Sunday, February 25, 1996
Doubts validity of database for research
The routine hospital-assigned database codings for total joint
surgery are inaccurate, according to a study released here today.
The study casts doubt on the validity of electronic databases
that are frequently used as research tools and for health policy
Balloon catheter relieves pressure on median nerve in carpal tunnel
A new procedure to alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome uses a balloon
catheter to stretch and expand the ligament and relieve pressure
on the median nerve in the carpal tunnel of the wrist.
Snowboarding a downhill slide to arm, ankle injuries, says study
Snowboarding may be the hottest sport this winter, but increasing
injury rates could make it one of the most dangerous. Snowboarders'
equipment as well as the rider's unusual stance and maneuvers
were found to be the primary reasons for increased injuries.
Socket loosening boosts wear rate in ceramic components
Socket loosening stimulates total hip replacement wear rates up
to 90 times higher than in cases with well-positioned, stable,
integrated ceramic components, according to a study of retrieved
alumina ceramic heads and sockets from failed hip replacements.
Exercising at the start of work, during breaks helps prevent carpal
A team of orthopaedic surgeons has developed special exercises
that can help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). The exercises,
which should be done at the start of each work shift and after
each break, decrease the median nerve pressure responsible for
Preemptive analgesia has a role in ACL arthroscopy
According to the author of a study, using analgesics and or anesthetic
agents in addition to general anesthesia can prevent or reduce
subsequent pain from arthroscopy.
Gender may play a role in ACL tears
Data from a study indicates that women athletes have more knee
laxity, lower levels of muscle strength and endurance, and different
muscle reaction time than male athletes.
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