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Nov 18

PRP Superior to Steroid for Trapeziometacarpal Arthritis

A recently published study by an orthopedic group in Greece has found potential benefit to using platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections over steroid for treating trapeziometacarpal joint (TMJ) osteoarthritis (OA). This location is the second most common in the hand for OA and can be significantly disabling by reducing thumb opposition and weakening pinch and grip strength as a result. The team noted positive findings for PRP use in arthritis in multiple recent studies and decided to trial the same...

Nov 18

NSAIDs, Acetaminophen Use and Stress Fractures in US Soldiers

Recently published research reports a possible link between prescriptions of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and increased risk of stress fracture in the US Army active duty population. Stress fractures are common amongst these individuals and also exceedingly costly. By some estimates, approximately $100 million per year is spent by the Department of Defense caring for these injuries. While NSAIDs have a variety of known side-effects, they have also been targeted as possible inhibitors of bone healing through their anti-prostaglandin effects....

Nov 16

Optimizing Clinical Use of Biologics in Orthopaedic Surgery

New research published by AAOS and several TOBI Faculty suggests knee osteoarthritis has emerged as the condition with the most urgent need for clinical trial development. Several recommendations on communications for cell therapies, standards for products characterization and clinical research are detailed. In addition, recommendations for physicians and institutions offering biologic therapies commit to establishing high-quality patient registries and biorepository-linked registries that can be used for postmarket surveillance and quality assessments. Congratulations AAOS and TOBI Faculty who contributed to this...