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Tag: osteoarthritis

New online infographic posters summarising the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance relevant to allied health professionals are now available online. Produced by the Institute of Osteopathy and endorsed by NICE, these easy to use resources provide a quick reference guide to current NICE guidance which can be printed and displayed in a clinical setting and support CPD.

There are currently three topics available; osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and spondyloarthritis, with plans to develop others in the near future.

The posters translate the NICE guidance into an easy to follow visual format to aid health professionals in primary care to identify and assess for the conditions and provide recommended pathways for care and management.

Matthew Rogers, Professional Development Manager at the Institute of Osteopathy and fellow of NICE, has been leading the project: “As a clinician I am acutely aware of the demands on health professionals to keep up to date with current guidance. As part of my fellowship with NICE I was keen to develop resources that would assist clinicians more easily embed the guidance into practice.”

The infographics are available to download for free from

On 6 September 2018, The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) published an update to a set of recommendations for the management of hand osteoarthritis. The recommendations report on new evidence made since a first EULAR report was published in 2007.

See the press release (opens in PDF) for the five overarching principles and ten recommendations that were agreed upon in the EULAR document.

ESCAPE-pain is a 6 week rehabilitation programme for individuals with knee and hip osteoarthritis which aims to educate participants on their condition, self-management and coping strategies as well as exercise. The Health Innovation Network, the Academic Health Science Network, has been working hard for the past 3+ years to spread the adoption of ESCAPE-pain across the U.K, and recently, has been awarded a grant by Sport England as part of their ‘Active Ageing’ project to target inactive adults in particular and increase access to the programme.

As part of our preliminary research efforts to identify new potential settings in which to deliver ESCAPE-pain, we have put together a very short survey of only 6 questions, to try and understand potential user preferences. If you are an adult aged 55+ and have experience of living with osteoarthritis, or any other exercise restricting condition, we would really appreciate it if you could take just 3 minutes to complete it by following this link:

The survey will not ask any personal questions, and will be kept completely anonymous.
For more information please visit our website.

ARMA Stoke would like to let you know they are having their 3rd meeting of the year for the ARMA/Haywood user group.
This will be on Friday 15th September at 1pm in the lecture room at the Haywood Hospital, Burslem, Stoke -on-Trent.

Refreshments will be available from 12:30pm.

Presentations on the day include Brighter Futures (Mental Health), Osteoarthritis Day for patients, the Blue Iris Project and other updates from the hospital.


A Mediterranean diet can reduce markers of inflammation and improve knee flexion and hip rotation in people with osteoarthritis, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Kent and published in the Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging this week.
arthritis-action-2015-member-logoThe study, commissioned by UK charity Arthritis Action, examined the effects of a Mediterranean type diet on 99 patients with osteoarthritis. Half of the participants followed a Mediterranean type diet for 16 weeks, whereas the other half continued their usual dietary behaviour. A subset of the participants from each group provided blood samples to measure biomarkers of cartilage degradation and inflammation, and was assessed for joint range of motion at the start and end of the study.
The findings revealed that one of the inflammatory markers decreased by 47%, and a marker of cartilage degradation by 8% in the diet group. In addition, there were significant improvements in knee flexion and hip rotation and a 2.2% reduction in body weight in the diet group.

-The paper can be accessed here.
-Dyer, J., Davison, G., Marcora, S.M. et al. J Nutr Health Aging (2016). DOI: 10.1007/s12603-016-0806-y

Dr Lex Mauger, co-author of the study and Director for BSc Sports Science at the University of Kent, said:
“The Mediterranean diet has previously been associated with a number of health benefits, but the exciting finding with this study is that specific guidance on adhering to this type of diet can change eating behaviour and result in a number of beneficial physiological changes, relevant to osteoarthritis, in a relatively short period of time. As osteoarthritis is a chronic disease, treatment is primarily about managing the symptoms, and this study shows that eating healthily may help form part of that treatment strategy. Benefits from the intervention in this study were evident after only 4 months, so it is possible that an even greater benefit could be seen in people who make longer-term improvements to their normal diet.”

Martin Lau, Arthritis Action’s dietitian, said:
“This is the first study of its kind to look at the relationship between the Mediterranean diet and osteoarthritis and to examine the effect of a dietary pattern to manage osteoarthritis. This study revealed that following a dietary pattern like the Mediterranean diet could promote weight loss, which is of paramount importance in people with osteoarthritis. Also of interest is the reduction of a pro-inflammatory marker and cartilage degradation marker, which have roles to play in osteoarthritis. I hope that these findings will spark further research on this very topic as it would be useful to look at the longer term effects of the Mediterranean diet on people with osteoarthritis.”