The use of orthobiologics, natural substances derived from the body intended for accelerated repair and regeneration of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles or bones, has increased over the last several years. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a type of orthobiologic that has been used to manage knee osteoarthritis (OA) for more than a decade.
Social isolation is defined as the result of a small social network with few contacts. It has been reported in association with poor mental and physical health. There is an association between musculoskeletal pain and social isolation.
Over the past several decades rates of obesity and diabetes in the United States have been rising. In 2015 the Centers for Disease Control estimated that 30.3 million Americans were living with diabetes, a figure representing 9.5% of the population.
Osteoarthritis of the knee is the most common cause of chronic knee pain and affects an estimated 14 million people in the United States. Total knee replacement is the ultimate procedure for the treatment of late-stage osteoarthritis of the knee.
Use of electronic patient portals (EPPs) has been associated with several benefits throughout medicine. However, few studies have investigated the benefits gained or disparities in their use among orthopaedic patients.
Self-efficacy is considered a core component in self-management. Self-efficacy is a personal judgement of how well one can execute courses of action required to deal with chronic processes. However, there is a lack of knowledge about the association between self-efficacy and health-related outcomes in osteoarthritis.
Improvements in technology and value-based health care initiatives have presented the telemedicine industry with opportunities for growth. Widespread implementation has begun during the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
The field of tissue engineering is currently in its infancy. Over the past decades the challenge of treating defects in joint cartilage has frustrated orthopedic surgeons and scientists who perform research to develop new treatments for osteoarthritis