Osteoarthritis

Aquatic Exercise and Tai Chi Effective Therapy for Osteoarthritis

Many people with osteoarthritis (OA) in their knees or hips don’t move around enough to loosen up those achy joints or gain the other health benefits of being physically active. Several studies have shown that strength training and aerobic exercise can improve pain, physical function and the general health of people with knee OA. This is great, but for sedentary people who are in pain, the idea of lifting weights or taking a brisk walk may seem like too big a step to take.

 

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Tai Chi May Benefit Older Adults With Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is an increasing problem among older adults, causing pain, functional limitations, and reduced quality of life. The traditional Chinese practice of tai chi, with its combination of physical and mental components, seems promising for OA patients; however, scientific evidence to support its use for this purpose has been limited.

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Tai Chi and Mental Health

My primary research focus is on issues related to chronic pain and chronic illness, such as nursing management of demented patients with chronic pain from osteoarthritis.

 

I am currently funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research to investigate the possible objective measures of chronic pain in elders with osteoarthritis. Many demented patients suffer from chronic pain that may exacerbate existing cognitive impairment and lead to further suffering.

 

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