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The human knee can bend up to 160 degrees. This much motion allows us to easily do activities like getting in and out of the bathtub. It also makes it possible to squat down to check the line for a putt on the green while playing golf. Others use this amount of flexion to kneel or to squat while gardening, praying, or doing work tasks. The knee rarely bends this far again after a knee joint replacement. The average patient has between 100 and 115 degrees of knee bend. Knee flexion after total knee replacement (TKR) rarely goes beyond 120 degrees. The reasons for this limit in motion are many and varied. Researchers report factors present before, during, and after the operation that can affect knee flexion. In this article, doctors from Harvard Medical School outline each of those factors and discuss them. The doctors say that to increase knee flexion, we must first know how the healthy human knee works. Then limiting factors can be changed to mimic the normal knee. Three TKR implants o...
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...
Hello, I have recently been suffering from severe headaches that originate behind my left eye, behind my ear, to the base of my neck. It hurts to cough, sneeze, or even bend over to pick something up. I had a CT of the sinuses and it turned up nothing. My doctor put me on 800 mg ibuprofen, but I'd rather get to the root cause and not just the symptoms. Any ideas on what it can be? Sylvia.
The symptoms you describe are often symptoms of Migraine, but not always. That said, nobody can diagnose via the Internet, so you definitely need to find a doctor who understands Migraine and headaches . If you have trouble finding a doctor, there's a link below to our listing of patient recommended specialists.
One thing you can do to help you and your doctor determine what's going on is to keep a Migraine and headache diary. You can download a free diary workbook from our article Your Migraine and Headache Diary .
Good luck, John Claude ...
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