It’s not until your knees start hurting that you realise how much work they do. So, which problems should you worry about, and which treatments should you try?
Scientists have long searched for a gel as tough as the real stuff. Is this it?
For many common problems of the knee, hip, shoulder, spine and wrist, nonsurgical options may be just as good.
There’s no magic bullet to knee health, but staying active and building muscles around the joint are crucial.
Scientists have created artificial replacements for arms, legs, joints and other body parts. But developing an artificial meniscus—the shock-absorbing cartilage pad in the knee that millions of people damage every year—has eluded modern medicine.
Knee kinesiography, which was commercialized in 2011 after 15 years of research, could be a game changer. It is to the knee what the electrocardiogram is to the heart. It is performed using a harness attached to specific areas of the leg to analyze the knee while it is in motion.
Knee injuries and chronic knee pain can be complex, but the process of finding a knee brace shouldn’t be. Choosing the right knee brace for your situation is an important part of healing and managing pain effectively—and we’re here to help.
American doctors have been noticing an increase in osteoarthritis of the knee. They have suspected two driving forces: more old people and more people who are overweight.
With better drugs and stem-cell therapies, researchers hope to repair cartilage—or prevent damage—before osteoarthritis sets in or an operation is needed.
Your knee routinely feels the force of five to eight times your body weight with every step, making it the most taxed joint of the human body. A knee is designed to withstand millions of steps during a lifetime, but sometimes all that stress can cause your knees to break down. What can you do to prevent knee pain? And stop the pain you may already feel? We’ve designed our knee guide to teach you how to keep knees working for years to come.
The extremely common treatment might be causing more harm than previously thought.
In simplest terms, osteoarthritis is a wear-and-tear disease that results from the breakdown of cartilage at the ends of bones, causing pain in the joint.
It is different in cause and character from rheumatoid arthritis, a far less common autoimmune condition involving swollen, inflamed joints in many parts of the body, fatigue and an overall feeling of illness.
It is intuitive to think that when something is broken in the knee, fixing it with surgery is necessary. Research shows this is not necessarily so. Surgery is not the only solution. Research shows that several types of knee problems can resolve to a similar extent without surgery, but surgery or not, an excellent outcome cannot be guaranteed.
Many studies have now shown the outcomes from arthroscopic surgery for osteoarthritis and degenerative meniscal tears are no better than the outcomes from placebo (fake) surgery or other treatments (such as exercise therapy).
A recent summary of these studies made “a strong recommendation against the use of arthroscopy in nearly all patients with degenerative knee disease” (osteoarthritis and degenerative tears of the menisci) and concluded “further research is unlikely to alter this recommendation”.
Our aim is to turn osteoarthritis into a curable or at least preventable disease. If this approach works in humans, we expect that a simple knee injection or some keyhole surgery will be enough to heal cartilage defects and prevent further damage. We might even be able to treat already developed osteoarthritis and avoid the need for joint replacement.
Many people worry that running ruins knees. But a new study finds that the activity may in fact benefit the joint, changing the biochemical environment inside the knee in ways that could help keep it working smoothly.
Arthritis isn’t always from the wear and tear of getting older — younger adults too often get it after suffering knee or ankle injuries. Now researchers are hunting a way to stave off the damage, by targeting the little energy factories that power cartilage cells.
Many of the procedures people undergo to counter chronic knee pain in the hopes of avoiding a knee replacement have limited or no evidence to support them. Some enrich the pockets of medical practitioners while rarely benefiting patients for more than a few months.
I wish I had known that before I had succumbed to wishful thinking and tried them all.