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New Study Shows Effects of Obesity on Knee Dislocations

A new study of more than 19,000 knee dislocation cases in the U.S. between 2000 and 2012 provides a painful indication of how the nation's obesity epidemic is changing the risk, severity, and cost of a traumatic injury.

"Obesity greatly increases the complications and costs of care," said lead author Dr. Joey Johnson, orthopedic trauma fellow at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a physician at Rhode Island Hospital. "As the rate of obesity increases, the rate of knee dislocations increases. The total number of patients who are obese is increasing, so we are seeing more of these problems."
December 16, 2017/by nmortho
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Your bones affect your appetite — and your metabolism!

Your skeleton is much more than the structure supporting your muscles and other tissues. It produces hormones, too. And Mathieu Ferron knows a lot about it. The researcher at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) and professor at Université de Montréal's Faculty of Medicine has spent the last decade studying a hormone called osteocalcin. Produced by our bones, osteocalcin affects how we metabolize sugar and fat.

In a recent paper in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, Ferron's team unveiled a new piece of the puzzle that explains how osteocalcin works. The discovery may someday open the door to new ways of preventing type 2 diabetes and obesity.
December 12, 2017/by nmortho
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The Most Common Soccer Injuries

Soccer injuries are generally defined as either cumulative (overuse) or acute (traumatic) injuries.

Overuse injuries occur over time due to stress on the muscles, joints and soft tissues without proper time for healing. They begin as a small, nagging ache or pain, and can grow into a debilitating injury if they aren't treated early.

Acute or traumatic injuries occur due to a sudden force, or impact, and can be quite dramatic.
December 9, 2017/by nmortho
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How Height Happens: Hundreds of Genetic ‘Switches’ That Affect Height

It's been understood for decades that a host of factors -- everything from pre- and post-natal health, nutrition, and genetics -- play a role in determining height, but efforts to untangle the complex web of factors that contribute to height have long been stymied.

That picture, however, is becoming clearer, thanks to the work of Harvard scientists.
December 6, 2017/by nmortho
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Is it a Broken Toe?

Although the bones in the toes are small, they play an essential role in walking and balance. Their crucial role in everyday life means that a broken toe can be inconvenient and extremely painful.
Although some people believe that there is nothing to be done about a broken toe, this is not always the case. In fact, most toe fractures should be evaluated by a health professional. If left untreated, a broken toe can lead to painful problems later.

Toe injuries are common, so it is a good idea to know the symptoms of a broken toe and when to see a doctor.
December 4, 2017/by nmortho
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Could Vitamin D Help to Keep Rheumatoid Arthritis at Bay?

After studying immune cells taken from the joints of people with rheumatoid arthritis, scientists have found that once the disease sets in, some types of cell lose their sensitivity to vitamin D.

The team — which comprised researchers from University College London and the University of Birmingham, both in the United Kingdom — reports the new findings in the Journal of Autoimmunity.
November 29, 2017/by nmortho
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What Are the Benefits of Strong Bones?

Bone and tooth enamel are the hardest mineral substances in your body. Most people know the value of strong teeth, but how many consider the value of strong bones until a problem develops? Strong bones do much more than provide strength, balance and support for your body; they also enable better posture to improve your appearance and make you look and feel more youthful.
November 24, 2017/by nmortho
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What is a Hairline Fracture?

Hairline or stress fractures are tiny cracks on a bone that often develop in the foot or lower leg. It is common for hairline fractures to occur as a result of sports that involve repetitive jumping or running.
Hairline fractures may also occur in the upper limb and are often related to falls or accidents.

Hairline fractures usually develop gradually as a result of overuse, as opposed to larger bone fractures or breaks that are mostly caused by acute traumas, such as a fall. While hairline fractures may heal with sufficient rest, they can be painful and last several weeks. 
November 22, 2017/by nmortho
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Bad Break: Osteoporosis-Related Bone Fractures Linked to Air Pollution

Exposure to air pollution is associated with osteoporosis-related loss of bone mineral density and risk of bone fractures, according to a new study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Their findings are published in The Lancet Planetary Health.

The researchers are the first to document high rates of hospital admissions for bone fractures in communities with elevated levels of ambient particulate matter (PM2.5), a component of air pollution, with risk of bone fracture admissions greatest in low-income communities. The findings, from a study of osteoporosis-related fracture hospital admissions among 9.2 million Medicare enrollees in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic between 2003-2010, suggest that even a small increase in PM2.5 concentrations would lead to an increase in bone fractures in older adults.
November 18, 2017/by nmortho
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5 Ways I Build Strong Bones Without Dairy

Believe it or not, you can get all of the calcium your body needs without ever touching a glass of cow’s milk. I'm not a huge fan of milk because, among its many problems, studies show that dairy can stall fat loss and exacerbate skin conditions like acne.

“Despite what those milk-mustachioed celebrities in those ‘Got Milk?’ ads have been telling us for years, humans have no nutritional requirement for milk, and it may be doing us more harm than good because of all the sugar even plain nonfat milk contains,” wrote Dr. David Ludwig in a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics.
November 14, 2017/by nmortho
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8 Tips to Fix Your Posture at Work

For the average working American, it is common to sit a minimum of eight hours a day and a majority of that behind a computer. I frequently see patients with neck and back pain that are not related to a specific injury, but rather from spending many hours at their desk (which usually involves using a computer). Sitting for extended periods of time can lead to a variety of health issues, including fatigue, muscle and joint pain.

Do you spend a lot of time behind a desk? If so, make sure your chair and work station are set up to fit you properly and influence good posture. Here are a few tips to help get you started:
November 11, 2017/by nmortho
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If You Tear a Knee Ligament, Arthritis Is Likely to Follow in 10 Years

When Jason Lalli tore his left anterior cruciate ligament at age 26, he thought he would be fine as soon as he had his knee repaired. As a soccer player who competed through college and then on recreational teams, he knew that A.C.L. injuries could be debilitating but also that orthopedists could fix them.

He figured that he would miss a season, but that he could play and coach the game he loved for the rest of his life.

Four years later, his knee began to ache, and the pain became more constant over time, nagging almost “like a toothache,” he said. Within about another year, Lalli’s doctor did more work on the knee and gave him bad news: He had arthritis.
November 8, 2017/by nmortho
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Why does the top of my foot hurt?

The foot has a complex set of tendons, muscles, joints, and bones that enable it to work properly, as well as withstand walking, standing, and other everyday movements. Many health conditions and injuries, however, can upset the foot's movement and balance, causing problems and pain.
November 3, 2017/by nmortho
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‘Leave’ Raking Back Pain Behind with These 7 Tips

Autumn brings colder weather, fall sports, and colorful foliage on the trees.

The changing season also brings new chores and outdoor work, along with the potential for injuries while accomplishing these tasks. Leaf raking is one such task, with injuries ranging from strained back muscles to twisted knees.The following tips can help make leaf raking a breeze this autumn.
November 3, 2017/by nmortho
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Why the Shoes You Wear Can Affect Knee Osteoarthritis

When shopping for shoes, it's not all about style, especially if you have osteoarthritis of the knee. Your choice of footwear can affect the load or stress put on your knee joint and, consequently, knee osteoarthritis.

Researchers have analyzed high-heel shoes, moderate-heel shoes, arch supports, and walking barefoot. A specialized shoe (the Mobility shoe) has even been designed that mimics walking barefoot.
October 28, 2017/by nmortho
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What is a Bone Spur? Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

A bone spur, also known as an osteophyte, is a benign, bony outgrowth that develops along the edges of a bone. Although bone spurs can form on any bone in the body, they are typically found on joints: where two or more bones come together. It's also not uncommon for a bone spur to develop where muscles, tendons and ligaments attach to bones.
October 25, 2017/by nmortho
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12 Foods to Boost Bone Health

If you've been diagnosed with osteoporosis you know you need to lots of vital nutrients, like calcium and vitamin D. Turns out breakfast may be the best time to give your bone health a lift. Most of the foods and beverages now fortified with calcium are start-your-day kinds of tastes: Orange juice. Milk. Cereal.

Sure, the USDA puts baked herring at the top of the list of calcium-rich food. But who knows a good recipe for that? And instant chocolate pudding is pretty high on the list -- but is that really the best nutritional advice if you're watching your weight?
So to give you a hand at getting the biggest bang for your calcium buck, WebMD put together 12 calcium-rich foods that are easy to add your diet. Try a splash of one and a pinch of another in your meals. And when you're browsing for new recipes, look for these calcium super-foods as your main ingredient.
October 21, 2017/by nmortho
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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gum Disease

Research suggests that people who have gum disease and also have a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis benefit from having their dental problems addressed. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology showed that rheumatoid arthritis patients who received conservative treatment for their gum disease had reduced disease activity (as measured by self-assessment of function, number of swollen joints and levels of a blood inflammatory marker, ESR) compared with patients not receiving treatment for their gum disease.
October 18, 2017/by nmortho
New Mexico Orthopaedics Opens New Physical Therapy Location

NMOA Surgeon Leads Team Providing Joint Replacements for Adults Living with Arthritis

Dr. Joshua Carothers, a surgeon with New Mexico Orthopaedic…
October 17, 2017/by nmortho
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More & More Young People Are Getting Arthritis: Here’s What You Can Do

Think arthritis only affects the elderly? Think again. By 2030, an estimated 580 million people worldwide, ages 18 and older, will have been diagnosed with the disease. Pretty eye-opening, right?

Conventional medicine tends to treat arthritis with strong, immune-suppressing medications that temporarily relieve the symptoms of the disease. Unfortunately, I've seen how these medications can also damage your gut and how they fail to truly address the root cause of the issue. This World Arthritis Day, it’s time to make a change. I’m here to tell you that there’s another way—a way that’s designed to address the underlying causes—in order to reduce inflammation without medication. Here’s how:
October 13, 2017/by nmortho
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Foot pain? New study says look at hip and knee for complete diagnosis

A study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and Harvard Medical School suggests new guidelines may be in order for evaluating and treating lower extremity pain. Investigators set out to determine if there was a relation between foot pain and lower extremity joint pain, and they found a significant association between foot pain and knee or hip pain.
October 11, 2017/by nmortho
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Osteoporosis: Biology behind age-related bone loss revealed

Researchers have mapped a cell mechanism that plays a key role in age-related bone loss. They suggest that the results not only shed light on the biology of osteoporosis but should also help to develop new drugs to treat the disease.
In the journal PNAS, scientists from both the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Zhejiang University in China explain how a protein called Cbf-beta is important for controlling the rate at which new bone cells replace old ones.
October 4, 2017/by nmortho
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Healing Broken Bones as Quickly as Possible

Fractures, broken bones—you can call it what you wish, they mean the same thing—are among the most common orthopedic problems; about seven million broken bones come to medical attention each year in the United States. The average person in a developed country can expect to sustain two fractures over the course of their lifetime.

Despite what you may have heard, a broken bone is not worse than a fracture, they both mean the same thing.
September 29, 2017/by nmortho
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Can You Increase Your Height As An Adult?

Some people are unhappy with their height and wish they could be taller. Unfortunately for most adults, there is not much that can be done to increase height.
After age 18, most tricks to increase height will not work, even with good nutrition and exercise

However, there are ways to appear taller and prevent loss of height, which is common as people age.
September 28, 2017/by nmortho
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How Do Broken Bones Heal?

A fall, followed by a crack - many people are no stranger to this. Broken bones are painful, but the majority heal very well. The secret lies in stem cells and bone's natural ability to renew itself.
Many people think of bones as being solid, rigid, and structural. Bone is, of course, key to keeping our bodies upright, but it is also a highly dynamic and active organ.
September 23, 2017/by nmortho
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Why Finger Joints Click, Snap, and Pop

Rest assured that the most common causes of finger popping is not a problem at all. Many people can make their fingers pop, often called cracking their knuckles. The sound you hear is thought to be caused by air bubbles moving in the fluid that surrounds your joints. When there is no pain associated with finger popping, it is seldom a problem and really harmless. That being said, if your noisy finger joints are associated with pain or swelling, it's good to see your doctor for an evaluation.
September 20, 2017/by nmortho
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4 Things You’re Doing That Are Ruining Your Joints

It used to be that joint replacements were a problem for older people. But today orthopedic surgeons are seeing people in their 40s, 50s, or younger. In fact, surgeons at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City say the number of people younger than 60 going under the knife is up at least 15% in the last 2 years. Plus, data from the National Center for Health Statistics finds the number of hip replacements more than doubled in a 10-year span, skyrocketing by 205% in people ages 45 to 54.
September 15, 2017/by nmortho
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Children Can Develop Juvenile Arthritis

When most people think of arthritis, they don't associate it with children. The most common misconception about arthritis is that it is an old person's disease. In reality, arthritis affects people of all ages, including about 300,000 American children.

In young people and children under the age of 16, arthritis is classified differently than in adults. The course of the disease in children is usually different than in adults. 

Children experience different symptoms and generally have a more favorable prognosis.

Childhood arthritis is called juvenile arthritis or juvenile idiopathic arthritis. It is also referred to as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), though that is an older term.
September 13, 2017/by nmortho
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Collagen in Cartilage Tissues Behaves Like Liquid Crystals in a Smart Phone Screen

Cartilage in our joints contains collagen which behaves a bit like the liquid crystals on a smart phone screen, according to researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

The collagen changes its crystallinity in response to physical forces, so the ordered arrangement in collagen molecules of the cartilage in our knees may be flipping from one structural state to another with every step we take.
September 6, 2017/by nmortho
From Back Pain to Back Strain

From Back Pain to Back Strain

Article By Daniel J. DeNoon | Featured on WebMD
Your back…
September 2, 2017/by nmortho
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Knee Arthritis Is On The Rise Among Young Athletes. Are You At Risk?

Arthritis—more specifically, knee arthritis—is on the rise in the United States. According to a new study of more than 2,500 skeletons, some dating back 6,000 years, the prevalence of knee arthritis has nearly doubled since 1940.

In an age when many of us rely on exercise to release stress and boost happiness, this startling statistic may send you straight from a nearby running path to your couch with a bowl of popcorn and a new season of your favorite Netflix show. But take heart: There's a lot you can do to protect yourself from arthritis.
August 29, 2017/by nmortho
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Certain Occupations Linked to an Increased Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

New research indicates that certain occupations may put workers at an elevated risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. The findings, which appear in Arthritis Care & Research, suggest that work-related factors, such as noxious airborne agents, may contribute to the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis.
August 26, 2017/by nmortho
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Best Cardio Workouts and Exercises for Bad Knees

When your knees hurt, it affects every part of your life. Chronic knee painmakes even the simplest movements, like walking up and down stairs or getting in and out of a car a challenge. And what about exercise?

If you're already in pain, the last thing you want to do is trigger more pain or make it worse with the wrong kind of exercise. Fear of more pain and injury is often what keeps pain sufferers from exercising, although some conditions will improve with different types of exercise.
August 23, 2017/by nmortho
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New Surgical Strategy Offers Hope for Repairing Spinal Injuries

Surgery to reconnect sensory neurons to the spinal cord after a traumatic spinal injury works because offshoots from the spinal cord complete the spinal circuit.

Scientists in the UK and Sweden previously developed a new surgical technique to reconnect sensory neurons to the spinal cord after traumatic spinal injuries. Now, they have gained new insight into how the technique works at a cellular level by recreating it in rats with implications for designing new therapies for injuries where the spinal cord itself is severed.
August 19, 2017/by nmortho
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Exercise in Early Life Has Long-Lasting Benefits

The researchers, from the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland, found that bone retains a "memory" of exercise's effects long after the exercise is ceased, and this bone memory continues to change the way the body metabolises a high-fat diet, and published these results in Frontiers in Physiology.

The research team compared the bone health and metabolism of rats across different diet and exercise conditions, zeroing in on messenger molecules that signal the activity of genes in bone marrow. Rats were either given a high-fat diet and a wheel for extra exercise in their cage, a high-fat diet but no wheel, or a regular diet and no wheel. In the rats given a high-fat diet and an exercise wheel, the early extra physical activity caused inflammation-linked genes to be turned down.
August 11, 2017/by nmortho
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13 Causes of Leg Cramps–and How To Stop Them

If you haven't already, you will probably experience leg cramps at some point in your life. They can hit at the worst possible moments; whether you're lying in bed at night or taking a run on the treadmill, that sharp stabbing pain can feel totally debilitating. If leg cramps, also called charley horses, persist, they can become even more irritating, perhaps knocking you off your typical exercise or sleep routine.

A leg cramp is a sharp, sudden contraction or tightening of the muscle in the calf, which usually lasts a few seconds to a few minutes. If a cramp does hit, you can ease it in the moment by stretching the muscle gently. To find a long-term solution to leg cramps, however, you might need to take a closer look at their many potential causes.

Here, experts weigh in on the major reasons you might be experiencing leg cramps, so you can keep those muscles free of charley horses for good.
August 9, 2017/by nmortho
Hip Exercises

Hip, Hip, Hooray! Keep Your Hips Healthy

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August 7, 2017/by nmortho
People With Rheumatoid Arthritis Are at Increased Risk of Joint Damage in the Neck

People With Rheumatoid Arthritis Are at Increased Risk of Joint Damage in the Neck

Yet the condition called cervical myelopathy can progress with…
August 4, 2017/by nmortho
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Late Teen Years are Key Period for Bone Growth

The late adolescent years are an important period for gaining bone mineral, even after a teenager attains his or her adult height. Scientists analyzing a racially diverse, multicenter sample from a large, federally funded national study say their findings reinforce the importance of diet and physical activities during the late teen years, as a foundation for lifelong health.

"We often think of a child's growth largely with respect to height, but overall bone development is also important," said lead author Shana E. McCormack, MD, a pediatric researcher at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). "This study shows that roughly 10 percent of bone mass continues to accumulate after a teenager reaches his or her adult height."
July 26, 2017/by nmortho
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ACL Surgery Often Successful Over Long Term

People who undergo knee surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament(ACL) can expect to stay active and maintain a high quality of life, researchers report.

Activity levels may decline over time, but a new study found that those who had the knee operation could usually still play sports 10 years later.

"An active patient may view an ACL injury as devastating, but our research adds to short- and long-term studies that show a good prognosis for return to pre-injury quality of life," said the study's corresponding author, Dr. Kurt Spindler.
July 25, 2017/by nmortho
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One Minute of Running Per Day Associated With Better Bone Health in Women

A single minute of exercise each day is linked to better bone health in women, new research shows.

Scientists from the University of Exeter and the University of Leicester found those who did "brief bursts" of high-intensity, weight-bearing activity equivalent to a medium-paced run for pre-menopausal women, or a slow jog for post-menopausal women, had better bone health.

Using data from UK Biobank, the researchers found that women who on average did 60-120 seconds of high-intensity, weight-bearing activity per day had 4% better bone health than those who did less than a minute.
July 21, 2017/by nmortho
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Many Parents in the Dark About Concussions, Research Shows

Despite the large volume of information about sports related concussions on the Internet, many parents and guardians of young athletes have a limited understanding of concussions, according to a study co-authored by a faculty member of UTA's College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

In the study, which was published in May in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Research, Cynthia Trowbridge, an associate professor of kinesiology and athletic trainer, and co-author Sheetal J. Patel of Stanford University, found that a significant number of caregivers have a limited understanding of concussions and their impact on a child's future.
July 16, 2017/by nmortho
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5 Ways to Cope With the Changes Your Feet Undergo With Age

As our bodies shrink with age, our feet often seem to get bigger. Feet do not literally grow, orthopedists agree. Rather, over the years, tissue in our feet degenerates and ligaments become looser, which causes strain on joints and can lead to arthritis.
Conditions like diabetes can create other foot problems, says Dr. Andrew Shapiro, an orthopedist in Long Island, New York. For example, patients with diabetes could develop diabetic neuropathy, in which they lose sensation on the soles of their feet. That increases the chances of infection, because people with that condition could break the skin on the soles of their feet and not realize it.

People can take a number of steps to lessen their foot pain or mitigate the effects of diabetes, arthritis and deteriorating ligaments, Leahy and Shapiro say. Here are five:
July 13, 2017/by nmortho
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Childhood Obesity a Major Link to Hip Diseases

New research from the University, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood journal, shows a strong link between childhood obesity and hip diseases in childhood.

Significant hip deformities affect around 1 in 500 children. Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE) is the most common hip disease of adolescence. The condition always requires surgery, can cause significant pain, and often leads to a hip replacement in adolescence or early adulthood.
July 10, 2017/by nmortho
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Understanding Cartilage, Joints, and the Aging Process

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. Arthritis causes inflammation and pain in one or more joints in the body. OA is also known as degenerative joint disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 27 million American adults over the age of 25 have osteoarthritis. That makes OA one of the leading causes of disability in adult Americans.
July 7, 2017/by nmortho
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10 Ways to Build Healthy Bones (and Keep Them Strong)

Bones are quite literally the support system of the body, so it’s super important to keep them strong and healthy. Bones are continuously being broken down and rebuilt in tiny amounts. Before about age 30, when bones typically reach peak bone mass (which varies from person to person), the body is creating new bone faster, but after age 30, the bone building balance naturally shifts and more bone is lost than gained.

Some people have a lot of savings in their “bone bank” because of factors including genetics, diet and how much bone they built up as teenagers. The natural depletion of bone doesn’t affect these lucky ducks too drastically. But in those with a smaller bone fortune, when the body can’t create new bone as fast as the old bone is lost, osteoporosis can set in, causing bones to become weak and brittle and allowing them to fracture more easily. The disease is most common in postmenopausal women over the age of 65 and in men over the age of 70.
July 3, 2017/by nmortho
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8 Top Tips for Safe Summer Sports

Summer is a time to be outside and get active. But be safe! Avoid brain injuries as well as other serious injuries by following these important tips.
June 29, 2017/by nmortho
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Study Reveals the Body’s Systemic Stem Cell Response to ACL Injury

You might think stem cells only exist inside a fetus, but your adult body has a stockpile of stem cells, armed and ready to respond. These remarkable cells can develop into any other type of cell, like muscle or bone or nerve cells.

Researchers know heart attacks and strokes summon these cells. They flock to your heart or brain from all over your body to help you stay alive.

But, scientists did not realize other injuries, like a torn ACL of the knee, could command the army of stem cells to deploy.
June 24, 2017/by nmortho
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Healthy Bones 101: A Fitness Routine to Help Fight Bone Loss

Do you need a workout that can be felt in your bones? While muscles seem to be the main focus when creating a fitness plan, our bones require just as much attention. Osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become brittle, porous and prone to breaks, affects millions of Americans each year. While a decrease in bone density is inevitable as we age, there are exercises that can help strengthen fragile bones.

To pack a power punch in the fight against osteoporosis, you’ll need a well-rounded fitness routine. Your goal is to incorporate resistance and flexibility training with weight-bearing exercises. These techniques will help perfect your balance and coordination, which are two crucial elements for preventing falls.
June 23, 2017/by nmortho
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How the Spinal Cord Works

The central nervous system (CNS) controls most functions of the body and mind. It consists of two parts: the brain and the spinal cord.

The brain is the center of our thoughts, the interpreter of our external environment, and the origin of control over body movement. Like a central computer, it interprets information from our eyes (sight), ears (sound), nose (smell), tongue (taste), and skin (touch), as well as from internal organs such as the stomach.

The spinal cord is the highway for communication between the body and the brain. When the spinal cord is injured, the exchange of information between the brain and other parts of the body is disrupted.
June 16, 2017/by nmortho
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Throwing It Away- Pitching Injuries Are On The Rise

Baseball marks the end of winter and the start of spring, and as a nation, we not only delight in watching the pros, but also in watching our kids play this great game.

Unfortunately, we sports medicine doctors are seeing an increase in injuries to the throwing arm in youngsters, and many of these require surgery. Most worrisome is that the risk for developing a throwing injury was shown to increase by 36 times in adolescent pitchers who continued playing with a fatigued arm.

As a sports medicine physician and a former collegiate baseball player, I am concerned about this rise in injuries. They not only take a youngster out of commission for a game or season, but they also can have lasting effects. My team of researchers at the University of Florida is looking for ways to prevent arm injuries.
June 15, 2017/by nmortho
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Are You on the Verge of Overtraining?

Subliminal (or maybe not so?) messages all around us tell to keep pushing harder; “sweat is fat crying”, or how about the more traditional “go hard or go home”. You know how we feel about taking it easy on your recovery days, and we have talked about how you can run 23% faster if you run 80% easy, but what if you have already overdone it, and you managed to avoid the dreaded “i” word, but you just feel exhausted on every run.

We know just how awful that feels:

Each coach at Runners Connect has been there before, and we want to make sure you can recognize the symptoms, so you can get back to feeling good while running as quickly as possible.

Overtraining syndrome might not be something you’ve ever thought about or even heard of, but according to Dr Mark Wotherspoon, Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at www.spireperform.com and Southampton Football Club in the UK, it’s on the increase, especially amongst recreational and beginner runners.

We are going to show you how to self diagnose overtraining, so you can get on your way to recovery quickly.
June 10, 2017/by nmortho
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How We Feel Pain: Overview of the Nervous System

How does your brain know when you feel pain? How does it know the difference between the soft touch of a feather and a needle prick? And, how does that information get to your body in time to respond? How does acute pain become chronic pain? These are not simple answers, but with a little explanation about how the nervous system works, you should be able to understand the basics.
June 7, 2017/by nmortho
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Are Sports Drinks Better or Worse Than Water?

Many sports drinks tout a long list of vitamins and electrolytes on their labels, which makers claim will help keep you at the top of your game during a workout. But are these drinks really better than plain old water?

In general, water is best for hydrating your body when you are working out, said Lauren Popeck, a registered dietitian at Orlando Health in Florida. But if you're exercising for more than an hour, you might consider a sports drink, particularly if you've been sweating a lot, since electrolytes are lost through sweat, Popeck said.
June 5, 2017/by nmortho
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The Seven Most Common Sports Injuries

After a sedentary work week, end-zone catches and 36-hole weekends can take their toll in common sports injuries. The seven most common sports injuries are:

Ankle sprain
Groin pull
Hamstring strain
Shin splints
Knee injury: ACL tear
Knee injury: Patellofemoral syndrome — injury resulting from the repetitive movement of your kneecap against your thigh bone
Tennis elbow (epicondylitis)
To see how to prevent and treat these common sports injuries — and to learn when it's time to look further than your medicine cabinet to treat sports injuries— read on.
June 2, 2017/by nmortho
New Mexico, Orthopaedics, Albuquerque

Dairy-Free Diets Warning Over Risk to Bone Health

Diets which cut out dairy food could be a "ticking time bomb" for young people's bone health, a charity is warning.

A National Osteoporosis Society survey found a fifth of under-25s are cutting out or reducing dairy in their diet.

It said it was concerned many young adults were putting their health at risk by following eating fads.

Cutting out dairy can be healthy if enough calcium is consumed from other sources, such as nuts, seeds and fish.

The charity surveyed 2,000 adults, including 239 under the age of 25 and 339 aged 25-35.
May 31, 2017/by nmortho
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How to Prevent Athletic Injury by Training Your Brain

Indeed, the brain is constantly receiving signals from our bodies and environments that can dramatically impact movement. In the case of the soccer ball, for example, your pattern of movement changes depending on how far you need to kick the ball and where you need to aim it. This two-way body-brain communication is, essentially, what exercise scientists call motor control and motor learning.

While strong motor control paired with a fierce competitive nature can distinguish top athletes, poor motor control may also be an underlying reason for faulty movement and injury. But training the input and output to the brain can improve movement in all of us. Here are four ways you can enhance your motor control – whether you want to qualify for a competitive race or simply feel more comfortable in your daily life:
May 28, 2017/by nmortho
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Knees Cracking? Could Be a Sign of Osteoarthritis

A little cracking or popping when you move your knees is normal … right?

A new study finds that it could be a sign that you could be at risk for developing knee osteoarthritis (OA) — but only if you’re in a certain age group.

The evaluation took data from nearly 3,500 people as part of the Osteoarthritis Initiative.

It concluded that grating, cracking, or popping sounds in or around the knee joints (a condition known as crepitus) may put some people at an increased risk for developing OA.
May 23, 2017/by nmortho
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Is Knee Surgery Inevitable for Women?

Arthritis is the biggest factor causing knee joint damage extensive enough that a replacement is warranted, and women are more likely to suffer arthritis than men.

No matter your gender, it’s time to think more about taking care of your knees. Sometimes the progression of arthritis makes surgery inevitable, but it’s possible to adopt lifestyle habits that help preserve the health of the knee joint and reduce or at least delay your risk for having to undergo replacement surgery.
May 17, 2017/by nmortho
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High Levels of Exercise Linked to Nine Years of Less Aging at the Cellular Level

Despite their best efforts, no scientist has ever come close to stopping humans from aging. Even anti-aging creams can't stop Old Father Time. But new research reveals you may be able to slow one type of aging -- the kind that happens inside your cells. As long as you're willing to sweat.
May 12, 2017/by nmortho
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Are Your Muscles Genetically Prepared to Run a Marathon?

For a few years, running has been fashionable. But there is a great difference between the physical demands of running a few kilometres and doing a marathon. Now Spanish researchers have concluded that genetics plays an essential role in success when completing this long distance.
May 9, 2017/by nmortho
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11 Tips to Improve Your Bone Health

As we age, we become more at risk for developing osteoporosis, which can result in painful fractures of the hips, wrist, or spine. When a fracture occurs in the spine, it is called a compression fracture.

Considering that osteoporosis can lead to significant pain and difficulty functioning, spinal deformity, and even serious illness or death in the most severe cases, there is a clear need for increased awareness of this disease and its prevention.
May 6, 2017/by nmortho
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Weight Loss Can Slow Down Knee Joint Degeneration

Overweight and obese people who lost a substantial amount of weight over a 48-month period showed significantly lower degeneration of their knee cartilage, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.

According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity is a risk factor for osteoarthritis. Being overweight or obese can place extra pressure on joints and cartilage, causing them to wear away. In addition, people with more body fat may have higher blood levels of substances that cause inflammation in the joints, raising the risk for osteoarthritis.
May 3, 2017/by nmortho
new mexico, orthopaedics, albuquerque

7 Bad Habits That Cause Back Pain

Back pain will affect about 80 percent of us at some point in our lives, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). It often results from repeated behaviors that stress your body.

If you're battling back pain now — or if you want to take steps to prevent an achy back — make an effort to avoid these seven bad habits:
April 30, 2017/by nmortho
albuquerque, orthopedics, sports injuries

Five Ways to Avoid Sports Injuries

Playing sports is a lot of fun. Getting hurt is not. Take these five steps to prevent injuries so you can stay in the game:

-Wear protective gear, such as helmets, protective pads, and other gear.
-Warm up and cool down.
-Know the rules of the game.
-Watch out for others.
-Don't play when you're injured.

Let's find out more about each of these.
April 27, 2017/by nmortho

How to Take Care of Your Joints

Just as the tread on your tires wears away over time, the cartilage that cushions your joints can break down, too. It's a condition called osteoarthritis. And without enough padding, your bones will hurt when they rub against each other.

Frayed cartilage can't heal or grow back. "There's no way to reverse the arthritis once it has started," says Michaela M. Schneiderbauer, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. But you can ease the pain and protect the cartilage you still have. Use these tips to slow the damage.
April 22, 2017/by nmortho
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Aging Changes in the Bones – Muscles – Joints

Changes in posture and gait (walking pattern) are common with aging. Changes in the skin and hair are also common.

The skeleton provides support and structure to the body. Joints are the areas where bones come together. They allow the skeleton to be flexible for movement. In a joint, bones do not directly contact each other. Instead, they are cushioned by cartilage in the joint, synovial membranes around the joint, and fluid.

Muscles provide the force and strength to move the body. Coordination is directed by the brain, but is affected by changes in the muscles and joints. Changes in the muscles, joints, and bones affect the posture and walk, and lead to weakness and slowed movement.
April 19, 2017/by nmortho
orthopaedic doctors, Albuquerque

Common Hip Injuries in Kids

Pediatric athletes are subject to several different acute hip injuries. These injuries include problems around the growth plate and around the femur and pelvis. In some cases, acute symptoms can develop in association with previous hip conditions. Two common hip injuries are discussed below.
April 15, 2017/by nmortho
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Back Pain in Children and Teens

Anyone who has spent time with children knows that some of them can bend themselves into positions that defy logic. A teenager may think nothing of dropping into full splits in front of the television. A child with extra flexibility may love impressing her friends by bending her thumb all the way back to her wrist.

Dexterity is a good thing. But it can go too far, even in kids. Children and teenagers can end up with chronic back pain for any number of reasons, including injuries from sports or stressing overly flexible joints. In rare cases, they may be born with spinal problems. Whatever the cause, it's important to recognize the signs of a problem.
April 11, 2017/by nmortho

3 Common Shoulder Sports Injuries

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, which also makes it prone to injury. If you’re an athlete, taxing your shoulder over time with repetitive, overhead movements or participating in contact sports may put your shoulder at risk for injury.

These are three common shoulder injuries caused by sports participation:
April 7, 2017/by nmortho

Inactive Teens Develop Lazy Bones

Inactive teens have weaker bones than those who are physically active, according to a new study.

Researchers with UBC and the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, measured the physical activity and bone strength of 309 teenagers over a specific four-year period that is crucial for lifelong, healthy skeletal development.
March 31, 2017/by nmortho

Shoulder Pain May Be Linked To Increased Heart Disease Risk

A new study led by investigators at the University of Utah School of Medicine finds that individuals with symptoms that put them at increased risk for heart disease could be more likely to have shoulder problems, including joint pain and rotator cuff injury.

“If someone has rotator cuff problems, it could be a sign that there is something else going on. They may need to manage risk factors for heart disease,” says the study’s lead author Kurt Hegmann.

The research is published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Repeated physical stress is most frequently blamed for aggravating shoulder joints and the muscles and tendons that surround them.
March 29, 2017/by nmortho

After a Sprain, Don’t Just Walk It Off

An estimated 28,000 ankle injuries occur daily in the United States, most of them through sporting activities, including jogging on uneven surfaces. But while no one suggests remaining sedentary to protect your ankles, experts wisely warn against purposely putting them at risk by wearing hazardous shoes or getting back in the game before an injured ankle has healed.
March 25, 2017/by nmortho

Bone health: Tips to keep your bones healthy

Protecting your bone health is easier than you think. Understand how diet, physical activity and other lifestyle factors can affect your bone mass.
March 21, 2017/by nmortho

10 Common Running Injuries: Prevention and Treatment

Running injuries usually happen when you push yourself too hard. The way your body moves also plays a role.

You can prevent many of them. Here's how.
March 18, 2017/by nmortho

ACL Tears on the Rise Among Kids, Especially Girls

As kids play sports like soccer and football with more frequency and force, many are damaging their knees, a new study finds.

A common knee injury -- an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear -- has steadily increased among 6- to 18-year-olds in the United States, rising more than 2 percent a year over the last two decades, researchers report.
March 14, 2017/by nmortho

Protein and Carb Intake Post-Exercise Can Benefit Bone Health, Study Finds

Protein and carbohydrate intake after exercise can have a beneficial impact on bone health and could help to stave off serious injury among athletes, new research suggests.

A study led by sport scientists at Nottingham Trent University showed that drinking a protein and carbohydrate-rich solution after strenuous exercise helped decrease bone resorption – the breakdown of tissue in the bone.

It also had a small positive impact on bone formation, creating a better balance of bone turnover – which at high levels is also associated with bone loss and damage.
March 11, 2017/by nmortho

Dr. Michael Archibeck Featured in Albquerque 13th Annual Top Doc Issue

The 13th Annual Top Docs Issue
For this, our 13th year, we…
March 9, 2017/by nmortho

Nanofibers Developed for Healing Bone Fractures

In future, it may be possible to use nanofibers to improve the attachment of bone implants, or the fibers may be used directly to scaffold bone regeneration. This would aid the healing of fractures and may enable the care of osteoporosis. This is detailed in a new dissertation.

In his doctoral research, Jani Holopainen of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Helsinki has developed processes for fibrous and thin-film biomaterials that can be used as scaffolding for bone regeneration and in other bone implants. He also studied the apparatus used for nanofiber production.
March 7, 2017/by nmortho

Older Bones Benefit From Dairy Plus Vitamin D

A combination of vitamin D supplements and certain dairy foods may protect against age-related bone loss, a new study indicates.

Consumption of milk, yogurt and cheese was associated with higher bone mineral density in the spine and less bone loss in the hip among older adults -- but only if they also took vitamin D supplements, researchers said.
March 4, 2017/by nmortho

Prevent Joint Damage From Rheumatoid Arthritis

When your rheumatoid arthritis flares up, it's important to prevent damage to your joints. Watch for signs of trouble and learn the steps to stay healthy.
February 28, 2017/by nmortho

Early Birds May Make Healthier Food Choices Than Night Owls

Benjamin Franklin famously extolled the virtues of early risers saying, "early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise" -- and a new study out today adds scientific data to the claim that morning people may in fact be healthier. By comparing "morning type" people with "evening type" people, researchers found that morning people ate more balanced foods overall and ate earlier in the day. Published in Obesity, the scientific journal of The Obesity Society (TOS), this is the first study of its kind to examine what and when people with different internal time clocks eat, including macronutrients like carbohydrates, protein and fat.
February 25, 2017/by nmortho

Increased Levels of Active Vitamin D Can Help to Optimize Muscle Strength

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have shown that increasing the levels of active vitamin D can help to optimise muscle strength in humans.

The team hope that the findings will inform the design of future supplementation studies, and begin to answer questions as to the optimal levels of vitamin D required for healthy muscles.

The study, published in PLOS ONE, builds on previous knowledge showing levels of inactive vitamin D to be associated with a lack of muscle mass.
February 22, 2017/by nmortho

Diet and Bone Health

Bone is a living tissue that is constantly broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone tissue no longer keeps pace with the removal of older bone tissue.

Your risk of developing osteoporosis is affected by heritable factors beyond your control as well as non-heritable factors that you can control, most importantly nutrition and physical activity.
February 18, 2017/by nmortho

Youth Soccer Coaches Can Prevent Injuries With Just 90-Minutes of Training

It's a dreaded and increasingly common diagnosis for young athletes. An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injury, and the taxing rehab process that comes with it, can quickly sideline a player.

Luckily, scientific research on preventing ACL injuries and osteoarthritis is progressing. The long-term implementation of preventive training programs -- which include plyometrics (jump training), strengthening and other types of exercises to promote proper movement techniques -- has been shown to reduce injuries and improve performance.
February 15, 2017/by nmortho

Lessons on Aging Well, From a 105-Year-Old Cyclist

At the age of 105, the French amateur cyclist and world-record holder Robert Marchand is more aerobically fit than most 50-year-olds — and appears to be getting even fitter as he ages, according to a revelatory new study of his physiology.

The study, which appeared in December in The Journal of Applied Physiology, may help to rewrite scientific expectations of how our bodies age and what is possible for any of us athletically, no matter how old we are.
February 11, 2017/by nmortho

1.35 Million Youths a Year Have Serious Sports Injuries

Safe Kids Worldwide survey of emergency room visits shows more than a million times a year, or about every 25 seconds, a young athlete visits a hospital emergency room for a sports-related injury.

Occasional bumps and bruises are expected when kids play sports, but for more than 1.35 million children last year a sports-related injury was severe enough to send them to a hospital emergency department.
February 8, 2017/by nmortho

Just 45 Minutes of Exercise a Week Can Benefit Older Adults With Arthritis

Egaging in physical activity can reduce pain and help to maintain mobility and independence for older adults with arthritis, but current exercise recommendations are often unachievable for this population. Now, however, a new study finds that exercising for just 45 minutes is enough to reap the benefits.
February 4, 2017/by nmortho

10 Ways to Protect Your Joints

Joint pain can be a major issue when you're working out and playing sports. And while complaining about a bad back or stiff hips might typically be considered a sign of old age, it's a frequent problem regardless of age. It's time to start taking care your joints so you can enjoy life, and training, to the fullest.
February 1, 2017/by nmortho

Strong Bones for Life

If you're like most kids, you probably think you'll never get old. Achy joints, failing eyesight, heart attacks: These are things you won't have to deal with for a long time, right? So why worry now?

As it turns out, the choices you make now can make a big difference in how you feel later in life. I recently learned this lesson the hard way.
January 27, 2017/by nmortho

What’s Actually Happening When You Crack Your Joints

My knees crack a lot when I stand up. Should I be worried? If you're not experiencing pain or swelling, no. Experts used to think that cracking your joints caused arthritis, but the latest research shows no such link.
January 25, 2017/by nmortho

Joints Achy? Don’t Blame Mother Nature

Some people swear that changes in humidity, temperature, air pressure and the like trigger back pain and arthritis. But a team at the George Institute for Global Health in Newtown, Australia said it found no evidence to support that theory.
January 21, 2017/by nmortho

Antidepressant Use Increases Hip Fracture Risk Among Elderly

Antidepressant use nearly doubles the risk of hip fracture among community–dwelling persons with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland.
January 17, 2017/by nmortho

What Can I Do to Keep My Bones Healthy?

You can take a few simple steps to prevent or slow bone loss. If you're concerned about your bone health or your risk factors for osteoporosis, including a recent bone fracture, consult your doctor.
January 14, 2017/by nmortho

My Child is Pigeon Toed: What Should I do?

Pigeon toe often develops in the womb or is due to genetic birth defects, so little can be done to prevent it. Here is some information on how and when to treat it.
January 10, 2017/by nmortho

Is Running Bad for Your Knees?

Article by Randy Dotinga | Featured on WebMD

January 6, 2017/by nmortho

Cotton Candy Machines May Hold The Answer For Building Artificial Organs

Leon Bellan set out to solve the problem of building an artificial framework of blood vessels to support vital organs using a cotton candy machine.
January 4, 2017/by nmortho

5 Simple Exercises for Rotator Cuff Pain

Article by Kristen Barta | Featured on Health Line

As sports…
December 30, 2016/by nmortho

Mycotic Septic Arthritis of the Ankle Joint

Authors: Adam Tucker, Scott Matthews, Alister Wilson
December 29, 2016/by nmortho

Santa’s top 10 holiday health tips

From: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20091210/Santas-top-10-holiday-health-tips.aspx

December 25, 2016/by nmortho
Bone Spur - Topic Overview

Bone Spur – Topic Overview

It's usually smooth, but it can cause wear and tear or pain if it presses or rubs on other bones or soft tissues in the body.
December 21, 2016/by nmortho
When Physical Therapy Can Help

When Physical Therapy Can Help

Physical therapy and recovery from injury

Article Featured…
December 15, 2016/by nmortho

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

Tennis elbow is a type of tendinitis -- swelling of the tendons -- that causes pain in the elbow and arm. Despite its name, you can still get tennis elbow even if you've never been near a tennis court.
December 10, 2016/by nmortho
Knee Replacement Surgery for Arthritis

Knee Replacement Surgery for Arthritis

Learn more about knee replacement surgery - what it entails, how it's performed, and what to expect afterward.
December 7, 2016/by nmortho
Arthritis in the Knee: What You Need to Know

Arthritis in the Knee: What You Need to Know

Arthritis of the knee can make taking a step painful. Swelling, pain, and stiffness in the joint are just some of the symptoms that can occur when a person has this condition.
December 3, 2016/by nmortho
Learn About Spinal Cord Injuries

Learn About Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are different than back injuries, such as ruptured disks or spinal stenosis. So what are spinal cord injuries? Learn more.
November 30, 2016/by nmortho

Black Friday Weekend Health & Fitness Tips: Recover From The Food Coma & Shop Healthfully

We found these great tips from the Beauty Bean and wanted to…
November 26, 2016/by nmortho
Possible Link Between Aerobic Exercise and Improvement in Cognitive Function in Patients With Vascular-Based Impairment

‘Proof of Concept’ Study Points to Possible Link Between Aerobic Exercise and Improvement in Cognitive Function in Patients With Vascular-Based Impairment

Although results are far from conclusive, a recently published "proof of concept" study points to the possibility that aerobic exercise could improve cognitive performance among older adults with a type of impairment caused by problems with blood supply to the brain.
November 23, 2016/by nmortho
When to Worry About Low Back Pain

When to Worry About Low Back Pain

How can you tell if your back pain is serious? This article details common types of back injuries and whether you should see a doctor for your back pain.
November 17, 2016/by nmortho
Female athletes are much more likely than males to endure serious anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injuries, according to Loyola University Medical Center orthopedic surgeon Dr. Pietro Tonino.

ACL Knee Injuries Occur More Frequently In Female Athletes

Female athletes are much more likely than males to endure serious anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injuries, according to Loyola University Medical Center orthopedic surgeon Dr. Pietro Tonino.
November 12, 2016/by nmortho
Common Knee Injuries

Common Knee Injuries

Common knee injuries vary from minor falls which may settle down in a few days to major accidents which may take months to recover from. The knee ligaments and cartilage are the structures most commonly damaged.
November 10, 2016/by nmortho
My Hip Hurts Where's the pain?

My Hip Hurts: Where’s the Pain?

Previous articles have discussed problems in the pelvis, including piriformis syndrome, sports hernia, osteitis pubis and sacroiliac (SI) dysfunction. This article will review problems in the hip joint and surrounding tissues.
November 5, 2016/by nmortho
The Big 7 Body Breakdowns

The Big 7 Body Breakdowns

In an ideal runner's world, every step of every mile would be 100 percent pain-free. No aches, no twinges, no lingering soreness from yesterday's workout. The reality is that many runners constantly deal with a slight (or not so slight) disturbance—a tender foot, a tight hamstring, a whiny knee.
November 2, 2016/by nmortho
Osteoarthritis: New blood test detects early stages, study finds

Study Finds New Blood Test Detects Early Stages of Osteoarthritis

Profiles of altered amino acids in the blood distinguish early stage osteoarthritis from rheumatoid arthritis and other joint diseases, study shows.
October 29, 2016/by nmortho
Top 4 Most Common Orthopedic Surgeries

Top 4 Most Common Orthopedic Surgeries

Though every surgeon will see a variety of different patient cases that require different treatments, there are a few orthopedic procedures that tend to be the most common.
October 27, 2016/by nmortho
Teens playing through pain, not taking sports injuries seriously, says study

Teens Playing Through Pain, Not Taking Sports Injuries Seriously

During a high-school field-hockey game in September 2013, near her Virginia hometown, Brie Boothby was struck in the side of her head with an opponent's stick. Boothby blacked out.
October 22, 2016/by nmortho
5 Exercises for Rotator Cuff Pain

5 Exercises for Rotator Cuff Pain

What is a rotator cuff injury?
As sports fans and athletes alike…
October 20, 2016/by nmortho
Torn Rotator Cuff

Rotator Cuff Tears

A rotator cuff tear is a common cause of pain and disability among adults. In 2008, close to 2 million people in the United States went to their doctors because of a rotator cuff problem. A torn rotator cuff will weaken your shoulder. This means that many daily activities, like combing your hair or getting dressed, may become painful and difficult to do.
October 16, 2016/by nmortho
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear

Torn ACL Symptoms, Recovery, & Surgery

Symptoms and signs of a torn ACL include knee pain and swelling. Recovery after surgical repair of an ACL tear may take more than nine months. Read about diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and prevention.
October 12, 2016/by nmortho
Top 10 Most Common Sports Injuries

Top 10 Most Common Sports Injuries

Want to know what to expect next time you hit the court? Here is a countdown of the most common sports injuries, from the least common to the most common.
October 8, 2016/by nmortho
New Mexico Orthopaedics Opens New Physical Therapy Location

NM Orthopaedics Expands to Uptown

Albuquerque-based New Mexico Orthopaedics has expanded its physical therapy services to the Uptown area.
October 6, 2016/by nmortho
New Mexico Orthopaedics Opens New Physical Therapy Location

New Mexico Orthopaedics Opens New Physical Therapy Location

As part of an ongoing commitment to offer patients comprehensive and convenient orthopaedic care, New Mexico Orthopaedics has opened a new center for physical therapy in Uptown Albuquerque.
October 1, 2016/by nmortho
Stress Fractures

Taking a holistic approach to managing difficult stress fractures

Stress fractures and other bony stress injuries occur along a spectrum of severity which can impact treatment and prognosis. When treating these injuries, it should be borne in mind that no two stress fractures behave exactly alike.
October 1, 2016/by nmortho
Sports-Related Wrist and Hand Injuries: A Review

Sports-Related Wrist and Hand Injuries: A Review

Hand and wrist injuries are common during athletics and can have a significant impact especially if initially disregarded. Due to their high level of physical demand, athletes represent a unique subset of the population.
October 1, 2016/by nmortho
Severe Knee Pain Linked With Less Willingness to Undergo TKR Among Uninsured Patients

Severe Knee Pain Linked With Less Willingness to Undergo TKR Among Uninsured Patients

Among the uninsured, severe knee pain was associated with less willingness to undergo a total knee replacement, according to recently published findings.
October 1, 2016/by nmortho
Does Accelerated Physical Therapy After Elective Primary Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Facilitate Early Discharge?

Does Accelerated Physical Therapy After Elective Primary Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Facilitate Early Discharge?

Total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA) are among the most effective surgical procedures in modern medicine.
October 1, 2016/by nmortho
Vascular Injury in Orthopedic Trauma

Vascular Injury in Orthopedic Trauma

Vascular injury associated with orthopedic trauma is a potentially limb- and life-threatening event that represents a challenge for every orthopedic surgeon and clinician involved in the primary care of trauma patients.
October 1, 2016/by nmortho
Injuries During Sports

The Sprains and Strains of Sporting Injuries

Sprains and strains are some of the most common types of injuries in any sport. They involve the stretching or tearing of tissue. Sprains occur to ligaments, while strains involve muscles or tendons.
October 1, 2016/by nmortho
7 Injuries That Could Be Causing Your Hip Pain

7 Injuries That Could Be Causing Your Hip Pain

Of the joints in the leg that are commonly injured in runners, hip pain often poses the most difficult diagnosis.
October 1, 2016/by nmortho
Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms

A spinal cord injury — damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal — often causes permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the site of the injury.
October 1, 2016/by nmortho
Allowing Youth Sports to be Child's Play

Allowing Youth Sports to be Child’s Play

The picture of youth sports today is far different from that of the early 20th century. Physical activity in the form of "free play" was a more common daily occurrence for most children then.
October 1, 2016/by nmortho

First Osteointegrated Surgery Performed In California

Article Featured on Orthopedics This Week
Daniel C. Allison,…
October 1, 2016/by nmortho
Over Use Injuries

Overuse Injuries

Every year, thousands of kids suffer injuries caused by intense sport specialization and overuse. As a tutor and a medical writer, I see how students are affected. Having suffered from overuse injuries when I was a youth athlete, I also know how they feel.
September 28, 2016/by nmortho
New Mexico Orthopaedics Opens New Physical Therapy Location

Albuquerque health professionals provide life-changing surgeries in Honduras

Many people in developing countries may never have access to the quality of medical care we have here in the U.S., but thanks to two Albuquerque health professionals, dozens of people in Honduras are getting life-changing operations.
May 25, 2016/by nmortho