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Osteoarthritis Gene

Osteoarthritis Gene

Brussels, Belgium – A study was presented at the World Congress on Osteoarthritis this week.  1154 participants were monitored for 11 years in North Carolina to see if and when their knees were effected by osteoarthritis, and then how quickly the disease advanced.  This study was called the, “Johnston County OSteoarthritis Project”.

Scientists isolated nine genes associated with the progression of knee osteoarthritis.  IL-1 (Interleukin-1) is a chemical marker associated with cartilage degradation and inflammation.

Dr. Joanne Jordan is the director of the University of North Carolina’s Thurston Arthritis Research Center and lead author of the study.  She said, “This might make it possible to identify high-risk people in advance of getting OA or before it progresses.



Hamstring Stretch

Hamstring Stretch

Quadriceps, hamstrings, and hip flexors all play a role in how your knees feel.  The tighter these muscles are the more your arthritis can hurt.

Remember that stretching should never be painful, and that anyone can stretch.  Stretching is an important part of exercising and should be an important part of the treatment plan for your knee osteoarthritis.

Along with exercise, weight loss, and a thorough working knowledge of how osteoarthritis effects your knees, stretching can be an important part of your daily routine.



Avoca ASU

Avoca ASU

Avoca ASU from Nutramax is a joint health supplement that contains non-shellfish glucosamine, NMX1000 avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU), and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).  It also has decaffeinated green tea for antioxidant health benefits.  All ingredients are from non-animal origin.

So vegetarians and those allergic to shellfish now have a new treatment option for their knee osteoarthritis.  If you couldn’t take Cosamin DS – try Avoca ASU.



Cosamin ASU

Cosamin ASU

CosaminDS has been the premium joint health supplement on the market for over ten years.  Nutramax has discovered a method of making their original product more effective.  Cosamin ASU is maximum strength glucosamine and chondroitin.

This new formula from Nutramax is trademarked and shown in cell studies to be better than the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate at inhibiting several agents involved in cartilage breakdown.

If Cosamin DS helped with your knee osteoarthritis then this product can take your pain relief to an entire new level.



Cosamin DS

Cosamin DS

Cosamin DS is the only brand of glucosamine and chondroitin proven effective in published U.S. studies.  The studies show that joint pain is reduced.

Cosamin DS, designed and manufactured by Nutramax Labs, contains the full clinical strength of glucosamine and chondroitin.  Nutramax Labs manufacture this joint health supplement as if it were a pharmaceutical – meeting rigorous production and safety protocols.

Thousands of patients have successfully used Cosamin DS to treat their osteoarthritis of the knee.




Knee Acupuncture

Knee Acupuncture

University of Maryland conducted a study on the use of acupuncture on knee osteoarthritis.  The study randomized over 500 patients into different groups.  The group that received the real acupuncture showed a significant reduction in pain.

Acupuncture is an ancient treatment option for osteoarthritis.   It is safe and believed to work by stimulating endorphins in the body.  Health insurance has been known to cover acupuncture so check your policy.

Changes in diet and herbal remedies are often times recommended as adjuncts to acupuncture.



Stride-OA-Knee-Brace

Bio Mechanical Knee Braces are used to relieve pain and increase function in knees afflicted with osteoarthritis.  This type of knee brace is called by different names:  off-loading knee brace, unloading knee brace, varus / valgus knee brace, and osteoarthritis knee brace.  This post is the first in a series about bio mechanical knee braces that treat unicompartmental osteoarthritis.

This type of knee brace is a biomechanical solution to a biomechanical disease.  If you are familiar with how a fulcrum works then you can grasp how these knee braces function.  Unloading knee braces apply three-point-pressure to arthritic knees and open the joint space.  This opening reduces the amount of pressure compressing the worn cartilage.

Arthritis knee braces are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most HMO’s and PPO’s.  If you have DME coverage on your health insurance policy it is likely you are eligible for an unloading knee brace.

These knee braces do a lot of work and should only be fit by a certified orthotist.  They will change the way your knee moves and functions.



Stride-OA-Knee-Brace

Osteoarthritis of the knee effects your anatomy in several ways.  Misalignment of the joint is a common problem. It isn’t possible for medications or topical treatments to correct this condition, so a proven option is to wear a hinged brace. These high-tech, bio-mechanical devices change how your weight is distributed across the knee joint, providing instant relief and reducing pressure.

The brace applies pressure both above and below the knee, opening the joint and reducing friction on the bones. Numerous studies over the last 20 years have proven this type of treatment to be effective in correcting knee alignment and relieving swelling and discomfort in the joint. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, braces of this nature “may provide a significant reduction in knee pain for patients with unicompartmental osteoarthritis when properly fit.”



unispacer

unispacer

This post is part of a series about the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ Full Treatment Guideline for Knee Osteoarthritis.

Recommendation 22 – The AAOS does not recommend using a free-floating interpositional device to treat symptomatic unicompartmental osteoarthritis of the knee.

The research team found evidence that suggests high re-operation rates in patients who had a free-floating interpositional devices implanted in their bodies.   Enough said.



Osteotomy

Osteotomy

This post is part of a series of blog posts about the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeon’s Full Treatment Guideline for Knee Osteoarthritis.

Recommendation 21 – Realignment osteotomy is an option in active patients with unicompartmental OA of the knee with malalignment.

The research team found conclusive evidence that realignment osteotomies had benefits that lasted up to two years after surgery in patients that had knee OA and malalignment issues.