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...]

Sex Differences in Knee Osteoarthritis: Not Just a Joint Issue

We have heard it countless times – Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, a phrase (and dare I say, grossly overused one) coined by the author, John Gray, to denote the ubiquitous differences in communication and relationship styles existing between men and women. His book, by the same name, has certainly resonated with popular culture, evidenced … [Read more...]

Which treatments are people with osteoarthritis actually using?

It has been well established that hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the major causes of disease burden worldwide. There is currently no cure and joint replacement is typically reserved for advanced disease, whilst arthroscopy has been shown to have little or no benefit. For over 10 years now there has been substantial evidence supporting … [Read more...]

Is joint instability in knee osteoarthritis mediated by proprioception and/or somatosensation?

Perceived knee instability is a common problem in knee osteoarthritis (OA), affecting approx. 70% of patients.[1] Since knee instability is associated with greater pain, poor physical functioning and life quality a better understanding of the multifactorial nature of joint instability in knee (OA) is desirable. Several factors have been … [Read more...]