A 20-year Australian study reports that women with osteoarthritis (OA) have an increased risk of fragility fracture, even if their bone mineral density (BMD) is normal and their body mass index (BMI) is high.
The study looked at data from 2,412 women and 1,452 men aged older than 45 (average 69). Researchers discovered that 29% of women and 26% of men had a diagnosis of osteoarthritis. According to lead researcher Professor Tuan Nguyen of the Genetic Epidemiology of Osteoporosis Lab at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, the risk is fairly substantial and women with OA have a 50% increase in the risk of fracture.
A recent research study report that, compared with standard walking shoes, rocker-sole shoes significantly reduced the load going through the knee (without a significant immediate impact on walking pain), which may help patients living with knee osteoarthritis (OA). The study collaborator include the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine at the University of Melbourne, Elizabeth Madden, a senior lecturer in podiatry, and Dr. Crystal Kean from Exercise and Sports Science.
Shoes with rocker soles have bottoms that are shaped like a boat, with rounded edges at the front and back of your foot. The logic is that the rocker-bottoms are less stable, requiring you to constantly adjust to the instability and work on your balance; therefore, making your muscles work. According to Ryn rocker sole technology, the benefits of rocker-sole shoes are:
A recent study published in the May 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association states that physical therapy does not help pain or function for adults living with hip osteoarthritis. Continue reading
When the Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos kicks off this afternoon at 3:30pm PST, NFL players are once again putting their joints at risk for the love of the game.
Richard Diana, former Miami Dolphins player, recalls his football days in an article in the Los Angeles Times. After a season with the Dolphins 31 years ago, Diana has since left for medical school at Yale and is now an orthopedic surgeon in his Connecticut hometown. At a reunion with his former teammates, Diana soon learned that football has taken its toll on most of the players in one way or another. Some had undergone knee and hip replacements; others developed diabetes, some had heart disease, and most had arthritis or complained of joint pain. Most players at the reunion were younger than 55. Continue reading