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  • Knee osteoarthritis patients have improved knee loads when using specialized mobility shoe

    Source: Daily Rx
    When patients with knee osteoarthritis are walking, their knees may jut out to the side. Shoes that imitate barefoot walking can help with that.

    A recently published study found that wearing a “mobility” shoe keeps the knee joint more aligned in knee osteoarthritis patients.

    Using flat, flexible footwear can significantly reduce knee loading in patients with the joint condition, according to researchers.

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  • ACL surgery techniques using double versus single bundle ligaments provide equal stability

    Source:Daily Rx

    Surgery for a blown anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) inside the knee is becoming more and more common. New techniques to perform the surgery are on the rise across the country.

    Damaged ACLs that were replaced using a double-bundle technique during surgery were as stable as patients who received the single-bundle technique, according to a study presented at a conference.

    In double-bundle, the new ligament has two parts whereas the single bundle just has one.

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  • Total knee replacements for juvenile idiopathic arthritis last for decades in most patients

    Source: Daily Rx

    People typically think knee replacement surgery is only for older adults with arthritis. But the surgery is also used for young patients when joint damage has become severe.

    Recently, researchers found knee replacements did not last as long in young patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) as they do in older osteoarthritis patients.

    Still, the procedure can be a life-changer for many patients with JIA – a painful disease that affects children.

    In patients with JIA, about 92 percent of knee replacements lasted 10 years and a little over 75 percent lasted 20 years.

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  • Patients with diabetes at no greater risk for infection or other complications after total knee replacement

    Source:newsroom.aaos.org

    Patients with diabetes were no more likely to suffer infection, deep vein thrombosis(a deep vein blood clot) or other complications following total knee replacement(TKR) than patients without diabetes, according to new research published online today, in advance of its publication in the March 2013 Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS).

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  • Which knees need the knife?

    Source: Daily Rx

    Jeffery Katz, MD, of Orthopedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, and colleagues led the study to determine if patients with a meniscal tear and knee osteoarthritis had better outcomes with surgery plus physical therapy or just physical therapy.

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