Hip Osteoarthritis


Diet Rich in Saturated Fats
Associated with Osteoarthritis

A recent study from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) identified a high-fat diet, and specifically, saturated fats as a prime suspect in the onset of osteoarthritis. QUT scientists found that a diet containing 20% saturated fats changed the composition of cartilage in the weight-bearing joints of the hip and knee. The modified cartilage displayed osteoarthritic changes. In addition, the diet resulted in changes to the bone under the cartilage. […]

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osteoarthritis in younger people

Thoughts on Osteoarthritis in Younger People

Key points from the journal article “Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis Affects Younger People, Too” – JOSPT February 2017 1.OA is no longer considered a degenerative disease of “wear and tear” affecting joint cartilage and bone. It is now understood to represent total joint failure, with a prominent inflammatory component. Most recently, the contribution of meta-inflammation has also been identified, whereby body fat releases inflammatory mediators (cytokines and adipokines) that contribute […]


Moving Towards Physical Therapy and Prehabilitation as Standard Treatment for Hip OA

Changes in our healthcare system come slowly Nothing changes quickly in our healthcare system; change is a marathon, not a sprint. Now that we’ve finally recognized the opioid epidemic, individual states are taking steps to stem their overuse. Patients with chronic pain – and their doctors – are looking for other ways to deal with their pain, and one of those ways is physical therapy. In fact, one of the […]

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Resistance to Painkiller Alternatives Slow to Overcome

US Opioid Epidemic This is the year that we’ve finally acknowledged that our country has an opioid overuse problem.  We’re not the only country where opioids are over-prescribed, but we are the worst offenders.  But while recognizing the problem is a step forward, it’s only a small one.  We still don’t have agreement on how to move away from opioids – patients, providers and insurers don’t all agree on what the solution […]


More Reasons to Avoid Opioids

Addressing the Epidemic Starting early this year, the Surgeon General and other influencers in the medical community began a campaign to address the overuse of opioids, which has skyrocketed in the last few years to epidemic proportions. Recently, a new study has brought to light a possible explanation for that epidemic, and another has documented extended use that may well be ascribed to the addictive nature of those drugs. Both […]

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Extra Pounds Pose Risks for Hip OA Patients

Obesity Epidemic in the US Current headlines highlight our concern with the overuse of opioids, but for multiple years we’ve also been in the midst of an obesity epidemic.  A current post in Practical Pain Management begins with “America is currently battling an obesity epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one-third of U.S. children and about two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese and […]