Report Summarizes Health and Medicine Study Findings from Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

Clinical Trials Week.  March 24, 2014 p154.
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By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Clinical Trials Week — Current study results on Health and Medicine have been published. According to news reporting out of Asahikawa, Japan, by NewsRx editors, research stated, “A randomized controlled trial was conducted to clarify the beneficial effect of whole body vibration (WBV) exercise plus squat training on body balance, muscle power, and walking ability in the elderly with knee osteoarthritis and/or spondylosis. Of 35 ambulatory patients (14 men and 21 women) who were recruited at our outpatient clinic, 28 (80.0%, 12 men and 16 women) participated in the trial.”

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, “The subjects (mean age 72.4 years) were randomly divided into two groups (n=14 in each group), ie, a WBV exercise alone group and a WBV exercise plus squat training group. A 4-minute WBV exercise (frequency 20 Hz) was performed 2 days per week in both groups; squat training (20 times per minute) was added during the 4-minute WBV training session in the WBV exercise plus squat training group. The duration of the trial was 6 months. The exercise and training program was safe and well tolerated. WBV exercise alone improved indices of body balance and walking velocity from baseline values. However, WBV exercise plus squat training was more effective for improving tandem gait step number and chair-rising time compared with WBV exercise alone.”

According to the news editors, the research concluded: “These results suggest the benefit and safety of WBV exercise plus squat training for improving physical function in terms of body balance and muscle power in the elderly.”

For more information on this research see: Effect of a combination of whole body vibration exercise and squat training on body balance, muscle power, and walking ability in the elderly. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management, 2014;10():131-138. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management can be contacted at: Dove Medical Press Ltd, PO Box 300-008, Albany, Auckland 0752, New Zealand (see also Health and Medicine).

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting T. Osugi, Takakuwa Orthopaed Nagayama Clin, Dept. of Orthopaed Surg, Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan. Additional authors for this research include J. Iwamoto, M. Yamazaki and M. Takakuwa.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Japan, Asahikawa, Health and Medicine, Clinical Trials and Studies

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