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Is there a reason why patients stop kneeling after a partial knee replacement (PKR)? If there is, doctors and physical therapists haven't been able to find it. And without the ability to kneel, daily activities can become quite restricted. In this study, physical therapists describe how to regain this skill. According to preoperative tests, many patients were unable to kneel before knee surgery. Even more had to give it up after surgery. The patients gave many different reasons for the inability to kneel. These included placement of the scar, loss of knee (or other joint) motion, pain, and skin numbness. The therapists decided to try a six weeks postoperative intervention to improve or restore kneeling after PKR. They included education, advice, reassurance, and specific instructions on kneeling. All patients were seen one time for a follow-up intervention visit approximately six weeks after the PKR operation. Everyone had the Oxford® Partial Knee Replacement from Biomet Orthopedics. Thi...
If you are getting older, then you might want to read about how to prevent knee pain. Since none of us are getting any younger, I guess everyone should read this; our knees are just getting older like the rest of our parts. Here are a few tips to help you avoid knee pain.
Keep Your Legs Strong: Those big thigh muscles really do support the knee when you’re walking, lifting, climbing and squatting. A simple but effective exercise is simply doing a short-arc knee extension while your knee is supported on a pillow; ankle weights are optional.
Be Kind to Your Knees: The days of old when you could pound the pavement are gone. Now, as you are getting older, there is less cushioning in your knees. Runners might need to switch to biking or swimming. Tennis players might need to switch to playing doubles or find a different more knee-friendly sport.
Wear Good Shoes: Time and time again, someone complaining of knee pain is wearing flip-flops, a shoe that is in the Hall of Sham...
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a common problem among military soldiers in training. In fact, it's the main reason soldiers are given a medical discharge. PFPS is also common among runners. PFPS causes pain behind the kneecap during running, squatting, and stair climbing. Even though PFPS is common, we still don't know exactly what causes it. Researchers suggest factors such as muscle weakness, loss of muscle control, and changes in the foot and ankle. How do we treat something when we don't know what causes it? What works for one person may not work for everyone. In this study, physical therapists in the military looked at the use of a shoe insert for PFPS. The insert is called a foot orthotic . They used an off-the-shelf and ready-to-use orthotic. It's a premolded full-length insole that fits inside the shoe. It has a firm arch support and heel cushion. The shoe insert was combined with a modified training program. Forty-five men and women with PFPS were examined before wearing ...
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