Some Exercise Better than None

Study participants were placed in one of five quintiles of gait speed and function and followed for 2 years. Those engaging in 45 minutes a week or more of moderate to vigorous activity (highest quintile) saw significant improvement in knee and hip pain (34-38% better). These findings were independent of sex, BMI, and age. This…

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Acupuncture Ineffective for Knee Pain

Researchers provided acupuncture treatments for 282 people aged 50+ with chronic knee pain. They randomly assigned patients to either needle, laser, sham laser acupuncture or no treatment at all. After 12 weeks of treatment, needle and sham acupuncture had the same moderate pain improvements compared to no treatment. Hence, believing you’d had the treatment was…

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Vitamin D Disappoints in Knee Pain

A small randomized, double-blind clinical trial exploring the effects of Vitamin D supplements on pain in adults with knee osteoarthritis (OA) has yielded disappointing results. After two years, the supplement group and placebo group showed no difference in knee pain, function, or loss of cartilage volume. Maybe two years was not long enough, but more…

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Losing Weight Protects Knee Cartilage

Australian researchers have reported that weight loss can result in improved knee cartilidge structure and reduced loss of thickness. This study involved 111 obese patients who lost an average of 20.3 pounds in a years time. Weight loss of as little as 7% of body weight preserved cartilage quality, which in turn improved range of…

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Acupuncturist’s Attitude Matters Most

Many people believe that Traditional Chinese acupuncture can relieve arthritic knee pain. Data from a clinical trial of 455 patients and 72 controls showed that the attitude of the acupuncturist greatly influenced the outcomes. When the acupuncturist (genuine or pretend) said to the patient, "I've had a lot of success with treating knee pain," the…

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Knee Pain Improved by Supervised Exercise

Knee pain caused by patellofemoral pain syndrome (also referred to as runner's knee, or chondromalacia) is a very common complaint. A small Dutch study has demonstrated marked improvement in pain and function following supervised strength, balance, and flexibility exercises with a physical therapist for 6 weeks and then home exercises for 3 months. At 3…

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