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Will 'Unloading' Shoes Help Your Arthritic Knees?

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 – For reducing pain from arthritic knees, "unloading" shoes don't offer a leg up over conventional walking shoes, new research indicates. With their modified midsoles, unloading shoes aim to reduce the force (or "load") placed on an affected knee joint, according to their manufacturer. But after focusing on one brand – the "Gel Melbourne OA" shoe by Asics – the Australian researchers concluded the special shoes were no better for knee arthritis than standard lace-up footwear. "With its specific design features, [the unloading shoe] does significantly reduce the forces acting across the inner compartment of the knee joint," said study lead author Rana Hinman. But its users didn't report greater pain relief than those wearing new regular walking shoes, said Hinman, an associate professor of physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. Among study participants, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Use Cold Therapy to Ease Arthritis

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

-- If you're struggling with arthritis, cold therapy can help ease swelling and pain. Here's how to apply cold therapy, courtesy of the Arthritis Foundation: Use an ice pack, a plastic bag filled with ice or even a bag of frozen veggies. Wrap the pack in a towel and apply it to the area for a maximum of 20 minutes at a time. Buy a commercial ice pack, which can wrap around a joint and is less likely to leak. Submerge a painful joint in a bath of ice and cold water. Read more

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Health Tip: Ease Arthritis Pain With Warm Water

Posted 27 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- When joints are stiff and sore, warm water can be just what the doctor ordered. Here's how to reap the benefits of warm water, courtesy of the Arthritis Foundation: Make the water between 92 degrees and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a warm tub (or pool) to do some stretching. Place a tennis ball beneath the small of your back in the bathtub and roll it gently along the bottom of the tub. Soak in a bath with Epsom salts. But people with diabetes should avoid too much salt, which could trigger insulin production. Read more

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Health Tip: Is Arthritis Affecting Your Hip?

Posted 25 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Slowing down with occasional aches and pains in your hip may be a common sign of aging. But other symptoms may indicate hip arthritis. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says warning signs of hip arthritis include: Pain that starts in the thigh or groin and extends to the knee or buttock. Pain that worsens when you exercise vigorously. Difficulty bending at the hip. Difficulty walking. A grinding sound or sensation in the joint, or a tendency for the hip to stick or lock in place. Reduced range of motion of the hip joint, causing a limp. Joint pain that worsens when it rains. Read more

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Cartilage Grown in Lab Might One Day Help Younger Arthritis Sufferers

Posted 19 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 – Scientists report progress toward developing lab-grown cartilage that could postpone or possibly eliminate the need for hip replacement surgery in younger arthritis patients. The cartilage hasn't been tested in humans yet, and it's too early to know anything about side effects or cost. Still, the researchers said it's promising because the cartilage is only partially artificial – it also includes the patient's stem cells – and the synthetic "scaffolding" may vanish over time, leaving only human tissue in its place. In addition, the implant is designed to fight off swelling, said lead researcher Bradley Estes. He is vice president of research and development at Cytex Therapeutics, the Durham, N.C.-based company developing the cartilage. "We have an implant that can functionally replace the diseased tissue, while also fighting off inflammation that could ... Read more

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Beware Whole Body Cryotherapy Claims, FDA Warns

Posted 8 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 8, 2016 – Whole body cryotherapy – a trendy treatment that has been used for everything from arthritis pain to Alzheimer's – may pose serious health risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. "Based on purported health benefits seen in many promotions for cryotherapy spas, consumers may incorrectly believe that the FDA has cleared or approved [these] devices as safe and effective to treat medical conditions," Dr. Aron Yustein, a medical officer in the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in an agency news release. "That is not the case." Cryotherapy involves freezing abnormal tissue; it is often used to kill early skin cancers, according to the U.S. National Cancer Institute. During whole body cryotherapy, the entire body is enclosed in a chamber and exposed to cold vapors for several minutes. The vapors are generated by liquid nitrogen and can ... Read more

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Health Tip: Coping With Knee Arthritis

Posted 6 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Knee arthritis can make it difficult to exercise, or even perform day-to-day activities. But there are ways to treat symptoms without surgery. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises: Ease strain on your knees, such as by avoiding stairs, opting for low-impact exercise and losing weight. Practice physical therapy to promote strength, flexibility and function in your knee. Consider cushioned shoes, a knee brace or bandage, or a cane. Use heat or cold therapy to help ease pain and stiffness. Talk to your doctor about using medication and alternative therapies. Read more

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Arthritis Possible Side Effect of Certain Cancer Drugs: Study

Posted 29 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 – Certain cancer immunotherapy drugs may increase risk for joint and tissue disease, including arthritis, new research suggests. "We keep having referrals coming in from our oncologists as more patients are treated with these drugs," said Dr. Clifton Bingham, director of the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center in Baltimore. "In particular, as more patients are treated with combinations of multiple immunotherapies, we expect the rate to go up," he said in a Hopkins news release. Drugs like ipilimumab and nivolumab are called checkpoint inhibitor drugs. Between 2012 and 2016, 13 patients given these drugs at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center (1.3 percent of the total using them) developed new-onset arthritis, or autoimmune disorders that cause dry eyes and mouth, the researchers said. However, further research is needed to confirm a cause-and-effect relationship, the ... Read more

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New Treatment Shows Promise for Crippling Knee Arthritis

Posted 24 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 – For those who suffer debilitating arthritis in their knees, researchers report in a small study that just one injection of stem cells can reduce pain and inflammation. The idea is experimental: Extract stem cells from a patient's own body fat – cells known for their ability to differentiate and perform any number of regenerative functions – and inject them directly into the damaged knee joint. "While the goal of this small study was to evaluate the safety of using a patient's own stem cells to treat osteoarthritis of the knee, it also showed that one group of patients experienced improvements in pain and function," noted Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was not involved in the study. "In fact, most of the patients who had previously scheduled total knee replacement surgery decided to ... Read more

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Tai Chi: Rx for Arthritic Knees

Posted 23 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 – Legions of arthritis sufferers try physical therapy and anti-inflammatory drugs to no avail. Now, a new study looks East for relief – to the martial art tai chi. Researchers concluded that tai chi offers an alternative to physical therapy for common knee osteoarthritis – and it might also boost well-being. This ancient Chinese exercise may particularly benefit overweight older adults, the researchers said. Heavier people are more likely to develop osteoarthritis than people with a healthy weight, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This research strengthened the evidence that the effectiveness and durability of both tai chi and physical therapy extend to obese older adults with knee osteoarthritis," said Dr. Chenchen Wang. "Such people typically face limited options due to ineffectiveness of osteoarthritis treatments," Wang said. ... Read more

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Acetaminophen Won't Help Arthritis Pain, Study Finds

Posted 18 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 – Acetaminophen – commonly known as Tylenol in the United States – isn't an effective choice for relieving osteoarthritis pain in the hip or knee, or for improving joint function, a new study finds. Although the drug rated slightly better than placebo in studies, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or diclofenac are better choices for short-term pain relief, the researchers said. "Regardless of dose, the prescription drug diclofenac is the most effective drug among painkillers in terms of improving pain and function in osteoarthritis," said lead researcher Dr. Sven Trelle. He's co-director of clinical trials at the University of Bern in Switzerland. However, even diclofenac comes with side effects. "If you are thinking of using a painkiller for osteoarthritis, you should consider diclofenac," Trelle said, but also ... Read more

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Vitamin D a No Go for Arthritic Knees, Study Finds

Posted 8 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 – Vitamin D supplements didn't relieve pain or slow the progression of knee osteoarthritis in a new study, even though the patients involved had low levels of the vitamin. Osteoarthritis is a progressive disease, and currently no treatment is available that will stop the loss of cartilage. Eventually, many patients are headed for knee replacements, the Australian researchers said. "These data suggest a lack of evidence to support vitamin D supplementation for slowing disease progression or structural change in knee osteoarthritis," said lead researcher Dr. Changhai Ding, a professor at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. The use of vitamin D supplements to reduce pain and slow the progression of knee osteoarthritis has been controversial in the past, with studies showing conflicting results, he said. This new study put vitamin D supplements to the test by ... Read more

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X-Rays May Miss Hip Arthritis, Study Finds

Posted 10 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2015 – X-rays don't detect hip arthritis in many patients, resulting in delayed diagnosis and treatment, researchers report. The researchers looked at information from almost 4,500 Americans taking part in two arthritis studies. In one study, only 16 percent of patients with hip pain had X-ray evidence of osteoarthritis in the hip and only 21 percent of those with X-ray evidence of arthritis had hip pain. In the other study, the rates were 9 percent and 24 percent, respectively, according to the findings reported recently in the journal BMJ. "The majority of older subjects with high suspicion for clinical hip osteoarthritis did not have radiographic hip osteoarthritis, suggesting that many older persons with hip osteoarthritis might be missed if diagnosticians relied on hip radiographs to determine if hip pain was due to osteoarthritis," said study corresponding ... Read more

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MRI Can Spot Early Signs of Knee Arthritis: Study

Posted 2 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 – MRIs can spot the warning signs of knee osteoarthritis in people who have normal X-rays, researchers report. They looked at 849 people, average age of 60, who showed no evidence of arthritis in either knee in X-rays. They were deemed at high risk due to factors such as being overweight or having a history of knee injuries. The Northwestern University team also assessed cartilage damage, bone marrow lesions and meniscus tears on MRI images taken three years apart. If the MRIs showed worsening damage during that time, the patients were at increased risk of developing knee arthritis or symptoms such as pain, stiffness and/or swelling. Depending on the type of lesion revealed by MRI, the risk of developing knee arthritis within three years was three to 20 times greater, the researchers said. "These worsening lesions are an early warning sign and an opportunity to ... Read more

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Weight Loss May Spare Knee Cartilage, Study Finds

Posted 30 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 – Losing a large amount of weight slows the loss of knee cartilage in obese people, a new study shows. Obesity is a major risk factor for knee osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that often leads to joint replacement surgery. The new study included just over 500 overweight and obese Americans who either had mild to moderate osteoarthritis or risk factors for the disease. The study participants were randomly assigned to a control group that lost no weight, a group that lost a little weight, or a group that lost more than 10 percent of their body weight. Four years of follow-up showed significant weight loss protected against cartilage degeneration and that larger amounts of weight loss provided more protection, according to the study to be presented Monday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, in Chicago. Research presented at ... Read more

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