Our knee, hip and ankle joints are weight-bearing, so while the cartilage of other joints also wears out, the degeneration of these joints is painful due to their load-bearing nature From 2000 to 2010, the rate of joint replacement surgeries (mainly hip and knee) nearly doubled in the U.S. One factor driving the increase is a cultural change.
After Bob W. had knee replacement surgery, he didn’t stay at a specialized rehab facility or receive physical therapy while living in a nursing home. Instead, Bob went directly home to heal. And he wasn’t alone. In a major nationwide trend, recovery from knee and hip replacement surgery is more often taking place at home – with impressive results.
Parkinson's disease, osteoarthritis, rheumatic diseases, alcoholism and mental health disorders increase the risk of surgical complications after a hip fracture surgery, a new study analyzing nationwide registers finds.
Zhaoli Dai, Ph.D., from the Boston University School of Medicine, and colleagues used data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) and the Framingham Offspring Osteoarthritis Study to assess how BMI and inflammation might impact the observed association between greater fiber intake and the lower risk for symptomatic knee osteoarthritis.
For hockey great Bobby Orr, a torn knee ligament ended his career at age 30. Orr had more than 17 knee operations, at one point having his meniscus removed—the cartilaginous tissue that helps stabilize and lubricate the knee joint. Now scientists can see in real time just how important the meniscus is.