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Do you have arthritis in your knee?

knee xrayOsteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that can affect any joint, but the hands and weight-bearing joints – including the spine, hips and knees – are most often affected. This type of arthritis is commonly known as wear and tear arthritis, a disease that involves the wear and tear of the natural cushioning lining the joints. A common form of osteoarthritis is knee arthritis. Do you know what the symptoms of knee arthritis are? Below are some warning signs of knee arthritis.

1. Gradual increase in knee pain

Arthritis pain in the knees does not occur overnight, but slowly and gradually. You experience pain in your knees when you climb stairs, stand, kneel, or even sit down. If your knee pain is preventing you from a good night’s sleep, be weary that it could be arthritis.

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Attention: Are you a person living with osteoarthritis (OA)?

Attention: Are you a person living with osteoarthritis (OA)?

Here’s an opportunity to attend a free workshop on models of care for OA.

Workshop BannerThe Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC) is offering you an opportunity to participate in its upcoming Osteoarthritis Models of Care (OA MOC) workshop, as part of the AACs 2nd Annual Conference and Research Symposium. The two-hour, OA MOC workshop will take place in Toronto at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, Saturday, November 1st, 10:30-am-12:30 pm. Space is limited and registrations will be taken on a “first come, first serve” basis.
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Online survey: Share your opinions on JOINT health!

joint health; knee pain

Joint health has a significant impact on quality of life. There are many exercise programs out there to help people manage chronic joint diseases, but what is the best way for YOU to improve your joint health?

A team of researchers across Canada need your input about the best way to prevent and treat osteoarthritis.

If you are willing to help, please take 5 minutes to fill out this survey. All responses will remain anonymous and confidential and there will be no information collected that will identify you.

Click here to take the survey.

For more information, please contact Joanna Ye, Research Assistant by phone at 604-207-4032, toll free 1-877-871-4575, or email jye@arthritisresearch.ca.

Fracture risk increases for women with osteoarthritis

Slip and fall signageA 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.

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Rocker-sole shoes an option for those with knee OA?

One shoeA 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:

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#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 18: Sunday Funday

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 18: Sunday Funday

Happy Sunday!

Today’s #Goals4Arthritis is to have some Sunday fun with your kids, friends, or loved ones. Whether you are watching the FIFA World Cup or enjoying the sunshine outdoor, we hope you get some much needed rest, relaxation, and pleasure from your day’s activities.

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For our friends in the community who are over 50 years old and have osteoarthritis, here are some activities you can do with your children:

  • Share a hobby or class. This can be dancing, golfing, gardening or swimming. Participating in low-impact exercises can keep joints flexible and muscles strong.
  • Go running or jogging with your loved ones. Determine a routine that can cater to your own flexibility, strength, and ability.
  • Play some table top games like billiards, air hockey, foosball, or table tennis. These activities help keep you active and prevent stiffness in your joints.
  • Cook with your loved ones. Cooking up a hearty meal at home can reduce your intake of added calories and fat as you have total control of which ingredients to use. Every pound of extra weight you lose takes four pounds of pressure off your knees.
  • Do some arts and crafts to keep the small muscles of your joints in motion. It will also alter your focus and concentration to something other than your arthritis pain.