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5 Tools That Make Living with Osteoarthritis Easier

Posted By: David Pittaway

Many people who suffer from osteoarthritis live with chronic pain on a daily basis. Pain is considered to be chronic when it lasts three to six months or longer, but unfortunately, arthritis pain can last a lifetime, and has no complete cure. For some it can be a constant pain, for others it may come and go or even be exacerbated by particular tasks. This pain can make it hard to perform daily activities everyone else takes for granted.

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Osteoarthritis and Stress: How it Worsen Symptoms

Posted By: David Pittaway

At some point in our life, we have had all dealt with stress. For many it can be a constant presence, and with everything that has happened throughout 2020, it’s understandable that many people have been feeling under a lot more stress than usual.

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Self Management of Osteoarthritis

Posted By: Richard Iorio, MD

Self-efficacy is considered a core component in self-management. Self-efficacy is a personal judgement of how well one can execute courses of action required to deal with chronic processes. However, there is a lack of knowledge about the association between self-efficacy and health-related outcomes in osteoarthritis.

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Knee Arthroscopy, Osteoarthritis and the Relationship with Total Knee Replacement

Posted By: Richard Iorio, MD

Arthroscopic surgery is a common treatment for knee osteoarthritis (OA), particularly for symptomatic meniscal tears with mechanical instability. Many patients with knee OA who have arthroscopies go on to have total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Several individual studies have investigated the interval between knee arthroscopy and TKA. Published literature on the risk of TKA following knee arthroscopy, the duration between arthroscopy and TKA, and risk factors for TKA following knee arthroscopy shows that TKA is more likely in knees that undergo arthroscopy.

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Physical Examination of the knee

Posted By: Richard Iorio, MD

The knee is a commonly injured area of the body. History and physical examination of this largely superficial structure allows injury diagnosis to be made relatively easily for most disorders. The indications for advanced imaging studies are not common and can be reserved for diagnostic dilemmas.

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Non-surgical management options for osteoarthritis are limited. Self directed exercise programs are the most effective.

Posted By: Richard Iorio, MD

Epidemiological research estimates that the lifetime risk of developing symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA) is 45%1. Because of the shifting demographics with an increasing percentage of the US population older than 65 years, the burden of KOA will continue to increase2, 3. Although a recent randomized controlled trial demonstrated that total knee replacement is more effective than nonsurgical treatment of end-stage knee OA4, effective nonsurgical treatments are required to manage knee OA until surgical intervention becomes medically necessary.

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