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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.

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 11: Strike the pose: Yoga everyone!

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 11: Strike the pose: Yoga everyone!

Everyone, especially high performance athletes like FIFA World Cup players, is susceptible to developing osteoarthritis if they do not receive the proper rehabilitation for their joint injuries.

Risk factors for osteoarthritis include a family history of the disease, excess body weight, age, joint injury, and repeated overuse of a joint.

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One way for athletes and active individuals to get back in shape after sustaining a joint injury (and an excellent way to avoid injury) is to start low impact exercises such as yoga. Today’s #Goals4Arthritis is to find some time this Sunday for yoga.

Check out this video for some specific yoga poses for soccer.

Super Bowl XLVIII – NFL players put joints at risk for the love of the game

Football players huddleWhen 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