension and contraction in the muscles, that may limit normal range of motion,&rd...
Lately, I’ve found that my hips have stiffened up. According to my massage therapist, part of the reason is due to lower back issues that I’ve been facing. It turns out that my lower back has recruited my hip muscles into a revolt that at times can be uncomfortable and at times can be downright painful.
And I’m not alone because, unfortunately, stiff hips can be part of aging for women. In her book, “Fit and Fabulous After 40,” Denise Austin notes that women’s hips differ from men’s. “Our hip socket is called a Q socket, and unlike men, the line from knee to hip isn’t straight; our femurs, or upper leg bones, fit into the hip socket at an angle,” she writes. “For this reason, women tend to experience more hip problems are they grow older.” She notes that issues with your hips can impact your ability to walk and also can lead to back pain and other injuries. Plus, I want to do everything I can to avoid getting arth...
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