Spanish King Juan Carlos underwent hip replacement surgery in Madrid Saturday morning following an accidental fall abroad, according to the Royal Household.
I am male, 55, 6 feet 5, 300 pounds. I am in good health (other than weight), active in biking and weight training but am interested in jogging. Am I too large to train for a 10K? Would that be detrimental to my joints?
I have had severe, chronic back and sciatic pain for many years. My particular problems cannot be resolved surgically. Nerve blocks and other minimally invasive procedures have been partially successful in temporarily reducing the pain.
It's hard to believe there was once a time when we female humanoids simply wrapped our paws in woven weeds and went about our day. These days, designers are daring women to climb to breathtaking new heights in order to totter on the cutting edge of stylish footwear.
On October 4, Brian Williams continued his "NBC Nightly News" report on the "Largest Medical Device Failure Ever," involving "metal-on-metal" hip replacements manufactured by DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson.
People who suffer from chronic back pain may find some relief in yoga or intensive stretching, but neither form of exercise appears to be more effective than the other, a new study suggests.
Saudi Arabia's 87-year-old ruler, King Abdullah, arrived Sunday at a Riyadh hospital to undergo his third back surgery within a year, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Women age 65 and older who fracture a hip are much more likely to die from any cause during the following year than they would be if they had avoided injury, a new study suggests.
Before you have a major joint replacement surgery, here are five things you need to know.
CNN's Brooke Baldwin asks Louis Proulx of Health Canada if graphic images on cigarette boxes prevent smoking.
Smoking will increase your risk of cancer, emphysema, heart disease, stroke, and dying young, but if you manage to dodge all those bullets, it may actually reduce your need for joint-replacement surgery later in life.
How long does it take to completely recover from hip fracture? I fell on December 8, then had surgery December 10 and came home from the hospital December 11. I'm doing well -- walking with a cane but still limping.
Last winter, my husband fell on some ice. Instead of landing on his backside, he landed on his left hip. He was in a great deal of pain in both the hip and lower back, and went to an ER for X-rays, which came back negative. The pain persisted for the following two weeks, and eventually he was referred to an orthopedic surgeon, who did MRIs and a bone scan (both negative). After a round of PT with no decrease in pain, he was referred to a physiatrist, who diagnosed traumatic facet syndrome.
Watch as Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes you inside the operating room during a total knee replacement.
I've spoken to horribly disabled old football players who told me they'd do it all again, whatever life's sacrifice, just to have played the game. How many players have taken performance-enhancing drugs without any concern about the possible side effects? So many athletes will do almost anything to compete.
Johnson and Johnson unit DePuy Orthopaedics, already in hot water with government regulators, issued a global recall Thursday of two hip aid systems after finding that more people than expected suffered pain which required additional surgery.
Popular bone drugs taken by millions of older people to prevent osteoporosis do not appear to raise the risk of cancer in the esophagus, as some doctors and patients have feared.
The millions of people who take calcium supplements to strengthen aging bones and ward off osteoporosis may be putting themselves at increased risk of a heart attack, a new study has found.
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on a study suggesting calcium supplements can increase heart attack risks.
Knee and hip replacement operations can result in a lot of pain, but surgical techniques have improved significantly in the past 20 years.
I have pain in my heels, and it hurts to do anything on my feet. I elevate them and try not to put any pressure on them as much as possible. Even when I sleep on my back and my feet are positioned my heels hurt. What should I do?
Primary-care doctors now have a new--and potentially more convenient--tool to fight the bone disease osteoporosis.
Should middle-age guys who rarely drink milk take a calcium supplement?
Since certain parts of the country are in the depths of a "snowmageddon," with more snow predicted, chances are good you might be shoveling a bit -- or a lot.
I need more information on the stretching that girls can do to help prevent injuries. I am a dad who has three athletic daughters; we are working on volleyball right now. How do I get a DVD or something that will help me teach my kids these stretches and jumps to help prevent ACL injuries? I am also 45 years old and have already had my left knee replaced because my ACL was destroyed and my knee degenerated. I know the pain involved in that; I don't want my daughters to have the same problem. Please help. Thank you so much.
A popular pain-relief treatment that uses electricity to stimulate nerves isn't likely to benefit the millions of Americans who live with chronic low back pain and shouldn't be recommended for that purpose, new guidelines say.
I can't do a pushup or pull-up because of rotator cuff and carpal tunnel issues. What kind of exercise moves can I do instead that will get me the same sort of gains? Thanks.
Beyond the unhealthy influence that our demand for factory-farmed meat has in the area of food-borne illness and communicable diseases, we could cite many other influences on public health, most obviously the now-widely recognized relationship between the nation's major killers -- heart disease, No. 1; cancer, No. 2; and stroke, No. 3 -- and meat consumption.
When Bridget and Scott Bear were expecting their first child, they wanted to know what it would cost so they could set aside enough money in their health savings account.
An Amgen trial drug -- called denosumab -- reached a new milestone on July 7 when the biotechnology company announced results from the latest clinical trial of the drug for bone cancer. The trial of more than 2,000 patients showed DMab -- which works to slow bone destruction, a primary concern for people with advanced cancer and the cause of a myriad of complications, including fractures -- delayed the time it took for damage to occur when compared to rival drug Zometa, which is made by Novartis. Amgen has already submitted DMab to the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for osteoporosis.
It has been eight years since I have had my son through Caesarean section. During the last few days, I have been experiencing discomfort below my backbone right at the place where I got a shot for the Caesarean section. Is this a reason for concern, as I have not been able to sleep on my back for the last few days?
I am a healthy and fit 55-year-old woman. My bone density test showed that I needed to be supplemented. I cannot take hormones as I had a blood clot, so the doctor prescribed Fosamax. I had awful side effects: muscle pain, joint pain, etc. He has now prescribed Forteo. Is this a good alternative?
I have had painful periods for the past couple of years and have also had ovarian cysts. I had a couple of larger cysts removed about five years ago and was told I had endometriosis at that time. I continue to have pain and now have been told I have a 7 cm cyst on the right ovary. My doctor recommends removing both ovaries and the uterus. I'm just researching the pros and cons. Was wondering if there are any major issues I should be concerned about if I had the uterus and both ovaries removed. I am 42 and do not plan to have children. Given the history of pain and previous cysts, is it a good idea to go ahead and remove everything? Thanks for your time. Melissa
If your pants feel tighter than usual, you might begin to suspect that you've gained a couple of pounds. But at what point should you begin to worry that the weight gain is serious? Could you be one of the approximately two-thirds of American adults who are either overweight or obese, with an increased risk for conditions like diabetes and heart disease? While no single measurement is perfect, here are a few ways to size yourself up.
According to a 2008 study from the University of Washington, expenses related to back and neck pain have increased to more than $80 billion a year, but functional disability and work limitations do not seem to be improving. In other words, patients are spending money on prescription pain medications, surgery and MRIs and other imaging studies on a problem that, in most cases does not require a doctor's care. Most patients would do just as well by waiting, exercising or taking over-the-counter pain medications before visiting the doctor.
Nearly one in five people in the U.S. has some form of osteoarthritis. The condition, which can affect joints, can cause severe pain and limit mobility. Arthroscopic surgery is a common form of treatment for OA of the knee, but studies on its effectiveness have shown varying results. A new study finds that arthroscopic surgery may not be the answer for many patients with OA of the knee.
Nearly a million knee surgeries are performed in North America each year to ease the pain of osteoarthritis -- but researchers say the procedure is a sham
Is your doctor influenced by a pharmaceutical company? CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.
Linda Lewis says that when she had back surgery two years ago, her surgeon didn't do what was best for her health; he did was best for his bank account.
Insurance companies and hospital administrators like evidence-based research. For doctors and patients, sometimes it's more complicated
Everything suffers -- patient care, medicine, even other doctors -- when doctors become company "consultants"
A new report suggests that Americans are going to replace their knees and hips in greater numbers, and there might not be enough doctors to handle the deluge
Five makers of medical device implants have made agreements with the U.S. government to resolve fraud concerns over industry practices, with four companies paying a total of $310 million, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
How good are the newest artificial hips? I'll say this much: you can survive a dislocation with no medication -- if you've spent a lifetime quaffing Greek wine.
The best high school hitter I've ever seen. The kid reminds me of Reggie Jackson. -- Longtime Cleveland Indians scout Bobby Malkmus, 1997
Medical technology company Medtronic Inc. said Friday that it would acquire Kyphon Inc. for $3.9 billion to expand its spinal treatment business.
Are you sitting up straight? Super -- because if you slump, slouch, or hunch through the day, you may join the 80 percent of Americans who will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Recent research confirms that what you do every day can trigger soreness or spasms. So whether you're at home Googling for a great deal on Jimmy Choos or sashaying down the street in those heels, you can save yourself some discomfort by babying your back. Here's how.
In 2004, 3M came out with a product called the Ergonomic Mouse. More like an upright handgrip with a tracking pad attached to the bottom, the 3M mouse was notable because it kept the palm of your hand perpendicular to your work space.
AH, VANITY, THY NAME IS...BOOMER?
With, oh, maybe a little touch-up around the edges, you can be the30-year-old you still think you are. (Well, almost.) Here's what it will cost.
In a northern California valley carpeted orange with poppies, thousands of cows munch so happily on grass that they hardly ever moo. The herd is organic - never given animal-derived protein or growth hormones - and has been "closed" since 1964, meaning that no new cows have been introduced in more than 40 years. Every aspect of their lives, from conception to death, is precisely controlled by Prather Ranch in Fall River Mills, Calif., which owns the cattle and sells their dry-aged beef to some of San Francisco's top chefs.
When a new product from Microsoft debuts, it doesn't arrive quietly. Instead it gets tracked through the R&D pipeline by trade magazines, bloggers and carefully controlled announcements from the ma...
John Chiota was ready to try just about anything. After a 2001 car accident, Chiota, a 63-year-old Connecticut lawyer and probate judge, had lower back pain so bad that he often had to hear cases w...
WHAT IT DOES: Plans to market a new implant for spinal surgery
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has undergone successful back surgery in Germany to correct a slipped disk, Egypt's health minister said.
There's a fight going on in Columbus, Ohio. It's about who can own a hospital and what choices patients should have about who takes care of them--and where. The focus is New Albany Surgical Hospita...
TWO TAKES ON TECH
Spring is here, and as a winter-weary nation resumes outdoor activities like golfing and gardening, a resounding cry can be heard throughout the land: Oh, my aching back!
Last August I got the rare chance to spend three days inside a hospital, undercover as a consultant, following a surgeon on his rounds. The doctor set the ground rules: I was free to talk to anyone...
Please forward the address of Dr. Richard Richley, subject of your March story , "Tax-Bracket Terror!" I was so taken by the plight of a person earning $600,000 a year who cannot afford to put his ...
POLICYMAKERS have long argued that medicine is a market unto itself, governed by laws as strange as those of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland or Jonathan Swift's Lilliput. In fact, the forces driving up ...
A WOUND, deep and wide as a gravy boat, is being carved into the back of Millicent Blevins, 58. Fifteen minutes ago it wasn't any bigger than a butter dish, but work proceeds apace in an operating ...
Noisy office furniture hardly sounds like an example of ergonomics, the science of making the workplace more hospitable to your body and mind. But now comes an adjustable desk that beeps periodical...
WHAT'S WRONG with U.S. health care? Angry voters and anxious politicians in this presidential election year are fingering two villains -- costs that won't stop climbing and an insurance system that...
Marie Greenwalt will never forget the day she thought her amateur soccer career was in jeopardy. ''I was practicing shots from about 30 yards out,'' says the 36-year-old billing clerk from Tualatin...
Lloyd Kaplan, a New York City public relations executive, did think $72.95 was a bit much to pay for an orthopedic back rest for his car. Even if it was in plush gray velour. But the 51-year-old Ka...