Pro athletes may safely return to competition after lumbar microdiscectomy
CHICAGO — The pooled rate of return to play following lumbar microdiscectomy for herniated disc nucleus was 83.5%, according to results presented at the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting, and the overall return to play rate for elite athletes with a herniated disc after this procedure was 84.5%.
Recommendations for patient activity after knee replacement vary among surgeons
During recovery after knee replacement surgery, exercise is critical. After initial recovery, patients will want to resume more strenuous activities. In addition to exercise prescribed by a physical therapist, several studies have shown patients who participated in athletic activities prior to surgery will want to continue this practice after surgery. However, how much activity and how strenuous this activity should be remains unclear.
Stresses on elbow during pitching may alter multiple structures
In a pre- and post-season ultrasound evaluation of high school pitchers’ elbows, adaptive changes occurred to multiple structures about the elbow from stresses placed on the elbow during one season of pitching, based on results of a recently published study.
Bats and balls, not base runners, cause worst injuries to major league catchers
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Contrary to popular belief, the worst injuries baseball catchers face on the field come from errant bats and foul balls, not home-plate collisions with base runners, according to findings of a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
A 48-year-old woman with right knee pain
A 48-year-old woman with a history of hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis treated with chronic prednisone, and a two-pack-per-week cigarette use, presented to clinic with 8 years of right knee pain. She had an intra-articular steroid injection with some relief 6 years ago. She denied any hip pain and uses a cane for ambulation.
Stiff shoulders less likely to re-tear after rotator cuff repair vs non-stiff shoulders
Patients who had preoperative shoulder stiffness and those who developed stiffness at 6 weeks and 12 weeks postoperatively after rotator cuff repair were less likely to experience a re-tear compared with patients who had no stiffness, according to results presented here.
What constitutes good treatment of tennis elbow?
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What is the best treatment for acute tennis elbow? Physiotherapy? Cortisone? A combination? Or might you just as well forego treatment?
The two most common treatments for tennis elbow are physiotherapy and cortisone injections. It is unclear which of these gives the best result, and diagnosis can be problematic for general practitioners.
Researchers call for consideration of pre-injury status in ACL reconstruction evaluations
Investigators who studied outcomes following ACL reconstruction said they believe patients’ pre-injury status has been overlooked in determining postoperative results.
Factors affected variability in PF instability injuries among high school athletes
Understanding that patterns of patellofemoral instability injuries among high school athletes may vary by sport, sex and type of exposure, which investigators in this study found, may help with the formulation of new injury prevention strategies and to decrease the risk of further patellofemoral instability injuries.
Greater strength, endurance found in quadriceps after PCL tear vs ACL tear
Compared with ACL tears, the quadriceps muscle of the injured limb had greater strength and endurance after PCL tears, according to study results.