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The Washington Post Oct. 10, 2022

Ways to ease painful joints caused by osteoarthritis

by Hallie Levine

These lifestyle steps and treatments can help with OA symptoms.

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Osteoarthritis Cartilage JAN. 1, 2019

Cause-specific mortality in osteoarthritis of peripheral joints

A Turkiewicz et al

The risk of cardiovascular excess deaths increases with duration of knee and hip osteoarthritis. The major contributors are chronic ischemic heart diseases and heart fail …

J Am Geriatr Soc JAN. 1, 2020

Association Between Osteoarthritis and Social Isolation: Data From the EPOSA Study

P Siviero et al

Clinical OA, present in one or two sites of the hip and knee, or in two or three sites of the hip, knee, and hand, increased the risk of social isolation, adjusting for c …

PLoS One APRIL 27, 2020

Association between sleep duration and osteoarthritis and their prevalence in Koreans: A cross-sectional study

Y Cho et al

This study confirmed the significant association between sleep duration and osteoarthritis in adults aged ≥50 years. Participants' positive for both radiological (KL grad …

Altern Complement Ther JAN. 1, 2013

Effects of Meditation on Symptoms of Knee Osteoarthritis

TK Selfe et al

Findings from this pilot study suggest that a mantra meditation program may help reduce knee pain and dysfunction, as well as improving mood and related outcomes in adult …

Pain JAN. 1, 2019

The impact of anxiety on chronic musculoskeletal pain and the role of astrocyte activation

JJ Burston et al

Anxiety and depression are associated with increased pain responses in chronic pain states. The extent to which anxiety drives chronic pain, or vice versa, remains an imp …

Int J Obes (Lond) JAN. 1, 2021

Does weight loss reduce the incidence of total knee and hip replacement for osteoarthritis?-A prospective cohort study among middle-aged and older adults with overweight or obesity

X Jin et al

This study suggests that a weight loss target >7.5% is required to reduce the risk of TKR in adults with overweight or obesity. Weight gain should be avoided as it inc …

Complement Ther Med JAN. 1, 2018

Chronic musculoskeletal pain and function improve with a plant-based diet

P Towery et al

Consumption of a plant-based diet produced positive improvements in chronic pain and function. Interprofessional collaboration between physical therapists and registered …

BMC Geriatr JULY 31, 2021

Impacts of tai chi exercise on functional fitness in community-dwelling older adults with mild degenerative knee osteoarthritis: a randomized controlled clinical trial

PY Chen et al

Community-dwelling older adults with knee OA in the TCE group had better functional fitness performances after the 12-week tai chi intervention than those receiving only …

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