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stigators concluded. "Further study of this modality is clearly warranted," they added.

Osteoarthritis of the knee is the most common form of osteoarthritis, or gradual breakdown of cartilage, affecting the lower limbs. More than 10 million Americans have osteoarthritis of the knee. The most common type of medication currently used to treat osteoarthritis is nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Cortisone shots can also help decrease inflammation, and surgery is an option for those with severely damaged joints.

Abstract 242 Massage Therapy for Osteoarthritis of the Knee: Results of Randomized Controlled Trial
Perlman, Adam; Mojica, Elena; Williams, Anna-Leila; Njike, Valentine; Katz, David L.

May 26, 2006 11:45 AM
Salon 8

Presenting Author: Elizabeth Kimbrough Pradhan, PhD
Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Effect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on Psychological and Physical Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

In a randomized, controlled study, a mindfulness meditation program reduced psychological distress, decreased disease activity, and decreased nonspecific inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The study's results will be presented at The North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, May 24th-27th, 2006.

In the study, 63 patients were randomized to 8 weeks of usual care or meditation, in which individuals were asked to practice a meditation program at home 6 hours a week. All patients were under the regular care of their rheumatologist and remained on prescribed medications.

Assessments were made at the start of the trial and then at 2 months and 6 months later. Two patients dropped out after baseline, 3 after 2 months. Analyses indicated that at 2 months, psychological distress was reduced by 30% in t


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