Rheumatoid arthritis vs. osteoarthritis: War of the knee pain
Posted Nov 08 2011 9:08am
New research from the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, has found that individuals undergoing total knee replacement surgery for rheumatoid arthritisA type of autoimmune arthritis featuring chronic inflammation of the small joints, especially in the hands and feet, and eventually leading to joint destruction and deformity have lower expectations following their surgery than osteoarthritic patients.
Rheumatologists involved in the study found that rheumatoid arthritis patients may not push their physical therapy as far as those with osteoarthritisA disease mainly of the large joints of the body, as a result of wear and tear of the surface cartilage. resulting in worse postsurgical outcomes. The researchers believe these patients may not try as hard due to having lower expectations and subsequently do not attain the same level of rehabilitationThe treatment of a person with an illness or disability to improve their function and health. following total knee replacement as osteoarthritic patients.
In some cases a partial knee replacement may be a viableCapable of survival. option resulting in shorter rehabilitation times and better post-surgical outcomes. A new non-surgical treatment for osteoarthritis of the knees is AposTherapy ; the use of specialised footwear to correct gait and posture which, following continued use, can reverse osteoarthritis.