Stuart J. Fischer, MD
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This month we are featuring articles on Exercise and Arthritis, and Sports Concussion.
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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is conducting the national campaign, A Nation in Motion®, to highlight the value of quality orthopaedic care.
Each year, close to 2 million people in the United States visit their doctor for shoulder pain associated with a rotator cuff injury. Approximately one-third of rotator cuff tears will require surgery, with the remaining injuries benefiting from nonsurgical treatment including pain medication and rehabilitation exercises. To help physicians determine the best treatment for each patient, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recently released Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) covering five different treatments for rotator cuff injuries.
For patients who do require surgery, a new study published today in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) suggests surgical treatment for rotator cuff tears reduces indirect costs, including ability to work and fewer missed work days. The authors of "The Societal and Economic Value of Rotator Cuff Repair," estimate these surgeries result in a lifetime societal savings in the U.S. of approximately $3.44 billion annually.
An introduction to starting a safe, effective exercise program to help relieve arthritis disability.
Information about treatment and safe return to play after a sports concussion.
People who have surgery on the legs and hip are especially at risk for blood clots.
Any infection in your body can spread to your joint replacement.
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