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Many people think that arthritis is a singular disorder, but there are two distinct types, each of which affects the body differently. Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage is worn down and two bones begin to grind on one another, which causes pain and limits range of motion. This condition can be expedited due to a joint injury or infection.  Luckily, several joint supplements are available to help combat the debilitating effects of this disease.

The other form of the disease is known as rheumatoid arthritis. With this condition, the body’s own immune system attacks joints, causing inflammation and pain. Eventually, this disease can lead to cartilage decomposition and other health risks.  This blog is intended only for those suffering from Osteoarthritis, not rheumatoid arthritis.

Treatment Options

A recent article published in “Arthritis Care & Research” examines the combination of strength training and self-managment in treating knee osteoarthritis.  This two-year study looked at 201 middle-aged adults suffering from knee OA.  It concluded that sedentary persons with mild knee OA benefited from the combination of strength training and self management.

An arthritis knee brace is designed to help you get up and moving.

If you suffer from arthritis, you know how debilitating it can be. And while most people associate the disorder with hands, arthritis in other joints, such as knee osteoarthritis, are common as well. But people don’t need to immediately turn to medication. Rather, they should try some of the following natural products to see if they garner any relief.

For one, it’s important to understand that arthritis is an inflammation of the joint membranes, so you want to incorporate natural elements into your life that will temper and relieve that issue. As such, there are numerous herbal remedies for arthritis, and you’ll have to experiment until you find the products that work for you. For one, try a vegetarian diet with lots of eggs and dairy. This has had positive results for many people. Others find arthritis is worsened by the consumption of certain foods, in which case, you should systematically eliminate these foods from your diet.

In London physicians discovered a way to grow new cartilage in patients with osteoarthritis.

Healthy cells are harvested from the knee, and then sent to Germany to be re-grown in a petri dish with growth enhancers.

A thin layer of cartilage made from the patients’ cells and DNA is then placed back into the knee.

More to follow as information becomes available…..

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Knee Replacement

Knee replacement or arthroplasty is a serious surgery.  It is used to replace the knee joint’s weight-bearing surfaces.  The surgery is very effective at relieving pain and increasing function in patients with OA.

However it should be postponed for as long as possible.  What happens is that the top of the tibial plateau and the bottom of the femur are replaced with titanium components.  The knee cap is also replaced with an artificial patella.  Over time the surrounding bones and anatomy of the leg shrink, but the components remain the same size.  Eventually, after about 15 to 20 years, the components can become too big for the surrounding anatomy.

At this time the components of the knee replacement have to be exchanged for smaller components.  Technology at the moment seldom allows for more than one revision.

So a person can enjoy one knee replacement until they outgrow it.  Once outgrown the components can be replaced only once.  If that person continues to shrink eventually they will be stuck with components that are too large for them that can never be replaced.

Make sure to explore every option for your knee OA.