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...
I am 52, oxygen. asthema, and severe copd. I have started to have very sharp very painful stabbing pain on left side of my head temple area, almost above the ear. it stabs very quickly without warning. for a few seconds to a minute, then goes away for about 10 mintues and then it happens again. It started this morning. what can it be? Vonnie.
What you're describing could be ice pick headaches. You can find more information in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics . That said, nobody can confirm that via the Internet, so you really should see your doctor about these pains.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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An "enigma" is something that's hard to understand, something puzzling. Thigh pain after a surgery for a new hip joint is one of such puzzle. This enigmatic pain can occur when a cementless implant is used. Doctors report several possible causes. Sometimes the implant is too stiff for the bone. It doesn't "bend" enough so that stress builds up between the bone and the implant. The shape and size of the implant are also important. There is a greater chance of thigh pain with a larger implant. The quality of the patient's bone is also important. Poor bone structure from osteoporosis results in a "less stiff" bone. The zone between the implant and weaker bone may be mismatched. Thigh pain can be the result. This pain is usually described as a dull ache. There is no fever and no history of trauma or illness. The patient often points to the spot where the tip of the implant is located. Some patients report only mild discomfort. Others walk with a limp and need to use a cane or walker. The p...
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