Innov-age Issue 26 – Arthritis and Osteoporosis Issue out now!

We are pleased to announce the release of Issue 26, our issue focusing on arthritis and osteoporosis.

Each issue of Innov-age features articles written by leading professionals from both within and outside the NHS, sharing best practice and innovation and helping to improve the care and safety of older people.

Leading this issue, Professor Mike Hurley provides an insight into a rehabilitation programme he has developed called “ESCAPE-pain”, which aims to educate and enable people living with chronic joint pain to self-manage and cope with arthritic pain using individualised exercise regimens.

Justin Aunger and Dr Carolyn Greig discuss their research into new approaches for surgery prehabilitation to promote long lasting behavioural changes and increased physical activity following hip and knee surgery.

Kate Bennett emphasises that people suffering from these conditions shouldn’t fear physical activity, and how a tailored exercise regime can be a great help in reducing pain and leading a fulfilling life. Her article provides a useful explanation of both conditions, their potential risk factors and treatment options.

Shawn Luetchens introduces a new technology called Optasia Medical, which helps to identify Vertebral Fragility Fractures (VFF), a common indicator of osteoporosis and predictor of subsequent hip fractures. Using existing CT scan data and artificial intelligence technology, it will allow osteoporotic patients to be identified and treated earlier and reduce their risk of subsequent hip fractures.

Also in this issue, Dr James Bluett highlights his study of a newly developed blood test that is hoped will help increase patient adherence to methotrexate – a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Dr Fiona Watt discusses the potential link between hand arthritis and oestrogen loss in menopausal women, and the HOPE-e study currently underway to investigate the feasibility of using an oestrogen containing therapy (HRT) in postmenopausal women as a treatment for painful small joint hand osteoarthritis. Peder Remman introduces a novel technology called Boneprox, which brings together the fields of dental care and healthcare to help spot osteoporosis before a hip fracture occurs, though using dental X-rays to measure the trabecular density of the lower jaw, linked to the risk of having osteoporosis. Dr Alexandra Mavroeidi introduces her current research into whether a less sedentary lifestyle could help to prevent osteoporosis, and Professor Tracey Howe discusses the evidence from Cochrane Reviews in relation to chronic joint pain.

Innov-age is published in both print and digital versions, and has been launched by the Edward Centre for Healthcare Management Research, part of the Edward Healthcare group of companies and produced in association with TRUSTECH, MIMIT and HInM to promote excellence in elderly healthcare. Each issue of Innov-age features articles written by leading professionals from both within and outside the NHS, sharing best practice and innovation and helping to improve the care and safety of older people.

Edward Healthcare is an established care provider with elder care facilities in China and international investment in healthcare research. Edward Healthcare set up the Manchester-based research centre in conjunction with TRUSTECH, MIMIT (Manchester Integrating Medicine and Innovative Technology) and Health Innovation Manchester, to explore international care systems and industry best practice.

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Thank you,
Innov-age Team

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