Arthritis Treatment

Arthritis Treatment

Arthritis Treatment
Arthritis treatment is based on the severity of symptoms and location of the joint inflammation. Oral medications and topical creams can help relieve joint pain. Physical therapy and activity modification can improve flexibility and joint health. Your doctor may recommend diet changes to eliminate foods that increase inflammation. Although there is no cure for most types of arthritis, early diagnosis and proper management are important, particularly for inflammatory types of arthritis.

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    A Orthopedic Surgery, answered on behalf of
    Knee arthritis treatment is broken down into two general categories: Nonsurgical treatment and surgery.
     
    Nonsurgical treatment options that can improve arthritis pain include:
    • anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen or acetaminophen
    • weight loss
    • aerobic and strengthening exercises
    • walking (gait) assistance
    • cortisone injections and viscosupplementation
    • custom-fit unloader braces, in some cases
    Nonsurgical treatment options are temporary solutions that are meant to improve arthritis symptoms. They do not change the disease process. We start with these options and continue with them until they no longer work. Surgery involves joint replacement surgery.  Arthroscopic debridement is no longer indicated for the treatment of arthritis.
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    A , Neurology, answered
    When your doctors and specialists belong to the same medical practice or health maintenance organization (HMO), all your medical records are in one place and managing your medical care is easier. In addition, seeing other specialists in the group (orthopedists, physiatrists, occupational/physical therapists, speech/language pathologists and psychologists/psychiatrists) can reduce the hassles of obtaining referrals and filling out endless paperwork at new doctors’ offices. Be sure to find out if your insurance covers home health services for medical management in the home, physical therapy visits and so on -- you may be surprised by what is covered.

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    A Orthopedic Surgery, answered on behalf of
    Non-operative treatment such as custom orthotics and bracing can help in some cases of hindfoot arthritis. However, surgery is often indicated, especially in people who have arthritis in more than one of the joints below the ankle.
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    Surgery for basal joint arthritis is usually done as an outpatient procedure. Sometimes an overnight stay is needed for pain control. The surgery itself usually takes an hour to an hour and a half.

    It is a quite intensive surgery, so it takes a significant amount of time to fully recover from it. But pain relief is usually excellent. And the surgery usually gives lasting relief, so the person is able to maintain mobility and use of the hand for almost all activities of daily living. Usually within two weeks after surgery, pain is greatly reduced as compared with the first couple of days after surgery. As with most surgeries, the first day or two after surgery is the most uncomfortable time. Full, normal use of the hand usually is achieved at around the 12-week mark.
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    All medications have a risk of potential side effects. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can cause liver damage if you take too much. Nonsteroidal ant-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can cause gastrointestinal issues such as ulcers, upset stomach or heartburn. They can also damage kidney function and may raise your risk of heart attacks and strokes. Always talk to your doctor about the medicines you take to determine the best type of medication for your arthritis and the most appropriate dosage to limit any possible side effects.
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    A , Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, answered
    Any symptom relief gained from a steroid injection is temporary, and this period of relief should be seen as a "window of opportunity," during which you can participate more fully in a structured physical therapy program. The symptom relief achieved from an injection can hopefully be maintained and even improved upon with exercise, in conjunction with appropriate diet and supplements. Do not start exercising until at least 1 day after an injection. Symptom relief can take 3 - 5 days, or even longer, so it may be a week or more before you are ready for physical therapy.
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    Heat therapy can be effective for arthritis pain. Heat increases blood flow to the joints and muscles, which can ease pain due to inflammation. You should be careful not to burn yourself when applying heat to the skin.
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    Take as good care of yourself as possible before your joint surgery. Exercising, eating right, and taking appropriate supplements will help maximize your chances of success after surgery. Talk to your surgeon about the supplements you are taking. He may ask you to discontinue taking omega-3 fatty acids, because they can thin the blood. Exercise will help keep the surrounding muscles fit and ready for action during rehabilitation. Sticking with a healthy diet and taking supplements will help you to continue to exercise, and will also help keep the rest of your joints healthy.
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    A , Internal Medicine, answered
    Extra-virgin olive oil has natural anti-inflammatory benefits, whether raw or cooked. Recent research has identified the antioxidant called oleocanthal, which is only found in extra-virgin olive oil. Oleocanthal is a natural anti-inflammatory with potency strikingly similar to that of the drug ibuprofen in inhibiting an enzyme that causes pain and inflammation. Studies have shown that people with inflammatory arthritis experience a decrease in pain and stiffness of their joints when treated with fish oil. Even better pain management results have been observed when, in addition to fish oil, extra-virgin olive oil is part of the natural anti-inflammatory diet.
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    No. You may be thinking of the home remedy for decreasing rheumatoid. The golden raisin and gin cure is purported to reduce inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis. Gin is the preferred liquor. Gin contains juniper berries, which give gin its flavor. They contain terpenes which have been used in alternative medicine to treat everything from cancer to high blood pressure. Does it work? There is no hard, scientific evidence that gin or rum-soaked golden raisins reduce the inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis. Raisins themselves are a good source of fiber and fiber has been shown to help lower cholesterol when exercise and a low-fat diet are included. In this case you can skip the gin and just boost your fiber intake with raisins and other high-fiber foods to help lower your cholesterol. Although including the gin may temporarily make you feel better.

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