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Knee buckling treatment reduces falls in older adults


Knee buckling treatment have been found to help reduce falls in older adults. Aside from easing up the injury, the treatment has been proven to alleviate the psychological effects that may accompany the fall experience. Treating knee instability is a priority, as the population continues to age and injuries caused by instable knees can negatively impact a person’s quality of life.

A common symptom seen in older adults, knee buckling – or the knee “giving away” – can increase a person’s risk of falls and injury. Exercise and other treatment interventions for knee instability and knee buckling can help improve older adults’ lifestyle and health. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, studied 1,842 participants, who either had knee osteoarthritis or were at high risk for this condition.
At the end of the five-year period, 16.8 percent reported knee buckling, and by the end of seven years, 14.1 percent had recurrent falls.

Lead investigator Michael Nevitt said, “Falls, injury from falls, and poor balance confidence are extremely common and debilitating problems in older people. The present study has demonstrated for the first time that knee instability and knee buckling are important causes of these problems in the very large segment of the older population suffering from knee pain. Fortunately, it may be possible to treat knee instability and prevent knee buckling with targeted exercises. Joint replacement surgery can also improve knee stability.”

Dr. Nevitt suggests that practitioners should inquire about their patients knee instability and falls, and create treatment plans to improve instability either through assistive devices or physical therapy in order to reduce the risk of future falls.


Sources:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/acr.22811/abstract

Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.

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