Tag Archive 'OA'

Ankle Joint Implant

Ankle joint replacements are becoming more common with almost 4,500 patients expecting to undergo ankle joint replacement this year. The most common reason for ankle joint replacement is arthritis. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Exercise Increases Risk of Arthritis in Middle Aged Men & Women

A new study presented at the 95th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiology Society of North America found that men and women between the ages of 45 to 65 who participate in high impact sporting activities are at higher risk of developing knee osteoarthritis than those participating in low impact activities. Osteoarthritis is [...]

Being Overweight Increases Risk of Arthritis

The risk of developing osteoarthritis increases with weight gain. Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine followed 336 overweight patients without osteoarthritis for 30 months. At the end of the study period 20% of the patients had some loss of cartilage in Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

New Implant Helps Cartilage Grow

In a collaborative effort between engineers at MIT and researchers at the University of Cambridge, a new resorbable medical device has emerged. Chondromimetic is a porous implant designed to encourage the body’s natural healing mechanisms to stimulate the repair of damaged joint surfaces caused by degenerative diseases, such as osteoarthritis. Chondromimetic contains biocompatible materials, such [...]

Inhibiting Proteins To Prevent Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of the joints resulting from the biochemical breakdown of articular cartilage. Most people think of arthritis as a result of wear and tear on the joints. This is partially true as abnormal body mechanics can cause stress on the joints resulting in cartilage erosion. But, there is a biochemical component [...]

Increased BMI Increases Joint Replacement Risk

A research team at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, conducted a prospective study evaluating the association between body mass and joint replacement risk in 32,023 healthy volunteers. The researchers found that there was a three to four fold increased risk of joint replacement in individuals with greater body weight, greater percentage fat mass and overall greater [...]

High Strain, Low Strength Activities Increase Arthritis Risk

Dutch researchers studied the effects of different types of physical activity on knee osteoarthritis in older adults. Four components of physical activity were evaluated in 1678 patients over a 12 year period. Physical activity was categorized into four groups: muscle strength, intensity, mechanical strain, and turning actions. No association was found between the Social Bookmarking [...]

Glucosamine & Chondroitin for Arthritis

The use of glucosamine and chondroitin for treatment of osteoarthritis is controversial. Despite the large numbers of studies performed, the results have been mixed. Although some trials have shown promise, large placebo controlled trials have not shown much benefit with the use of glucosamine and chondroitin compared with placebo. Below is a summary of some [...]

Arthritis: Barrier to exercise for diabetics

The CDC analyzed data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) from 2005 and 2007 and found that the prevalence of arthritis in diabetics was 52% and that the prevalence of inactivity was higher in diabetics with arthritis as compared to diabetics without arthritis. This information suggests that arthritis may be an additional barrier [...]