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What is the best treatment for osteoarthritis?

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October 19, 2011 at 11:51 AM



Osteoarthritis (OA) is causes by “wear and tear” of joints over time. All of us will experience some osteoarthritis over time, but unfortunately, some people get much worse OA than others. Some common treatments include (I am putting these in the order of safest treatments first).

1.The most important by far is also the hardest one to do. If you are suffering form arthritis pain, you need to make sure you get to a healthy weight. For a lot of people, getting to a healthy weight might seem like an impossible task, but my blog has some easy techniques that are guaranteed to help people be able to enjoy eating, yet still lose weight.

2.Individualized physical therapy and daily physical activity, directed at the specific joints involved.

3.Topical treatments such as HelloLife's Painazol

4.Tai chi daily.Mix 1 cup hot water, 2 teaspoons of buckwheat honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Drink twice a day.

5.Mix 1 cup hot water, 2 teaspoons of buckwheat honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Drink twice a day.

6.When you get a flair up, try rubbing a “boars hair” hair brush on your thigh (even if the pain is somewhere else), you will be amazed at how it can reduce your symptoms.

7.Combination of 500mg Glucosamine and 400mg Condroitin 3 times a day.



10.NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen, naproxen, etc…)

11.Steroid or other joint injections (for select cases)

12.Joint replacement surgery (for select cases)

13.Some people are on various forms of narcotics for arthritis pain. Although narcotics can take pain away in the short term, narcotics can be addicting, and recent studies show that people on long term narcotics for arthritis are more likely to die from heart attacks and strokes than people with arthritis not on narcotics.

As always, talk to your health care provider about which treatments might be right for you. I recommend starting with the safest treatments first and moving on from there.

If you suffer from chronic pain, I recommend reading the book “The Gift of Pain” by Paul Brand & Philip Yancey.

Stay Healthy! Dr. Jeff M.D.

Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, MD Health Coach answered
October 15, 2011 at 12:00 AM
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