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Surgery can be done for patients with long-term wear and tear from having knock-knees. This condition is called varus deformity . Dr. Frank Noyes, a well-known orthopedic surgeon reports the results of 55 cases treated with an operation called opening wedge osteotomy or high tibial osteotomy (HTO). This particular procedure is designed to help patients get their motion back quickly and get back on their feet without complications. The surgeon removes a piece of bone from the iliac crest (pelvic bone) to use as a wedge at the knee. The idea is to correct the deformity by changing the angle and slope of the tibia (lower leg bone). During the HTO, the top of the tibia is sawed almost completely off. The bone is lifted up forming a sideways V-shaped gap. The bone graft is cut into three triangular shapes and carefully inserted into the opening. A metal plate and screws are used to hold everything together while the bone heals. The goal is to promote healing and prevent nonunion or fracture. ...
Studies show muscle weakness after total knee replacement (TKR) is common months and even years after the surgery. This study compares the force produced during a single-leg press after TKR. Nine patients with TKR were compared to nine adults without TKR (the control group). This is the first study to measure force produced by the leg after TKR in a weight-bearing position. It's unique because force is examined across several joints using many muscle groups. This gives a better idea of what's going on in a fully weight-bearing position. Other studies have reported on forces in one joint at a time. Often only the knee extensor muscles are tested. The authors report that there is much less force through the leg with the joint replacement. These measures were lower when compared to the patient's healthy leg and when compared to the control group. This shows that the entire leg, not just one set of muscles, has less power. The researchers suggest that the loss of force in the leg with the TK...
RLS sufferer Cari Lendrum recommends: Try Cari’s “RLS Squats!” – To do this exercise, start off in a standing position and then bend your knees slightly so that you are in a squat. Rest your forearms on your thighs close to your knees, grasping your opposite wrist for stability if necessary. Maintaining that position, raise and lower your buttocks over and over until you get tired. Repeat the exercise as long as you can without feeling muscle strain or discomfort in the back or knees. Hopefully, this will alleviate your symptoms even if just for a short time. Do you have a strategy for coping with RLS? Share your story and/or advice by contacting Colleen Cancio at email@example.com .
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