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Are Cortisone Shots Good or Bad for Knee Arthritis?

A new study finds cortisone shots do not cause significant cartilage loss or increase the risk of knee replacement.

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Do Steroid Injections Worsen Arthritic Knees?

Corticosteroid injections to relieve pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis could actually be setting them back.

Two new studies have discovered that, despite the temporary relief of symptoms, the injections were associated with continued progression of the disease.

On the other hand, patients injected with another symptom reliever, hyaluronic acid, saw decreased progression of t...

Could NSAIDs Like Ibuprofen, Aleve Make Arthritic Knees Worse?

Over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin, Aleve or ibuprofen don’t do a thing to slow the progression of knee arthritis, and might even make things worse, a new study suggests.

Knee arthritis patients who regularly took nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) wound up with worse knee inflammation and weakened cartilage, compared to a "control" group not taking the medications,...

Tips on Keeping Joints Limber, Healthy as You Age

For many people, it is possible to slow the loss of joint cartilage as they age and avoid surgery to boot.

Certain steps can help with that, said one orthopedic surgeon from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who offered...

It Doesn't Take Much Weight Gain to Raise Odds for Knee Trouble

A person doesn't have to pack on very many extra pounds before their risk of needing a knee replacement increases substantially, a new evidence review has found.

Weight gain of just 11 pounds increases a woman's odds of needing total knee replacement surgery by one-third, and a man's by one-quarter, researchers rep...

Knee, Shoulder Surgeries Without Opioids? It's Possible, Study Finds

While politicians and health officials seek solutions to an opioid epidemic that kills tens of thousands every year, doctors who prescribe the pain medications are seeking alternatives for their patients.

Knee Trouble? Losing Weight May Help Slow Arthritis

Losing excess weight may not only help prevent knee arthritis, but also slow its progression in people who already have the condition, a recent study suggests.

Researchers found that among over 9,000 middle-aged and older adults, those who managed to shed some extra weight benefited their knees in two ways...

Poll: Most Americans Over 50 Suffer Some Type of Joint Pain

Aching joints are common for people over 50, but it's still important to talk to a doctor about it rather than endlessly self-medicating, experts say.

Now, a new poll from the University of Michigan breaks down

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  • Rehab: What to Expect After Your Knee Replacement

    Most people who have had a knee replacement would agree that the procedure brings relief from pain.

    And following a comprehensive rehabilitation plan can make recovery quicker and easier, and improve long-term mobility, according to doctors at Penn Medicine, in Pennsylvania.

    Typic...

    Repair or Reconstruction: What's Best for ACL Tears?

    Adults who tear a key ligament in the knee can fare well with a less extensive type of surgery, preliminary research suggests.

    The study involved patients treated for a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), a strong band of tissue that helps stabilize the knee joi...

    When Is It Time for a Knee Replacement?

    Knee replacement surgery is one of the most common procedures in the United States, with more than 790,000 performed each year.

    Deciding the time for knee replacement needs to be determined by you and your doctor, but certain factors make it more likely, according to experts at Keck Medicine of t...

    Rehab or Steroid Shots: What's Best for Arthritic Knees?

    Physical therapy for knee arthritis tends to cost patients more out-of-pocket and involves a lot more hassle than a quick steroid shot to soothe an aching joint.

    But in the long run, physical therapy is at least as cost-effective as steroid injections and is more likely to provide longer-term relief, a new study concludes.

    "Even though maybe the initial costs of physical therapy are...

    Is a Night in the Hospital Necessary After Hip, Knee Replacement?

    For many people undergoing total hip or knee replacement, same-day surgery is a safe option, new research shows.

    Among folks in overall good health, the study of nearly 1.8 million patients found similar post-op complication rates among those who had outpatient joint replacement surgery compared to those who spent a night or two in the hospital.

    "Careful patient selection is the ke...

    Addictive Opioid Painkillers Might Not Be Needed After Knee Surgery

    Addictive opioid painkillers aren't the only option for patients seeking relief following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee reconstruction, researchers say.

    As the United States wrestles with skyrocketing rates of opioid abuse and drug overdose deaths, the findings may come as good news.

    After ACL surgery, Advil and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), acetaminop...

    Jog on: Exercise Won't Raise Your Odds for Arthritic Knees

    Dr. Kim Huffman, an avid runner, gets a fair amount of guff from friends about the impact that her favorite exercise has on her body.

    "People all the time tell me, 'Oh, you wait until you're 60. Your knees are going to hate you for it'," Huffman said. "And I'm like, 'That's ridiculous'."

    Next time the topic comes up, Huffman is well-armed: An extensive British analysis of prior stud...

    Acupuncture During a Knee Replacement Could Lessen Post-Surgical Pain

    After knee replacement surgery, many patients experience a level of pain that has them reaching for prescription opioid painkillers. Now new research suggests that using acupuncture during the operation may help reduce that pain without raising the risk of addiction.

    "The opioid epidemic has been in the news and on our minds for years and has created an urgency for us to seek alternatives...

    Could Nose Cartilage Help Repair Worn-Out Knees?

    When people have knee arthritis, cartilage cushioning the joint progressively breaks down. Now an early study hints at a possible solution: replacing it with cartilage from the nose.

    Researchers tested the approach in just two patients with knee arthritis, and said much work lies ahead.

    But the initial findings, published Sept. 1 in

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  • Many U.S. Seniors May Need Better Knee Arthritis Care

    Just a fraction of older Americans with arthritic knees try physical therapy, pain-relieving injections or other more conservative measures before undergoing knee replacement surgery, new research shows.

    And this may be driven by what type of doctor they see to treat their achy knees, as well as where they live, the study findings suggest.

    Knee osteoarthritis occurs when the cartila...

    A Noninvasive Alternative for Painful Arthritic Knees

    For those who suffer painful arthritis in their aging knees, new research suggests a noninvasive treatment might deliver lasting relief.

    Called genicular artery embolization, the roughly two-hour catheter treatment involves a once-and-done injection of tiny hydrogel particles into arterial pathways in the knee joint. The goal: To decrease overall blood flow in the joint, and thereby marke...

    Opioid Use (and Overuse) for Knee Arthritis Takes Big Financial Toll

    Opioids and arthritic knees are a costly mix, new research claims.

    "These data offer new evidence of the magnitude of the societal burden generated by opioid use and misuse, and could be used to educate health care providers and health policy decision makers on the best alternatives to opiate use," said lead investigator Elena Losina. She's a professor of orthopedic surgery at Brigham and...

    Knee Procedure Done Earlier Might Prevent Knee Replacement Later

    For some patients suffering from knee arthritis, a special procedure may reduce the need for a total knee replacement, Canadian researchers say.

    By getting what is known as a 'high tibial osteotomy,' younger patients with less severe joint damage who are physically active might be able to delay the need for a knee replacement by 10 years or more, though they may have to search for a doct...

    What Shoes Work Best With Arthritic Knees?

    Lots of Americans suffer from painful arthritic knees, but a new study finds that wearing the right type of shoe may help ease discomfort.

    Patients with knee arthritis will achieve greater pain relief by opting for sturdy and supportive shoes rather than flat flexible footwear, researchers in Australia found.

    "A 'sturdy supportive shoe' is a shoe that gives stability to the foot, vi...

    'Stepped' Approach to Exercise Can Help With Arthritic Knees

    Millions of Americans suffer from the pain of arthritic knees. But an innovative exercise regimen may help relieve discomfort and improve knee function, a new study finds.

    The program is called STEP-KOA (short for stepped exercise program for patients with knee osteoarthritis). It starts with gentle exercises at home and, if needed, moves to phone consultation and in-person physical thera...

    An Unexpected Finding on What Might Drive Joint Disease

    High levels of a protein that lubricates the knee joint may actually be a harbinger of impending joint disease, a surprising animal study suggests.

    The researchers looked at the role of the protein, known as lubricin, in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in dogs because it may also be involved in similar injuries in humans.

    "Lubricin is crucial for normal joint fun...

    Most Knee Cracking Is Normal, Expert Says

    If your knees crack when you walk or run, don't be too worried, an expert says.

    "Knee cracking could mean lots of things," said Harshvardhan Singh, assistant professor in the department of physical therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "If it is painful, then you should see a health care provider."

    The cause can be a large kneecap that doesn't fit well into t...

    What Jobs Are Toughest on the Knees?

    Joint replacements for knee osteoarthritis are becoming more common, and now researchers have identified jobs that may lead to one.

    Based on a review of 71 studies that included nearly one million workers, the riskiest occupations include agriculture, construction, mining, service jobs and housekeeping. And jobs that demand excessive kneeling, squatting, standing, lifting and climbin...

    Vigorous Exercise Safe for Those at Risk of Knee Arthritis

    People at high risk for knee arthritis don't need to avoid jogging and other types of vigorous exercise, a new study suggests.

    Some folks hold back on physical activity because they fear it will increase their chances of developing knee arthritis, so researchers from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago took a closer look.

    "Our study findings conv...

    Are Steroids Really the Answer for Arthritic Knees?

    Folks with knee arthritis will get more out of physical therapy than a cortisone shot, a new clinical trial argues.

    People with osteoarthritis of the knee had less pain and disability after one year of physical therapy than others who received as many as three injections during that same period, according to study results.

    "We found that the steroid injection did not have an...

    ACL Surgery Can Do Real Damage to Your Brain: Study

    Your knee might never be the same after undergoing surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and the reason is in your head, a small, new study suggests.

    It turns out ACL reconstruction causes changes in the structure of your brain, a University of Michigan (U-M) team found. That's why even after ACL reconstruction and physical therapy, your joint function might never get b...

    All in the Timing: Many Get Knee Replacement Too Late or Too Soon

    It's a question many aging Americans face: Is it time to replace my aching knee, or should I wait?

    New research suggests that for far too many patients, the procedure is done either too late or too soon.

    Much of the success of knee replacement surgery for knee osteoarthritis depends on timing, but a team at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago fou...

    Playing More Than One Sport Helps Teen Athletes Avoid Injuries: Study

    Teen girls who play several sports have a lower injury risk than those who focus on just one, a new study finds.

    It included more than 1,100 girls who play basketball, soccer and volleyball. Most were middle and high school students; some were in college.

    Girls who specialize too early in sports such as basketball, soccer and volleyball could find that a single-minded focus ...

    Quad Training for Knee Support

    Whether you're mountain biking, kicking a soccer ball with friends, or just sprinting down the street to catch a bus, your quadriceps are hard at work.

    The quads are the large muscles that run down the fronts of your thighs. The stronger they are, the less strain each movement will exert on your knees. Lunges and squats will keep these muscles in tip-top shape.

    The basic...

    Your Noisy Knees May Be Trying to Tell You Something

    Ever hear your joints clicking, creaking or crunching? Now, researchers say a new technique that listens closely to knees may help doctors diagnose and monitor osteoarthritis.

    In the new study, researchers attached small microphones to participants' knees, which allowed them to listen for high-frequency sounds as the person repeatedly stood up and sat down again.

    Computer an...

    Got Knee Pain? What You Need to Know About Alternatives to Surgery

    Arthritis in the knees can strike people as young as 45, with symptoms severe enough to limit activities and harm quality of life. What can be done about it?

    First, know that inactivity isn't the answer. You need to move, so try low-impact exercises like walking and swimming. Researchers are also looking at possible benefits from interval training rather than continuous workouts.

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    Why a Knee Replacement Can Go Bad

    British researchers have pinpointed which factors put knee replacement patients at high risk for severe infection and repeat surgery.

    "This information provides me with the strong evidence I need to discuss the risk of infection with my patients undergoing knee replacement and helps us identify strategies to minimize that risk," said study co-author Dr. Michael Whitehouse. He's a cons...

    Walking, Not Riding, Boosts Health in Golfers With Knee Woes

    Walking the golf course instead of riding in a cart offers heart health benefits that may outweigh potential joint harm for golfers with knee osteoarthritis, a new small study reports.

    The study included 10 golfers with knee osteoarthritis who played two 18-hole rounds of golf. They walked the course in one round and used a golf cart in the other round.

    Walking did increase...

    Most Hip, Knee Replacements Last Decades, Study Finds

    If you need a new hip or knee, take heart: The vast majority of these joint replacements last decades, new research shows.

    The conclusion stems from an exhaustive review of several hundred thousand joint replacements in Australia, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and New Zealand.

    The researchers followed nearly 216,000 hip replacement patients for 15 years. They also tracked...

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