U.S. News Health elaborates on a new study that looks at the Venus-Mars divide in orthopedic conditions, or how risk, treatment, and recovery can vary by gender. As an orthopedic center on the cutting edge of orthopedic care in East Texas, Azalea focuses on the surgical and non-surgical options and risks of each option for every patient, including staying connected with the latest updates and studies in orthopedics.
This study explains that fractures in fingers and hands are more common in males, and women are more vulnerable to knee and ankle injuries such as tearing a ligament or spraining an ankle. For example, Osteoarthritis, known as the wear-and-tear arthritis, worsens with age.
“In 25 years of practice, I have never seen a female tear her distal biceps tendon, but that is the first thing I think when a man feels a pop at the elbow.” Dr. Bones Jones explains. “If a female athlete has a pop in her joint, I rarely consider muscle or tendon injuries, I think about the ligaments that join the bones together.”
“Osteoporosis causes a risk of hip fractures and wrist fractures, vertebral spine fractures – and being aware of that risk, whether you’re male or you’re female, is extremely important,” says Dr. Jennifer Moriatis Wolf, the lead study author.
Although gender alone should not be the basis of a patient’s condition, it is important to keep it in mind when developing treatment plans. The study conducted by Wolf was done to raise awareness of the gender differences in orthopedic conditions and boost the awareness of risk and prevention among both men and women.
Azalea’s goal is for patients to return to their current lifestyle while taking in all considerations for risk, treatment and recovery.
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