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Weight Loss Boosts Knee Health

ROME — Contrary to some earlier findings, obese patients with knee  osteoarthritis who lost substantial weight showed signs of structural improvement in their damaged joints, according to two studies reported here. In 44 extremely obese patients whose…

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Repetitive exercises are another way to help arthritic knees: 

  •Use a skateboard. Sit down in a chair. Place your foot on the skateboard. Slide your foot back and forth.

 •Use a furniture mover. Use these on carpeted surfaces. Do the same thing as with the skateboard.

 •Use a rocking chair. Rocking chairs create small, light motions in the hip, knee and spine. They really work.

 •Swing your legs in water while sitting on the edge of a pool. For this to work, you have to swing your legs very slowly. Otherwise, you’ll fatigue the muscles too fast.

•People often ask if they can use cycling as a way to improve their joint health and the answer is, it depends! It depends on how much motion you have in your knee, how irritable your knee is, and how easily you can control the resistance on the bike. Cycling can create body weight or higher loads on your knee so it’s usually not my first choice. But, it is an option. And, only on a stationary bike.

•I suggest ten-fifteen minutes per session and aim for three sessions per day. The key is to move slowly and feel very little fatigue in the muscles. The purpose is not to strengthen your muscles; it’s to improve the fluid in your knee.

Regarding Glucosamine, the original Italian studies circa 1988  were using 1200mg GluS04 and 600mg ChonS04 daily for 6 weeks. These studies claimed that people with osteoarthritic knees felt a 50% symptom  reduction. Arthroscopy of that group revealed evidence of increased meniscal thickness. Histo revealed increased Chondrocyte size and histo density.

The JOG (Joints on Glucosamine) study used Glucosamine Hydrochloride at 1500 mg/day. Glucosamine hydrochloride has been shown to be ineffective in other studies. Glucosamine sulphate is the active form that is most helpful. My experience is that clients need to be on at least 3-4 grams/day for an initial 3 week dose to be effective. At week 4-6 they can take 2-3 grams daily. A maintaince dose is 1500 mg. I do like to change this supplement out every 10-12 weeks.

Using glucosamine hydrochloride has been a common theme of studies showing lack of benefit.

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