Health Tip: Signs You Need Rotator Cuff Surgery
The rotator cuff is a collection of tendons and muscles that surround the shoulder. It's common for athletes -- for example, baseball pitchers -- to injure this area.
What is the best thing for stiff joints?
Many people experience stiff joints as they age. Others may experience joint stiffness due to medical conditions and lifestyle choices. Sometimes, people can treat stiff joints at home.
Program seen as effective for medial elbow injury prevention in baseball players
Researchers identified 305 youth baseball players who did not have a history of elbow and shoulder pain. One hundred thirty-six players underwent the Yokohama Baseball-9 program, which included nine stretching and strengthening exercises, and 169 players were placed in the control group.
What is calcific tendonitis and what causes it?
Calcific tendonitis is a condition caused by calcium deposits building up in a person's muscles or tendons. If calcium builds up in an area, a person may feel pain and discomfort there.
Patients with preoperative fatty degeneration had worse outcomes after rotator cuff repair
Patients with large or massive rotator cuff tears who had intact tendons after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair experienced worse outcomes if they had preoperative fatty degeneration of the infraspinatus or subscapularis with Goutallier stage 2 or higher, according to results.
Elbow pathology, patient predictors help determine treatment for UCL injury
Patients with ulnar collateral ligament injuries may experience positive results with nonoperative treatment, according to a presenter here.
Steroid injection significantly relieved shoulder pain at 6 weeks
Treatment of shoulder pain with steroid injection and physiotherapy significantly improved pain in a sustained manner through 6 weeks, according to study results.
Single image slice may not capture 3-D muscle measurements in rotator cuff tears
Patients with rotator cuff tears experience fatty infiltration increased percentages of most likely caused primarily by muscle atrophy and a single image slice did not capture 3-D muscle measurements, according to recently published data.
Silicone metacarpophalangeal joint arthroplasty yielded benefits that persist out to 7 years
In patients with rheumatoid arthritis, silicone metacarpophalangeal joint arthroplasty provided benefits that were sustained for up to 7 years and had low rates of implant fracture or deformity, according to recently published results.
A Meta-analysis of Corticosteroid Injection for Trigger Digits Among Patients With Diabetes
A majority of patients with diabetes have trigger digits. Initial management of symptomatic trigger digits commonly involves corticosteroid injection. However, varying outcomes have been reported for patients with diabetes who receive corticosteroid injections
A Single-Incision Technique for Distal Biceps Repair Using a Flexible Reamer
Distal biceps tendon ruptures are rare injuries that usually occur in middle-aged men. Most of these injuries are repaired acutely to restore preinjury function and strength. There is concern regarding the higher prevalence of certain complications with the double-incision technique. As such, the single-incision technique has also been studied to determine if it may produce superior safety and efficacy. In addition, the point of fixation may be created with either a rigid or a flexible reamer. The authors describe a technique that uses a single-incision cortical fixation achieved with a flexible reamer.
Carpal Tunnel Up With Increased Electronic Device Use
Source: Physician's Weekly
Extended use of smartphones and other hand-held electronic devices leads to an increased risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, according to a study published online June 21 in Muscle & Nerve.
Study looks at needles in treatment for shoulder pain
Source: Science daily
According to a new study, the type of procedure used to treat shoulder calcifications should be tailored to the type of calcification. The results of the study will help interventional radiologists determine whether to use one or two needles for an ultrasound-guided treatment for a common condition called rotator cuff calcific tendinopathy.
Anatomic tear deterioration was associated with nonoperative treatment of rotator cuff tears
Most patients who underwent nonoperative treatment for rotator cuff tears had anatomic tear deterioration, with poorer functional outcomes found in large tear size increases and progression of muscle atrophy, according to results.
Tenodesis, tenotomy showed favorable results in treatment of long head of biceps tendon lesions
Results presented at the Arthroscopy Association of North America Annual Meeting showed favorable results with both tenodesis and tenotomy in the treatment of lesions of the long head of the biceps tendon.
Patient Understanding, Expectations, and Satisfaction Regarding Rotator Cuff Injuries and Surgical Management
Source: Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery
Rotator cuff injuries are among the most common in orthopaedics, with rotator cuff repair surgery consistently reported as one of the most commonly performed orthopaedic procedures. Patient satisfaction is becoming an increasingly important outcome metric as health care continues to evolve with regard to quality measures affecting physician reimbursement.
Throwing injuries in young baseball players: Is there something we are not considering?
Source: Medical Xpress
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.
Hand that sees offers new hope to amputees
Source: Medical News Today
A new generation of prosthetic limbs which will allow the wearer to reach for objects automatically, without thinking - just like a real hand - are to be trialled for the first time.