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Combining two techniques to 'rewire' the brain may improve arm and hand moveme...
March 7, 2016 - Used in combination, two innovative rehabilitation approaches can promote better long-term recovery of arm and hand movement function in stroke survivors, suggests a paper in the American Journal of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation , the official journal of the Association of Academic Physiatrists . The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer . Adding peripheral nerve stimulation PNS to constraint-based therapy enhances recovery of movement ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Mar 7
New procedure for massive rotator cuff tears restores stability better, say re...
Orlando, FL -Repairing massive rotator cuff tears is often a tricky proposition, especially for those who have failed prior surgery. Researchers presenting their work at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine s AOSSM Specialty Day today, discussed how a new arthroscopic procedure to treat large rotator cuff tears may help patients return to sports and work quicker. Our work on utilizing an arthroscopic superior capsule reconstruction ASCR res ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Mar 5
Young baseball players could benefit from preseason arm injury prevention prog...
Orlando, FL - Preseason prevention programs are beneficial to young baseball pitchers, according to research presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine s AOSSM Specialty Day. The study, the first to analyze a well-monitored preseason training program, showed numerous arm flexibility and strength improvements in participating athletes that could ultimately diminish the risk of injuries. Pitchers participating in this targeted pr ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Mar 5
Graft choice in ACL reconstruction important for surgeons, patients
Orlando, FL - Using soft tissue allografts cadaver tissue in ACL reconstructions may increase the risks for a revision reconstruction postoperatively, according to research presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine s AOSSM Specialty Day. The study adds to research demonstrating that the bone-patellar tendon-bone BPTB autograft graft harvested from the surgical patient remains a strong choice for these surgeries. Our research l ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Mar 5
Poor helmet fit associated with concussion severity in high school football pl...
ORLANDO, Fla.--High school football players with ill-fitting helmets are at greater risk for more severe concussions, according to a study presented today at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons AAOS . This study suggests that incorrect helmet fit may be one variable that predisposes a football player to sustain a more severe concussion, said senior study author Joseph Torg, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in spor ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Mar 4
Reducing opioid use prior to joint replacement surgery linked to better outco...
ORLANDO, Fla.--The use of opioids narcotic pain medication , often prescribed for chronic musculoskeletal pain, has skyrocketed in recent years with 98 percent of the world s opioid prescriptions filled in North America. Two research studies presented this week at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons AAOS , link decreased opioid use prior to joint replacement surgery with improved patient satisfaction and outcomes, fewer ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Mar 4
Remote orthopaedic care may successfully, cost-effectively treat common condit...
ORLANDO, Fla.-- Orthopaedic care for patients living in remote areas may be managed through phone or email, allowing patients to receive treatment without travelling to a larger, urban hospital for care, according to a study presented today at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons AAOS . The study also found that remote care may provide significant savings in time, missed work, and health care and transportation costs for ...
EurekAlert - Fri. Mar 4
AAOS recommends a multi-faceted approach to diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome
New guidelines approved by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons AAOS Board of Directors recommend the collective use of a thorough patient history and specific physical examination maneuvers, in addition to observation and specific diagnostic tests to more definitively diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome CTS , a common source of hand numbness and pain affecting approximately 3 million Americans--primarily women--each year. Citing moderate evidence, the ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Mar 3
ADHD medications associated with diminished bone health in kids
Children and adolescents who take medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD show decreased bone density, according to a large cross-sectional study presented today at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons AAOS . This is an important step in understanding a medication class, that is used with increasing frequency, and its effect on children who are at a critical time for building their bones, said senior ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Mar 3
Anterior vs. posterior: Does surgical approach impact hip replacement outcomes?
The surgical approach to total hip replacement THR --either from the front of the body or the side back anterior versus posterior --has no impact on outcomes six months after surgery, according to research presented today at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons AAOS . Total hip replacement is extremely common with more than 300,000 surgeries performed in the U.S. each year. Traditionally, most THRs have been done through ...
EurekAlert - Thu. Mar 3
Steroid injections too soon before joint replacement may increase infection risk
Injections received in the months prior to total knee TKR or total hip replacement THR surgery may increase the risk for infection and related complications, according to two studies--among the largest conducted on this topic--presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons AAOS . Hip and knee injections frequently are prescribed to alleviate pain and inflammation in patients with osteoarthritis. Most injections contain ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Mar 2
Physician empathy a key driver of patient satisfaction
A study presented today at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons AAOS , links patient-perceived physician empathy with improved outcomes and medical care satisfaction. In the study, 112 new patients mean age 51 at the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery rated personal interaction with their hand surgeon. In addition, patients completed a health literacy test, provided sociodemographic informati ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 1