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Meniscus Treatment Research

Diagnosis: MRI research outcomes and accuracy of seeing the meniscus injury A November 2022 study writes: “Surgery to treat a torn meniscus is a common orthopedic procedure, and radiologists are frequently asked to image patients with new or recurrent knee pain after meniscus surgery. However, surgery alters the MR imaging appearance of the meniscus, making the diagnosis of recurrent tear a diagnostic challenge.” (3) Types of meniscus injury: Traumatic meniscal Injuries Types of meniscus injury: Root tear Types of meniscus injury: Radial Tear Types of meniscus injury: Horizontal Tear Types of meniscus injury: Incomplete Tear Types of meniscus injury: Complex Tear

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Research on Amniotic tissue therapy in regenerative medicine

Introduction to Regenerative Medicine Amniotic tissue therapy Human amniotic membrane (HAM) and human amniotic fluid-derived cells (HAFCs) contain properties that present potential for alleviation of osteoarthritis disease progression. Amniotic tissues consist of anti-inflammatory factors that upregulate anti-inflammatory pathways, high hyaluronic acid and proteoglycan content, as well as regenerative chondrocyte differentiation properties. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9484571/  

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Iliotibial band syndrome

Conservative care options for Iliotibial band syndrome: REST and activity avoidance Conservative care options for Iliotibial band syndrome: PRICE Conservative care options for Iliotibial band syndrome: Anti-inflammatories and pain medications Conservative care options for Iliotibial band syndrome: Foam rollers, stretching Conservative care options for Iliotibial band syndrome: Physical therapy and exercise, massage A March 2022 paper (1) discusses conservative care treatments for ITBS: “Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) is presumably caused by excessive tension in the iliotibial band (ITB) leading to compression and inflammation of tissues lying beneath it. Usually managed conservatively, there is a lack of scientific evidence supporting the

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Aspirin, joint pain and heart health

Many patients we see have been taking aspirin for years because it had at one time helped them with their joint pain. Many of these people ask when they come into our office if it is okay to continue taking the aspirin. After all, they say, people have been taking low-dose aspirin for years to help reduce the risk of heart attack. Low dose aspirin can be an appealing self-help treatment for some people. They have joint pain, they have become more sedentary and they have gained more weight. There is a heart health concern for many that they believe

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Effects of long-term opioid use for back pain

An August 2022 study (1) wanted to assess what happens to people on long-term opioid therapy for back-specific disability and health-related quality of life in patients with chronic low back pain. In this study there were 96 long-term opioid users and 204 long-term opioid nonusers. In surveying the people of this study, the researchers found: Long-term opioid use (more than 12 months) was a predictor of worse back-specific disability, physical function, fatigue, participation in social role, and pain interference outcomes. Intermediate-term opioid use was a predictor of worse back-specific disability, physical function, fatigue, and sleep disturbance outcomes. Short-term opioid use

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Physical therapy for rotator cuff injuries

An August 2022 study (1) examines the routine prescribing of exercise for rotator cuff-related shoulder pain. The researches write: “Exercise is considered to be both essential and at the forefront of the management of rotator cuff-related shoulder pain.. Despite this, many fail to substantially improve with exercise-based treatment. . . . The causal explanation for the beneficial effect of exercise for rotator cuff-related shoulder pain in clinical research is dominated by biomedical mechanisms (physical injury), despite a lack of supporting evidence.” 1 Powell JK, Schram B, Lewis J, Hing W. “You have (rotator cuff related) shoulder pain, and to treat

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