News for patients about bone and joint problems.

Related MedlinePlus Pages Back PainRehabilitationSpinal Stenosis TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Physical therapy may be just as good as surgery for older adults with a type of chronic lower back pain, new research suggests. Standard treatments for lumbar spinal stenosis -- a painful, often disabling narrowing of the spinal canal -- are an operation known as surgical decompression or physical therapy. But physical therapy is much less invasive and less risky than surgery. "Adverse events from surgery range from 15 to 20 percent, with half of those being serious or life-threatening," said study author Anthony Delitto.

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It’s nearly baseball season and that means thousands of boys and girls will be hitting the field, bat and ball in hand. Shoulder and elbow injuries are common in baseball, especially among young pitchers. Now, a new study pinpoints 3 reasons they may be at risk. The researchers included 420 youth and adolescent pitchers… During pre-season training, they evaluated their performance using high-speed video analysis. They also collected information on their pitching and injury history. 31 percent of the participants reported a previous injury…30 percent reported current pitching-related pain. The data showed that pitching velocity, the pitcher’s height and playing for more than one team increased the likelihood of a history of injury.

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Related MedlinePlus Pages ArthritisHealth StatisticsHip Replacement TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More and more middle-aged Americans are replacing their hips damaged by severe arthritis -- a surgery that used to be largely reserved for elderly people, a new study reports. Researchers found that between 2002 and 2011, the rate of hip-replacement surgery nearly doubled among Americans ages 45 to 64. By 2011, those middle-aged patients accounted for over 42 percent of all hip replacements nationally -- up from 34 percent in 2002. It's a striking change in a fairly short amount of time, according to lead researcher Dr.

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Related MedlinePlus Pages Back PainOsteoarthritisPain Relievers TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Acetaminophen -- best known as Tylenol in the United States -- does not appear to help ease lower back pain and offers little relief for the most common form of arthritis, according to a new report. The review of data from 13 studies could challenge existing recommendations on pain relief, experts say. "These results support the reconsideration of recommendations to use [acetaminophen] for patients" with these conditions, concluded a team led by Gustavo Machado of The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney in Australia.

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Related MedlinePlus Pages Back PainDiagnostic ImagingSeniors' Health TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most current guidelines suggest that when seniors report new back pain to their primary care physician they should quickly be sent for diagnostic imaging, such as CT scans or MRIs. But a new study suggests that early imaging may actually be a waste of both time and money. "Older adults with back pain who seek care and get imaging within six weeks of their doctors visit for back pain do not have better outcomes than similar older adults who do not get early imaging," said study author Dr.

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Related MedlinePlus Pages Knee Injuries and DisordersKnee ReplacementRehabilitation THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who choose at-home physical therapy instead of in-patient rehabilitation after knee replacement surgery do just as well when it comes to complications, long-term pain management and movement recovery, new research indicates. "Based on these findings, we are encouraging more patients to consider going home so they can receive their aftercare in a home environment instead of at an in-patient rehab facility," said study lead author Dr. Douglas Padgett, chief of the Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

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A hip injection is a shot of medicine into the hip joint. The medicine helps relieve pain and inflammation. It can also help diagnose the source of hip pain. Description For this procedure, a health care provider inserts a needle in the hip and injects medicine into the joint. The provider uses a real-time x-ray (fluoroscopy) to see where to place the needle in the joint. You may be given medicine to help you relax. For the procedure:You will lie on the x-ray table, and your hip area will be cleaned.A numbing medicine will be applied to the injection site.

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Related MedlinePlus Pages Back PainObesitySmoking WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from lower back pain who smoke, drink, are depressed or are obese may be able to ease their agony by making some lifestyle changes, a new study suggests. "If you have lower back pain that is not explained by a spinal problem but is more of a muscle pain, things like obesity, alcohol abuse, smoking and depression, factors that you can affect, can be contributing to it," explained lead researcher Dr. Scott Shemory, an orthopedic surgeon with Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio.

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Related MedlinePlus Pages Alzheimer's DiseaseArthritisGout THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The painful and often debilitating arthritic condition known as gout may offer patients an unexpected bonus: a lower risk for Alzheimer's disease. A new study finds that gout -- or the high uric acid level that drives the inflammatory condition -- may shield against the dementia. "Our work shows the potential protective effect of a high level of uric acid and gout against the development of Alzheimer's disease," said Dr. Hyon Choi, a professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

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