Knee Osteoarthritis Treatments for Seniors Cedar Rapids IA

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Fred John Pilcher, MD
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Cedar Rapids, Ia
Group Practice: Physicians Clinic Of Iowa

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Dr.Fred Pilcher
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St SE # 4
Cedar Rapids, IA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1973
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Cedar Rapids, Ia
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Cassandra Suzanne Lange
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Melissa Diane Young Szalay, MD
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Fred John Pilcher
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Albert Richard Coates, MD
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Cedar Rapids, Ia; St Lukes Methodist Hosp, Cedar Rapids, Ia
Group Practice: Physicians Clinic Of Iowa

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David Hart, MD
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Orthopaedic Sugeon

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Hugh MacMenamin, MD
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Coll Dublin, Nat'L Univ Of Ireland, Fac Of Med, Dublin
Graduation Year: 1969

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David Tearse, MD
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Orthopaedic Sugeon

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David Patrick Hart, MD
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1983

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Seniors, Put Your Money Where Your Knee Is

How FAST can you decide which is a more cost-effective treatment for knee osteoarthritis? To help answer this question, researchers designed a FAST study: the Fitness and Arthritis Seniors Trial.

Information about cost-effective treatment is needed to help identify the best treatments and, ideally, to lower costs of medical care. Calculating the benefits of preventive treatment is a challenge, especially when trying to decide the monetary value of less pain, better movement, or longer life. This study measured the benefits of various types of treatment for knee osteoarthritis (OA), along with the costs for each treatment.

After screening nearly 5000 people, the authors included 439 seniors in the study. Participants were randomly placed in one of three groups. One group did only aerobic exercise. Another did only resistance exercises. The third group served as a control group and received only education. To begin, participants completed a questionnaire about their knee condition. Then they were scored in their ability to do various daily activities, such as a six-minute walk, going up and down stairs, lifting and carrying, and getting into and out of a car. They also reported their pain levels.

The aerobic and resistance exercisers did their first three months of training in the clinic. They continued doing their program at home for another 15 months. Aerobic exercisers warmed up, walked, and then did a cool down for a total of 60 minutes, three times each week. People doing resistance exercises worked their major muscle groups using nine different strengthening exercises for the upper and lower body. The control group received monthly education classes for three months, each lasting 1.5 hours. A nurse contacted each person in the education group at regular intervals over the next 18 months.

The same questionnaire, scored tests, and pain reports were completed after the test period. The findings showed that costs were slightly less for resistance...

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