Knee Pain & Injuries

The knee is a frequently injured joint, with its ligaments, menisci (a thin fibrous cartilage between the surfaces of some joints), and patellofemoral (knee) joint vulnerable to acute and repetitive use damage. Most knee injuries require exercise training for rehabilitation, and some require surgery as well. Predisposing factors to knee injury include the following: Lower… Read More

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Evaluating the Use of Methylsulfonylmethane versus Placebo to Prevent Knee Pain in Military Initial Entry Trainees

Research Paper Title A randomized controlled trial evaluating methylsulfonylmethane versus placebo to prevent knee pain in military initial entry trainees. Background Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a naturally occurring sulfur containing substance that has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties. Previous studies using MSM as an oral supplement to improve pain in those patients with… Read More

Returning to Preoperative Function after Autologous Cartilage Implantation of the Knee in Active Military Servicemembers

Research Paper Title Return to Preoperative Function After Autologous Cartilage Implantation of the Knee in Active Military Servicemembers. Background Autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) has been shown to provide adequate durability, pain relief, and improved long-term functional outcomes in the average patient, but proof of its efficacy in individuals with greater than average physical demands is… Read More

Will a Knee Injury Bar Me from Service in the UK Armed Forces?

While medical entry standards are set out in Joint Service Publication (JSP) 950, how they are applied during the recruitment process differs between the three Services. For example, in the British Army candidates with a disbarring condition are excluded at the first opportunity (i.e. the online application process) with those requiring individual consideration being looked… Read More

ACL Reconstruction: Autograft vs Artificial Graft

Research Paper Title Comparison of artificial graft versus autograft in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a meta-analysis. Background Critically evaluation and summarisation for the outcomes between autografts and artificial grafts using in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction have not been performed currently. The purpose of this study is to compare the clinical outcomes between artificial ligaments… Read More

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction (ACLR): Outpatient vs Inpatient

Research Paper Title Outpatient versus inpatient anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Background Efforts to reduce the financial costs related to anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) include reducing the length of hospitalization of the patient undergoing ACLR. However, it is unclear if inpatient and outpatient ACLR differ in terms of safety, satisfaction,… Read More

Is There Any Link Between Soft Drink Intake & Osteoarthritis?

Research Paper Title Soft Drink Intake and Progression of Radiographic Knee Osteoarthritis: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Background The researchers examined the prospective association of soft drink consumption with radiographic progression of knee osteoarthritis (OA). This was a prospective cohort study which used data from the osteoarthritis initiative (OAI). Methods In OAI, 2149 participants with… Read More