A surgeon at Children's Hospital Boston may have found a better way to repair tears to the anterior cruciate ligament ACL , a knee injury suffered by more than , Americans each year, particularly teenage girls. In the April Journal of Orthopaedic Research, orthopedic surgeon Martha Murray, MD reports that a collagen gel, enriched with blood platelets, can stimulate natural healing of a partial ACL tear, encouraging the body's cells to fill in the defect and restore mechanical strength to the ligament. ACL injuries are notorious for not healing well. Epidemic among teenage girls -- who are five times likelier than boys to tear the ligament -- they typically occur during sports that involve jumping and pivoting, like soccer or basketball. ACLs are currently reconstructed by replacing the torn ligament with a tendon graft.
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Studies have outlined some of the anatomical differences that exist between men and women. Men have been shown to have an increase in contact area in the patello-femoral joint at higher flexion angles. Traditional femoral implants are wider and may overhang the bone, possibly rubbing against other tissues and causing pain. For women, studies have found statistically significant associations between the size of the femoral component and the amount of overhang, with larger sizes having a greater amount of overhang. On the other side of the decision, using a GSK can have a downside. This situation can cause the implant to settle into the end of the femur, especially in those with bone loss from rheumatoid arthritis or long-term steroid use. Your email address will not be published.
Whether you overdid it on the tennis courts or have been texting and typing way too much, there are many reasons why one or more of your joints might be achy. When the cause of your discomfort is that obvious, there's usually no reason to panic though you should still see a doctor if it doesn't go away. But what if your joints hurt and you have no idea why? Or you also have other weird symptoms you can't explain? In rare instances, your joint pain might be a signal that something pretty serious is going on, such as a sexually transmitted disease or an autoimmune disorder.
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