Tag Archive 'osteoarthritis'

Tai Chi Can Provide Arthritis Relief

Amplify’d from www.nlm.nih.gov Arthritis patients may gain physical and emotional relief from the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi, finds a new study, the largest of its kind. Patients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia felt better and moved more easily after taking twice-weekly classes in Tai Chi, a system of meditative exercise, researchers found. [...]

Osteoarthritis Pain May Be Helped With Bracing

Amplify’d from www.nlm.nih.gov Wearing a brace can help people with osteoarthritis better manage their pain, the Arthritis Foundation says. The foundation mentions these possible benefits of bracing, which can improve pain and mobility: Improve stability in weakened joints. Improve distribution of weight and joint alignment. Improve joint function. Improve a person’s risk of falling, providing [...]

Eating Broccoli May Guard Against Arthritis

Amplify’d from www.medicalnewstoday.com Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) are launching a groundbreaking new project to investigate the benefits of broccoli in the fight against osteoarthritis. Initial laboratory research at UEA has found that a compound in broccoli called sulforaphane blocks the enzymes that cause joint destruction in osteoarthritis the most common form [...]

Electromagnetic Therapy Improves Arthritis

In a new study at Henry Ford Hospital System, electromagnetic pulses were shown to significantly decrease pain and inflammation associated with knee arthritis. Thirty-four patients were randomly divided into two groups and given either an active pulse-emitting coil to place around their knee or an inactive coil. During the study period, the patients were instructed [...]

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

Do Running Shoes Causes Knee Arthritis?

A recent study in PM&R: The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation found running in shoes (shod running), compared to running barefoot, increased torque on both the knees and hips. The authors concluded that runners experiencing increased rotational forces at the knee may be more prone to the development of knee osteoarthritis. 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 [...]

Joint Pain Linked to Insomnia

A study recently published online in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that improving sleep, improves joint pain associated with osteoarthritis. The study evaluated 51 patients with osteoarthritis over a period of a year. The participants were divided into two groups, a study group and a control group. The study group underwent an eight [...]

Cost of Obesity to US Health Care System

A new study finds that obesity costs the US Health Care system $147 billion. Individuals who are obese spend 42 % more per year than normal weight individuals. The major health concerns and expenses associated with obesity are diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers. Obesity has also been shown to impact the musculoskeletal system. The [...]

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

Foot Type & Osteoarthritis of the Hip & Knee

University of Oxford researchers found an association between foot type and osteoarthritis in the lower limb. Individuals with high arched feet were more likely to develop hip osteoarthritis. Individuals with flatfeet were more likely to develop osteoarthritis at the knee. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

S.T.A.R. ® Ankle Replacement Device Approved by FDA

The SBi S.T.A.R.® total ankle replacement was approved by the FDA to replace painful, arthritic ankle joints due to osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Small Bone Innovations, Inc. (SBi) notes that the S.T.A.R. ® Ankle has been in development for over 30 years and the current design has been implanted in over 15,200 patients [...]

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 [...]

Cross Country Skiing and Great Toe Arthritis

Cross country skiing is a great winter outdoor activity and considered by some to be the best aerobic fitness activity. Cross country skiers are attached to the ski only at the toe. This frees the heel and allows the skier to kick and glide across the snow. Although cross country skiing is low-impact and a [...]

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 [...]

Activity Helps Arthritis

Researchers at the George Institute for International Health at the University of Sydney, Australia conducted a randomized controlled trial with 152 individuals with chronic knee or hip osteoarthritis. The individuals were divided randomly into three groups. One group of 55 individuals had 12 weeks of hydrotherapy class, one group of 56 individuals had 12 weeks [...]