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Effect of magnetic knee wrap on quadriceps strength in patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis.

Chen CY, Chen CL, Hsu SC, Chou SW, Wang KC. Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Keelung, Taiwan.

OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of magnetic knee wrap on isokinetic quadriceps strength in patients with painful knee osteoarthritis (OA).

DESIGN: Randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled and before-after trial.

SETTING: Rehabilitation clinic in a tertiary hospital.

PARTICIPANTS: Eligible patients (N=50) (mean age+/-SD, 66.0+/-8.6 y) with mild to moderate knee OA were recruited from the outpatient department and 37 (74%) completed the trial. Only 3 (6%) withdrew due to study-related adverse effects.

INTERVENTIONS: Wearing the active (n=24) or sham (n=26) magnetic knee wrap for 12 weeks.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary outcome measure was isokinetic quadriceps strength. Secondary outcome measures included the Health Assessment Questionnaire Disability Index (HAQ-DI) and the Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) Pain Scale.

RESULTS: Using intention-to-treat analyses, the peak isokinetic quadriceps strength increased significantly in the treated leg at 30 degrees/s (P=.007) and 60 degrees/s (P=.022) after wearing the magnetic knee wrap. Compared with baseline, the median strength increase for the treated leg in the study group significantly exceeded that in the control group at week 4 (.05 Nm/kg vs -.09 Nm/kg at 60 degrees/s, P=.038) and week 12 (30 degrees/s, .09 Nm/kg vs .04 Nm/kg, P=.044; 60 degrees/s, .17 Nm/kg vs .02 Nm/kg, P=.031). The HAQ-DI and HAQ Pain Scales improved significantly in both groups. Compared with baseline, the improvement at week 12 in terms of the HAQ-DI in the study group significantly exceeded that in the control group.

CONCLUSIONS: Magnetic knee wrap may significantly facilitate isokinetic quadriceps strength in patients with mild to moderate knee OA (osteoarthritis).

Chen CY, Chen CL, Hsu SC, Chou SW, Wang KC (Dec 2008). “Effect of magnetic knee wrap on quadriceps strength in patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 89(12):2258-64. PMID: 18976982



magnetic-therapy

 

Magnetic therapy has been used worldwide for centuries and is ideal for pain relief. Back pain, knee pain, arthritis, tendonitis, or even migraines can be helped with magnets.  Magnets are a safe, easy and effective method for achieving natural pain relief. In most cases, magnets are placed directly over the painful area.

Magnets can affect ion channels which can reduce and/or block nerve pain signals. Ions are electro-chemicals that have either a positive or negative charge. Their movement through cellular gateways, called ‘ion channels’, controls pain signals, muscle contraction, and nearly all other biological processes. Ion channels can be affected chemically with drugs, manually with electrical stimulation, and naturally with magnets.

Using magnets for pain relief offers a huge advantage, because they’re safe, non-invasive, they last a long time, and have no side effects. Research studies show that magnetic therapy can be used as often as needed.  When high quality magnets are properly applied, they can be effective up to 90% of the time.

Learn more about magnetic knee braces.

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magnetic therapy

                  Magnetic Therapy

There are many skeptics of magnetic therapy. But magnet therapy has a growing number of people who swear that it works, and rely on it to live pain free lives.

Using magnets for pain relief has been around for a long time. Aristotle, the Greek philosopher talked about the healing property of magnets in 300 BC.  And the earliest recorded mention of the medical use of magnets was about 2000 BC.  The Yellow Emperor`s Classic of Internal Medicine is one of the earliest medical books ever written. The book discusses using magnets for pain relief as well as other modern treatment options.

It was discovered in the late 1700s that the body produces magnetic impulses. Many studies around this time led to the belief that placing magnets on an affected area of the body will help align these impulses and ease pain.

Learn more about magnetic knee braces.



Joint Pain

                        Joint Pain

Osteoarthritis of the knee is the mechanical breakdown of knee cartilage.  Where rheumatoid arthritis is the chemical breakdown of cartilage, osteoarthritis is damage caused by long-term wear and tear.

Years of use causes the cartilage in the knee joint to wear away. As the cartilage wears away, the joint space narrows, and eventually the bones begin to rub together.  That’s what causes the knee pain.

Stretching, knee braces, weight loss, and strengthening the muscles around the knee are all effective, conservative treatment options for reducing knee pain associated with knee osteoarthritis.

 

 



New Unloader Knee Brace

There’s a new version of an effective and reliable knee brace to treat unicompartmental osteoarthritis.  The New Options Sports Wrap-Around OA Knee Brace is now available.

This off-loading knee brace is indicated for mild to moderate levels of knee pain caused by OA.  This knee brace comes in a wrap-around design, meaning patients do not have to struggle pulling the knee brace up or down their legs.  The knee brace simply wraps around and fastens with Velcro closures.  The patella buttress is designed to address secondary patella tracking issues.

This is a low-profile knee brace with thigh and calf paddles to offer some mild unloading of the knee joint.   The paddles work in conjunction with “lock down” straps that provide counter force.

The pull-up version of this unloading knee brace has been used effectively for years.  The wrap-around version makes it easier for patients to use and wear.  If you are considering a knee brace to treat your knee pain associated with arthritis, this brace is worth learning about.

Learn more about the New Option OA Knee Brace



Workout Partners

Stretching is very important for an arthritic knee.  When you think knee osteoarthritis it’s easy to focus only on the knee joint.  However, the muscles surrounding the knee should not be forgotten.

The hamstrings and quadriceps play an important role in managing knee pain.  Tight muscles put unnecessary stain on arthritic knees.  By stretching you help keep the anatomy surrounding your knee healthy and limber.  Exercise is important.  Just walking will help keep your knee joint lubricated.  Healthy stretched muscles will help an arthritic knee move easier, facilitating that movement of fluid that’s so important to healthy knee joints.

The muscles, ligaments, bones, and cartilage all work together in the knee joint.  They need to work together as a team.  Stretching is a great way to reduce knee pain and facilitate a healthier lifestyle.



Knee Arthritis

January 14, 2016
Weight Loss and Exercise

                        Weight Loss and Exercise

Losing weight, exercising, and stretching are great treatment options for osteoarthritis of the knee.  Stretching keeps the muscles surrounding your knees loose and healthy, exercising lubricates the joints, and losing weight means your knees will absorb less of a load with every step you take.

You don’t need a prescription, or coverage, or a referral.  You don’t have to share any  personal information or pay a co-pay.  Weight loss, exercise, and stretching are free treatment options that will not only make your knees feel better but improve your overall physical condition.

Decrease the amount of drugs you take, spend less time with doctors….try going for a walk, or a swim.

 



Global Knee Brace

November 1, 2015

Global Knee

Global Knee

Hely & Weber just released a new knee brace for bi and tri-compartmental osteoarthritis.  There is often a significant amount of time that passes between when a patient is told they need have their knee replaced and when the surgery actually takes place.  This knee brace is designed to help patients during the delay.

There are several reasons for the delay.  Sometimes there are necessary medical needs that must be addressed, or a patient may need to lose weight.  Sometimes patients just aren’t ready for the surgery, whether it be logistical or emotional readiness.  And many times its conservative care guidelines dictated by health insurance providers.

The struts on this knee brace can apply a varus or valgus force when molded with bending irons as well as accommodate a bulbous or knee deformed by arthritis.

Global Knee II



Swimming Helps OA

Swimming Helps Knee OA

 

The more overweight you are, the more your knees will hurt.  You can try and mask the pain with drugs like NSAIDs and steroids, but at the end of the day your cartilage still takes an undue pounding every time you take a step.  You only have so much cartilage in your knee.  The more overweight you are, the more you compress the cartilage in your knee whenever you take a step.  Think about how your knees support your entire body weight as you walk.  If you are carrying extra pounds the best way to treat your chronic knee pain from OA is to shed some weight.

Losing weight isn’t easy but it is possible.  It’s not possible for you to spontaneously grow new cartilage.  A knee brace for osteoarthritis can be very effective for people trying to lose weight.  A common complaint among people who suffer from knee OA is that they can’t exercise because their knees hurt, so they cant lose weight.  An unloading knee brace can help treat the pain associated with knee OA so people can get up and moving.  Just walk or swim.  Your knees will thank you.



beer

Do you drink beer?  Do you have knee osteoarthritis?  Read on.

University of Nottingham just released a study that shows people who drink more than 20 beers per week were 93 percent more likely to have knee OA.

3,171 men and women were studied.  The subjects were between 45- and 86-years old.  2000 of the people studied had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, and over 1000 acted as controls.

The weekly drinking habits of the people involved with the study were scrutinized.  The findings showed that people who drink wine and spirits are less likely to suffer from knee OA than beer drinkers.

The findings are published in the journal Arthritis Research Therapy.