In the July 2010, issue of the Journal of the American of Orthopedic Surgeons, a published review now gives good news to those middle aged men and women that suffer osteoarthritis of the knee. There are a lot more options for treatments available than there was before. Some of these treatments may give them the ability to remain physically active doing the things they love such as playing sports.
Lead researcher Brain Feeley, M.D., assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, states the amount of patients now that are ranged between the ages of forty to sixty years old with knee arthritis is increasing. This patient age range group gives a different group of treatment approaches. Comprehension of what accessible choices there are and then fitting the treatments to each individual requirements and desires is the main factor for outstanding results.
In this retrospective both surgical and non surgical options attainable for younger patients with knee arthritis was examined in order to decide the optimal treatment for patients who wish to keep playing sports. In difference to older patients where pain reduction and ability of movement are the two top goals. Patients that are younger and more active need more adjustable treatment plans that will let them stay as active as they desire to be.
In addition, Dr. Feeley states there seems to be a progression of persons in the United States who desire to be active in sports and recreational endeavors after forty years old. They are not happy to have to cease what the activities they are currently doing. Based on that fact orthopedic surgeons and other physicians needed to develop other treatment options which includes non surgery and cartilage restoration, and be able to approach the problems of pain and functioning, while enabling patients to stay as active as they would like too.
Dr. Feeley went on to say even though in the long run some patients may require surgery in a lot of cases non operational methods like bracing or injections of hyaluronic acid, activity adjustments, or anti inflammatory medications could be used at first. Then if the symptoms clear up or adequate progress is obtained then surgery would no longer be needed.
In a great number of cases, the beginning of arthritis is slow, deteriorating development, which requires no immediate need to do surgery. Based upon symptoms and amount of activity, many patients treatments can be non surgical choices. It is essential that the treatment fits the needs based upon their symptoms and amount of activity. The patients need to attain a health care practitioner who can work with them on a long term basis and keeping the knee as healthy as they can.
Dr. Feeley did state there are alternative treatments that are available but does state there is no clinical evidence to support them. However, treatments like acupuncture can be added into the conventional treatments.
Dr. Feeley's advocates the following applications for patients with knee arthritis in order to stay active:
Take charge of the issue and learn about the disease and the choices available for treatments.
Help your practitioner to devise short and long term plans of treatments for the handling of the symptoms and keeping your knee and body healthy for as long as you can.
Vary your daily activities, do not do the same one each day. Mild activity changing such as going from bicycling to swimming could make a huge change in how many times you have the symptoms and how bad they appear. Try other new activities. This has helped in many cases.
If you are unsure or do not completely understand anything just ask your practitioner. Look for a practitioner that you feel has the ability to help you comprehend all the choices available to you. Who is willing to help device a course of treatment that is suited specifically for your needs and desires.
Dr. Feeley ends his review with that he feels even if surgery is warranted, correct following up with treatments and physical therapy designed for you can be maintained for a long time. This keeps the patient happy and still active.
There are currently 46 million persons in the United States that have arthritis. Osteoarthritis being the number one type of arthritis today. An estimated sixty to ninety percent of persons who have arthritis seek alternative treatments. The main reason being they are dissatisfied with the conventional treatments that are receiving.
There are numerous treatments available for osteoarthritis and basically arthritis in general. Below are some of the alternative treatments:
Osteoarthritis is most common in the knees. The joints become inflamed and the cartilage that surrounds the knee can be destroyed. Not only is the knee examined but all other parts as well including the hip, ankle and foot. All of these have effects on the knee. Treatments are based on each individuals needs.
Treatments can include manipulation techniques that are specified to the areas that are confined and do not move to the areas that surround the joints in order to heighten movement and functioning along with pain reduction.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture and the herbs used in Chinese medicine have been found to be effective for arthritis in the knees. Acupuncture is geared to the patient. Sessions last any where from five minutes to thirty minutes and treatments are two or three times per week. Symptoms can decrease from the first session to a couple sessions dependent upon the strength of pain.
Chinese herbs are also geared to each individual. After checking your condition, symptoms and pain degree, herbs are then prescribed. They can include Juan bi tang which is used for joint pain that heightens when exposed to cold.
Therapy based on water. For arthritis, patient soaks or exercises. The hydortherapist will inform the patient of which type of excerpts they can do. It is very helpful for joint pain and the stiffness that accompanies it.
The homeopathic approach not only treats the arthritis but also the cause of the arthritis. Some of the remedies that could be prescribed are Bryonia Alba when inflammation is present and Hypericum for all over nerve pain.
Massage therapy can decrease the symptoms caused by inflammation. It will also reduce muscle spasms, flexibility and mobility.
Other treatments to look into:
Bach Flower Therapy