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March 2011      

Must Arthritic Knees Be Replaced?

If your doctor says you have arthritis in your knee, does that mean you will need knee replacement surgery? The short answer is not necessarily. Fortunately, your body can compensate for the loss of function caused by arthritic damage to cartilage and bone in a knee joint, even if x-ray evidence seems to indicate that the arthritis is severe. Read more...
Arm Yourself After a Distal Radius Fracture
A distal radius fracture — a break near the wrist in the largest forearm bone — is one of the most common injuries of the forearm. The fracture often occurs when a person falls onto an outstretched hand. Other causes include direct impact or axial forces. Treatment depends on such factors as the exact nature of the fracture, your age and health, and previous activity level. Read more...
Restoring Range of Motion After Elbow Replacement
Total elbow replacement refers to a surgery that creates an artificial joint. Damage to your elbow can initially occur from badly broken bones, severely torn tissues, a tumor in or around the elbow, rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, or unsuccessful previous surgery. Read more...
Maintaining Strength While Undergoing Dialysis
A major advance in treating the kidney failure of end-stage kidney disease is the ability to undergo dialysis — the treatment that removes waste and excess fluid from the blood — at home rather than at a hospital or other outside facility. However, a downside to this development is that a home-dialysis patient is less likely to be seen by a rehabilitation specialist who can evaluate whether he or she would benefit from physical therapy. Read more...
Vary Your Routine and Improve Your Fitness
Cross-training involves engaging in different types of physical activity and brings multiple benefits. It is an excellent way to prevent sports-related injuries, improve your skill in a variety of sports and improve your overall health — all while keeping workout boredom at bay. A good cross-training program improves all three elements of fitness: aerobic endurance, flexibility and strength. Read more...

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