ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Inflammation Disrupts Memory - What Can You Do to Protect Your Brain?

Artificial sweeteners linked to risk of weight gain, heart disease and other health issues

All About Ginkgo Biloba: Benefits of This Timeless Herbal Supplement

Yarrow Oil: Here's Why It Deserves a Place in Your First-Aid Kit

Vitamin D supplement use associated with lower risk of breast cancer

Carnitine deficiency suggested as contributor to autism

Hop Oil: A Safe Sleep Aide

Lutein — An Important Nutrient for Eye and Brain Health

White Camphor Oil: The Purest Camphor Oil

Taurine: Facts About This Crucial Amino Acid

 
Print Page
Email Article

Knee Irrigation Eases Pain Via 'Placebo Effect'

  [ 13 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
www.ProHealth.com • February 8, 2002





By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK, Jan 30 (Reuters Health) - Irrigating the knee to remove calcium deposits and other debris has long been thought to reduce the pain of osteoarthritis. Now, new study findings suggest that the benefits of this treatment may largely be due to a placebo effect, in which patients feel better simply because they expect the treatment to work.

In tidal irrigation, saline fluid is pushed into and withdrawn from the joint capsule within the knee through a needle to reduce pain resulting from inflammation caused by accumulated debris. The joint capsule is a saclike structure enclosing the joint that contains a lubricating fluid.

"Joint injection therapies, including tidal irrigation, may provide symptomatic benefit for variable lengths of time, (but) at least some of the benefit is attributable to a placebo effect," Dr. John D. Bradley of the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, told Reuters Health.

Bradley and his colleagues studied 180 individuals with knee osteoarthritis who were randomly assigned to a study group that received tidal irrigation or a comparison group that received a sham irrigation treatment, in which the needle did not puncture the joint capsule.

At follow-up, the investigators found that the study groups' improvement in knee swelling and tenderness, pain, stiffness and walking speed was nearly identical to that seen in the comparison group, according to the report in the January issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism. In fact, the comparison group exhibited a slightly greater, albeit insignificant, improvement.

Neither group, however, showed a significant improvement in the quality of their well-being--such as mobility, physical and social functioning--or their anti-inflammatory or painkiller use.

These study results "demonstrate that placebo effects can be 'durable,'" Bradley said, noting the 12-month follow-up period incorporated into the study.

In light of the findings, "we have to be very careful about assuming, based on observational studies, that medical treatments--and particularly invasive medical procedures--are effective," he said.

"The key elements of medical osteoarthritis management remain exercise, weight reduction, minimization of injury and pain control medications," Bradley concluded.

SOURCE: Arthritis & Rheumatism 2002;46:100-108



Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Ultra ATP+, Double Strength


Article Comments



Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment


 
NAD+ Ignite with Niagen

Featured Products

Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils
FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Longvida®
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function

Natural Remedies

Breaking Through the Mental Fog Breaking Through the Mental Fog
Why Berries Offer a Rainbow of Health Benefits Why Berries Offer a Rainbow of Health Benefits
Natural Support for Mood, Sleep and Mental Focus? L-theanine Natural Support for Mood, Sleep and Mental Focus? L-theanine
Herbal Inflammation Management for Whole Body Health Herbal Inflammation Management for Whole Body Health
Enhance Eyelashes Naturally Enhance Eyelashes Naturally

CONTACT US
ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE
Credit Card Processing
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTERS
Get the latest news about Fibromyalgia, M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease and Natural Wellness

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2017 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map