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Total knee replacement (TKR) surgery can do wonders for an arthritic or damaged knee. But TKR is hard on the muscles around the knee. Surgery and the down time after surgery often cause these muscles to lose strength. Weakness is especially bad in the thigh muscles. Much of rehab after TKR involves strengthening the weak muscles around the knee. Electric muscle stimulation (EMS) can help muscles gain strength. It seems odd that simply passing an electrical current through a muscle can build it up, but it's true. EMS is sometimes used to regain strength after spine injuries. EMS has also been shown to help athletes build muscle. These authors tested using EMS in the thigh muscles after TKR. Fifteen patients were given EMS treatments after TKR. They were hooked up to EMS for four hours a day over six weeks. They also had the usual physical therapy. A second group of 15 patients received just the usual therapy. Both groups were checked for walking speed, walking effort, and knee function b...
Are you starting to feel pain in your knee from playing football, basketball, soccer or tennis or being a long-time regular at the step aerobic class? You’re not alone. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons , the knee is the largest joint in the human body. Additionally, it is one of the most complex joints and is vulnerable to injury since people use it so much.
The most common injury is a meniscal tear, which is often described as torn cartilage in the knee. It is estimated that this type of injury affects approximately 30 percent of people who are 50 years old and above. The meniscus are tough, and rubbery wedge-shaped pieces of cartilage that serve as shock absorbers between the thighbone (which is known as the femur) and the shinbone (known as the tibia).
“Athletes, particularly those who play contact sports, are at risk for meniscal tears,” the AAOS website states. “However, anyone at any age can tear a meniscus.&rd...
"My doctor wants to give me a cortisone injection in my knee for my osteoarthritis. That's just a short-term fix, isn't it? Won't the pain just come back?" Knee pain from osteoarthritis (OA) can range from mild to severe. There are several treatments available for osteoarthritis knee pain. These treatments range from nutritional interventions, supplements, and exercise all the way to injections and, potentially, even surgery.
In this blog, we'll talk about all of these options. But first, we'll talk about medication and injections for osteoarthritis pain relief.
Oral medications are one option. These medications range from simple painkillers (such as Tylenol , tramadol , and narcotics ) to anti-inflammatory medications (such as Advil and Celebrex ). The problem with any medication, of course, is that they all have the potential for side effects, and some of these side effects can be serious. There are ...
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