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There are numerous tips and treatments to help you manage osteoarthritis but the single most important piece of advice is STAY ACTIVE!

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I'm Not Going Away...Just Moving Over

Wednesday April 3, 2013

As most of you know, I became the Arthritis guide at About.com in 1997. When the decision was made to split off Osteoarthritis as a separate site in 2007, I continued writing for both sites. My husband was my co-guide until he sadly passed away a few years ago. Going forward, I have decided to focus solely on the Arthritis site and leave the Osteoarthritis site. This is 100% my decision and based on how I want to invest my time.

Many of you have followed both sites over the years. Thank you so much for being loyal readers. Remember, I'm not leaving the Arthritis site or About.com -- I'm just leaving Osteoarthritis. You will still find me on the Arthritis site and I will continue to work on providing you with the best resource for arthritis news, information, and support. Here are ways to keep track of site updates on Arthritis:

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Gadgets Help People With Hand Osteoarthritis

Saturday March 30, 2013

Many simple tasks require that we use our hands. I'm talking about things we don't even think about as we're doing it, such as turning a lamp switch or opening a door knob. For healthy people, these simple tasks are no problem. But, for people with hand osteoarthritis or other disabling conditions that affect hand function, simple tasks can be difficult.

There are many gadgets and assistive devices designed to add leverage or improve the grip of someone with hand osteoarthritis. Most of the items are not expensive, but they are very helpful. Check out a few available items in Useful Gadgets for People With Hand Osteoarthritis.

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Is Ultrasound Treatment Beneficial for Osteoarthitis?

Friday March 29, 2013

When most people think of ultrasound, they envision a pregnant belly being scanned or some other body part for diagnostic purposes. But, ultrasound is also used for therapeutic purposes. Therapeutic ultrasound is used to treat pain and loss of joint function due to osteoarthritis. The effectiveness of therapeutic ultrasound for osteoarthritis has been questioned though.

How does therapeutic ultrasound relieve pain and improve joint function? What do studies from the past 5 years conclude about the effectiveness of therapeutic ultrasound? Learn more in Ultrasound Treatment for Osteoarthitis.

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Surgery and Physical Therapy Comparable for Osteoarthritis Patients With Meniscal Tear

Tuesday March 26, 2013

Researchers conducted a multicenter, randomized, controlled trial involving patients with a meniscal tear and evidence of osteoarthritis. There were 351 study participants assigned to surgery (arthroscopic partial meniscectomy) and post-op physical therapy or a standardized regimen of physical therapy alone. Patients were assessed at 6 and 12 months.

According to study results published in the March 19, 2013 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, there were no significant differences in improvement in functional status and pain after 6 and 12 months between patients assigned to arthroscopic partial meniscectomy with post-op physical therapy and patients assigned to standardized physical therapy alone. However, 30% of patients assigned to physical therapy alone did cross over to surgery in the first 6 months of follow-up.

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