What Equipment Will I Need At Home After Surgery?
Everyone has slightly different needs. There are some basic items almost everyone needs and then there are things that some people want and others just don’t need.
Crutches – Normally crutches are supplied by the hospital. I used elbow crutches and they are much easier to use than normal under the arm crutches. Overseas hospitals use elbow crutches while US hospital still normally use old fashioned under the arm crutches. If you have to be on crutches for a long time, I would suggest getting a pair of elbow crutches or at least a pair of the more modern underarm crutches available from many internet shopping stores.
Walker – some people that have bi-lateral … Read the rest
Cortisone Injections Into Joints Can Help or Harm
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
Doctors often inject cortisone-type medications into painful
damaged joints and tendons. Single injections can relieve pain
and swelling and appear to be safe, but repeated injections can
damage joints and delay healing.
Scientists in Greece injected cortisone-type drugs repeatedly
into the joints of rabbits and showed that they damage
cartilage. A paper in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
shows that the injecting cortisone-type medications repeatedly
into injured tendons and ligaments, delays healing and weakens
In light of these findings, you would think that doctors would
stop injecting joints and tendons. However, people can be
crippled by arthritis and a single injection into a damaged knee
joint can allow an arthritic … Read the rest