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Knee Joint Osteoarthritis Research

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Knee joint osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects a number of individuals. Sufferers report increased pain in the joint as well as a reduction in their ability to perform their daily activities. Long term the outcome for many sufferers is a total knee replacement, however there are a number of non-surgical outcomes which can manage the osteoarthritis symptoms and delay surgery. One such intervention is exercise, and in particular strength training. Strength training has been repeatedly shown to both decrease pain and improve function in osteoarthritis suffers. Here at Murdoch we are interested in better understanding the best way to exercise and how it results in improvements in pain and function. We do this by investigating how exercise impacts on the biomechanics of sufferers and also how they process pain. If you would like more information on our current studies or would like to volunteer please see the links below or contact.


Dr Alasdair Dempsey
08 9360 6526
a.dempsey@murdoch.edu.au

Current Studies

Please click on the links below for more information or to volunteer as a participant

The Effect of Strength Training on Neuromuscular-Biomechanical Outcomes in Adults with Medial Knee Osteoarthritis

This study is trying to identify the effect of strength training on how the muscles in your leg work and how you load your knee while walking. Muscle action and knee loading have been linked to osteoarthritis progression. Volunteers will receive a 12 week supervised strength training program and gait assessment.

We are looking to recruit individuals who have knee joint osteoarthritis between the ages of 45-70. You do not need a current diagnosis of osteoarthritis and if you may be eligible if you have the following symptoms: pain, stiffness, grating or grinding sensation, or swelling.

More information is available here or contact
Nardine Gillman
0410327003
n.gillman@murdoch.edu.au

If you wish to volunteer please complete a 15 minute survey to assess your eligibility available here