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American Academy Of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2009 Annual Meeting 'Highlights and Hot Topics'
Date:2/25/2009

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  • Rare Long-Term Study Shows No New Knee Disability Even Long After Surgery

Patients who were older than 40 and as old as 60 when they underwent ACL surgery reported long-term "excellent function" and "high activity" levels as many as 20 years after the reconstructive surgery. Most reported being able to perform normal activities and reported an ability to lead as normal a lifestyle as those who had never undergone knee surgery.

Wheelchair Users and Rotator Cuff Injuries

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  • 50 percent Report Disabling Pain, Women at Higher Risk

Unlike the able-bodied population, where age is the major risk factor for "shoulder girdle" problems such as rotator cuff tears in the shoulder and bursitis, paraplegic patients show additional risk factors for shoulder injuries. The duration of paraplegia and the amount of athletic activity are strong indicators for future shoulder injuries among the paralyzed. Wheelchair dependence significantly affects the possibility of shoulder damage diagnosis, as well as the sex of the paraplegic patient. Paraplegic women were found to be at much higher risk of painful shoulder problems than paraplegic men.

Stress Fractures as Indicators of Underlying Bone Health

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