Not much is known about kneeling for patients with a total knee replacement (TKR). Is it safe to kneel? Will the joint implant wear out sooner if you kneel? Does the new joint work the same way when kneeling as when squatting or climbing stairs? These are questions researchers at the University of Vermont are trying to answer. X-rays were taken in three positions for 20 patients with TKRs who could kneel and stand easily. The researchers looked for contact points for two types of knee implants in two kneeling positions. The results were compared to the contact points while standing with the knee straight. The authors report that patients who had trouble kneeling were more likely to report back pain or scar pain as the reason. They found that kneeling with 90 degrees of flexion was the same as deep flexion during squatting and climbing stairs. There was a little more movement in one of the two implants. Neither type was in danger of dislocating. After TKR, many patients want to resume act...
Most conservative treatments for joint pain seem to be based on good old common sense, but they aren't always based on science. The treatments might work just fine, yet there may not be any solid research to back them up. This is the case in treating patellofemoral pain. Patellofemoral pain is often felt behind the kneecap (the patella ). Patellofemoral pain mainly occurs during activities such as climbing stairs, squatting, running, and kneeling. Patellofemoral pain is very common, especially in athletes. No one really understands what causes the pain. There may be several different causes. But no matter what the cause, the standard treatment is physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the tissues around the kneecap. But does physical therapy really work better than the simple effects of time? So far there has been no strong research to prove it. These researchers in Australia looked at 67 people who had patellofemoral pain. All the patients were younger than 40, and they all had...
I was applying pressure this morning to something an had the sharpest pain shoot from the back to side side of the right side of my head. I stopped for a minute then continued what I was doing and it happened again. All I could think about was an Aneurysm. Could this be and what should I do I am scared? Joanne.
Statistically, it's unlikely to be an aneurysm, but you certainly don't want to find yourself on the wrong end of those statistics. Any unexplained head pain should be investigated. Please see your doctor as soon as possible.
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