An EKG for the Knee

Knee pain due to arthritis or injury is the second most common cause of chronic pain in the United States. Osteoarthritis affects more than 30 million adults in the United States. And the rate of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears among children and teens has been increasing about 2.3% per year for the past two decades, according to a new study. The specific cause of a patient’s knee pain has always been difficult to determine because diagnostic tools such as x-ray or MRI only image the joint in a static standing or lying down position, not in motion when the patient is feeling pain. “So what's been missing is a tool to understand exactly what's going on in the knee, what are the mechanical deficits in the knee that correlate with these [pain] symptoms,” said Michelle Laflamme, CEO of Emovi, in an interview with MD+DI. Emovi’s KneeKG is an in-clinic device that measures knee function with objective and quantifiable data associated with knee mechanical markers and functional deficiencies. Using this data, physicians can better target treatments, instead of using the current process of elimination method. “It's a bit like an echocardiogram for the heart, but it’s for the knee,” said Laflamme. She continued by saying that the test is not invasive or painful. “You walk on the treadmill and the system will capture the movement of your ...
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CONCLUSION: The current review identified strong, high-quality evidence to recommend hip muscle strengthening in the conservative management of persons with knee OA. Further research is needed to establish the underlying mechanisms for the clinical benefits. PMID: 30407271 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Physical Therapy - Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Tags: J Geriatr Phys Ther Source Type: research
If self-care steps for back pain such as gentle activity, local heat, or massage don’t ease discomfort within a few weeks to a month, or if you struggle with chronic low back pain, a physiatrist can help you navigate the dizzying number of treatment options. These range from conservative therapies (such as medicines, physical therapy, and chiropractic care) to more invasive options (such as spine injections and spinal surgery). What is a physiatrist? Physiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation. We focus on holistic, nonsurgical care aimed at improving function for people wh...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Back Pain Bones and joints Health Pain Management Source Type: blogs
Publication date: Available online 7 September 2018Source: PM&RAuthor(s): Paul S. Chirichella, Steven Jow, Stephen Iacono, Hannah E. Wey, Gerard A. MalangaAbstractThe meniscal tear treatment paradigm traditionally begins with conservative measures such as physical therapy with referral for operative management for persistent or mechanical symptoms. As a result, the partial meniscectomy is performed more than any other orthopedic procedure in the United States. This treatment paradigm has shifted as recent literature supports the attempt to preserve or repair the meniscus whenever possible given its importance for the struc...
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​A bursa, a fluid-filled synovial sack, serves in the body as either a pulley or a cushion, and bursitis, of course, is an inflammatory response that can occur to a bursa. The causes of the inflammatory response can be trauma (direct or overuse), infection, or rheumatologic or crystal-induced disease.​Whether a bursa is deep or superficial ultimately determines the most likely pathophysiology and dictates the most appropriate treatment. Superficial bursae are those closest to the skin, and they are most vulnerable to direct trauma and infection—the prepatellar, infrapatellar, and olecranon bursae. Deep bursae inc...
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Discussion A task-specific training approach for patients with chronic knee pain has been described that yielded considerable improvement in pain and function for most of the individuals in this case series. Larger studies are needed to determine how task-specific training compares with more traditional impairment-based exercise approaches for chronic knee pain. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther, Epub 13 Jul 2017. doi:10.2519/jospt.2017.7348. PMID: 28704627 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Physical Therapy - Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Tags: J Orthop Sports Phys Ther Source Type: research
SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue Whether it came on suddenly when you were playing tennis or more gradually over many years, knee pain can keep you from doing even the most basic of activities. At the very least, it can limit your ability to move as easily or quickly, or sit in one place for an extended time.   Arthritis is the most common cause of knee pain for older adults, said Dr. Julie Switzer, an orthopedic surgeon at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Arthritis comes in three main forms, she said: osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis. We’ll examine these types, as well as other ...
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There are many conditions that can be associated with elbow pain. Elbow pain is not usually a serious condition. Tennis Elbow Tennis elbow can also be referred to as lateral epicondylitis. Tennis elbow is an inflammation, soreness or pain on the outside (lateral) area near the elbow (Figure 1). The condition is usually seen in patients who perform manual labor or sports that require twisting and extension of the wrist against resistance. Tennis elbow is often associated with degeneration, irritation, tears and pain of the extensor tendons. Treatment: Treatment of tennis elbow includes ice, wearing an elbow pad, a decrea...
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Authors: Doğan N, Göriş S, Demir H Abstract OBJECTIVES: This descriptive study was conducted to determine pain and self-efficacy levels of individuals with osteoarthritis. METHODS: 83 patients, who were hospitalized in and admitted to physical therapy or rehabilitation outpatient clinic and had a primary diagnosis of osteoarthritis, were included in the study. The data of the study were collected by using patient information form, visual analog scale (VAS), Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC), and arthritis self-efficacy scale. Pearson correlation analysis, t-test, and ...
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Osteoarthritis (OA) affects tens of millions of Americans and is a leading cause of disability and reduced quality of life across the globe. Other than joint replacement surgery, there is no known “cure” for OA, and most treatments focus on relief of symptoms such as pain. Often, the first step is non-medication-based approaches such as physical therapy, exercise, and weight loss. Most patients, however, will eventually use pain relievers such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Other kinds of medication, such as opioids, have also been tested as treatments for OA, and there is ongoing debate abo...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Arthritis Drugs and Supplements Health Osteoarthritis Pain Management Source Type: news
Olecranon bursitis, also called baker’s or Popeye elbow, can be a painless or an irritating condition involving the bursa located near the proximal end of the ulna in the elbow over the olecranon. Normal bursae sacs generally are filled with a small amount of fluid, which helps the joint remain mobile. The sac can swell under the soft tissue from overuse or when the area sustains an injury from a bump or fall.   Normal bursae are usually small, but they can grow to be quite large, swollen, and occasionally even infected when they become irritated or inflamed. The swelling is obvious because the space in this a...
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