Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Simple Knee Arthritis Treatments

New technology and possible treatment advancements often receive a lot of press coverage but later prove to be ineffective. Everyone is looking for a safe and effective treatment that works for everyone but this is proving elusive.

New research has looked at basic treatments and found some of the simple things are surprisingly effective.

Looking at adults between the ages of 35 and 64 with knee osteoarthritis, the study compared a strengthening program, a self management program, and a combination of both. Participants were followed over a two year period and were tested with variety of outcome measures.

Many people would think that these types of treatment would not significantly help their arthritis but the results showed that all groups improved in every test. The tests included leg press strength, range of motion, balance, stairs, work capacity and reported pain.

We should all start our management of osteoarthritis by implementing the simple treatments that have been shown to improve quality of life. After that we can look for further treatments.

The full research article can be found here

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