Vitamin D Supplements of No Benefit to Knees

Australian researchers studied over 400 older adults who were deficient in vitamin D but otherwise healthy. All had symptomatic knee osteoarthritis. They were randomized into two groups: one received oral Vitamin D3 supplements, the other a placebo. While vitamin D levels increased over the 24 month study period, pain score and knee architecture did not differ…

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Knee OA Pain and Weight Loss

A community-based study found a clear dose-response relationship in symptom improvement in overweight and obese people suffering with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Each subject was likely to require referral to an orthopedic surgeon for possible knee joint replacement. Those who lost more than 10% of their body weight saw the greatest improvements in knee pain and…

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Knee OA and Shoe Inserts

Many people, including physicians, have thought that angled shoe inserts may transfer some of the load away from the medial compartment thus reducing knee pain in osteoarthritis. However, according to a British meta-analysis these lateral wedge insoles do not appear to ease this pain beyond a placebo effect. If patients expected a benefit, they were…

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