Navigation Links
Knee bracing can 'significantly' reduce pain of kneecap osteoarthritis
Date:4/19/2013

Wearing a knee brace has been shown to "significantly improve the pain and symptoms" of a type of osteoarthritis affecting the kneecap, according to a new study.

Arthritis Research UK-funded researchers at The University of Manchester claim their findings, presented at the Osteoarthritis Research Society International meeting in Philadelphia tomorrow (Friday April 19) have enormous potential for treating this common joint condition effectively as well as providing a simple and cheap alternative to painkillers.

Osteoarthritis of the knee affects around six million people in the UK and is increasing as the population ages and becomes more obese. Current treatments are limited to pain relief and joint replacement.

Osteoarthritis of the knee affecting the kneecap (patellofemoral osteoarthritis) accounts for about 20% of patients with knee pain. They typically experience pain that is made worse by going up and down stairs, kneeling, squatting and prolonged sitting.

"There's a pressing need for non-surgical interventions for knee osteoarthritis, and little attention has been paid to treatments particularly aimed at the kneecap (the patellofemoral joint), a major source of knee pain," explained Dr Michael Callaghan, research associate in rehabilitation science at the University of Manchester.

"We've shown that something as simple as a lightweight knee brace can dramatically improve the symptoms and function for people with this particular type of knee osteoarthritis."

The research team conducted a randomised controlled trial of a lightweight lycra flexible knee brace fitted around the knee with a support strap for the kneecap. One hundred and 26 patients between the ages of 40 and 70 were treated over a 12-week period. All had suffered from arthritic knee pain for the previous three months.

They were randomly allocated to either immediate brace treatment or delayed treatment (i.e. after six weeks.) Both groups of patients eventually wore the brace for a period of 12 weeks and averaged roughly seven hours a day.

After six weeks of brace wearing there were significant improvements between the brace wearing group and the no treatment group in scores for pain, symptoms, knee stiffness, muscle strength and function. After 12 weeks there were significant improvements in these scores for all patients compared to when they started.

"Patients repeatedly told us that wearing the brace made their knee feel more secure, stable, and supported," Dr Callaghan added. "Our theory is that these sensations gave the patient confidence to move the knee more normally and this helped in improving muscle strength, knee function and symptoms."

Professor Alan Silman, medical director of Arthritis Research UK, which funded the trial, said: "Osteoarthritis of the knee is a painful disorder that affects millions of people in the UK, causing pain and reducing activities. We know that in patients with arthritis, the knee joint is frequently out of normal alignment, which might be an underlying cause of the problem, as well as making it worse.

"By using a simple brace, the researchers have been able not only to correct the alignment but achieve a very worthwhile benefit in terms of reducing pain and function. This approach is a real advance over relying on pain killers and has the potential to reduce the end for joint surgery and replacement, procedures often employed when the symptoms become uncontrollable."


'/>"/>

Contact: Alison Barbuti
alison.barbuti@manchester.ac.uk
44-016-127-58383
University of Manchester
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. U.S. Doctors Embracing Electronic Health Records: Survey
2. Embracing debate on how cancers develop: Without the answer, effective therapies remain elusive
3. Rheumatic heart disease is significantly under-treated in Africa and India
4. Canada should significantly increase its funding of randomized clinical trials
5. Lowering the national ozone standard would significantly reduce mortality and morbidity
6. Accelerated resolution therapy significantly reduces PTSD symptoms, researchers report
7. Study: Vaccine targets malignant brain cancer antigens, significantly lengthens survival
8. Non-invasive diagnostic imaging costs to Medicare Part B down significantly since 2006
9. Marital status, race increase survival rate significantly for Stage III non-small cell lung cancer patients
10. Only children are significantly more likely to be overweight
11. Outpatient urological surgery costs significantly less when performed in physician offices & ACCs
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ?This conference will prominently feature 150+ Hospital ... President and Director, AMN Healthcare: Susan Salka , 43rd President of the United ... The Big Fight My Life In and Out of the Ring: Sugar Ray Leonard , ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Kennett Square, PA (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... sunny days. That means many students are thinking about summer internships , which ... (or lack thereof). , The pros at Garden Media Group, a boutique public relations ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... non-steroidal skincare products, was awarded as winners of American Dreams & Good Housekeeping ... was hosted jointly by HSN and Good Housekeeping. , Steven Wang, MD ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Washington, DC (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... for Dental Choice has helped score a major victory in Europe for public health ... lead. , Based on rigorous scientific research and the overwhelming support of ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... “A ... God. “A Respectful Response To Atheist Manifesto” is the creation of published author ... wife, Nancy, for sixty years. He holds graduate degrees from Kent State University ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... 23, 2017  Interpace Diagnostics Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... integrated commercial company that provides clinically useful molecular ... it has entered into agreements to successfully restructure ... ("RedPath") and concurrently terminate its royalty and milestone ... debt to RedPath amounting to $9.34 million is ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... March 23, 2017 CENTRO DE IMAGEM DIAGNOSTICOS ... paragraph 4 of Law 6,404/76 and Instruction 358/02 of ... its shareholders and the market in general that it ... Centro de Diagnosticos por Imagem Ltda. (" CDI "), ... in RADIOLOGISTAS ASSOCIADOS LTDA. (" Partnership " and " ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... 23, 2017  The goal of the pilot ... and track prescription drugs as they are distributed in ... to requirements from US FDA to better protect consumers ... medicines. Blockchain startup Chronicled, which links ... and blockchain technology and recently raised $6.25M, and the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: