Many people who have torn their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) have surgery to repair the injured ligament. Since the ligament has been torn, donor tissue is needed to replace it. The donor piece may come from tendon taken from the patient. Usually, this comes from the injured leg, but it can come from the other leg. The graft site may be the tendon that goes to the kneecap or it may come from a leg muscle. After surgery of any kind, problems can occur. ACL repair has its share of possible complications. There may be infection or poor wound healing. The donor tissue may not be strong enough to hold the joint together. In rare cases, the kneecap may even break. This is called a patellar fracture . Patellar fractures occur in about one percent of all cases when the patellar tendon is used as the donor tissue. The number of patellar fractures has decreased as more and more ACL repairs are done. There isn't a single cause of this fracture. In this study, eight people ended up with a patell...
In this year of Hillary and Sarah, it is interesting that gender issues in medicine are becoming important... and profitable.
In 2006, Zimmer, Inc. received clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration to market an artificial knee that is gender-specific. This is based on studies that have focused on the anatomical differences between men and women. Specifically, men have been found to have an increase in the contact area where the knee cap meets the rest of the knee joint compared to women. And women appear to have a more narrow space when one looks at the inner and outer aspect of the knee.
Osteoarthritis of the knee is a major cause of chronic pain and disability, and the concern up to this point is that perhaps the orthopedic profession and its suppliers of artificial knees are doing a disservice to some patients by not taking into account the differences between a male knee and a female knee. All of us know patients who have chronic pain even af...
First, understand that there is no
"magic supplement" that will cure osteoarthritis. In this post, we'll talk about the real difference
between supplements and arthritis medication, how to select a supplement to buy
and about a few common osteoarthritis supplements, including glucosamine and
chondroitin . Also, note that the most effective, lasting treatment for the pain
associated with osteoarthritis is stretching and strengthening the surrounding
muscles in the right way.
What Are Supplements?
People have been using plants for
medicinal purposes since the beginning of civilization. Of every 10,000 compounds sampled, perhaps
one will make it to market. And that
process of bringing a new drug to market takes 10 to15 years and can cost more
than $1 billion dollars. That's a lot of
money! Considering the abundance of
potential natural therapeutic agents out there in the world, it shouldn't be
surprising that some of them have not yet been ...
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