Second Look – Clinical News and Views

If you missed these Headline News Now items the first time around, AAOS Now gives you a second chance to review them. Headline News Now—the AAOS thrice-weekly, online update of news of interest to orthopaedic surgeons—brings you the latest on clinical, socioeconomic, and political issues, as well as important announcements from AAOS.

Hormones and knee laxity
Research
published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (March 2009) and the American Journal of Sports Medicine (March 2009) finds that changes in knee joint laxity (KJL) may be associated with hormonal changes during a woman’s menstrual cycle. Not all women, however, experience the KJL changes at the same time during their cycles.

‘Nonsurgical’ treatment for chronic Achilles tendinosis
In a
paper presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the American Roentgen Ray Society, researchers from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine reported on ultrasound-guided Achilles tendon débridement to treat chronic Achilles tendinosis that does not respond to conservative care. Of 17 patients treated with the procedure, approximately 60 percent reported that their symptoms had either completely resolved or were markedly improved.

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