Life – Over The Past Month

I was out of work for 31 days, from August 16 until September 17. The reason is because I had surgery on my left knee, an arthroscopy of the medial meniscus. It got damaged somehow; the cause is unknown to me. It started becoming problematic sometime around Christmas 2018, but I didn’t really pay much attention to it. I figured it had to be something fairly minor which would resolve itself. However, it didn’t. And ultimately it led to my being evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon, having to get X-Rays and Magnetic Resonance Imaging on my knee, and finally having the surgical procedure performed to fix the problem. The procedure actually went reasonably well. I was at the day surgery clinic for about 5 hours and I went home on crutches afterward. I had instructions to follow, including ice, elevation, and compression of the surgical site. Two days later I was walking without the crutches and one day after that I was able to remove the compression. So why did I choose the above title for this post? It’s actually a little misleading because it has nothing to do with the clinical aspects of what I had done. I am experiencing an absurd problem with one of the two disability insurance carriers I deal with. One of the two gave me no problems. The other closed my claim 10 days before I was released to go back to work. When I looked into it I discovered they closed it on the date the surgeon expected me to return to work instead of the actual day I returned. I can unde...
Source: Qui Interrogat - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

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In conclusion, the unilateral transverse process-pedicle and bilateral puncture techniques in PKP exhibited good efficacy as a treatment for Kummell disease. The operative time, intra-operative fluoroscopy time and volume of bone cement injection were lower in the unilateral group. PMID: 31602238 [PubMed]
Source: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine - Category: General Medicine Tags: Exp Ther Med Source Type: research
ConclusionsThis study showed an association between risk of falls and IL-6, pain, gait speed, and educational level in older women with LBP.Graphic abstractThese slides can be retrieved under Electronic Supplementary Material.
Source: European Spine Journal - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
Low back pain (LBP) is a high impact condition that affects the working population, generating social and economic repercussions, the most relevant symptoms being pain and functional disability. Conservative treatment is often based on stabilizing spinal muscles with exercises: the Russian current (RC) is reported as an alternative, because it promotes muscle contraction, providing muscle strengthening and hypertrophy.
Source: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies - Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: One year after elective cervical spine surgery, patients with preoperative opioid use were significantly more likely to report ongoing opioid use. However, patients in both groups reported similar improvements in patient-reported outcomes and satisfaction with pain relief. Interventions targeted at decreasing opioid use may need to focus on patient factors such as preoperative opioid use or duration of symptoms before surgery. PMID: 31604325 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Neurosurgery.Spine - Category: Neurosurgery Authors: Tags: J Neurosurg Spine Source Type: research
Authors: Jellad A, May W, Zrig A, Kalai A, Jguirim M, Frih ZBS, Golli M Abstract BACKGROUND: Intra-articular distension is a validated treatment in adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder and is commonly followed by intensive in-patient physical therapy. A recent meta-analysis found that physical therapy is as effective as intra-articular distension (IAD) and that an early distension could be the primary choice for treating frozen shoulder. The question of the additional contribution of physical therapy prior to IAD compared with IAD followed by physical therapy has not been raised. OBJECTIVES: We compared IAD prec...
Source: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: The study demonstrated that HILT is more effective than TENS in terms of pain reduction and that HILT can be used as an alternative to TENS. PMID: 31594200 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil Source Type: research
This study examined the trapezius (upper, middle, and lower) and SA muscle strength ipsilateral and contralateral to the painful side in violinists with unilateral neck pain. METHOD: Twenty-six female violinists with unilateral neck pain participated in this study. Participants reported the pain intensity and duration and completed the Neck Disability Index (NDI). The strengths of the upper (UT), middle (MT), and lower (LT) trapezius and SA muscles were measured using a handheld dynamometer. Paired t-test was used to compare the strength of the muscles between ipsilateral and contralateral to the painful side within su...
Source: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil Source Type: research
Chronic low back pain (LBP) is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Biopsychosocial rehabilitation programs have been advocated for its management, especially since the widespread acceptance of the biopsyc...
Source: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
Conclusion: The European Portuguese version of the FDI has very good internal consistency, good test-retest reliability, and construct validity when used in a sample of community adolescents with chronic pain. Implications for rehabilitation One of the most widely instruments used to assess functional disability is the Functional Disability Inventory (FDI), which in its original version has good psychometric properties and is recommended by the Pediatric Initiative on Methods, Measurement, and Pain Assessment in Clinical Trials; However, the FDI has not been translated yet into European Portuguese language and its psychome...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Tags: Disabil Rehabil Source Type: research
Authors: Lubetzky AV, Soroka A, Harel D, Errico T, Bendo J, Leitner J, Shabat S, Ashkenazi E, Floman Y, Moffat M, Masharawi Y Abstract INTRODUCTION: Balance and fall risk before and after lumbar surgery was assessed to determine whether balance at baseline predicts long-term postsurgical outcomes. METHODS: Forty-three patients in the United States and Israel performed the single-leg stance (SLS) test, four square step test (FSST), and 8-foot up-and-go (8FUG) test before and 2 to 4 months after lumbar spine surgery. They completed the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) and pain rating before and 12 months after lum...
Source: The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: J Am Acad Orthop Surg Source Type: research
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