Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Weight Increase Risk of Osteoarthritis

The development of osteoarthritis increases due to several factors, health experts say, and weight is one of the factors determined by health studies. It is imperative to maintain an ideal body weight because the weight of a person increases the escalates of having osteoarthritis, according to the University of Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. It is also possible that people who are heavy may have more health problems. The additional weight may also lead to less physical activity and exercise which may worsen the joint problem.

As early as 40 years old, men and women may already develop symptoms but it is more prominent and common among elderly men and women. The knee and hip joints are the weight bearing joints support the whole weight of the body. The joints are under more pressure if the person is obese or overweight, especially when it is being used. Because the hip carries most of the weight of the body, the stress in the hip joints is amplified when the individual is performing high impact activities. The progression of the joint problem is also caused by the extra weight. The protective layer covering the joints is lost because of the constant pressure applied to the joint.

Walking, standing or twisting often makes the pain worse. If left untreated, the osteoarthritis will not only bring pain but also joint stiffening and deformity. The stiffening of the joint may cause immobility and more pain. Hence, health care providers advise patients to lose weight if they are still able to before the disease progresses to a more serious problem as the pain and stiffness might prevent the individual from exercising.

Osteoarthritis remains to be incurable but there are several treatments that might help delay the progression of the disease. Men and women who have a family history of arthritis may need to be mindful of their weight as those who have family members with arthritis tend to have higher risk of developing this problem. Avoiding trauma to the joints while maintaining an ideal body weight may reduce the chances of having problems with the joints. If regular treatments do not help in lessening the symptoms, the patient may decide to go through a hip replacement surgery. The http://www.hiprecallnewscenter.com may be able to provide the necessary information.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Why People Stricken With Osteoporosis at Risk Of Injury?

It is very alarming whenever people develop osteoporosis because, once they have it, the disease will weaken their bones --  exposing them to great danger and risking them of injury such as having a broken femur, medical experts say. When men and women have broken femur, they would end up with getting a hip replacement such as of those from DePuy Orthopeadic, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, which is facing nowadays about 10,000 lawsuits. As a matter of fact , the orthopedic surgeon who helped design DePuy implant testifies in California trial.

Despite DePuy Orthopeadics's announcement of a voluntary recall in 2010, they were able to collect only 93,000 hip implants worldwide. Still the number of complainants has been continuously rising,  especially those patients who have been made aware that they can sue the company and claim for compensatory damages for the kind of lives they are in at present. Instead of restoring the mobility of their hips due to fracture and giving them back a normal life, it has even worsened their situation.

There were two ASR hip systems that were being recalled, the ASR XL Acetabular System, which is used for total hip replacements, and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System which is being used in a newer kind of bone-conserving procedure. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where the total hip replacement is concerned,  has approved the distribution and use of the ASR system in patients in the US.

Meanwhile, osteoporosis is the most common type of bone disease. It usually occurs when the body fails to form enough new bone, when too much old bone is reabsorbed by the body or both.

Study shows that there is an estimate of about one in five American women over the age of 50 that have osteoporosis. About half of all women over the age of 50 will have a fracture of the hip, wrist, or vertebra (bones of the spine).

As a person age, calcium and phosphate may be reabsorbed back into the body from the bones, which makes the bone tissue weaker. This may result in brittle, fragile bones that are more prone to fractures, even without injury and usually lead to surgery such as hip replacement which has been the subject of several DePuy hip recall lawsuits due to its allegedly fault hip implants.


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Thursday, January 17, 2013

DePuy Hip Recall Lawsuit Update: Both Sides Will Call Dozens of Witnesses in Los Angeles DePuy ASR Trial, Rottenstein Law Group Reports

Rottenstein Law Group previews the forthcoming DePuy ASR trial in Los Angeles, focusing on the witness lists of plaintiffs Sheryl and Loren Kransky and defendant DePuy Orthopaedics. 

(PRWEB) January 17, 2013

The Rottenstein Law Group, a DePuy ASR hip law firm, is closely monitoring developments in the run-up to the nation’s first trial of a DePuy ASR lawsuit, set to begin on Jan. 22 in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Both the defendant, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy, and the plaintiffs, Loren and Sheryl Kransky, plan to call dozens of witnesses, according to court documents for the case (In re: Loren Kransky and Sheryl Kransky v. DePuy, Inc., et al., BC456086, Los Angeles Superior Court). Witnesses include several current and former DePuy employees, doctors, other experts and family members, besides the plaintiffs themselves.

“Because this is the first of possibly many DePuy ASR hip replacement trials, it is likely to be a good indicator of the type of defenses DePuy might assert in future trials,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group.

Read full story at PRWeb.com: DePuy Hip Recall Lawsuit Update: Both Sides Will Call Dozens of Witnesses in Los Angeles DePuy ASR Trial, Rottenstein Law Group Reports 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Moderate Alcohol Consumption Lower Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

People nowadays are looking for ways to prevent developing any health problems, including rheumatoid arthritis, medical expert says. Rheumatoid Arthritis is considered a chronic disease because it may cause long-term joint damage, resulting in chronic pain, loss of function and disability. It has prompted several people to undergo surgery such as hip replacement by DePuy Orthopedics, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, against which several patients complained about the role of metallosis in DePuy ASR hipimplants.

A recent study shows that a person who moderately drinks beer, wine or liquor may lessen the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis which usually leads to an inflamed joint disorder that usually develops between the ages 40 and above.

Furthermore, the results show that women who regularly consume more than three alcoholic drinks a week for at least 10 years have about half the risk of the developing rheumatoid arthritis compared with non-drinkers, the Science Daily website says.

Researchers have gathered information from two Swedish national health registers on 34,141 women born between 1914 and 1948. They gathered information on alcohol consumption in 1987 and 1997, and then tracked the women's health for seven years, from 2003 to 2009.

During the follow-up period, the researchers documented 197 cases of rheumatoid arthritis. After controlling for a variety of factors, they found that women who reported drinking more than three glasses or beer, wine or liquor per week (about a half ounce of ethanol each) had a 52 percent lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis than abstainers. The kind of drink consumed made no difference in the risk, the New York times says.

The authors, writing last week in the British Medical Journal, acknowledged that they had no information on family history of rheumatoid arthritis and that self-reports of alcohol consumption may not always be accurate.

Daniela Di Giuseppe, the lead author, says that a doctoral student at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, cautioned against drawing overly broad conclusions from the study.

''We don't know what happens with higher doses of alcohol,'' she says. ''And this is just one study showing what happened in Swedish women. So I don't want to give advice about alcohol consumption.'' To know more about the news, check the DePuy Hip Recall Center.

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