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Synopsis: 220 patients with isolated pertrochanteric femoral fractures were randomized to receive surgical intervention with a short or long cephalomedullary nail.Primary outcomes of interest included the Short Form 36 (SF-36) questionnaire and the Harris Hip Score.Secondary outcomes of interest included implant failure, peri-implant failure, mortality, operative time, estimated blood loss and the incidence of re-operation.Outcomes were assessed up to 12 months post-operation.Results revealed significantly favourable 3 month Harris Hip scores, lower operative time and lower estimated blood loss in the short nail group compared to the long nail group. No significant differences... Read More »
Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: Forty-nine thousand, five hundred and ninety-seven patients aged 60 years or older from Ontario who underwent either total hip arthroplasty or hemi-arthroplasty for the treatment of displaced femoral neck fractures were included in this retrospective study examining clinical outcomes and associated factors with each procedure.A matched cohort of 9,238 patients was used to compare clinical outcomes.Outcomes of interest included the risk of hip dislocation, revision surgery, and death.Results of the study found a higher risk of 1-year revision surgery and dislocation in the total hip arthroplasty group compared to the hemi-arthroplasty group. The risk of... Read More »
Conference Report
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Synopsis: Five randomized controlled trials were included in this meta-analysis which sought to investigate the efficacy of mesenchymal stem cell injections in patients with knee osteoarthritis.Included studies featured various control groups, including placebo injection, hyaluronic acid injection, and no injection, as well as various concomitant treatments, including high tibial osteotomy, microfracture, platelet rich plasma injection and hyaluronic acid injection.Accordingly, clinical heterogeneity was assumed.Data was pooled from 12-24 month time points. Analyses on visual... Read More »
Level 2 Meta Analysis
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Synopsis: 29 studies were included in this meta-analysis comparing operative and non-operative treatment for acute Achilles tendon ruptures.The primary outcome of interest was the rate of re-rupture.Secondary outcomes included the rate of complications, functional outcomes, time to return to sports and time to return to work.The results revealed a significantly lower rate of re-rupture, but a higher rate of complications, in the operative group compared to the non-operative group.Similar findings to the primary analyses were observed in the sensitivity analyses based on early and late weight bearing status, high quality studies and studies conducted after the year 2000.There were no significant differences in re-rupture rate in studies utilizing accelerated functional rehabilitation. There was no... Read More »
Level 1 Meta Analysis
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Synopsis: Sixty patients, over the age of 50, with acute, minimally displaced subcapital neck of femur fractures were randomly assigned into one of two groups to receive treatment with two-hole dynamic hip screws or cannulated screws.Results indicated that while both methods are effective in treating femoral neck fractures, neither one was superior. Functionality at 1... Read More »
Author verified Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: 100 patients were randomized to total knee arthroplasty with either patient-specific instrumentation or conventional instrumentation.The purpose was to determine if patient-specific guides offered improved postoperative alignment over conventional methods. The results from... Read More »
Author verified Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: Two hundred and seven studies with 32959 participants were analyzed in this network meta-analysis.The aim of this study was to compare outpatient treatments for managing acute pain from non-low back musculoskeletal injuries.Results revealed that the treatment with the greatest benefit was using topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs).Afterwards, oral NSAIDs were beneficial which was followed by acetiminophen with or without diclofenac.The benefits included relieving pain 1-7 days, as well physical functioning , and symptom relief. Moreover, topical NSAIDs demonstrated increase in treatment satisfaction. Fentanyl and acetaminophen... Read More »
Meta Analysis
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Synopsis: Thirteen retrospective studies with 132,633,93 patients were included to analyze predictors with prolonged opioid use in adult patients with acute musculoskeletal injuries in outpatient settings.Results demonstrated risk factors including older age, physical comorbidity, and past or present substance use disorder. The study was... Read More »
Level 2 Meta Analysis
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Synopsis: 13 ACE reports (4 reviews/ meta-analyses, 9 RCTs) were included from the OrthoEvidence database that compared operative versus nonoperative or operative versus operative treatments for displaced midshaft clavicle fractures.The findings of this review demonstrated that surgical procedures led to a lower rate of nonunion and malunion with better functional outcome when compared to nonoperative treatment. Comparisons of operative treatments indicated that an optimal surgical procedure - between plate fixation, nailing, and pin fixation - could not be determined based on union rates or functional outcome. The results of... Read More »
ACE Review
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Synopsis: Six ACE Reports (5 randomized controlled trials and 1 systematic review/meta-analysis) were identified from the OrthoEvidence database which evaluated the efficacy of platelet-rich plasma in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.All included studies were randomized controlled trials, and reported clinical and functional assessment at various time points between 1 and 6 months following treatment.Pooled analysis of the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) Total scores suggested a possible beneficial effect with PRP injection in comparison to saline and a lower effect versus hyaluronic acid.Beneficial effects were also noted for individual subscales of the WOMAC assessment (pain, stiffness, and physical function).However, pooling of OMERACT-OARSI responders and a review of the literature indicated that there was no significant difference between PRP and comparison groups in other functional outcome measures, such as the International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC) assessment and Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS).Furthermore, contrasting results were obtained between two studies reporting function on the Lequesne Index. The discrepancy in... Read More »
ACE Review