Older athletes experience increased physical injuries including back pain, heel pain, hamstring pulls, stress fractures and knee injuries. This increase is primarily due to changes in muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons due to aging. It is crucial for older adults to be conscious of these body changes and to alter their regime to avoid injuries while maintaining their physical fitness.
Is there a minimum age for total knee replacement surgery. In this video an orthopedic surgeon talks about in which circumstances young patients would be considered for a total knee replacement.
Can your diet affect the pain you feel in your joints? Dr. Dan Albright, an orthopedic surgeon in Raleigh, NC discusses how your diet causes inflammation in your body. Eating a diet that reduces that inflammation can help the joint pain in your knees and hips.
Do knee replacement prostheses ever need to be replaced? The answer is yes, but they should last for decades. Dr. Dan Albright discusses the signs and symptoms that appear when it is time to for the prosthesis to be revised and how to make the one you have last longer.
Many patients are concerned about becoming addicted to pain medications they are prescribed after major surgery.
Osteoarthritis (OA), a chronic condition that causes the cartilage between the joints to wear out, is the most prominent form of arthritis. The absence of cushion causes bones to rub and grind together, causing swelling, stiffness, and pain. Doctors may prescribe physical therapy, a knee brace, or oral medication. However, if a patent continues to experience severe pain, swelling or extensive joint damage, knee injections or a full knee replacement is recommended.
Two Patient Reported Outcomes that surgeons use to assess the success of arthroplasty are the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities (WOMAC) Osteoarthritis Index and the Oxford Knee Score.