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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
More than half of lawn mower injuries to children require an amputation
Warnings, operating instructions, design modifications and safety tips all aim to protect children and teens from injuries caused by lawn mowers. However, a study presented today at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons AAOS found that an alarming number of serious injuries still occur, with 53 percent of injured children requiring an amputation. Researchers reviewed data from the Pennsylvania Trauma Outcome Study on the 1 ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 1
Youngest and oldest patients more likely to report pain, lower activity levels...
While all age groups report comparable improvement in range of motion following total knee replacement surgery TKR , new research presented today at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons AAOS found that patients age 45 and younger, and those age 75 and older, report more pain and less activity following the procedure. Total knee replacement TKR is one of the most popular elective orthopaedic surgeries, with the overall inc ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 1
New surgical tool keeps orthopedic procedures on target
In the United States alone, hip fracture fixation is performed on 258,000 patients spinal fusion accounts for 350,000 persons every year. As the population ages, the number of these surgical procedures will continue to grow. Common orthopedic procedures, such as hip and pelvic fracture surgery as well as spinal fusion, require the accurate positioning of a thin metallic wire to guide the positioning of a fixating screw. However, the surgical procedure is o ...
EurekAlert - Wed. Feb 24
New surgical technique improves biological hip joint replacement
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 300,000 total hip replacements are performed in the United States each year. The procedure reduces pain and restores mobility. However, for younger, more active patients, an artificial hip has a limited lifetime and usually requires restricted activity. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine have tested a new biological technique that may provide better and lo ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Feb 22