Arthritis & Joint Replacement Clinic
The patiens are admitted for 3-4 after surgery. All patients usually walk on the next day of surgery. This is a major operation and may take 3 to 6 months for full recovery. Some patients continue to experience improvement in he performance of their new knee up to as long as 1-2 years. The recovery is much faster in thinner and hard working patients and those who are motivated to participate in active rehabilitation.
Walking is the one best thing you can do for overall good health. Walking is specially good for people suffering from knee pain, heart patients, obesity, diabetes and many more ailments.
When considering exercise options, some people wonder if walking really offers enough health benefits to be worthwhile. Walking can be very useful for both fitness and weight loss, as long as you walk at a moderate pace and get out and walk consistently. Of course, one of the big benefits of walking is that you don't need any special equipment other than a good pair of shoes, and you don't have to go to a gym. You can take a walk around your neighborhood, on a track, on a treadmill or around your office building.
When you begin your exercise plan, consider incorporating some light weight training and stretching into your routines, too, along with the walking. Doing so can increase your muscle strength and range of motion, and both can help you avoid injuries as you increase your activity. Just make sure you use proper techniques during your weight training and stretching exercises. If you have questions about what's right for you, talk to your doctor.
That's important because research shows that even if you exercise the recommended amount per day but spend the rest of the day sitting, you're still at higher risk for developing health problems, such as heart disease. Getting up and moving throughout the day is key to better health overall.
Painful knee arthritis is associated with an increased risk of premature death in women, a new study suggests.
Women with osteoarthritis-related knee pain - the type associated with normal wear and tear - were nearly twice as likely to die early from any cause, and more than three times as likely to die from heart problems as those without knee pain from arthritis, the British researchers found.
"These findings suggest that any self-reported knee pain in osteoarthritis, as opposed to hand pain, seems to be a crucial factor leading to early cardiovascular mortality and is likely to be linked with decreased mobility," said lead author Dr. Stefan Kluzek of the Arthritis Research UK Centre of Excellence for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis at the University of Oxford.
There was no increased risk of early death among women with osteoarthritis pain in the hands.
Nor did women with X-ray evidence of knee arthritis but no pain have an increased risk of premature death, the study found.
Researchers analyzed data from middle-aged British women who were tracked for an average of 22 years.
The study is scheduled for presentation Friday at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases in Milan, Italy. Data and conclusions presented at meetings are usually considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.
More research is needed to understand how people adapt to knee pain, and how this leads to cardiovascular impairment," Kluzek said in a news release from the International Osteoporosis Foundation.
Being obese as a child could lead to knee pain and other symptoms in adulthood, especially for males, a new long-term cohort study suggests.
The study found that childhood obesity was significantly associated with adult knee pain in men (relative risk [RR] 1.72, 95% CI 1.11-2.69) and that childhood weight and body mass index (BMI) were associated with stiffness and dysfunction, according to Benny Antony, Menzies Research Institute Tasmania, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia.
The study was published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
The Childhood Determinants of Adult Health (CDAH) study was a 20-year follow-up of children who participated in the Australian Schools Health and Fitness Survey (ASHFS). The survey was completed on a nationwide sample of school children ages 7 to 15 years.
To assess knee pain, stiffness, and physical dysfunction in the past 30 days, researchers used the Western Ontario McMaster Universities osteoarthritis index (WOMAC). The scale ranges from 0-9 with 0 indicating no complaints and 9 indicating maximum intensity of the complaint.