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Below is text from a patient who recently received a bio-mechanical knee brace for OA, and felt so strongly about the results he wrote a letter to the manufacturer.

“Dear Mark,

I have attached two PDF documents showing the before and after x-rays of my left knee.  It illustrates the significant change and improved position of my knee, with separation and relief from the bone to bone condition I have.

I wanted to take a moment to let you know what a huge change the new brace has had on the quality of life for me and the exceptional care you provided.  The casting and custom built knee braces for osteoarthritis along with building the shim pads for my shoes to correct my bow legged condition have decreased swelling, eliminated the pain I was having 24/7 and most importantly is allowing me to do the things I would never have been able to do before.

My son and I attended the SF Giants game and we have standing room only tickets in right field.  I was able to stand for over 3 hours straight, with no support and never leaving my location completely pain free.  This included both my knee and lower back, which I normally start having pain after 15 minutes.  The constant swelling of the knee is gone.

Your attention to detail and the process and advice you provided have resulted in a significant improvement in quality of life for me and I see myself doing many more activities and extending the life of my knee for years to come.

With warm regards and a big thank you!

Bob V.”

Teddy Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, is one of my personal heroes. It’s not so much his politics that I admire, but his appetite for living life to its fullest. He didn’t let childhood asthma get in his way; in fact, he led a more strenuous life because of his ailment, just to prove that he could.

I, too, try to live my life to the fullest each day and have a love of adventuring in the great outdoors. Unfortunately, as I’ve aged all of my outdoor activities have really done a number on my joints. Rather than simply push through the knee pain as Roosevelt might have, I’ve followed the advice of my doctor and now take a joint health supplement. The supplements have helped protect healthy cartilage in my joints, which will hopefully afford me a long life full of grand adventures of the type that my favorite president may have enjoyed.

Good News

Good News

Chondroitin Sulphate reduces the volume of cartilage loss.  This is what was proven by a group of Canadian researchers. They published a clinical trial that shows for the first time the disease modifying effects of chondroitin sulfate.  The study looked at quantifying changes in cartilage, over time, by utilizing MRI results.

Patients with knee osteoarthritis were divided into two groups.  One group took chondroitin sulfate,  the control group took a placebo.  After six months MRI results showed that the group of patients taking chondroitin sulfate showed a significant decrease in the loss of articular cartilage.

The lead researcher, Professor Jean-Pierre Pelletier said, “Chondroitin Sulfate is a safe drug with an overall positive effect on OA.”

This study was conducted at the Osteoarthritis Research Unit at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre, and published in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.

knee anatomy

Knee Anatomy

“The underpinnings of research about a degenerative disease like osteoarthritis should take into account the bone, cartilage, ligaments, nerves, and circulating chemicals and how these components collectively work together to affect the function of the knee.” Said Dr. Fred Nelson of Detroit’s Henry Ford’s Osteoarthritis Center.

Knees need to be thought of as an organ, and the medical community needs to remember that the anatomy surrounding the knee joint will also be affected by osteoarthritis.  Hopefully considering the knee in this regard will lead to improve treatment options for osteoarthritis.

This thought process evolved from Scientists working with post-stroke patients.  Researchers discovered that over 50% of patients who survived a stroke that take part in physical therapy program improved their ability to walk.