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May 6, 2015

'Gold Standard' for Pain Relief After Shoulder Surgery May Not Be 24 Karat

Mar. 31, 2015 — Around 10,000 patients undergo shoulder surgery in Ontario every year and most go home the same day. Since it's quite a painful procedure, a lot of effort goes into making sure patients can ... read more

Shoulder and Elbow Injury Possibility in Youth Players

Mar. 28, 2015 — Pitching speed, player's height, and pitching for multiple teams may correlate with a history of shoulder and elbow injuries, according to new ... read more

New Way to Evaluate Meniscus Tear Outcomes

Mar. 28, 2015 — An individual’s meniscus (cushion in the knee) is one of the most important ligaments in the leg providing stability, load bearing and preservation of the knee joint. It is also one of the most ... read more

No Need to Delay Rotator Cuff Surgery, Study Shows

Mar. 28, 2015 — Delaying rotator cuff surgery on patients with shoulder stiffness may not be necessary, according to new ... read more

For Type V AC Joint Injuries, Early Surgery May Not Be the Best Approach

Mar. 28, 2015 — Early surgery may not be the best treatment option for patients with Type V AC joint injuries, according to new research. Medical researchers showed military personnel returned to duty faster when ... read more

Stem Cells May Improve Tendon Healing, Reduce Retear Risk in Rotator Cuff Surgery

Mar. 26, 2015 — An injection of a patient's bone marrow stem cells during rotator cuff surgery significantly improved healing and tendon durability, according to a new ... read more

High-Frequency Surpasses Traditional Spinal Cord Stimulation in First Controlled Trial Comparing Technologies

Mar. 24, 2015 — The first-ever randomized, controlled trial to compare spinal cord stimulation (SCS) technologies found that high-frequency SCS using 10 kHz (HF10) exceeded lower-frequency, traditional SCS in ... read more

Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion Surgery: Less Painful, Faster Recovery, Smaller Incisions

Mar. 12, 2015 — A minimally invasive spinal fusion back surgery results in less blood loss, less postoperative pain, smaller incisions, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery and return to work. Rather than ... read more

Outcomes for Surgical Vs Non-Surgical Treatment of Broken Shoulder

Mar. 10, 2015 — Among patients with a displaced fracture in the upper arm near the shoulder (proximal humeral), there was no significant difference between surgical treatment and nonsurgical treatment in ... read more

Two-Step Treatment Improved Function, Decreased Pain Severity in Veterans

Mar. 9, 2015 — A stepped-care strategy improved function and decreased pain severity, producing at least a 30 percent improvement in pain-related disability, investigators report. Although U.S. military veterans ... read more

Twin Study Lends New Insights Into Link Between Back Pain and Depression

Feb. 26, 2015 — Genetic factors help to explain the commonly found association between low back pain and depression, suggests a large study of twins. Genetic factors affecting both conditions may be involved in the ... read more

One in 3 Women Could Potentially Be Spared Chronic Pain After Breast Cancer Surgery

Feb. 25, 2015 — One in every three women undergoing a mastectomy could potentially be spared chronic post-operative pain if anesthesiologists used a regional anesthetic technique in combination with standard care, ... read more

Meditation Can Reduce Chronic Neck Pain, Study Shows

Feb. 25, 2015 — Meditation might be an effective treatment for reducing chronic neck pain, according to research. Chronic neck pain can lead to serious comorbidities like depression. Patients with chronic neck pain ... read more

Common Hip Issue in Teens Misdiagnosed as Pulled Muscle

Feb. 24, 2015 — An athlete felt pain in his groin after a collision at the plate with an opposing player. He thought he had pulled a muscle, but it turns out he was suffering from a common condition seen in teens ... read more

Neck Pain Can Be Changed Through Altered Visual Feedback

Feb. 19, 2015 — Using virtual reality to misrepresent how far the neck is turned can actually change pain experiences in individuals who suffer from chronic neck pain, according to ... read more

New Radiotracer Helps Avoid Neck Dissection in Patients With Early Head and Neck Cancer

Feb. 12, 2015 — A new tracer can enable surgeons to make an accurate identification of the sentinel node -- the lymph node to which cancer spreads first -- and hence spare patients the post-operative complications ... read more

Psychological Factors Play a Part in Acupuncture Treatment of Back Pain

Feb. 12, 2015 — People with back pain who have low expectations of acupuncture before they start a course of treatment will gain less benefit than those people who believe it will work, according to new research. ... read more

Awkward Positions, Distractions and Fatigue May Trigger Low Back Pain

Feb. 9, 2015 — New research reveals the physical and psychosocial factors that significantly increase the risk of low back pain onset. In fact results show that being engaged in manual tasks involving awkward ... read more

Which Conditions Show Reduced Costs With Disease Management?

Feb. 6, 2015 — Asthma, back pain, and congestive heart failure are among the conditions showing reductions in health care costs in one large employer's disease management (DM) program, reports a ... read more

Bedding, Pillows Improve Positioning in Stroke Patients

Feb. 5, 2015 — Many patients with a cerebral injury cannot move independently. These patients have to be repositioned at regular intervals for a long period of time in order to prevent pressure ulcers that may ... read more

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