Category Archives: Joint Health

Review of pycnogenol studies says most too flawed to prove efficacy

The New York Times “Well” blog reports on research into pycnogenol, which is an extract from “French pine bark” that can be made into a supplement that users claim “strengthens cardiovascular systems and eases symptoms of chronic disorders like asthma, osteoarthritis and chronic venous insufficiency.” Continue reading

Diet, weight loss reduce knee joint pain in osteoarthritis patients

HealthDay reports, “A diet consisting of eight weeks of protein shakes and soup followed by adding low-calorie, high-protein foods can help people with knee osteoarthritis (knee OA) lose weight, which may lessen joint pain and improve their quality of life,” according to a study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Continue reading

30% of SAMe supplements fail to pass testing

Dietary supplements containing SAMe (S-adenosyl-methionine) can be effective in treating osteoarthritis as well as depression and mood disorders, but only 7 out of ten SAM-e supplements recently selected for testing by ConsumerLab.com met all quality criteria. Furthermore, the cost of SAMe varied almost 6-fold … with the most expensive product failing! Continue reading

Study finds chondroitin improves pain and function in patients with arthritis

A prescription-grade formulation of chondroitin sulfate (Condrosulf) helped improve pain and function in patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the hand, according to a single-center randomized study of 162 patients who had been suffering from OA for more than six years. Continue reading

Does Internet-based knee rehab work?

I often have patients ask if they can do their physical rehabilitation at home – either because it’s too far to drive to physical therapy or too expensive. Some want home physical therapy with a therapist, some want to try to do it themselves. We’ve not really known if it would be effective for folks to “do it yourself” or not. Now we may have an answer.

The Los Angeles Times’ “Booster Shots” blog reported that Internet-based rehabilitation for patients who had knee replacement surgery proved as effective as traditional therapy sessions, according to a study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Researchers “compared a live, Internet-based rehabilitation program to a traditional one for 65 men and women who had recent knee replacement surgery” and found that “after the six weeks, those in the Internet program had comparable results to those in the conventional rehabilitation program.”

The Internet-based rehabilitation patients “even did better in some areas, such as reducing joint stiffness.”

So, for those of you wanting to try postoperative knee therapy at home, talk to your surgeon. He or she now has a reason to consider it.

Physical activity helps improve walking speed in those with osteoarthritis

MedPage Today reported that, according to a paper in Arthritis & Rheumatism, “increasing physical activity over two years can improve function and even walking speed among adults with osteoarthritis of the knee — regardless of their level of activity.” Continue reading