Brian Levings, D.O. - Orthopaedic Surgeon
 

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Expert tips for reducing running injuries

Source: Medical Xpress

Most runners are enthusiastic about their sport and take steps to work out safely. But injuries like stress fractures and muscle strains, among others, are common and can sideline you, sometimes for weeks if not months.

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Types of Knee Braces for Support and Injury Prevention

Source: Verywell Health

The use of knee braces in sports medicine is a controversial topic. Knee braces are used for a wide variety of problems and conditions. But do knee braces help?

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High-intensity interval training increases injuries, study finds

Source: Medical Xpress

People who engage in high-intensity interval training are at greater risk for injury, especially in the knees and shoulders, a Rutgers study found.

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Increased muscle power may prolong life

Source: Medical News Today

Increasing muscle strength is good, but increasing muscle power may be even better for enjoying a longer life, according to a recent study.

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Clinical trial shows promise of stem cells in offering safe, effective relief from arthritic knees

Source: Medical Xpress

Stem cells collected from the patient's own bone marrow holds great interest as a potential therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee (KOA) because of their ability to regenerate the damaged cartilage. The results were released today in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine (SCTM).

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Why kids should play more than one sport

Source: Medical Xpress

About 70% drop out by age 13 for such reasons as pressure to perform or, conversely, not getting enough playing time. And at least half of athletic injuries are related to overuse. On the other hand, playing multiple sports offers benefits such as fostering a love of different activities that can last their entire lives.

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What to know about MCL tears

Source: Medical News Today

A tear to the medial collateral ligament in the knee can cause pain, swelling, and a lack of stability in the knee. Treatment is usually with ice, a knee brace, and physical therapy. Surgery may be necessary in rare cases.

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Rotator cuff repair with biceps tenodesis did not impact speed of recovery after surgery

Source: Healio

Outcomes and the speed of recovery were similar between patients who underwent rotator cuff repair with bicep tenodesis and patients who underwent only rotator cuff repair, according to a presentation at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting.

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Top 10 stretches for shoulder tightness

Source: Medical News Today

In this article, we describe 10 shoulder stretches and their benefits. We also discuss what causes shoulder tightness and how to prevent it. interval training — what type of physical exercise will help your body to stay youthful for longer? A new study aims to answer that question.

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What makes joints pop and crack and is it a sign of disease?

Source: Medical Xpress

Joints emit a variety of noises, including popping, snapping, catching, clicking, grinding, grating and clunking. The technical term for these noises is "crepitus", from the Latin "to rattle".

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Hip pain may affect the shoulder, elbow in baseball pitchers

Source: Healio

Orthopedic surgeons should examine hip range of motion and look for asymmetry in baseball pitchers who present with shoulder pain, according to a presenter at the Advances in Throwing Symposium: Latest on Injury Treatment and Performance Optimization.

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Patients with irreparable rotator cuff tears may have another surgical option

Source: Medical Xpress

The arthroscopic superior capsule reconstruction (SCR) surgical technique offers patients with irreparable rotator cuff tears restored shoulder function and the opportunity to return to sports and physically-demanding work, according to research presented today at the AOSSM/AANA Specialty Day in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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What kind of physical exercise can help you stay young?

Source: Medical News Today

Endurance training, resistance training, or high-intensity interval training — what type of physical exercise will help your body to stay youthful for longer? A new study aims to answer that question.

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Researchers watch the knee degenerate and understand how osteoarthritis may begin

Source: Medical Xpress

For hockey great Bobby Orr, a torn knee ligament ended his career at age 30. Orr had more than 17 knee operations, at one point having his meniscus removed—the cartilaginous tissue that helps stabilize and lubricate the knee joint. Now scientists can see in real time just how important the meniscus is.

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Is chest pain during exercise serious?

Source: Medical News Today

Everyone, including people in excellent shape, can experience pain in their chest during exercise. The many potential causes range from benign to potentially life-threatening.

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Stiff Shoulder Syndrome and Parkinson’s Disease

Source: Very Well Health

Are your shoulders stiff? You may be suffering from stiff shoulder syndrome. Could it be from Parkinson’s disease?

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Exercise may prevent heart attacks in otherwise healthy people

Source: Medical News Today

New research published in the European Heart Journal suggests that even people with no signs of cardiovascular disease should exercise to prevent a heart attack.

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Researchers determine the rate of return to sport after shoulder surgery

Source: Medical Xpress

Athletes with shoulder instability injuries often undergo shoulder stabilization surgery to return to sport (RTS) and perform at their preinjury activity level. Returning to sports in a timely fashion and being able to perform at a high level are priorities for these athletes undergoing surgery.

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2 Simple Shoulder Exercises Anyone Who Works Out Should Be Doing

Source: Self

Rotator cuff muscles may be small, but they're majorly important.

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Strong Workout, Stronger Recovery!

Source: Ivanhoe

The American Heart Association says that running is good for your heart. But for every 100 hours of running, the average runner will sustain at least one injury. But, there are things you can do after a run to cut the risk of a future injury.

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What you need to know about shoulder pain - and shoulder surgery

Source: Chicago Tribune

The part of the body we call the shoulder consists of several joints that work with tendons and muscles to allow the arm to move in many directions. We can bowl a perfect game or reach the top shelf thanks to this system of joints, muscles and tendons. However, it is possible to overextend the shoulder and end up with pain. When your shoulder is painful, everyday life activities become difficult.

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Return to Work After Anatomic Total Shoulder Arthroplasty for Patients 55 Years and Younger at Average 5-Year Follow-up

Source: Healio

As the number of anatomic total shoulder arthroplasties performed on younger patients continues to grow, return to work after surgery becomes increasingly important. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the ability of anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty to return patients 55 years or younger to work postoperatively.

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Patients with preoperative fatty degeneration had worse outcomes after rotator cuff repair

Source: Healio

Patients with large or massive rotator cuff tears who had intact tendons after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair experienced worse outcomes if they had preoperative fatty degeneration of the infraspinatus or subscapularis with Goutallier stage 2 or higher, according to results.

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Anatomic press-fit short stem linked with significant clinical improvements after TSA

Source: Healio

Patients who underwent total shoulder arthroplasty with an anatomic press-fit short stem had significant clinical improvements, with few complications and minimal radiographic changes at short-term follow-up, according to results published in The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

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Current tobacco use linked with increased pain, narcotic use after total shoulder arthroplasty

Source: Healio

Results showed significantly greater VAS scores preoperatively and at 12 weeks postoperatively among patients in the current tobacco use group vs. nonusers and former users. Researchers also found current tobacco users had a significantly lower mean improvement in VAS scores.

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Debridement cited as better initial option to treat infection after reverse shoulder arthroplasty

Source: Healio

Results from a retrospective, multicenter study by French researchers that investigated treatment options for infection after reverse shoulder arthroplasty supported the use of debridement as a first-line treatment, but noted this option had a 54% healing rate.

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The Relationship Between Shoulder Stiffness and Rotator Cuff Healing

Source: The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

A total of 1,533 consecutive shoulders had an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair by a single surgeon. Patients assessed their shoulder stiffness using a Likert scale preoperatively and at 1, 6, 12, and 24 weeks (6 months) postoperatively, and examiners evaluated passive range of motion preoperatively and at 6, 12, and 24 weeks postoperatively. Repair integrity was determined by ultrasound evaluation at 6 months.

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Concomitant rotator cuff, biceps repair led to greater improvement in PROs

Source: Healio

Despite inferior baseline patient-reported outcomes, patients who underwent rotator cuff repair with concomitant biceps procedure had greater improvement in outcomes at 1-year postoperatively compared with patients who underwent rotator cuff repair alone, according to results.

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