Medications and Natural Supplements
Pain medications (analgesics) and anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs - Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can be used, if required, to help manage your arthritis pain. These medications will not cure your osteoarthritis but they will treat your symptoms.
NSAIDs and Analgesics aren't recommended for everyone - or for long term use - as pain medications can cause liver damage, and NSAIDs can cause gastrointestinal difficulties (such as upset stomach, diarrhea, ulcers and intestinal bleeding). They can also trigger other serious side effects, and even inhibit the body's natural ability to heal itself.
COX-2 Inhibitors (prescription NSAIDs like Celebrex, Bextra or Vioxx) block the COX-2 enzyme involved with prostaglandin production responsible for inflammation. There has been some links of COX-2 inhibitors with risks of heart attack, stroke and in some cases death. The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) asked manufacturers to withdraw some COX-2 Inhibitors (Vioxx and Bextra) from the market as well as put a big black warning label on the packaging outlining the risks involved with use (Celebrex).
Cysts can be treated by removing extra fluid from the knee using a syringe or seeing your physician to investigate cortisone/steroid injections or topical medications. These may initially help reduce inflammation and swelling, however steroids may actually harm the joint if used on a long term basis. These are occasionally used for rheumatoid arthritis, but rarely for osteoarthritis. Corticosteroids should be used with caution and never in conjunction with therapeutic ultrasound unless under supervision of a physician or physical therapist.
Some health professionals have also recommended natural supplements such as Glucosamine, MSM, Chondritin, Capsaicin, Devil's Claw, or Yucca Leaf to help relieve pain and/or strengthen your tissues. Hyaluronic Acid (Hyalgan) injections have also had a lot of success.
Natural, Non-Invasive Knee Therapies
As mentioned above, the long term use of pain and anti-inflammatory medications can cause damage to organs in your body. If your knee pain persists, it may be wise to consider conservative treatments in treating your knee OA symptoms.
Treat your knee with natural therapies to help reduce knee pain and/or slow the deterioration of soft tissue (muscles,tendons,ligaments,cartilage) in the knee. Use a Cold Compress or Ice Pack if you are experiencing pain and/or inflammation to quickly reduce swelling and swelling induced pain. Once inflammation has been reduced, we recommend the use of a Knee T•Shellz Wrap®.
The Knee T•Shellz Wrap®, is an FDA Registered Medical Device and is suitable for use in therapeutic clinics and FROM HOME. Through this treatment, the knee experiences a boost in blood circulation and flexibility & elasticity of soft tissue is increased which reduces scar tissue growth and counteracts atrophy - as often occurs with limited range of motion conditions such as arthritis. Arthritis of the knee is a chronic condition, but you can manage the symptoms through conservative treatment options such as the use of a Cold Compress or Ice Pack and Knee T•Shellz Wrap®. These 2 treatments will help you keep inflammation down while maintaining elasticity of knee soft tissue, helping prevent atrophy.
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