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Joint Load and Osteoarthritis

By February 20, 2012

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If you comb through research articles about osteoarthritis, especially knee osteoarthritis, you will often see references to joint load. The studies are often directed at figuring out the the impact of joint load on the cause or progression of osteoarthritis. Essentially, researchers are trying to determine if decreasing joint load can slow progression of osteoarthritis -- and what successfully decreases joint load.

An explanation of joint load can get quite technical with words like gait analysis, knee adduction moment, and mechanical force. Let's pare down the definition and consider what researchers consider effective ways of decreasing joint load in Joint Load and Osteoarthritis.

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