10 Questions to Ask About Joint Replacement

knee pain red kneeHas your knee or hip pain become so painful that you are considering joint replacement surgery? There are many questions to ask your physician as you consider this life altering surgery.

In planning your treatment, your doctor will consider many things, including your age, activity level and general health. If nonsurgical treatment methods, such as medication and physical therapy, don’t relieve your symptoms, your doctor may recommend total joint replacement surgery.

Your doctor and health care team will provide you with information to help you prepare for surgery. Never hesitate to ask questions, but what questions should you ask?

Working Out: Is There Something Better than Water and Sports Drinks?

biking-on-the-capeWater and sports drinks have been the go-to drinks for workouts. But, are there other options now? With innovations of glycogen products, athletes do have more options.

Glycogen is already in our bodies as our glucose storage system. When we eat, the unused carbohydrates are stored as glycogen. Later, when the body’s blood sugar levels drop, the glycogen is broken down to glucose that is used to fuel the body.

What Is Our Alternative Fuel Source?

When you work out intensely for more than an hour, your body may run out of the carbohydrates and glucose that it needs to move forward. Typically, athletes will hydrate with sports drinks, but are there other options? Yes!

What Keeps Even Pro Athletes at Bay?

ACL patient playing soccerGuest Blogger: Michael Brown, MD, Orthopedic/Sports Medicine

Athletes, like soccer player Jenna Thomas, cower at the mention of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Depending on how badly it’s torn, the injury can put an athlete out for an entire season—even Tom Brady had to sit out a season in 2008 because of his ACL injury. Your ACL is one of four ligaments that work to stabilize the knee and is essential in starting to run, turning and stopping quickly. With that said, it’s easy to image that if that ligament fails then things can go wrong quickly.

Vegetarian Chili

Cocoa powder and cinnamon add a twist of flavor to this slow cooker recipe. This recipe was a winner in our Simply Slow Cookin’ contest. Congratulations to Jen Sheils, Gastroenterology, UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus, Worcester, MA