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Originally, total knee arthroplasty (TKA), or replacements, were for older people who had often begun to slow down or limit physical activities. However, the population of patients undergoing TKA is getting younger and more active - and more ethnically and culturally diverse, requiring the ability to flex the replacement in ways previously not needed. The authors of this study wanted to identify articles in the literature that reviewed the postoperative range of motion of TKA. Among the articles one reviewed TKAs for stiffness and flexion (bending) contracture before the surgery. The findings of that study were that the more limited the flexion and the stiffer the joint before surgery, the more reduced the flexion would be after surgery. Another study, looking at physiotherapy after surgery, determined that postoperative physiotherapy was particularly important, especially now that hospital stays after surgery are shorter than they have been in the past. The study also notes that the ef...
About two months ago, I injured myself during kickboxing. I think I was doing a squat and turned my knee inward.
My knee hurt afterward, but I figured that maybe once I had my next dose of Humira, it would feel better. This was kind of nonsensical because while I’ve had knee pain with my arthritis, it hasn’t been one of the more significant areas of my body impacted by my arthritis.
So I let it go. My Humira dose came and went, and my knee still hurt.
I wasn’t really paying that much attention to the knee pain, but the kicker (no pun intended) was when, in another episode of kickboxing, I did a side plank (if you don’t know what that is, see: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/core-strength/SM00047&slide=12 ), putting all of my weight on my knee, and it completely collapsed.
After a week of the pain getting worse, I went to the doctor, and was told that I had misaligned my kneecap. I was sent to p...
I just dug out of bed after too little sleep and a short painful night. I think everyone has experienced at least a few of these miserable times. You know the kind; you're sound asleep and all relaxed when you unconsciously roll over onto or bump into that unhappy arthritic joint , and shoots pain everywhere!!! I tried to resettle and find a less painful position, but just as I fell asleep again my dog (who sleeps with me) gave a sharp little yelp. Evidently, my dog was having one of those doggy dreams. Of course, by that time, I was wide awake. I finally gave up and got out of bed for the day after watching the numbers on my alarm clock for an interminable amount of time. 3 AM---YUUUCK!!! I've been understandably stressed, since in a few short days I have my first two for real-professional photography shows. For years, my friends have all said that I really needed more marketing for my framed nature photography, since I'm really good at what I do. Okay, two or ...
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