Maria Sharapova returns the ball during the semifinals of the French Open on June 5. She used platelet-rich plasma to treat a shoulder injury.
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June 11, 2014 Pro athletes and duffers alike are trying injections of platelet-rich plasma to treat chronic injuries like tennis elbow. But despite thousands of studies, it's not clear that the treatment works.
Knee pain is common, but surgery isn't necessarily the answer, researchers say.
December 26, 2013 Surgery to repair a damaged knee meniscus is very common, but it may not help a lot of people, a study finds. That may be because some people benefit more than others, and doctors still don't know who is going to get the most out of surgery.
An anatomical drawing shows the ligaments on the outside surface of the knee. The anterolateral ligament connects the thigh bone to the shinbone.
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November 7, 2013 Doctors have long overlooked a tiny band that connects two bones in the knee. Now Belgian surgeons say that's a mistake. The obscure structure is a full-fledged ligament. When it malfunctions, people recovering from anterior cruciate ligament injuries may run into trouble.
Scoliosis didn't keep golfer Stacy Lewis from becoming a top-ranked pro. She spent almost eight years wearing a back brace, yet still had to have surgery.
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September 20, 2013 Children with scoliosis often are told to wear back braces. But the evidence that the braces prevents further curvature of the spine has been limited. A clinical trial finds that bracing helps, but it's hard to tell in advance who will benefit and who will be fine without wearing a brace.
Here's an evidence-based test with no dangerous side effects. But some common orthopedic treatments don't work.
September 11, 2013 Wondering if those glucosamine supplements will help your aching knee? Wonder no more. The nation's orthopedists list five treatments that don't do any good, and might do harm. It's part of an effort by medical societies to push for evidence-based treatments.
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