Monthly Archives: April 2016

Does Obesity Increase Osteoarthritis Risk?

The insidious link between extra weight and increased osteoarthritis risk Doctors have historically advised patients diagnosed with osteoarthritis to lose weight in order to lessen the strain on the joints. Now doctors should also be advising overweight patients to lose weight to decrease their osteoarthritis risk. The Arthritis Foundation posted this overview on fat and osteoarthritis and discussed the links between osteoarthritis and obesity in a second post.   The latter points out “…year after […]

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Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation &
Prehabilitation for Hip Surgery

Making the Case for More than Rehab – Why Prehabilitation for Hip Surgery Works One of the most surprising statistics related to osteoarthritis and physical therapy is that 90 percent of people having knee surgery for osteoarthritis receive physical therapy before and after, while only 10-30% of those having hip surgery do. That’s in spite of wide agreement that patients in better physical shape before surgery generally recover faster and […]

Preserving Cartilage – How Does Movement Help?

The Part Synovial Fluid Plays in Preserving Cartilage Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage – the strong and flexible tissue that covers and cushions the ends of the bones within the joints -in the affected joint breaks down and wears away. It’s degenerative and the most common chronic condition of the joints, affecting more than one in five Americans at sometime during their lives. We know experientially that physical therapy and […]

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Arthritis Statistics Updates Confirm Rising Costs

The healthcare system & economy take hits The CDC updated the arthritis statistics that they track early this year. What is clear from their updates is that the direct and indirect costs of osteoarthritis are continuing to increase. While they are still gathering data on later years (2010 will be available soon), the 2003 cost in total attributed to arthritis and other rheumatic conditions in the United States was $128 […]