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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.

Glucosamine for Arthritis

Glucosamine for Arthritis

Glucosamine is a “building block” molecule that your body produces naturally.  Glucosamine is essential in the production of proteins important to joint health.

Glucosamine stimulates the production of cartilage.  In young healthy bodies cartilage cells reproduce and protect themselves.  As we age cartilage cells die and are not replaced.  Glucosamine helps stop the break-down of cartilage and reduce knee pain.

Glucosamine can be obtained over the counter and is a safe joint health supplement.

Knee Replacement

Knee Replacement

Black patients are more likely than white patients to have their knees replaced in hospitals with high risks of post-operative complications or mortality; reports a new study published in the journal of Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research.

Total Joint Replacements are performed in patients with knee osteoarthritis of all races.  Earlier science has suggested that black patients are more likely to get their knees replaced in medical centers or hospitals that perform a low number of joint replacement surgeries as compared to white patients who tend to have their joints replaced in hospitals that perform significantly more of these types of surgeries.

The study examined the records of Medicare patients who had their knees replaced between July 1st, 2002 and June 30th, 2005.  The study concluded that, “Among elderly Medicare beneficiaries undergoing TKA, African American patients were more likely than Caucasian patients to be admitted to hospitals with higher risk-adjusted postoperative rates of complications or mortality”.