Creating an assessment tool to improve osteoarthritis knee pain treatment

The knee is one of the joints most commonly affected by osteoarthritis (OA), and pain is the most commonly reported symptom. In England, 1 in 4 individuals aged 55 or over report knee pain, which is often linked to osteoarthritis (OA)[1]. In individuals with OA-related knee pain, mechanisms within the central nervous system (brain or spinal cord), … [Read more...]

Upper extremity exercise in people with Rheumatoid Arthritis – does EXTRA help?

It is well known that exercise is good for health and wellbeing - but is it OK to exercise if you have painful joints caused by an inflammatory arthritic condition? This is a question that concerns many people with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis affects about 0.5% population globally and, although advances in drug treatment have … [Read more...]

Vitamin D, osteoarthritis and pain

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative (aaagh – what a threatening word that is!) condition of joints which gets worse over time[1]. It is the leading reason for knee and hip replacement surgery - about 1.8 million Australians were diagnosed with OA in 2011-12.[1] A new study[2] has set out to determine if vitamin D might be a key moderator of the … [Read more...]

My knee is aching so its going to rain

I remember being amazed by my uncle. He has arthritis in his knees and as a small child I was fascinated by his ‘psychic knees’. And by ‘psychic’ I am really describing the situation where he would look at me and knowingly state, “It’s going to rain…my knees are aching.”  And then it would! How did his knees know? What aspects of weather could … [Read more...]