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Monday, February 27, 2012

FREE Joint Replacement Seminar this Thursday

Learn more about non-surgical arthritis treatment options as well as total hip and total knee replacement surgery at Arthritis Camp! Refreshments are served. Bring your friends and family!

Date: Thursday, March 1st
Time: 5 PM to 7 PM
Location: Northwest Austin, 4700 Seton Center Pkwy, Ste. 200, Austin, TX 78759
Speaker: Tyler Goldberg, MD

Please RSVP by registering online or call 439-1100.This FREE informative seminar is held the first Thursday of every month so if you can't make it this Thursday, plan to attend our next seminar on April 5th!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Geometry, Not Gender

Post provided by American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery.

Much orthopaedic research has been devoted to determining why women are far more susceptible to knee ligament injuries than men. According to a new study, the answer may lie in geometry – the length and shape of a patient’s knee bone – more than gender.

Research recently published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS), compared magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of male and female athletes with non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries with those of athletes who participated in similar, at-risk sports but without a history of ligament injury.

The ACL is a ligament that runs through, and stabilizes, the middle of the knee joint. While the ACL can be injured through contact, it is most commonly strained or torn without contact, when a person suddenly changes direction, stops abruptly or lands incorrectly after a jump, such as in soccer, basketball and skiing.

The study found that most of the women (those who had ACL injuries and those who did not) and only the ACL-injured men shared a common geometry on the outside of their knee joint: The upper part of their shin bone at the joint (tibial plateau) was much shorter and more rounded. This may help to explain why women have an ACL injury rate that is two-to-five times greater than that of men.

“A lot of people who have ACL tears have a high degree of laxity (loose ligaments) in their knee joints,” said Christopher J. Wahl, MD, the study’s lead author and an orthopaedic surgeon and team physician in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle.

“When I started looking closely at the MRI images of the ‘lax’ individuals, the tibial plateau seemed very rounded and very short compared to those patients with stable knees,” said Dr. Wahl. “The outside of the knee joint almost doesn’t make sense—it is a round surface resting on a round surface—like a ball on a ball. This would seem to be inherently unstable.

“We were surprised to find that statistically, most of the women in the study share that geometry, even if they hadn’t been injured. However, only some men have this geometry, and they were the ones who got ACL tears,” said Dr. Wahl. “Put a different way, instead of asking why all females are more prone to ACL injuries, we might consider why only some men are. The male geometry is more variable than the female’s in this respect.”

The findings also may explain why women have a higher rate of ACL injuries, and yet the rate of re-injury is the same among men and women.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Patient Stories Needed!

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery is launching a new public awareness campaign called "A Nation in Motion: One Patient at a Time." The campaign will tell the stories of patients across the country whose lives have been saved or restored by orthopaedic care.

The physicians of Texas Orthopedics would love for our patients to submit their story! To submit a story, visit before Friday, March 23, 2012. You can even submit a video or picture of you doing what you love!

If you would also like to share your story and photo on our Facebook page, like our page today and post on our wall "Because of my orthoapedic care, I can _________."