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Joint Stretching Delays Knee Replacement

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Stretching joint delays knee replacement

M. Alexander Otto writing in Rheumatology News described a study from the Netherlands that showed that patients who had pins inserted to separate the femur from the tibia for a two month period had cartilage growth stimulated.  This resulted in pain reduction and improved function for at least two years.  The study involved 20 patients.  According to senior investigator Dr. Floris Lafeber, “The hope is that the patients will never need an artificial knee…”

Exercise Relieves Knee OA Pain

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Exercise May Relieve Pain Of Knee Osteoarthritis.

Jeannine Stein writing in the Los Angeles Times reported a study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism in which researchers found that obese mice with elevated blood sugar and knee osteoarthritis decreased their knee inflammation and glucose levels by exercise, although they did not lose weight and did not change their diet.  Researchers say that this suggests that even though “pain can be a barrier to starting exercise,” in the long term, it’s better for the patient.

Statins Hurt Ability To Exercise.

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Arthritis Patients May Need More Exercise

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Arthritis Patients May Need More Exercise.

Janice Neumann writing in the Chicago Tribune reported that even “though research has shown that exercise can reduce pain, ease stiff joints, fight depression and help with a host of other health problems, a study found that even fewer people with arthritis than previously thought are not getting enough exercise.” The study appeared in Arthritis & Rheumatism.  Rheumatologist Dr. Rowland Chang pointed out that being fit reduces pain from inflammation, and that “strengthening exercises would help mechanically” with bad joints. Loyola University Medical Center’s Dr. Steve Gnatz called it a “vicious cycle,” saying that patients in pain from arthritis don’t exercise because they’re in pain, but not exercising harms the patient more, since exercise helps rebuild cartilage.

Bone Lost With Dieting… Not Regained.

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Bone Mass Lost During Women’s Diets May Not Return With Regained Weight.

Jeannine Stein writing in the Los Angeles Times reported that a “small, exploratory study” published online in the journal Obesity found that for postmenopausal women who lost bone mass when they lost weight, “regaining that weight doesn’t necessarily replace the lost bone.”  The authors “speculated about whether low bone mass in some overweight and obese people may be partially blamed on repeated diet-and-weight-gain cycles.” They also noted that bone loss may be prevented or reduced with “exercise that increased bone density.” Pay attention while you diet- and let your doctor know.

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