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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...
I just started having sharp stabbing pains of the left side of my head just above the left ear. It feels like someone is stabbing with a sharp object and is very painful. It doesn't last too long. Sometimes I get them one after the other and sometimes it goes away and them comes back, but right after this happens I get tingling all over my left check and then going down to the jaw are.
I've have this now going on 3 days. Today the jabbing is going to my forehead mainly on the left side. I'm very worried. Thanks, Rose.
This isn't a question that anyone can safely answer via the Internet. It needs to be addressed by a physician who can review your medical history, discuss your symptoms, and examine you in person.
What you describe could be ice pick headaches, but we cannot say if it is or not. You can find some information in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics .
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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