Between 200,000 and 300,000 total hip replacement surgeries are performed each year in the United States, sixty-five percent of them on people over the age of 65, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. These procedures have been concentrated in older adults because many people put off the operation as long as possible and because arthritis and other degenerative joint disorders become more severe as people grow older. Today, the number of younger people undergoing total hip replacement seems to be increasing. According to Dr. Joel Buchalter of Somers Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Group, the development of longer lasting prostheses and advances in surgical technique that reduce recovery time have persuaded more patients to avoid postponing the procedure. “Also, changing attitudes toward aging have made more people in their forties and fifties unwilling to endure years of discomfort or restricted levels of activity,” says Dr. Buchalter. These trends are expected to drive the number of total hip replacement operations to increase rapidly in the coming years. (more...)
APRIL 24, 2013
Horseback Riding: Safety Tips "Rein In" Injuries
By Stuart T. Styles, M.D., F.A.A.O.S.
Carmel, NY - An estimated 30 million people ride horses every year in the United States. And according to the U.S. Consumers Product Safety Commission, about 200,000 of them are injured, with as many as 70,000 seen in hospital emergency rooms. The rate of injuries for horseback riding is higher than for motorcycle riding and is highest among riders 5- 24 years old. "A riding horse may weigh up to 1,300 pounds and travel more than 30 miles per hour," says Dr. Stuart Styles of Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group. "With the rider sitting six feet above the ground and the momentum generated by the horse's speed, the primary risk of injury is from falls. But people can also be kicked, stepped on or fallen on by a horse." (more...)
April 3, 2013
The image was horrifying: Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel, a defensive-minded menace whom many, if not most, NBA general managers had pegged as the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft, lay on the floor during a Feb. 12 game in Gainesville, Fla., clutching his left knee in agony, a torn ACL ending his season. The 18-year-old's chances of being the top selection in June appeared to disappear that night.
Or did they? As the college basketball season winds down, general managers are beginning to believe that Noel, knee injury and all, won't get past the top three picks if he declares for the draft. And multiple GMs say they would take him No. 1. Here's why:
• By NBA standards, the injury isn't considered serious (more...)