The Neuromuscular System in Osteoarthritis

Session Type: ACR Clinical Symposia
Tuesday, November 8, 2011: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM
W375b (McCormick Place West)
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Session Overview:
Osteoarthritis is appreciated to be a complex disease for which treatment options remain largely palliative. Osteoarthritis progression is associated with aberrant biomechanics, and the integrity of the neuromuscular system is critically important to maintain homeostasis. This clinical symposium will explore current knowledge about somatosensory dysfunction and muscle weakness in the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis progression, and will discuss potential interventions targeting these deficits.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • describe afferent somatosensorty deficits commonly observed in lower extremity osteoarthritis
  • explain the role of muscle weakness in osteoarthritis onset and progression
  • review current thoughts on the role of muscle training in osteoarthritis therapy

Moderator: Jasvinder Singh, MD, MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Birmingham VA Medical Center
Talks:
2:30 PM
Somatosensory Dysfunction and Osteoarthritis
Najia Shakoor, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
2:55 PM
Muscle Weakness and Osteoarthritis
Ewa M. Roos, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
3:20 PM
Neuromuscular Training in Osteoarthritis
Laura E. Thorp, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
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