Orthopedic News for Patients - Bone & Joint Pain

News for patients with orthopedic conditions & bone and joint pain.

Does Your Knee Injury Need Surgery? WebMD Feature Reviewed by James Kercher, MD Maybe it was a high school sports injury that you never got around to treating. Or maybe it was that spill you took skiing last winter that still gives you problems today. Whatever its cause and however long ago it happened, a knee injury can affect how well you move. Fortunately, you can usually treat it with physical therapy or, if it’s more serious, with surgery. Recommended Related to Knee Pain Picture of the Knee

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New Treatment Shows Promise for Knee Arthritis Small study found single shot of patient's own stem cells improved pain, mobility WebMD News from HealthDay By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For those who suffer debilitating arthritis in their knees, researchers report in a small study that just one injection of stem cells can reduce pain and inflammation. The idea is experimental: Extract stem cells from a patient's own body fat -- cells known for their ability to differentiate and perform any number of regenerative functions -- and inject them directly into the damaged knee joint.

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New Treatments Helping Kids With Juvenile Arthritis Several biologics have been approved by the FDA for use with certain forms of the disease WebMD News from HealthDay By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New treatments for juvenile arthritis offer hope to children with the chronic autoimmune condition, doctors say. Scientists are still working to understand what causes juvenile arthritis and how to stop its progression. But, kids coping with its effects have reason to be optimistic, according to Dr. Nikolay Nikolov, a rheumatologist and clinical team leader at the U.S.

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Clinics Selling Unapproved Stem Cell 'Therapies' Study identifies hot spots around the country WebMD News from HealthDay By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hundreds of clinics across the United States are marketing unapproved stem cell treatments for conditions ranging from aging skin to spinal cord injuries, a new study finds. In an online search, researchers found at least 570 clinics offering unapproved stem cell "therapies." They tend to be concentrated in a handful of states -- including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New York and Texas -- but are scattered across many other states, too.

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Generic Biologics Seem as Effective as Originals Biologics are made from living cells and more complicated to replicate, researchers said WebMD News from HealthDay By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Generic biologic drugs are similarly effective to brand-name counterparts in treating rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis, a new study says. Biologics are medications made from living cells. They are complicated to manufacturer and companies that make brand-name versions say cheaper generic versions aren't interchangeable with their products. The patents of many brand-name biologics are expiring and the use of generic versions (called biosimilars) could save patients and the healthcare system significant amounts of money, the Johns Hopkins University researchers noted.

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Nerve Zap May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment worked some for patients who weren't responding to drugs WebMD News from HealthDay By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic stimulation of a nerve running from the brain to the gut may help ease stubborn symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, preliminary research suggests. The study, of 17 adults with the painful autoimmune disease, tested the effects of vagus nerve stimulation -- a technique long used to control seizures in some people with epilepsy. It found that over six weeks, most of the patients showed some improvements in joint swelling and other symptoms.

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research challenges the long-held belief that people with sickle cell trait, who are born with only a single copy of the sickle cell gene variant, are at risk of premature death. People with the sickle cell gene variant do not have sickle cell disease, a blood disorder that shortens life span and causes sudden episodes of severe pain.

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Lab-Grown Cartilage May One Day Cut Need for This Made of patients' stem cells and synthetic 'scaffolding,' it may cut need for hip replacement, scientists say WebMD News from HealthDay By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report progress toward developing lab-grown cartilage that could postpone or possibly eliminate the need for hip replacement surgery in younger arthritis patients. The cartilage hasn't been tested in humans yet, and it's too early to know anything about side effects or cost. Still, the researchers said it's promising because the cartilage is only partially artificial -- it also includes the patient's stem cells -- and the synthetic "scaffolding" may vanish over time, leaving only human tissue in its place.

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Ruth Cohen, DC, a 57-year-old chiropractor in Greenvale, NY, has lived with knee osteoarthritis (OA) for a long time. But the former college gymnast isn't ready for an operation to replace her joint. "I'm always looking to deal with alternative treatments before resorting to drugs or surgery," Cohen says. To ease her symptoms, she's turned to alternative treatments. Some have worked better than others. Strength and balance exercises, for example, have helped. Acupuncture, not so much.

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