Over 30 million Americans have knee osteoarthritis, and nearly 50 percent of individuals will develop knee osteoarthritis in their lifetime. Osteoarthritis is a rapidly growing problem a problem and is the leading cause of disability in America today.
Dr. Michael Bade, PhD, Assistant Professor of the School of Physical Therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado (nationally ranked and in the top 15 percent of physical therapy programs) became interested in the BTE Eccentron after reading the encouraging results of previous research led by Paul LaStayo, P.T., Ph.D., CHT, using an early version of the Eccentron.
So Dr. Bade obtained an Eccentron from BTE, and together with fellow faculty researchers Wendy Anemaet and Amy Hammerich, conducted a clinical trial entitled “Efficacy of Eccentric Resistance Training in Persons with Knee Osteoarthritis.” The eight week study demonstrated remarkably positive outcomes from eccentric training on BTE Eccentron for knee osteoarthritis patients.
“Some of the best results were the comments from the patients,” said Dr. Bade. “Things like how they are looking forward to going hiking that weekend or even skiing, or just how nice it is to walk down the stairs without pain. They are getting back to activities they couldn’t do previously.” – Dr. Michael Bade, PT, DPT, Ph.D., OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT