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Pain relief and balance key concerns for osteoarthritis sufferers

Published on 11/03/2010
Total knee replacements relieve pain and improve function in patients with advanced arthritis, according to a new report.

Findings presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons highlighted the benefits of surgery particularly for the elderly.

The study's author Dr Leonid Kandel said: "An osteoarthritic patient's function is compromised not only due to pain, but also by balance.

"We are learning that pain relief may not be the only benefit that improves function after knee replacement. This improved balance is a significant quality-of-life change in elderly patients."

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and tends to develop gradually, over time. Several joints can be affected, however, hands, knees, hips, feet and the spine are most frequently seen.

Arthritis Care states that replaced joints should remain problem-free for ten to 15 years after surgery.

National statistics show that the condition affects one in five adults in the UK.

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