In a related study, Snyder-Mackler worked with Dan Ramsey, assistant professor of exercise and nutrition science at the University of Buffalo, and UD colleagues Kristin Briem, physical therapist, and Michael Axe, clinical professor of physical therapy, to determine the effectiveness of unloader knee braces in reducing pain and improving function in osteoarthritis patients.
The research, which also was supported by the National Institutes of Health, showed that these braces actually promote pain relief by diminishing muscle contractions rather than by unloading or separating the joints. Such knee braces may provide an inexpensive treatment option for some osteoarthritis patients.
Snyder-Mackler says she has always been interested in research on knee injuries, and in providing solutions to improve people's lives.
I've always had a burning desire to bring evidence to bear on clinical problems--that's always been really important to me, Snyder-Mackler said. There are real people at the end of the research loop--patients, physical therapists and physicians, and the patients' families.
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