Category Archive: Hip

Jan
20

Hip and Knee replacement updates: Part 2 of 3

DO YOU NEED A NEW HIP OR KNEE? This column is a monthly feature of “Health & Exercise Forum” in association with the students and faculty of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.  There is good news for those in need of a hip or knee replacement today! Recent advances have ushered in a new era …

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Jan
13

Hip and Knee replacement updates: Part 1 of 3

 HIP & KNEE REPLACEMENT UPDATES: IMPORTANT NEW OPTIONS AVAILABLE This column is a monthly feature of “Health & Exercise Forum” in association with the students and faculty of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.  There is good news for those in need of a hip or knee replacement today! Recent advances have ushered in a new era of joint replacement …

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Apr
04

Preventing Hip Fractures

Photo 1 - Standing Hip Hikes

HIP FRACTURE PREVENTION – PART 2 of 2 Injuries due to falling are a very common problem in the elderly. Hip fractures are the most common injury due to falling in the seniors. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, each year more than 300,000 people are hospitalized for hip fractures in the United …

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Mar
28

Hip Fracture Prevention — More than an Orthopedic Problem!

Part 1 of 2 My father celebrated his 91st birthday this January in a hospital bed due to a recent fall. While, it didn’t stop us from enjoying cake and ice cream, it did limit his mobility. He enjoyed 90 wonderfully active years; however, his independence was lost the same way more than one-third of …

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Feb
24

Hip Fracture Prevention –More Than an Orthopedic Problem

My grandmother, Rosina Scalese, lived to the wise old age of ninety- seven. I have inherited her coveted “pock a book” in which she always kept one dollar bills to give to any child kind enough to visit her. Now, I find myself hoping to inherit another prized possession from my grandmother… her longevity genes! …

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Jul
22

Hip and Knee Replacement Updates

A few months ago, I wrote a column entitled, “How do you know when you are ready for a new knee?” I received several emails with requests for more information regarding hip and knee replacements such as, outcomes, complications, etc. Some readers wanted to know about heart disease and joint replacements. One reader wanted to know …

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Jun
03

Golf With Hip or Knee Replacements

Osteoarthritis  slowly develops in the weight-bearing joints, most commonly in the hip  and knee, creating pain, stiffness, swelling and loss of function. There  are many nonsurgical options such as: rest, weight loss, medication,  physical therapy, steroid injections, and viscosupplementation (SynviscR)  injections. However, when conservative measures fail, surgical intervention,  such as a joint replacement, becomes the …

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Apr
19

Cycling is Good Exercise, But Be Safe: Part 1 of 2

Bicycle riding is a great way to get cardiovascular exercise. It is easy, can be done indoors on a stationary bike or outdoors weather permitting. It is kind to your hip, knee and ankle joints. It can be inexpensive and enjoyed by the entire family. However, if not done properly, it can lead to problems.

Apr
12

Hip Resurfacing: Surface Replacement and Minimally Invasive Procedures. Part 2 of 2

Surface replacement of the hip is an alternative to a traditional total hip replacement in which the thigh bone (femur) and the hip joint of the pelvis are preserved as much as possible while resurfacing only the ends of the bones. IT is best used in younger and more active patient.

Apr
05

Hip Resurfacing: New Option for Hip Replacement. Part 1 of 2

Surface replacement of the hip is an alternative to a traditional total hip replacement in which the thigh bone (femur) and the hip joint of the pelvis are preserved as much as possible while resurfacing only the ends of the bones. It is best used in younger and more active patients.

May
15

Golf with Hip and Knee Replacements

The outcomes for active people continue to improve with advances in technology, prosthetic materials and new techniques. As a result, many active people are eager to use there new joint to continue their active lifestyle. The ability to remain active while not compromising the integrity of the new joint continues to be the source of some controversy. It will be the purpose of this column to review the literature and make recommendations to safely return to golf with a hip and knee replacement.

May
10

Hip and knee replacements becoming more common in younger patients

The focus of this column is to present the “current wisdom” on joint replacement longevity. How long will it last? How active should I be? This is a hot topic for discussion in light of the fact that significantly more young people (under 65) are getting joint replacements in order to continue an active lifestyle.