Knee Osteoarthritis Treatments for Seniors Sequim WA

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Norman Wahl, DDS
Sequim, WA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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James Paul Zettas, MD
777 N 5th Ave Ste 101
Sequim, WA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1955

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Mark Thomas Reis, MD
(360) 385-5635
1274 7th St Ste A
Port Townsend, WA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1986

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Tristan M McGovern
(360) 344-3090
834 Sheridan St
Port Townsend, WA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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David Stafford Whitney, MD
(360) 379-8822
1045 Quincy St
Port Townsend, WA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1967

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Robert E Stack, MD FACS
(360) 683-1315
2855 E Sequim Bay Rd
Sequim, WA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Pennsylvania
Graduation Year: 1957

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William J Medlicott, MD FACS
(360) 385-6755
1510 Monroe St
Port Townsend, WA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Washington
Graduation Year: 1959

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Alan G Greenwald
(360) 344-0400
834 Sheridan St
Port Townsend, WA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Heidi C Brandt, DDS
(360) 385-9700
1119 Lawrence St
Port Townsend, WA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Thomas Walter Shilling, DDS
(425) 775-3564
21807 76th Ave W
Edmonds, WA
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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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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