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Acupuncture and Lateral Wedge Insole Benefit Patients with Medial Compartment Knee Osteoarthritis

Posted February 10, 2014

In a parallel-group randomized controlled trial involving 40 patients with grade 2 or 3 medial knee osteoarthritis (OA), treatment with acupuncture was found to be as effective as treatment with an in-shoe lateral wedge, in significantly reducing pain and improving function, and non-clinically statistically significantly influencing femoral and tibial cartilage thickness.

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Antioxidants in Synovial Fluid May Help Predict the Severity of Primary Knee Osteoarthritis

Posted January 14, 2014

In a study involving 23 patients (mean age: 66.7 years) with primary knee osteoarthritis, vitamin E concentration in the synovial fluid was found to be “an essential prognostic factor in primary knee osteoarthritis and may act as a basis for treatment directions.

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Researchers say supplement cuts muscle loss in knee replacements

Posted October 27, 2013

Twenty grams of essential amino acids taken twice daily for a week before and for two weeks after knee-replacement surgeries helped 16 patients, mean age 69, recover faster and with much less muscle atrophy than a control group ingesting a placebo.

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Diet, Exercise Combo Best for Knee Arthritis in Heavy Patients

Posted September 25, 2013

Diet and exercise eased knee osteoarthritis better than either alone for overweight and obese patients, a clinical trial showed. Joint inflammation, pain, function, and quality of life all significantly favored the combined approach compared with exercise alone over 18 months, Stephen P. Messier, PhD, of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., and colleagues found.

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6 Simple Ways to Avoid Knee Trouble

Posted May 27, 2013

As a physical therapist, I see patients with knee issues every day, and I am seeing a scary trend in the boomer population in the form of the early onset of mild to moderate osteoarthritis (OA) due to the kneecap wearing out at faster rates than previously seen. The American College of Rheumatology reports that 27 million Americans suffer from OA with individuals having a 46% chance of developing OA of the knee in their lifetime. I wish I could say this is due to Americans having overactive lifestyles, but, sadly, that is not the case.

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Physical therapy often just as good as surgery for knee problem

Posted April 13, 2013

Either physical therapy or arthroscopic surgery can relieve pain and improve mobility in patients with a torn meniscus and arthritis in the knee, according to researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and six other centers.

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Edible Bird’s nest extract as a chondro-protective agent for human chondrocytes isolated from osteoarthritic knee: in vitro study

Posted January 22, 2013

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease that results in the destruction of cartilage. Edible Bird’s Nest (EBN) extract contains important components, which can reduce the progression of osteoarthritis and helps in the regeneration of the cartilage. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of EBN extract on the catabolic and anabolic activities of the human articular chondrocytes (HACs) isolated from the knee joint of patients with OA.

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Vitamin D Supplements Fail to Slow Knee Osteoarthritis

Posted January 17, 2013

Vitamin D deficiency may increase osteoarthritis (OA) risk, but using supplements to bring serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels into the normal range does not slow progression for people with symptomatic OA, according to results of a study published in the January 9 issue of JAMA.

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Vitamin D may not relieve arthritis pain

Posted January 9, 2013

Taking daily vitamin D doesn’t keep knee pain from getting worse or slow the loss of cartilage for people with osteoarthritis, according to a new study. Previous research suggested that among people with the joint disorder, those with higher levels of vitamin D in their blood tended to have a slower progression of symptoms. But whether that meant taking more in supplement form would also have a protective effect was unclear.

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6 Ways to Avoid Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Posted January 3, 2013

As a physical therapist, I see patients with knee issues every day, and I am seeing a scary trend in the boomer population in the form of the early onset of mild to moderate osteoarthritis (OA) due to the kneecap wearing out at faster rates than previously seen. The American College of Rheumatology reports that 27 million Americans suffer from OA with individuals having a 46% chance of developing OA of the knee in their lifetime.

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