Your Age Helps Docs Find Best Option for ACL Repair

Contributor: Kurt Spindler, MD Have you torn your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)? If, unfortunately, you have, and you’re considering surgical reconstruction, you and your doctor need to weigh one factor very carefully when you discuss treatment options: your age. Recent research shows that the patient’s age and the type of graft performed can predict the … Read More

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5 Millimeters Closer to Knee Pain Relief

Five millimeters. That’s just under 1/20 of an inch. Less than the width of the eraser of a no.2 pencil. And all the room surgeons need to perform arthroscopic knee surgery to treat some of the most common sources of knee pain. Addressing meniscal tears For the last 30 years or so, arthroscopic knee surgery has … Read More

Lose the Weight, Lose the Pain

Chronic knee pain? Thinking that joint replacement surgery might be in your future? If you’re also overweight, losing a few pounds might relieve your knee pain and help you avoid surgery, says Wael Barsoum, MD, Vice Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute. Dr. Barsoum says each pound of extra weight … Read More