Orthopedics

Exercise may help in postponing total hip replacement surgery in patients with hip OA

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Over the years, the number of patients suffering from osteoarthritis of hip has been steadily increasing. These patients ultimately require a total hip replacement surgery which may be quite expensive. A new research published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases has found that patients who underwent an educational program and exercise reduced their need for hip replacement surgery by almost 44%.   For their research which was led by Ida C. Svege from the Oslo University, the...

Bone Grown Successfully from Human Embryonic Stem Cells

  In a study published in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers have been successful in using the bone progenitor cells obtained from the human embryonic germ cells to grow bone. The compact bone thus grown was in sufficient quantities to plug and repair bone defects up to a centimeter. The study was carried out by the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Laboratory under the leadership of Dr. Darja Marolt. The study, for the first time...

Low Back Pain shows Maximum Improvement within the first Six Weeks

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  A meta-analysis of various studies done in the past to determine the prognosis of acute and persistent low back pain has shown that the maximum relief from the pain is observed within the first six weeks, after which the recovery is comparatively slow. The research, which has been published in the latest issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, was conducted by researchers from Australia and Brazil and was led by Dr. Christopher Maher, director of the Musculoskeletal Division at...

Majority of Spine Surgery Patients Found to be Vitamin D Deficient

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  A study presented at the 26th Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society has found that majority of the patients undergoing spine surgeries are deficient in vitamin D. The study, presented by Jacob M. Buchowski, an associate professor of orthopedic and  neurological surgery at the Barnes Jewish Hospital, has concluded that patients found to have low levels of vitamin D would benefit if treated with supplements prior to surgery.   The researchers examined 313 patients prior to...

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