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This is a retrospective study of 66 patients who were diagnosed by arthroscopy with a hip labral tear. Retrospective means the researchers looked back after the diagnosis was made to see if there was any way to tell what the problem was. For example, did all the patients have a limp? Did they all have hip and/or groin pain? Was there any one clinical test that was positive for every patient to point to a labral tear? The labrum is a rim of cartilage around the edge of the acetabulum (hip socket). It helps keep the joint stable and in place. Recent studies have shown that many degenerative conditions affecting the hip cause this kind of tear. Young and middle-aged adults are affected most often. Diagnosis of labral tears can be difficult. The wrong diagnosis is often made, and time is wasted on the wrong treatment. Sometimes surgery is done on the wrong body part. The results of this study may help change that. The authors report 95 per cent of the patients had a positive impingement sig...
In the 14 years since I was "officially diagnosed" with osteoarthritis, I guess I've been quite lucky. Yes, I have nine artificial joints from the waist down, and I'm certainly NOT going to say the surgeries were my idea of fun - neither were all of the follow-up hours of physical-therapy - but yes, I've been lucky. I have only had minimal bouts of horrible pain pre-op and the fun of struggling to get a new joint working correctly, but the reality is, I was fairly ok.
A few short months ago, I suddenly seemed to be falling once in awhile for no obvious reason. This was rather strange for someone who had climbed part of Mt. Kilimanjaro for the SECOND time in January , as well as climbing in the mountains of Madagascar. I was there in February 2011 to photograph endangered animals - and I did so without EVER falling.
The pain in my left hip (yes, it's artificial) suddenly became excruciating with accompanying pain down my entire left leg. The pain in my entire ba...
Most of our readers (and fellow osteoarthritis sufferers) realize that this disease is not only painful but also very frustrating. When I was first diagnosed with OA approximately 12 years ago, I knew very little about it. At times, I'm not entirely sure that I'm that much more knowledgable now! When I had the first surgery to replace a joint in my foot that had deteriorated due to OA, I assumed that this was the end of it, the OA was gone, and I could continue my life as usual. Little did I realize that this was just the tiny beginning of my battle with OA! May 6, I again will be having orthopedic surgery and will have a total knee replacement .
This is my ninth surgery from the waist down due to OA. I've had several joint replacements, fusions, and even nine small joints removed from one of my feet. Amazingly, thanks to the skills of great orthopedic surgeons, I seldom even limp unless I'm having one of those horribly extra painful days!
The extra challenge now is that the dete...
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