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March 23rd, 2015 | Leave a comment by   in Healthcare Advances, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

New Knees Offer New Life

Knee Replacement Internal

Gone are the days when getting older meant slowing down and losing your desire to stay active. In the minds of baby boomers, the last of whom are now reaching their early fifties, there’s still so much more to life that shouldn’t be hindered by an aging body. Aging and Overweight Population And as the overall population of the U.S. continues to age through 2050, the prevalence of osteoarthritis will continue to increase. Combine that with the increasing prevalence of overweight and obese Americans among all age groups, and it’s no surprise why orthopedic surgeons like Carlos Alvarado, M.D., from Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, are being kept busy operating on damaged knees. “The knee sees an incredible amount of stress daily,” Dr. Alvarado said. “Between 2.5 and 7 times our body weight is absorbed through the knee joint with each step. That means even small changes in body weight can have a drastic effect on knee function.” In fact, a recent...

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