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Osteo Arthritis

Zinc Levels may be Responsible for Tissue Damage Caused by Osteoarthritis

Posted February 17, 2014

A new study published in the journal Cell Press suggests that the molecular pathway responding to zinc levels in cartilage cells could be responsible for tissue damage caused by osteoarthritis.

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Cannabis compound relieves pain from osteoarthritis

Posted February 14, 2014

Pain from osteoarthritis leaves many debilitated due to stiff and swollen joints. While prescriptions are readily available for osteoarthritis sufferers, they often leave patients with the choice of living between two worlds: If they take prescription pills, they may live with less physical pain yet suffer from the wide array of side effects that pharmaceuticals are equipped with. If they choose not to take prescriptions due to side effects, they will live in the chronic physical pain caused by osteoarthritis. Basically, they are forced to choose between one form of pain or another. However, this may not be the case for much longer.

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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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Avocado-Soy Pill May Help in OA of Hip

Posted January 8, 2014

A supplement containing extracts of avocado and soybeans showed promise as a structure-modifying treatment for hip osteoarthritis (OA), a French randomized trial suggested.

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Broccoli Could Be Key in the Fight Against Osteoarthritis

Posted August 28, 2013

A compound found in broccoli could be key to preventing or slowing the progress of the most common form of arthritis, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). Results from the laboratory study show that sulforaphane slows down the destruction of cartilage in joints associated with painful and often debilitating osteoarthritis. The researchers found that mice fed a diet rich in the compound had significantly less cartilage damage and osteoarthritis than those that were not.

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Vitamin D Status and Osteoarthritis

Posted April 16, 2013

In a systematic review of studies investigating the association between serum 25(OH)D levels and osteoarthritis, as well as the effects of vitamin D supplementation on risk of OA, the authors found that “25(OH)D appears to be implicated in structural changes of knee OA rather than symptoms… further well-designed RCTs are required to determine whether vitamin D supplementation can slow disease progression.

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B-Vitamin Mixture Improves the Analgesic Effect of Diclofenac in Patients with Osteoarthritis

Posted April 15, 2013

In a randomized, double-blind, clinical trial involving 48 patients scheduled to have total knee arthroplasty, whose pain level was at least 7 of a 1-10 cm visual analogue scale, supplementation with B vitamins (100 mg thiamine, 100 mg pyridoxine, and 5 mg cyanocobalamin) in addition to a single muscular injection of sodium diclofenac (75 mg) was found to be more effective in bringing about an analgesic effect, as compared to treatment with the diclofenac injection alone.

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Osteopathic Manipulation

Posted April 2, 2013

One purpose of osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) is to restore physiological motion to areas in which there is restriction or dysfunction. By restoring or improving function in the musculo-skeletal system, it is anticipated that all connected parts will benefit, whether these are other parts of the musculo-skeletal system or areas influenced via nerve or circulatory pathways.

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Knee osteoarthritis, cartilage lesions linked to vitamin K deficiency, study finds

Posted March 5, 2013

Vitamin K deficiency was positively associated with developing knee osteoarthritis, according to this study of 1,180 patients from the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study.

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