What matters most for early osteoarthritis of the hip and knee?


What questions do people in the UK think we should be working on in the area of Early Osteoarthritis of Hip and Knee. The Musculoskeletal Elf is working with The James Lind Alliance who bring together patients, carers and health and social care professionals from the UK in Priority Setting Partnerships to agree what research matters most for early osteoarthritis of the hip and knee.

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Engagement in activities following total joint replacement


In her first guest blog Ali Rowsell, a research fellow at the University of Southampton, Faculty of Health Sciences, discussed a longitudinal qualitative study on understanding why people may or may not engage in activities following total joint replacement.

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Is exercise effective for osteoarthritis of the hip for pain and function?


In this blog, Tracey Howe considers a recent Cochrane systematic review examining whether land-based therapeutic exercise is beneficial for people with hip osteoarthritis in terms of reduced joint pain and improved physical function and quality of life.

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Exercise in water for osteoarthritis of the lower limbs


In this blog, Tracey Howe considers a recent systematic review which examines the effect of therapeutic aquatic exercise on symptoms and function associated with lower limb osteoarthritis.

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Is resistance training beneficial for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis?

hip and knee pain

Does exercise training improve strength in knee osteoarthritis in the short, medium and long term and what about function? This systematic review gives us an insight.

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The Musculoskeletal Elf's review of 2012


Dear friends As its almost the end of the year the Musculoskeletal Elf will be having a short break from today over the festive season and will return in the New Year for more views on interesting and reliable research and guidance relevant for musculoskeletal conditions. We thought that we would have a look at [read the full story…]

Management of the greater trochanteric pain syndrome

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During last winter several elves slipped on ice and landed heavily. Although initially embarrassed, most forgot the incident but a few still struggle with lateral hip pain when climbing stairs or sleeping in bed. Previously known as trochanteric bursitis, this condition is now defined as Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (GTPS). This umbrella term covers a [read the full story…]

Does exercise reduce pain and improve physical function before hip or knee replacement surgery?

skeleton exercises

We are continuing our theme this week of exercise and physical activity as the  5×50 worldwide exercise flash-mob challenge starts on Friday 23rd November (see earlier post) Do you know anyone who is waiting for a knee or hip joint replacement? They typically experience pain, reduced muscle strength and function. So how can they prepare [read the full story…]

Is Work Load a Risk Factor for Osteoarthritis of the Hip? A Systematic Review

man pulling pallet

A previous blog by one of our industrious Musculoskeletal Elves looked at how osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip or knee affected work participation. This got me thinking about the converse situation – can work be a predisposing factor for the development of OA? We Elves are involved in quite a lot of heavy lifting, particularly around Christmas [read the full story…]