AAOS Now, July 2008
Is drug testing the answer?
With the Beijing Olympics soon to begin, the issue of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) is center stage. According to the International Olympic Committee, 4,500 drug tests will be conducted during the games—more than in any previous Olympics. That many tests may be necessary to ensure that the playing field isn’t artificially raised by athletes who use erythropoietin (EPO), human growth hormone (HGH), or other types of PEDs.
Knee arthritis in boomers: A growing problem
Symposium explores trends and treatment options Knee arthritis is catching up to the youngest baby boomers—those in their 40s and 50s, said John J. Callaghan, MD, moderator of the 2008 AAOS Annual Meeting symposium Choices and Compromises for the Treatment of Knee Arthritis in the Baby Boomer. Aging boomers and an escalating obesity rate mean that orthopaedists should expect to treat record numbers of patients for this debilitating condition.
A lesson for golfers
Anyone who watched the 2008 U.S. Open knew that Tiger Woods was playing in pain. Two days after winning his 14th major championship, he announced that he would miss the rest of the PGA Tour season and have reconstructive surgery for a damaged anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee. The surgery was performed on Tuesday, June 24, as this issue of AAOS Now went to press. Woods has a distinctive, powerful swing that puts unusual stress on his left knee.