Diabetes not only raises your blood sugar levels, but can have a harmful effect on your bones and joints as well. According to research studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 47% of arthritic patients also have diabetes, indicating a strong link between these two conditions.
Did you know that every year about 300,000 people in the US alone undergo a total hip replacement with more than 90% of the people extremely happy with the results? Many individuals can get back to their active lifestyles within a few months or even weeks after the procedure.
Your hips are one of the sturdiest joints of your body. For athletes, an injury to the hip could be career ending if treatment and therapy is not received in a timely manner. For the elderly, a hip injury could mean loss of independence and having to rely on others for personal needs.
Every year, more than 2 million Americans are treated in the emergency room for injuries related to falls. The consequences of falling at an old age can be quite severe given the lowered bone density, weakened muscles, and decreased capacity of the body the heal itself as you grow older.
Hip arthroscopy is a relatively new procedure when compared to knee and shoulder arthroscopy. However, due to its many advantages, it is fast becoming the preferred treatment option for different types of hip injuries. Here are a few questions to ask your doctor before you undergo hip surgery
In the past, runners were discouraged from “gym training” and the reasoning was excess muscle mass would slow down a runner. However, a personalized weight-training program designed to improve functional strength and explosive power will provide you with significant gains in running speed and stamina.
You may have come across the term "labral tear" due to the large number of high-profile athletes having undergone treatment for this condition.
The labrum is a thick ring of cartilage that surrounds the shoulder and hip socket. It provides stability to the joint by increasing the depth of the socket which helps to keep the head of the arm bone or thigh bone in its proper position.
In the past few years, foam rolling (AKA self-myofascial release) has become an integral part of many athletic training programs due to its performance enhancing and rehabilitative benefits. Foam rollers can be carried and used practically anywhere. In fact, athletes can even be seen using them at airport terminals during a layover!
Dr. Domb answers common questions about running injuries and how you can avoid them.
Arthroscopy, a term derived from the Greek words ‘arthro’ (joint) and ‘skopein’ (to look), is considered one of the most important orthopedic developments of the twentieth century. The combination of advanced fiber-optics which allow better visualization than the naked eye and highly-specialized instruments that provide greater dexterity than the human hand can deliver treatment through small incisions for top-level athletes, reducing recovery times and postoperative complication rates.
The direct anterior hip replacement is a minimally invasive procedure first performed in the US in 1996. In the past 10 years, there has been a growing trend among orthopedic surgeons as well as patients to opt for this technique when performing/undergoing hip replacement surgery.
In recent years, the number of hip replacements performed in the US has been skyrocketing. A research study demonstrated that the numbers more than doubled from 138,700 to 310,000 over a 10-year period, with the highest increase (205%) being in the 45 to 54 year old age group.
With the amount of pressure on athletes today to perform at the highest competitive level, it is hardly surprising that many of them succumb to serious injury. Yet thanks to PRP therapy, many elite athletes have been able to bounce back into the game even after seemingly career-altering injuries.
Degenerative joint disease can cause serious pain, stiffness, and swelling. However, if you avoid exercising because of pain, you risk losing muscle mass and possibly gaining extra weight due to inactivity. This could end up putting even more pressure on your joints. Your tendons, ligaments, and supporting structures could also deteriorate due to lack of use
In the past, patients would shy away from a hip replacement fearing it would lead to a highly restricted life afterwards. This is no longer the case thanks to the significant advances made in the artificial joints used and the techniques employed during the procedure.
If your hip has been giving you problems such as stiffness or pain, your doctor may recommend hip arthroscopy to diagnose and treat abnormalities within the joint. “Why hip arthroscopy? And how long before I can get back to my sport and my active lifestyle?” are questions that might spring to mind.
"March Madness" is arguably one of the most anticipated athletic events of the year. Amid all the excitement and "madness" that will be part of this sporting extravaganza, injuries are bound to occur and can play a decisive factor in determining which team will win the coveted championship. In our desire to emulate our heroes on the basketball court, let's ensure we do not suffer similar injures. Here is a look at common basketball injuries and what we can do to prevent them
When it comes to foods that strengthen your bones, the two most important nutrients are calcium and vitamin D. By combining with other minerals, calcium forms hard crystals that give structure and strength to your bones. In addition, a small amount of calcium is also used for healthy functioning of the muscles, nerves, heart and blood. About 99% of the body's calcium is stored in the bones. If you are not getting enough calcium through your diet, your body will withdraw the calcium from your bones, which results in decreased bone density and increased risk of fractures and osteoporosis
Movement is one of the fundamental signs of life, and your cardiovascular health depends on movement. But with advancing age, there is some inevitable wear and tear of the cartilage that protects your joints, resulting in joint pain and stiffness. Some people wrongly assume they can protect their joints by minimizing their activity. This is actually counterproductive. When it comes to your joints - you have to use them or you lose them!
Exercise plays a vital role in strengthening your joints. The more you move your joints, the less stiff they will become. Bones and joints become strong when they are forced to bear weight greater than they are used to. This can be done by performing weight bearing exercises and high impact exercises such as weight lifting, bodyweight exercises, jogging, plyometrics, and aerobics.
If you have been suffering from chronic hip pain and disability due to degenerative joint disease of the hip or an injury, a hip replacement can work wonders in terms of improved mobility, pain relief, and overall quality of life. Prior to the operation, however, your doctor may recommend that you lose some weight. What has one thing got to do with the other you might ask? Plenty.
A hip injury can have devastating effects on your mobility, independence, and confidence. Conversely, when your hips are functioning at optimal levels, all your movements are enhanced. Stretching plays a very important role in preventing hip injuries. If done correctly after a warm-up, hip stretches help to loosen your muscles, improve blood flow, and keep the joint supple in preparation for any vigorous activity or sport. Stretching after exercise will help prevent muscle soreness and stiffness. Here are a few stretches that can be made a part of your hip conditioning program:
Downhill skiing is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have in the winter season. However, this fun-filled activity is associated with the risk of injuries that may include torn ligaments, broken bones, and serious head injuries.
If you are looking for a way to return to physical activities that you enjoy but have had to give up on due to degenerative joint disease of the knees and hips, this state-of-the-art technology may be just the right option for you.
We all know the perfect, pointy pair of 4-inch heels can make any outfit, but our high-heeled beauties can cause a lot of pain and damage to our bodies. Studies have shown that these towering shoes can take a toll on women’s spine, hips, knees, ankles and feet, and even alter their posture and gait.
Diabetes is on the rise, with more than 24 million Americans being affected by the disease. What’s even more frightening is type 2 diabetes, which usually affects adults is now showing up in children. The complications caused by diabetes such as limb loss and heart disease are equally disturbing.
Football is arguably the top cause of school sports injuries in the US. The most common forms are traumatic injuries, concussions, overuse injuries, and heat-related injuries. A majority of these injuries occur while blocking and tackling.
Have you experienced a sports injury that is preventing you from taking part in activities you enjoy? Are you having difficulty with movement due to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle? Do you simply want to improve your physical ability without getting injured?
The bone is the body’s major structural and supportive connective tissue, so it’s important to keep them strong and healthy. Our bones are in a state of constant flux. Old bone breaks down and new bone is formed.
Falls are a common cause of injury, experienced from the time a child learns to walk until old age, when an elderly tries to maintain balance over weak limbs.
Summer is coming to an end and school is back in session! While it is time to get back to reading, math and other academic activities, many kids also look forward to going back to school for school sports!
With the sun glaring down on you on a hot summer day, the last thing you may want to do is exercise and end up sweating even more. However, you can still get in a workout and beat the heat.
You may be surprised to learn that around 60% of your entire body is made up of water. This water is essential for many body functions, some of which have been mentioned below.
Vitamin D is essential for the healthy growth and development of teeth and bones. Aptly called the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is primarily sourced from the sun’s rays. Once exposed to the sun’s rays, the body prepares the vitamin. This in turn, allows the absorption of calcium and phosphorus (obtained from the food) into bones and teeth.
Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that affects the body's joints. The cushioning (cartilage) between articulating bones begins to degenerate, causing pain, stiffness and disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 52.5 million US adults are diagnosed with arthritis and 62% are over 65 years old.
Golf may seem like a harmless game for your knee joint, because the sport primarily involves movements of the shoulder and arm. The golf swing is actually a complex movement that involves flexibility in some joints and stability in others.
Summer is around the corner and as the weather warms up, many of us like to enjoy the outdoors with our friends and family. Parks, public fields and courts get packed during the weekends.
The weather is warming up and spring is finally here! After months of staying indoors, kids are now busy digging out their baseball gloves, cleaning off their shoes and gearing up to hit the field.
Around 52.5 million (22.7%) US adults suffer some form of arthritis.1 Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis: 4.9% suffer from knee osteoarthritis and 9.7%, from hip osteoarthritis.
Treatment for most orthopedic conditions starts with a noninvasive, conservative treatment plan. This can include simple methods such as rest, medication, applying ice or physical therapy.
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