Monthly Archives: March 2009

Simple guidelines to reduce your risk of knee injury

March 24, 2009
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Now, this wasn’t the best designed study ever, for starters they only had 20 subjects, so it is hard for us to read too much into it. But the results do show a trend that is worth acknowledging. And the idea that we can minimise the risk of knee injury when running is worth investigating.…

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Knee arthritis = knee pain?

March 18, 2009
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Another study teaching us the pitfalls of relying on the results of medical imaging. We have already looked at their relevance (or lack thereof) to low back pain http://thegoodhealthjournal.com/?p=12 , and now their relevance to knee pain has been examined. In this study the authors went back through previous studies over the last few years…

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Get your quads strong before you have a knee operation

March 17, 2009
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In this article the authors set out to assess whether people who are weak in their quadriceps muscles BEFORE they have a knee reconstruction to repair the Anterior Cruciate Ligament have worse outcomes after the operation compared to people who had strong quadriceps muscles. The answer – a resounding yes. People whose quads were 20%…

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Should you warm up before exercise?

March 9, 2009
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Now, if you know me, you would know that I would have jumped at the chance to review an article like this, particularly when the findings were so positive. I must sound like a broken record at work giving out advice to do some warming up prior to exercising, and this kind of validation is…

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Recurrence rate after disc operation

March 4, 2009
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In this study the authors tried to determine how many people who have an operation for a disc problem in their lower back have a recurrence. That is, does the operation really work long term, beyond just relieving the symptoms? The authors interviewed and scanned 241 men aged 20-39 in the years after their operation.…

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Recent Studies on the Benefits of Coffee

March 2, 2009
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There are some pretty interesting studies coming out on coffee intake at the moment. Now, let’s not get carried away. For every study telling you that it’s better to do more of one things there’s usually another saying you should do less of it. It’s all about balance, and what works for some individuals doesn’t…

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Anti-Inflammatories for Low Back Pain?

March 1, 2009
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This is a high quality, comprehensive review of the literature on whether taking anti-inflammatories will help for people with low back pain. They went back and looked at 65 different studies conducted in the last few years, which assessed the medications effect on over 11,000 people. They did find evidence that you do get some…

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