Weight Training Does Not Increase Strength But May Slow Progression in OA Patients

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Moderate to severe osteoarthritis affects more than 22 million American adults between the ages of 25 and 74 and knee osteoarthritis (OA) can lead to disability in daily activities. Weakness in the quadriceps can be a risk factor for knee osteoarthritis, but it may be the easiest one to prevent. Previous studies have rarely investigated whether quads strengthening exercises prevent or slow progression of knee OA or changes that are visible in X-rays. None have used the highly standardized x-ray procedures employed in a new study published in the October 2006 issue of Arthritis Care & Research, which examined the effects of strength training on the incidence and progression of knee

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