Archive for April, 2010
NSAIDs are medications used to treat pain and swelling. Aspirin and Ibuprofen are NSAIDs. The term “non-steroidal” separates these drugs from “steroids” which also reduce pain and swelling.
Adverse reactions to NSAIDs within the gastrointestinal (GI) tract like ulcers, discomfort, and bleeding result for up to 100,000 hospital admissions every year. There may also be up to 16,000 deaths related to GI issues stemming from NSAID use.
Conservative treatments like knee braces can help reduce dependence on NSAIDs.
Knee arthritis is one of the most common illnesses among aging individuals particularly those over the age of 65. Depending on the type, arthritis may be caused by different factors such as; joint infection, or age. And among the most common types of such diseases are the following:
Each type may show different symptoms, but there has been significant advances in joint health supplements that can work to combat the degenerative effects.
Neoprene, or polychloroprene, is a family of synthetic rubbers that are produced by polymerization of chloroprene. It is used in a wide variety of applications, such as in wetsuits, laptop sleeves, orthopedic braces (wrist, knee, etc.), electrical insulation, liquid and sheet applied elastomeric membranes or flashings, and car fan belts.
One of the best known uses for neoprene fabric is for wetsuits in scuba diving. Neoprene is also commonly used in wading boots for fishermen since it protects the skin from cold water. Laboratory workers may use neoprene gloves to protect their hands from acids, chemicals, solvents and oils. Kayakers and people who participate in cold-weather activities may also wear waterproof neoprene gloves, sometimes lined with fleece, to protect their hands from cold water, ice and snow. There are also a variety of athletic braces constructed from the material, including support braces.
It is well documented that one of the most effective treatments to decrease pain in arthritic knees is weight loss.
Losing only 15 pounds can decrease knee pain by half and slow the progression of the disease.
The problem many patients have is a catch-22. They need to lose weight but their painful knees prevent them from exercising. Conservative treatments like joint supplements and knee braces can help! The idea is to help you walk a little farther, sweat a little more, or exercise a little longer. The cumulative effect over time can help you lose weight thus making your knees feel better.