Physical therapy after total hip (THR) or total knee replacement(TKR) surgery is standard care for all patients. A recent, appearing in the Journal of Bone Joint Surgery also found that physical therapy before joint replacement surgery, or “prehabilitation,” can diminish the need for postoperative care by nearly 30 percent, saving an average of $1,215 per patient in skilled nursing facility, home health agency or other postoperative care.
Eric Niller, a 45-year oldcolumnist, wrote an article in 2011 about the trend in younger hip replacement patients. Three years later, he underwent his own surgery in April. Niller recounts his personal experience and details the surgery with help from his surgeon. Read his story here
The weather has finally changed and now you're ready to get out of the house.
Age is no barrier to staying active. People once thought it was natural to slow down and do less as we get older. But now we know the more we do, the better we feel.
To maintain physical and mental health, we need to stay active. And the good news is, it’s never too late to start.
There is strong evidence that Osteoarthritis (OA) is genetically linked. Classic twin studies have shown that the influence of genetic factors is between 39% and 65% in radiographic OA of the hand and knee in women, about 60% in OA of the hip, and about 70% in OA of the spine. Taken together, these estimates suggest a heritability of OA of 50% or more, indicating that half the variation in susceptibility to disease in the population is explained by genetic factors.
Winter in Michigan just would not be the same without the snow. The following information should help minimize the risk of injuries/illness related to the shoveling snow.
Back injuries are among the most common injuries resulting from snow shoveling. Stretching first is always a good idea. Many back injuries occur in the morning, because the muscles and ligaments around the spine are not warmed up or loose after a night of rest. Ironically, people between the ages of 20 and 50 are more likely than older individuals to injure their backs, because they may not be aware (or ready to admit) that they are “out of shape.”
This prosthesis is appropriately named as it makes a socket out of the patient's ball, and a ball out of the patient's socket, as shown in the picture above. Newer "reverse shoulder" prostheses make shoulder arthroplasty a reality for many patients with rotator cuff tears by reversing the positions of the components. The ball of the joint is placed in the glenoid, while the socket is positioned on the humerus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration began approving reverse shoulder implants in the last decade.
In patients with a traditional shoulder replacement, the rotator cuff is essential for normal motion. When a patient has a rotator cuff tear AND arthritis, sometimes a reverse shoulder replacement is the only option. This unique procedure has helped decrease pain and restore function for patients with this combination of difficult problems.
Reverse shoulder replacement is not for everybody, and your surgeon must be highly trained and proficient in this technique. Dr. Bahu is specially trained in the treatment of shoulder arthritis and the use of reverse shoulder replacement. Dr. Bahu did a one year fellowship at Columbia University with one of the designers of the modern reverse shoulder replacement. To learn more visit our patient education page about shoulder arthritis