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Do patients with knee pain from osteoarthritis (OA) increase the weight and load through the knee after taking pain relievers? This is the first study to try and find an answer to the question. Researchers at the University of Chicago say pain relief increases the load while walking, but not during stair climbing. They think other factors may be involved in stair climbing. Many patients with OA end up with increased wear and tear on the inside edge of the knee. Pain causes them to limp or shift the weight to the other leg. Their walking speed slows down, and their rhythm becomes uneven. In this study, authors compared two groups: adults with OA, and adults without OA. The study was done in a motion analysis lab. Each group walked on a walkway that can measure force from the ground up through the knee. Speed and stride length were also measured. Three trials of walking and stair climbing were done. Then the OA group got a knee injection for pain. All patients reported pain relief. After 1...
A person over the age of 65 is at a higher risk of falling. That risk increases substantially if that person who is over 65 also has osteoarthritis. Of the people who do fall, one in 40 will be hospitalized 1 and of those, half will be dead within the year. Yes, falling is a deadly serious problem.
Why is the risk of falling higher when someone has arthritis? Anyone one who has osteoarthritis in the knees, hips, back, or ankles will tell you that walking becomes more difficult. As mobility becomes more difficult, tripping on that darn rug gets easier. The more joints involved, the more the risk of falling increases. Pain makes matters even worse. And sometimes joint replacement surgery makes falling more likely.
Just when you thought surgery was supposed to help the situation, one study showed that an elderly individual was much more likely to fall within the year after having a knee replaced. 2 The problem with that new knee is that the range of motion can be rather limit...
Our dinner on the Muslim island of Pemba was "Chips and Goat" -- the meat was tiny, dried bits that we HOPED was goat and not something more exotic, so we cheerfully just swallowed it and ate lots of potatoes!
After literally spicing up our lives, we stopped by a forest preserve, again, seldom visited by tourists. We were given a "lecture" by the naturalist on all of the birds and wildlife in the forest. We paid for our tour and began the hike through a variety of eco-systems including a marsh, upland forest, etc. The path was a major challenge for this osteoarthritis patient as the guide easily stepped over huge roots, and ducked under even bigger (to me) low-lying fallen trees. We had a visit to an abandoned colonial sawmill in the forest; but saw only 3 birds in the far distance as our token wildlife! We stopped at another site for a brief viewing of the flying bats, but requested to continue on to the airport so we wouldn't miss our flight to the island of Zanzibar.
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