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Rheumatology

Comparing Approaches to ACL Tears

Comparing Approaches to ACL Tears | Opinion Article

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 for Knee OA | Feature

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 | Feature

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 | Feature

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

Exploring the Rising Prevalence of Symptomatic Knee OA | Opinion Article

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

Optimizing Patient Education in Knee Osteoarthritis Care | Opinion Article

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.…

Vertebral Augmentation for Spinal Fractures

Vertebral Augmentation for Spinal Fractures | Feature

Medical management of vertebral compression fractures costs patients and healthcare systems nearly $14 billion annually, according to recent estimates. Percutaneous vertebroplasty and balloon kyphoplasty procedures are being used increasingly for the treatment of these osteoporotic fractures, but the effectiveness and safety of these options are unclear, especially with regard to long-term survival.…

Identifying Predictors of Osteoarthritis

Identifying Predictors of Osteoarthritis | Opinion Article

Clinicians should take a proactive approach to OA prevention strategies by actively prescribing exercise and rehabilitation.

Total Joint Arthroplasty: Addressing Unplanned Readmissions

Total Joint Arthroplasty: Addressing Unplanned Readmissions | Feature

A significant number of total joint arthroplasty procedures require unplanned readmission within 90 days. Measures to limit these complications should be implemented to reduce the physical and psychological impact of readmission on patients and the financial burden to society.

Gender Bias in Knee Osteoarthritis

Gender Bias in Knee Osteoarthritis | Opinion Article

Knee osteoarthritis is significantly higher in women, but gender bias may be influencing healthcare providers in recommending treatment.


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