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Chair Yoga For Osteoarthritis


I’m a fan of yoga and here’s a really interesting study

How Chair Yoga Could Become The Go-To Treatment For Arthritis Sufferers

Stephen Matthews writing for the Daily Mail reported chair yoga may help to reduce pain in older adults suffering from arthritis.

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University randomly assigned 131 older adults with osteoarthritis to either chair yoga or a health education program.

Participants went to their 45-minute session twice a week for around two months.

Pain measurements were taken before, during and after, in the study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

They found those in the chair yoga group showed a greater reduction in pain interference during their sessions.

This benefit lasted for around three months – four weeks after they had originally finished.
General pain, fatigue and gait also improved as a result of the chair yoga sessions.

Writing in the journal, the authors said: ‘Chair yoga should be further explored as a non-pharmacologic intervention for older people with osteoarthritis.’

Comment: Gentle with no side effects. Sounds good to me.

Wearable Fitness Trackers Don’t Help With Weight Loss


How much weight does wearing a fitness tracker help you lose?  Next

Wearable Activity Trackers Don’t Improve Weight Loss

Dr. Jack Cush writing in Rheum now reported that an article in JAMA has reported the results of a 24-month trial showing that obese individuals on a long-term healthy diet and exercise program do not have significantly more weight loss from using a wearable device that tracks their activity.

In a randomized clinical trial conducted at the University of Pittsburgh, 471 adult participants (with a BMI between 25-40) enrolled between 2010 and 2012. All subjects were placed on a low-calorie diet, prescribed increases in physical activity, and had group counseling sessions.

Patients randomized to the intervention group were given wearable device and accompanying web interface to monitor diet and physical activity – BodyMedia Fit Core, a wearable activity tracker worn on the upper arm. The Fit Core tracks steps, hours slept and calories burned and costs about $100.

After 24 months, people who used wearable activity trackers lost 2.4 kilograms (5.29 pounds) less than a group on a similar program but using a website to track their progress.

Both groups had improved their body composition, fitness, physical activity and diet, according to the report in JAMA.

The value and impact of wearable technology remains to be proven, especially with regard to weight loss.

Comment: Wow… maybe I should stop wearing this.

Mud Bath Therapy Knee Osteoarthritis


Mud… it’s not just for wrestling in anymore

Reported by the Academy of Integrative Pain Management this item…

Mud-Bath Therapy in Addition to Usual Care in Bilateral Knee Osteoarthritis: Economic Evaluation

An economic evaluation of mud-bath therapy was conducted alongside a randomized controlled trial. Patients (103) were randomly assigned to receive either a 2 weeks cycle of MBT in addition to their usual treatment or to continue routine care alone. The European Quality-of-Life Questionnaire-5 Dimensions (EQ-5D) questionnaire was administered at baseline, 2 weeks, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months. Direct healthcare resource consumption data up until 12 months were derived from a daily diary given to patients and returned at prescheduled follow-up visits. The results of this cost-effectiveness analysis support the use of the mud bath therapy as mid-term complementary therapy in the management of knee OA.

Simultaneous or Staged Total Knee Replacement

So… you need knee replacement. Should you get them done one at a time or both at once… next

Simultaneous Versus Staged Bilateral Total Knee Arthroplasty

Dr. Jack Cush writing in Rheumnow reported on a metanalysis from 2013 that identified 18 articles which included over 65,000 patients and compared those undergoing single as opposed to simultaneous total knee replacements.

The incidence of mortality was significantly higher in the simultaneous group at 30 days (RR 3.67, 95% CI 1.68–8.02), 3 months (RR 2.45, 95% CI 2.15–2.79) and 1 year (RR 1.85, 95% CI 1.66–2.06) after surgery.

On the other hand there were no significant differences between the two groups with regard to in-hospital mortality R 1.18, 95% CI 0.74–1.88), post-operative deep vein thrombosis, cardiac complications, and pulmonary embolism or infection rates

Thus the higher mortality rate associated with bilateral total knee arthroplasty should impact patient selection for this surgical option.  The good news is that there is no differences in other common complications associated with arthroplasty – infection, thrombotic events, etc.

Comment: Well… there you have it.

Increase in Youth Soccer Related Injuries


Got a kid or grandkid playing soccer, here’s some news…

Study Reveals Increase In Soccer-Related Injuries, Concussions

Lindsey Tanner writing for the AP reported research has found an increase in soccer-related injuries among kids in the US being sent to emergency departments. The trend is “driven in part by young players with concussions seeking urgent medical care.” The findings were based on 25 years of data and found that the overall rate of injuries has “more than doubled to 220 per 10,000 players in 2013, from 106 per 10,000 players in 1990.”

Comment: One of my sons when he was playing soccer had 2 concussions.  This is a serious issue.

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