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Posts Tagged ‘joint pain’

Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee Osteoarthritis

 

Osteoarthritis in also known as Degenerative Joint Disease.  Symptoms can include inflammation, stiffness, locking, tenderness, and joint pain.  There are several common causes – mechanical knee problems, metabolic issues, heredity, and developmental pathologies may all lead to cartilage loss.  Regardless of the cause, when bone surfaces become vulnerable due to cartilage loss the exposed bone can be damaged.  Joint pain can lead to decreased movement which can lead muscles to atrophy and laxity in the ligaments.



Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Glucosamine and Chondroitin

 

A joint health supplement is a safe and inexpensive treatment for arthritis.  Glucosamine has been used for twenty years to help with joint pain.  Nutramax is the manufacturer of CosaminDS and other glucosamine and chondroitin based joint health supplements.

The joint health supplement industry is not regulated.  That means companies can basically design and engineer their products however they see fit.  Nutramax follows pharmaceutical guidelines at their facility.  That means they produce, package, and ship their glucosamine products following the same regulations that drug companies must obey.

Nutramax has been in business since 1992.  They were the first company to market and sell glucosamine to treat osteoarthritis.  You now why they are still in business and growing?  The answer is simple.  Their products work.



Knee Injection

Knee Injection

What is viscosupplementation?

Hyaluronic acid injections are referred to as viscosupplementation.  This osteoarthritis treatment option injects a substance similar to synovial fluid into the knee joint.  This helps lubricate the knee and acts like a shock absorber.

Hyalgan, Synvisc, and Supartz are the brand names of popular pharmaceutical products containing hyaluronic acid.

These injections for the knee help relieve  joint pain, but for an undetermined amount of time.  Orthopedic surgeons have no way of looking at a patient and knowing if this treatment option will be effective.

The Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons say on their website that hyaluronic acid does not offer immediate pain relief and that local reactions like pain, warmth, and swelling directly after the injection are common.  Patients should avoid jogging, heavy lifting, or excessive weight-bearing activities for at least 2 days following viscosupplementation treatment.

This arthritis treatment option is best suited for people who suffer from mild to moderate osteoarthritis looking for short-term pain relief.



Joint Pain

Joint Pain

 

It might be arthritis if you have the following symptoms and signs:

1.  Joint Pain: Does your knee hurt?

2.  Joint Swelling: Is your knee red, warm, and inflamed?

3.  Loss of Range of Motion:  Can you fully bend and extend your knee?

4.  Crepitus: Does your knee crack when you bend it?

 



Arthritis Injection

Arthritis Injection

Corticosteroids are strong drugs that can be a valuable arthritis treatment option for those patients with knee osteoarthritis.  Corticosteroids resemble a hormone called cortisol.  Cortisol helps the body deal with stresses like emotional problems, injury, surgery, or infections.

So what corticosteroid injections do is trigger the immune system to block inflammation and allergic reactions.  Short term treatments for osteoarthritis is usually prescribed at low to moderate doses over a one or two week period.  The idea is to achieve quick joint pain relief and a reduction in swelling.  Long term therapy is usually for severe rheumatoid arthritis.

However these powerful drugs can have severe side effects.  Used for short treatment, corticosteroids are relatively safe.  However long term corticosteroid side effects can include increased appetite, stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, or growth of facial hair.



What is arthritis?

September 27, 2011
Knee Arthritis

Knee Arthritis

Joint pain is a major complaint of people who suffer from arthritis.  Arthritis is when one or more of your joints become inflamed.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis.  This is wear-and-tear arthritis, usually taking years to develop.  It is the mechanical break down of cartilage in your joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis may affect more than joints.  Rheumatoid can also attack tissues and organs.  This type of arthritis has to do with your immune system, and the way your body produces and removes cartilage cells.

Psoriatic Arthritis usually is found in patients with psoriasis.  Often the arthritis and the skin condition get worse or better at the same time.  Pitting in the finger and toe nails is common.

It is important that your joint pain symptoms be properly diagnosed.  With so many different kinds of arthritis it is imperative that you know exactly what you are dealing with.  There are many treatment options available to relieve your knee pain.  Make sure you choose the right one for you.