</P> A recent analysis of 14 studies shows that exercise can contribute to better joint function and decreased pain for those suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee.
Ease Knee Pain Through Movement
A recent analysis of 14 studies shows that exercise can contribute to better joint function and decreased pain for those suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee. Currently, there is no cure for this joint degeneration, and treatment focuses on reducing symptoms to increase comfort for sufferers.
Dr. Marlene Fransen of the University of Sydney, Australia, along with colleagues from the University of Toronto, has reviewed 14 studies that included 1,633 patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee. All studies focused on evaluating exercise programs and their effects on these patients. Therapeutic exercise programs included walking, muscle strengthening, balance and co-ordination. Participants were either in an "exercising group" that included 30 to 90 minutes of movement or in a "non-exercising" control group.
Dr. Fransen and her colleagues found that patients in the exercising groups reported moderate reduction in lower limb pain and small improvements in physical function. These findings have led Fransen and colleagues to conclude that, while there is no cure for osteoarthritis, the discomfort and impaired function it creates can be eased by physical activity.
Exercise Improves Quality of Life for IBS Sufferers
The results of a new study by Dr. Ashok K. Tuteja from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City has found that exercise helps those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to cope with their illness. This is the first study to look at the effects of exercise on this population even though it is recommended as a mode of treatment.
Tuteja and colleagues took a look at the association between exercise habits and reported quality of life among IBS patients. The findings showed that those who engaged in regular sports or leisure activities had a higher perception of overall health and physical functioning than those who did not participate in regular activity. This study reports that although exercise does not change the symptoms of IBS itself, those who are more active will have a better outlook on life, allowing them to feel better overall.
Working Out at Work
Employer attitude and support can go a long way in helping Canadians become physically active--and more productive, too, with less stress and fewer sick days. But a survey by the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute shows that while some employers are supportive, offering workout facilities and activities, others could do a lot more to keep their employees healthy and fit.
The "Have Nots"