Knee pain resulting from arthritis is not an uncommon occurrence, especially among older people. A body of research, including a study published in the July 2015 issue of the Journal of Physical Therapy Science, indicates joint-friendly stretches can help reduce knee pain.
In our previous blog post, we discussed the positive results and survival of modern hip and knee replacements. As mentioned, in spite of these good results, these implants do occasionally have to be revised. Below we discuss the most common reasons for these revisions.
You received your eye color from mom and your hair from your dad, but what about your knee pain? That may, in fact, also run in the family. There are a number of risk factors for knee pain and arthritis. These include obesity, bad alignment (being severely bow-legged or knock-kneed), exposure to trauma or sports injuries, as well as the ability of the joint to heal itself. One recent study went even further and explored the incidence of knee pain in the children of people undergoing knee replacement.
Your knee is divided into three different compartments: the medial compartment (the inside part of the knee), the lateral compartment (the outside part of the knee) and the patellofemoral compartment (the front of the knee, between the kneecap and thighbone). In the past, when one compartment failed, the response from many orthopedic surgeons was to replace all compartments through full knee replacement surgery. While full knee replacement is effective in many cases, advances in orthopedics have made way for less invasive, personalized techniques that treat only the damaged compartments while preserving the healthy tissue. There are a number of exciting alternatives to full replacement knee surgery.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) is a cutting-edge medical technique that can promote healing. Read on to discover how PRP is used to treat a range of orthopedic conditions, including arthritis and severe tendinitis.