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So, you have hip pain, but the X-rays and MRI are normal. Now what? Now your doctor may want to consider that you might have hip impingement, formally known as Femoroacetabular Impingement . Considering the anatomy of the hip joint as a ball and socket joint , this diagnosis is really not surprising because some bones just do not fit together perfectly to form a perfectly symmetrical, precise joint. The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. Sometimes the ball is not perfectly round and sometimes the socket is too deep. A shallow socket is considered hip dysplasia which is different than hip impingement. Hip impingement literally means that there is abnormal friction producing abnormal wear within the hip joint. If the ball has an abnormal bump, then this is termed CAM Impingement which wears out the dome of the ball as is rubs against the socket. If the socket is too deep, then this is termed Pincer Impingement which wears out the neck of the femoral head as it rubs against the rim of t...
Reader Question: I have osteoporosis and have been taking Fosamax for the past 3 years. I was just reading in the paper this morning that this drug was shown to cause bone fractures. Isn't this medication supposed to protect me from this? Should I stop taking it? What about the other similar drugs in the same class?
I wouldn't blame anyone for starting to worry, if you just read the news headlines. Let me give you some background and perspective on this new controversy.
It seems that that Bisphosphonates, drugs such as Alendronate ( Fosamax ), Residronate ( Actonel ), Ibandronate ( Boniva ) and Zoledronic Acid (Reclast) have been linked to many side effects over the past years. When the drug was released more then 10 years ago, it was implicated as a cause of esophagitis.
More recently, possible side effects include osteonecrosis of the jaw (i.e. bone death), muscle and joint aching (FDA warning), atrial fibrillation , and now this new report on hip fractures.
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It all started right around the end of October. I was off to a good start that day and had great intentions, I went to the YMCA and started my membership so I could use the pool and take their new chair yoga classes. When I got home I was feeling really good about myself so I decided to push it a bit.... A friend of mine had given me a small electric moped, and I decided today was the day to ride it. It's just a small moped more of the scooter, a bicycle type seat, two small wheels, a footboard and motorcycle like handlebars. It's electric but can travel nearly 20 miles an hour. I managed to get out of my power chair and onto the moped then took off to tour our subdivision! All was going very well and I was really enjoying my ride when I came up near a small boy riding his skateboard. As I passed him wide on the right, he fell off his skateboard kicking it back towards me. Of course the skateboard ...
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