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Osteoarthritis and Obesity

Osteoarthritis and Obesity

This blog is a request of my Aunt who asked if I could post anything relating to obesity and extra wear and tear on the the joints (aka osteoarthritis). It’s considered common knowledge in medicine that obesity increases the risk...

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Chad Reilly March 4, 2015 3 Comments

Muscle Strength Protective Against Arthritis

Muscle Strength Protective Against Arthritis

The role of muscles in joint degeneration and osteoarthritis. J Biomech. 2007;40 Suppl 1:S54-63. Epub 2007 Apr 16. Herzog W1, Longino D. Abstract The purpose of this work was to establish a controlled and reversible muscle weakness model for studying...

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Chad Reilly November 11, 2014 1 Comment

Central Sensitization and Chronic Pain

Central Sensitization and Chronic Pain

Central sensitization: implications for the diagnosis and treatment of pain. Pain. 2011 Mar;152(3 Suppl):S2-15. Woolf CJ. [FREE FULL TEXT] Abstract Nociceptor inputs can trigger a prolonged but reversible increase in the excitability and synaptic efficacy of neurons in central nociceptive pathways,...

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Chad Reilly July 26, 2014 No Comments

Electric Muscle Stimulation Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis

Electric Muscle Stimulation Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation and volitional exercise for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis: a multiple-patient case report. Physical Therapy. 2007 Aug;87(8):1064-77. Piva SR1, Goodnite EA, Azuma K, Woollard JD, Goodpaster BH, Wasko MC, Fitzgerald GK. Abstract BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Muscle atrophy is...

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Chad Reilly July 21, 2014 No Comments

ACL Repair: Abnormal Gait, Future Arthritis Due to Low Strength

ACL Repair: Abnormal Gait, Future Arthritis Due to Low Strength

The effect of insufficient quadriceps strength on gait after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2002 Jan;17(1):56-63. Lewek M1, Rudolph K, Axe M, Snyder-Mackler L. From the study: BACKGROUND: Individuals following anterior cruciate ligament rupture often demonstrate reduced...

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Chad Reilly May 14, 2014 No Comments

Electric Stimulation Increases Strength and Decreases Pain in Patients with Osteoarthritis

Electric Stimulation Increases Strength and Decreases Pain in Patients with Osteoarthritis

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) reduces structural and functional losses of quadriceps muscle and improves health status in patients with knee osteoarthritis. J Orthop Res. 2013 Apr;31(4):511-6. From the study: “OA patients presented smaller vastus lateralis thickness (11.9 mm) and fascicle...

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Chad Reilly May 1, 2014 No Comments