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Knee problems and high number of knee surgeries

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New Data!

The number of knee surgeries is on a steep rise in the past two decades, almost doubling. There has been much discussion into why patients have been opting for surgeries earlier in life and why the number of surgeries has doubled. Some preliminary research has shown that the obesity epidemic and population growth has been the main contributor to these factors. But some researchers are still not convinced that these are the definitive causes.

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Unfortunately, population growth and obesity statistics do not follow the same growth pattern. During a nine-year period between 1999 and 2008 knee surgeries in the USA more than doubled while population growth increased 11 percent and the number of people falling into obese category increased by roughly 20 percent.  Therefore, there must be other reasons for the increased number of knee surgeries. One explanation might be the increased injuries sustained by the population and the increased number of patients opting for surgery. Surgeries for the knee have become less invasive explaining to why patients might be opting for surgeries. Surgeries are quicker and healing times are faster.

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We are educated on television programs that when your knee is in extreme pain it is time to get tough and persist through the discomfort. Instead of resting, take a pain pill and anti inflammatory to ignore you problem. Well this is completely the contrary. If you are in pain this is a sign to stop and rest. What until your body tells you it is okay to slowly get back into your favourite sport!

Baby Boomers

Opinions in the medical community are stating that the baby boomer generation is opting for knee surgeries as if they were going to get a coffee at Starbucks. Baby boomers are subjecting their knees to more high-risk activities and at the same time living much longer than their parents. A hundred or more years ago communities were much more involved in labor-intensive daily activities and were subjecting their knees to the same type of stress. However, unlike today the life expectancy was not as long. Several decades ago the leading cause of knee surgeries was rheumatoid arthritis, while today the most common cause has become osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by mechanical stress to the knee joint.

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Should we be alarmed or worried that the population is opting for more surgical procedures. Prevention and education may be the key to reducing sky rocketing statistics regarding knee problems and surgical intervention. Call your North Vancouver Chiropractor today to learn how to prevent further injuring yourself.

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In comparison, hip surgeries are on the mend. The reason for the decrease in hip surgeries is due to better screening at an earlier age by medical doctors. Screening for such things as hip dysplasia has dramatically improved. Unfortunately, knee surgeries do not have the same luck. While knee surgeries are on the rise the number of orthopedic surgeons is decreasing causing delays in treatment. Medical doctors are opting to do their specialty in spine surgeries as it is more lucrative for them.

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Technology has changed and the ability for new synthetic materials to be used in the knee joint proves very successful long term. As well, with new robotic instruments surgeons can make far less damage to the tissues and speed up healing time. Previously, the quadriceps tendon was incised and the knee joint opened up for surgical purposes. Now with less invasive surgery only a portion of the quadriceps tendon is incised allowing for less scar tissue and pain. Incisions have also gone from 8 – 12 inches to now 4 inches depending on the patient’s anatomy and body fat percentage. In light of this article knee surgeries are on the rise, however we need to clarify that there are many different types of surgeries for specific knee problems.

First of all, it is important to know that the knee joint is the largest joint in the human body. The knee joint supports the entire weight of the human body and is said to be the most intricate of all joints. The different types of knee surgeries include but are not limited to meniscus, ACL reconstruction, knee replacement, lateral release, tendon repair and micro trauma surgery.

As a North Vancouver Chiropractor working with knee pain, it is concerning that people are ignoring warning signs of pain and continuing to engage in activities while suffering from specific sport injuries. Unfortunately, this will lead to damaging cartilage, bone and soft tissues of the joint. The human body was not designed to with stand extreme physical stresses for prolonged periods. Thus, damage ensues to the specific joint and the patient will require surgery.

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Is the Ice in RICE out dated? Lymphatic Systems

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Get the facts straight!

It may be time to sit down and hold on to your seat. Yes, there is something we need to talk about and it may shock you! Well, it is not going to be an, it’s me not you conversation. This talk is about the decades old rule about icing injuries. It may be time to stop icing as new information contradicts what we believed to be true. After an injury we may need to manage our healing a little differently. I wrote a blog on RICE, which is an acronym for rest, ice, compression and elevation. The blog was an excellent experience for me to write. I got to research many new thoughts on RICE and healing. There is a whole new school of thought regarding how to manage an acute injury.

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The thought behind limiting ice during an injury also applies to compression and elevation. Before, it was thought that ice should be applied to limit the amount of swelling to an area. Inflammation was thought to be an overzealous event that may have caused too much scar tissue to be produced. The outcome would be too much scar tissue causing limited range of motion and continued pain. Subsequently, with improper healing without RICE re injury would be a high probability.

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We were taught to do the basics and now the basics are incorrect. Be flexible and always update yourself on the latest sports therapies. Your North Vancouver Sports Chiropractor at Vancityprochiropractic will be to up to date with the latest research and techniques.Call now for an appointment.

Lymphatic Systems

Our bodies have a system to deliver healing factors to the site of injury. The heart, artery and veins work with the lymphatic system to deliver and remove fluid to injury sites. Icing causes vasoconstriction of the circulatory system, but causes increased permeability of lymphatic tissue. The lymphatic system normally works as a scavenger system to remove access fluid and waste back into the circulatory system through lymphatic trunks near the neck. When ice is applied to the area of injury, permeability of lymphatic tissue in the area of injury increases and fluid reserves flow back into the site of injury.

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Unfortunately the lymphatic system does not have a pump (heart), which works to circulate white blood cells and excess fluid back into the circulatory system. The lymphatic system works by contractions of the lymphatic vessels and skeletal muscle. Thus our mindset has to change regarding RICE. Not just about ice, but about compression and elevation.

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Maybe the body is designed to perfectly remove waste and heal desired areas. Compression and elevation may reduce the flow of lymphatic tissue and blood flow to an area. What we may want is to use passive and active range of motion to help the lymphatic system work. We should be weary as new research on recovery and rehabilitation comes out all the time. But a little common sense goes a long way. It may be to our advantage to still use ice in moderation. Ice has analgesic properties and fewer side effects then taking OTC’s. Compression and elevation should also be used in moderation.

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As a North Vancouver Sports Chiropractor I have invested in the best tools to help with acute and chronic injuries. Interferential therapy is an effective form of therapy to reduce pain and inflammation. As well, passive range of motion applied to the patient is effective to help the lymphatic system and align collagen fibers to soft tissues parallel to the existing fibers. Active release therapy is an excellent adjunct to healing as light active release passes to the soft tissue can help with the lymphatic system and align collagen fibers parallel.