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HRT and Arthritis

October 28, 2017

The DailyMail in the United Kingdom reports that Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) may help prevent osteoarthritis (link to article).

The article states:

“Researchers in Australia have found that HRT may help prevent the disease, which causes the cartilage to become rougher and thinner.

A team at the Alfred Hospital in Victoria examined 81 women, 42 of whom had taken HRT for at least five years and 39 who had never used it.

All were over 50 and had gone through the menopause, says the study in the medical journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Doctors scanned the women to measure the amount of cartilage in their knee joints.

Those on HRT had 7.7 per cent more than those not on the treatment. Professor Flavia Cicuttini, who headed the study, said: ‘It suggests that use of HRT for more than five years is associated with greater knee cartilage volume.’

Robina Lloyd, of the charity Arthritis Care, said: ‘We know HRT works in osteoporosis, but this is the first suggestion that it could be helpful in preventing osteoarthritis of the knee. It does add up because of the way the hormone works. But we need further research.’ ”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-30135/HRT-help-arthritis.html#ixzz4v7TlPlmR

 

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Arthritis Knee Brace

October 21, 2017

Knee Sleeve

 

A knee brace can be an effective treatment option for osteoarthritis.  Even a simple arthritis knee sleeve can make an arthritic knee joint feel better.  The warmth and compression can increase mobility and provide some protection as well as support.  A knee brace is a safe and inexpensive treatment option that is worth trying.  There are different types of knee braces specifically designed for osteoarthritis.  A sleeve is good for mild pain, a brace with hinges should be used if the knee hurts and is unstable, and a brace that actually opens the joint space should be used for severe OA.

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Women and Joint Pain

October 17, 2017

 

There are three distinct risk factors that lead women to suffer from arthritis more than men: biology, genetics, and hormones.

Biology:  The hips.  Women are designed to have babies so they’re shaped differently than men.  The angle of their hips distributes their body weight across the knees less efficiently than in men.  Also their ligaments are more elastic so their knees are less stable.  More pressure and less stability makes a knee joint more likely to get hurt.

Genetics:  Women whose mothers had OA should not be surprised to find themselves suffering the same type of joint pain, in the same places, and around the same age.  It is common for OA to run in families.  Research shows the genetic links.

Hormones:  Estrogen protects cartilage.  As the estrogen decreases so does the protection.  There is an increased prevalence in the onset of OA during menopause.

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Menopause can be linked to the onset and progression of osteoarthritis.   (menopause and OA study)

Women suffer from osteoarthritis more than men, and it is more prevalent after menopause.  Women have more joints involved with OA, more symptoms, and more severe cases.  Studies suggest that the loss of estrogen during menopause increases OA risk factors.  When women’s estrogen levels decrease their joints suffer, specifically the hands and knees.

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