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Comparing Approaches to ACL Tears

Value-based medicine has gained more attention in recent years, leading many providers and healthcare systems to focus on the cost effectiveness of services they offer. This focus is important in orthopedic surgery, where procedures like anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction have high costs but can also potentially improve quality of life and functional ability.…

Resistance Exercise for Knee OA

Resistance exercise appears to be an important component of a comprehensive regimen for treating patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Developing effective resistance exercise programs can help offset the physical and psychological limitations associated with knee OA.

ACS 2014: Predicting Joint Replacement Outcomes

The Particulars: In most cases, eligibility for hip and knee replacement surgery has been based largely upon the patient’s biological age. Recent research suggests, however, that a patient’s level of frailty may be a reliable independent risk factor for adverse health outcomes.…

Anesthesiology 2014: Anesthesiologist-Led Care for TKA Patients

The Particulars: The high perioperative and postoperative costs associated with total knee arthroplasty (TKA) along with increasing demand from the aging United States population is placing greater financial strain on the healthcare system, according to recent data. A fast-tracking pathway for TKA may relieve some of this strain.…

Exploring the Rising Prevalence of Symptomatic Knee OA

The prevalence of knee pain and symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA) appears to have increased substantially over a span of more than 20 years. As rates of knee OA increase, greater vigilance is needed for providing the most appropriate therapies to treat the condition.

Optimizing Patient Education in Knee Osteoarthritis Care

The goals of knee osteoarthritis (OA) treatment are to improve health-related quality of life and limit the progression of joint damage. “The optimal management of knee OA requires that patients be given a combination of non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments,” says Pekka Mooar, MD.…


Simple Tasks Campaign: The Value of Rheumatology

The American College of Rheumatology’s Simple Tasks campaign is designed to educate lawmakers, administration officials, think tanks, advocacy groups, physicians and physician groups about the value of rheumatology.…

New Guidelines on Osteoporosis in Men

This week, the Endocrine Society issued guidelines on managing osteoporosis in men. Published in the June 1, 2012 issue of Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the guidelines recommend the following:

Men at increased risk for osteoporosis should be tested by measurement of bone mineral density (BMD).…

Top 10 Drug Markups in the Gray Market

On average, drugs in short supply are being marked up by 650% on the gray market, according to an analysis released last week by the Premier Healthcare Alliance. Drugs in short supply have led to a crisis among healthcare providers, causing them to expend critical resources to obtain needed drugs – or replacements.…

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