The Arthritis Newsletter

Spring 2015

Keeping You Moving with Knee Osteoarthritis


What better way to investigate how to keep moving with knee osteoarthritis (OA) than to pay a visit to movement experts. Two APAB members were extended an invitation to visit Dr. Michael Hunt’s Motion Analysis and Biofeedback Lab (MAB) at the UBC Hospital. We were very interested to hear more about his current research focus on knee OA. We learned that a number of studies examine non- invasive treatments (no drugs or surgery) to improve muscle and joint efficiency and function. The goal is to avoid, delay or postpone knee replacements by improving joint loading.  Dr. Hunt cautioned  that anytime you look to improve or change a movement pattern you need proper instruction and slow progression.


The lab has a number of ongoing studies which hope to measure the effect of these non-invasive treatments on pain, function, and joint load in people with OA. This is an opportunity to participate and learn more. If you are interested, and to see if you qualify, visit the MAB Lab site: www.ubc-mablab.ca


Knee OA Walking Program – Gait modification

The use of 3D motion analysis to estimate joint loading and then change walking patterns to reduce the load on the joint. The program aims to increase walking characteristics and overall daily activity by the end of the program. http://mablab.rehab.med.ubc.ca/currentstudies/knee-osteoarthritis-walking-program/


Knee OA Standing Balance Study

You will be offered a balance training program to help with function and reduce the risk of falling


Shoe Orthotics for Knee OA

Testing different orthotics and measuring the effect they have on your knee pain.  You will be provided with 2 free pairs of custom-fitted orthotics to keep after the six-month study.



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