Issue 44


Procedure Performed at MWA by Emma McGowan, M.D. & Martin Gallagher, M.D.


Acupuncture and Lateral Wedge Insole Benefit Patients with Medial Compartment Knee Osteoarthritis


In a parallel-group randomized controlled trial involving 40 patients with grade 2 or 3 medial knee osteoarthritis (OA), treatment with acupuncture was found to be as effective as treatment with an in-shoe lateral wedge, in significantly reducing pain and improving function, and non-clinically statistically significantly influencing femoral and tibial cartilage thickness. The authors conclude, "Both lateral wedge insole and acupuncture can be effective in the treatment of medial knee osteoarthritis without any superiority of one over the other."


"Comparison the effect of lateral wedge insole and acupuncture in medial compartment knee osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial," Ashraf A, Zarei F, et al, Knee, 2013 Dec 27; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran).



Did you know.......

Peanut Butter

  • When buying peanut butter, only buy organic varieties.

  • Non-organic peanut butters are high in pesticides and fungus and contain aflatoxin, a potent carcinogenic mold.

  • To increase the protein in peanut butter (peanuts have about the same amount of protein as soy), Brewer’s yeast can be mixed in. This is especially useful for vegetarian


Bio-Oxidative Therapies Offered at MWA:

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