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TTUHSC is researching acupressure in osteo-arthritis

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There are several types of arthritis, but osteo-arthritis is the most common. It's often referred to as the "wear and tear" arthritis. Because as we age and gain weight, that describes the breakdown of the cushion at the end of the bones.  Without that cushion, the bones rub together and that hurts. For many, that happens in the knees.

Now, here's what's new. Texas Tech is launching a study to see if acupressure could help women with osteo-arthritis in the knees.  

Dr. Yan Zhang said, "With acupressure, we use fingers or hands, and press on certain points where we put needles for acupuncture.  While doing that, we try to relieve pain and relieve some tension at that point to promote some circulation"

Researchers at Tech are looking for women between the ages of 50 and 70 with knee pain in both knees.  If you become a part of this study, they will show you how to use acupressure as a home remedy.

If you'd like more information, call this number at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center- (806) 743-2222.

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