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More Doctors Recommending Physical Activity For OA

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More Physicians Recommending Physical Activity To Osteoarthritis Patients.

Laura Landro writing in the Wall Street Journal reports that physicians are increasingly recommending physical activity to help patients with osteoarthritis.  Kate Lorig, director of the Patient Education Research Center at Stanford University, said, “The most dangerous exercise you can do when you have arthritis is none.” According to Harvard Medical School experts, strengthening the muscles around the hip or knees can help support the joints and take over some of the shock-absorbing role played by cartilage.

Green Tea And Tai Chi Improve Bone Strength

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Green tea supplements, Tai Chi May Improve Bone, Muscle Strength In Postmenopausal Women.

Laura Dean writing in Medwire reported, “Green tea polyphenol (GTP) supplementation combined with Tai Chi (TC) exercise improves bone remodeling and muscle strength in postmenopausal women with osteopenia,” according to research presented at the Experimental Biology meeting. For the study, researchers “evaluated the effect of dietary supplementation with green tea supplements and a TC exercise program (3 times per week) on the bone health of 171 postmenopausal women (mean age 57 years) with osteopenia.”  The researchers found “that women who received GTP-only had higher levels of bone-specific alkaline phosphatase versus placebo after 4 weeks, while women who took part in TC had higher BAP levels versus placebo after 12 weeks.”  Here is more interesting info on complementary therapies.

Need Exercise… Get A Dog!

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Need Exercise: Get a dog

Tara Pope-Parker writing in the New York Times Reported that several studies now show, that dogs can be powerful motivators to get people moving.  Not only are dog owners more likely to take regular walks, but new research shows that dog walkers are more active overall than people who don’t have dogs.  One study even found that older people are more likely to take regular walks if the walking companion is canine rather than human.  “You need to walk, and so does your dog,” said Rebecca A. Johnson, director of the human-animal interaction research center at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  “It’s good for both ends of the leash.”  Researchers at the Michigan State University reported that among dog owners who took their pets for regular walks, 60 percent met federal criteria for regular moderate or vigorous exercise. Nearly half of dog walkers exercised an average of 30 minutes a day at least five days a week. By comparison, only about a third of those without dogs got that much regular exercise.  Woof woof!!

Weight Loss Eases OA Knee Pain

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Losing Weight May Help Reduce Knee Osteoarthritis Pain.

Robert Preidt writing in Healthday reported, “Losing weight can help reduce the amount of pain experienced by obese people with knee osteoarthritis,” according to research presented by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. In the study,   which included “24 obese adults, aged 30 to 67, with knee osteoarthritis who underwent weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery),” patients who lost an average of “57 pounds within six months of having bariatric surgery showed significant improvements in knee pain, stiffness and physical function.”

Stretching Before Running Won't Prevent Injury

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Stretching Before Running May Not Prevent Injury.

Jenifer Goodwin writing in Healthday reported, “Runners who stretched before running were no less likely to get injured than runners who didn’t bother to stretch,” according to a study presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ annual meeting. The results were based on 1,400 runners, who usually ran 10 or more miles weekly.   Investigators separated them into one group that stretched the “quadriceps, hamstrings and calf muscles for three to five minutes” before starting their run; and another group that “didn’t stretch.”  According to Kathleen Doheny in WebMD, the overall injury rate for both groups was “16%. … ‘Runners who switched routines were more likely to be  injured than those assigned to the group that continued the same habits — stretching or not,'” said lead study author Dr. Daniel Pereles.

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