Upper back pain: 9 causes
Pain in the upper back is usually the result of poor posture, muscle overuse, or injury. Treatment may include home remedies, such as rest and gentle exercises, or possibly seeing a physical therapist.
Medical News Today - Wed. Dec 12
What are the cost-effective implants in hip replacement surgery?
New research led by the Hip Implant Prosthesis Study HIPS team at the University of Bristol Medical School has shown that small-head less than 36 mm in diameter cemented metal-on-plastic hip replacements are the most cost-effective in men and women older than 65 years. For adults younger than 65, small-head cemented ceramic-on-plastic hip replacements are more likely to be cost-effective. The study found no evidence that uncemented or hybrid hip replacemen ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 12
Scientists identify 'youth factor' in blood cells that speeds fracture repair
DURHAM, N.C. -- For a child, recovering from a broken bone is typically a short-lived, albeit painful, convalescence. But for older adults, it can be a protracted and potentially life-threatening process. Finding ways to speed bone repair is a public health priority that could save both lives and health care expense. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of fall injuries, incl ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 12
New recommendations for the conduct of economic evaluations in osteoporosis
Economic evaluations that compare interventions in terms of costs and outcomes are increasingly used by decision makers, with economic evaluations now playing an increasing role in pricing and reimbursement decisions. In the field of osteoporosis, the number of economic evaluations has increased markedly, however the variable quality and considerable heterogeneity of the evaluations often limit their comparability and use by decision makers. To address thi ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 12
The use of electrospun scaffolds in musculoskeletal tissue engineering
The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that stabilizes the shoulder joint. It also helps in the motion of the shoulder. Rotator cuff tear is the most common condition involving ailing shoulders. It happens due to normal muscle tissue wear and tear by repeating the same motion again and again, without resting the muscles. Almost 15 percent of the elderly population above 60 has this condition. This condition not only affects the quality of ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 12
3D printing offers helping hand to patients with arthritis
Adaptive aids are expensive. Additive manufacturing, using low-cost 3-D printers, can save upwards of 94 percent for simple household items. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC reports that almost a quarter of the U.S. population lives with some form of arthritis. Daily tasks -- like opening drawers, turning door handles -- can be difficult, so people turn to adaptive aids. Many are small pieces of plastic. It never ceases to amaze me what a ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 12
New mouse model may speed identification of promising muscular dystrophy thera...
A Massachusetts General Hospital MGH research team has created a new mouse model of a common form of muscular dystrophy with the potential of rapidly distinguishing promising therapeutic drugs from those unlikely to be successful. In their report published in Nature Communications they also describe testing a novel antisense oligonucleotide drug - a synthetic nucleic acid strand that prevents transcription of a protein by binding to its mRNA molecule - tha ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Dec 12
Psoriatic arthritis of the spine: Symptoms and treatment
Psoriatic arthritis tends to develop in the large joints, particularly in the hands and feet. However, it can also affect the spine, causing pain in the back and pelvic area.
Medical News Today - Mon. Nov 26
Wryneck (torticollis): Causes, types, and treatments
Wryneck occurs when the neck muscles twist beyond their usual capacity, causing the head to tilt. The condition is also known as torticollis or loxia.
Medical News Today - Mon. Nov 26
New type of nerve stimulation relieves chronic back pain
A new type of nerve stimulation therapy could provide long-term relief for chronic back pain that has not responded to other treatments, including spinal cord stimulation. It could also help certain people who need a non-drug form of pain therapy.
Medical News Today - Mon. Nov 26
3 ways to make a homemade heating pad
Using a heating pad can help ease aches and pains, and reduce stiffness in the muscles and joints. This is one way to provide heat therapy, or thermotherapy.
Medical News Today - Mon. Nov 26
TENS unit: Benefits, side effects, and research
A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation TENS unit is a battery-operated device that some people use to treat pain.
Medical News Today - Mon. Nov 26