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  • Does a Broken Wrist Need Surgery? (
      "To begin, the very worst outcomes I personally have seen with these fractures have been with the operated ones. I reminded Peter that my father, an orthopedist himself whom Peter knows well, had this fracture, and he treated it closed. I reminded him that closed treatment was not perfect but neither were the results with surgery."

      "Carol had the operation. Then another one to take out the metal and loosen up scar tissue. A year of therapy. Lots of pain meds. Now it's two years out and she's all right, but not perfect. I honestly think her condition is about the same as it would have been with closed treatment, minus some scars, some scary days in the hospital and a good bit of pain." 02-10

  • Foods That Are Good for Joints (
      "Easing arthritis symptoms isn't just about exercise and pills. The foods you eat could help joints with osteoarthritis feel better, too."

      "Still, quite a bit of promising research has shown that certain foods and nutrients may help ease osteoarthritis symptoms. More study is needed to confirm the results, but since most of the foods studied to date are good for you anyway, incorporating some of them into your diet could be a great way to support your current treatment program. And in the end, you may boost your overall health as well." 09-10

  • Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis (
      "The treatment of a frozen shoulder usually requires an aggressive combination of antiinflammatory medication, cortisone injection(s) into the shoulder, and physical therapy. Without aggressive treatment, a frozen shoulder can be permanent."

      "Diligent physical therapy is often key and can include ultrasound, electric stimulation, range-of-motion exercise maneuvers, ice packs, and eventually strengthening exercises. Physical therapy can take weeks to months for recovery, depending on the severity of the scarring of the tissues around the shoulder."

      "It is very important for people with a frozen shoulder to avoid reinjuring the shoulder tissues during the rehabilitation period. These individuals should avoid sudden, jerking motions of or heavy lifting with the affected shoulder." 06-10

  • Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis (
      "Frozen shoulder, medically referred to as adhesive capsulitis, is a disorder in which the shoulder capsule, the connective tissue surrounding the glenohumeral joint of the shoulder, becomes inflamed and stiff, and grows together with abnormal bands of tissue, called adhesions, greatly restricting motion and causing chronic pain." 06-10

    1. Joint Pain Test (
        "Take this quick quiz to find out what your symptoms reveal about the health of your hardest working joints." Also provides recommendations. 05-10

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    1. Hip Treatment (MSNBC News)
        "Doctors are beginning to offer a new alternative to hip replacement one aimed at younger, athletic baby boomers who have worn out their joints too soon. Now they no longer have to wait until they hit their 60s for a fix." Awesome Library does not endorse this treatment but provides it as an example. 10-08

    2. Knee Joint Treatment (
        "Generally, most people experience maximum pain relief 8-10 weeks after starting SYNVISC treatment. The full course of 3 injections is needed for maximum benefit." Awesome Library does not endorse this treatment but provides it as an example. 10-08


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