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T’ai chi as effective as PT for Knee OA

Now that we know acetaminophen doesn’t work for osteoarthritis, is there something else that might. There is and the answer will surprise you… next

Tai Chi May Be as Good as PT for Knee Arthritis Pain

Janis Kelly writing for Medscape reported the first randomized head-to-head comparison of tai chi and conventional physical therapy (PT) in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) shows equally good pain relief with either intervention, researchers report in an article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The researchers also show that tai chi was more effective than PT at relieving depression and improving the physical component of quality of life.

Comment: No side effects either. Nice.

Blood Lipids Osteoarthritis

You are what you eat as the next item shows…

Researchers Work to Untangle the Relationship Between Blood Lipids, Bone Health & Diet

Dr. Lara Pullen writing in the Rheumatologist reported metabolic factors, such as obesity, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and blood glucose/insulin levels, all appear to be somehow related to the pathology of osteoarthritis (OA). Specifically, decreased levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) have been associated with OA, as well as several other systemic conditions.

Comment: Another link between diet and arthritis.

Cannabis Retards Cartilage Loss In Arthritis

Can marijuana be useful for arthritis? Many so-called experts Say no… but new research says yes…next

Study: Cannabis Fights Arthritis-Related Cartilage Loss

Emily Gray Brocious writing in Extract reported a study published recently in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health shows that synthetic cannabinoid treatment reduces osteoarthritis-related cartilage breakdown, as reported by The Weed Blog.

The findings align with years of anecdotal evidence suggesting cannabis may fight osteoarthritis-related cartilage breakdown as well as treating pain and discomfort that typically accompany the degenerative joint disease.

Due to marijuana’s analgesic (pain relieving) and anti-inflammatory properties, it makes logical sense that the drug would act as an effective treatment option for osteoarthritis patients.

The most recent study, conducted by researchers at The Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University in China’s Hunan province, provides scientific evidence to support “a novel mechanism by which cannabinoids may prevent cartilage breakdown in OA (osteoarthritis).”

Comment: there it is. You decide.

Heart Attack After Total Knee Replacement

Disturbing risk of knee replacement… next

Heart Attack After Total Knee Replacement

Bruce Jancin writing in rheumatology News reported on a British study of more than 13,000 patients who underwent total knee replacement. A matched nonsurgical group was used as control. During the first month after knee replacement, there was an almost 9 fold increase in the risk of heart attack compared with the control group. At 3 months the risk was four times greater and at 6 months 2 times greater. Another finding was that the risk of venous thromboembolism- a blood clot that goes to the lungs- remained elevated for 5 years.

Comment: Wow… not good news for you if you want to have a knee replaced.

Acetaminophen Doesn’t Work for Osteoarthritis Pain

A widely used useless treatment for osteoarthritis. Are you taking it?

Acetaminophen may have little effect on osteoarthritic pain

Melissa Healey writing for the Los Angeles times reported that investigators analyzed data from 74 trials of pain medications. The data, published in the Lancet, indicated that “in older patients with osteoarthritis, acetaminophen provides no more pain relief and improvement in day-to-day function than does a placebo.” The researchers also found that several non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) had high probabilities of improving arthritis pain of the hips and knees.

Comment: No surprise here.

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