Medications and Natural Supplements
Pain medications (analgesics) and anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs - Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can be used if required to help manage your arthritis pain. However, these medications will not cure your osteoarthritis; they will merely treat your symptoms. These medications aren't recommended for everyone or for long term use, as pain medications can cause liver damage, and NSAIDs can cause gastrointestinal difficulties (such as upset stomach, diarrhea, ulcers and intestinal bleeding). They can also trigger other serious side effects, and even inhibit the body's natural ability to heal itself.
COX-2 Inhibitors (prescription NSAIDs like Celebrex, Bextra or Vioxx, block the COX-2 enzyme involved with prostaglandin production responsible for inflammation) have been linked with risks of heart attack, stroke and in some cases death. The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) asked manufacturers to withdraw some COX-2 Inhibitors (Vioxx and Bextra) from the market as well as put a big black warning label on the packaging outlining the risks involved with use (Celebrex).
Cysts can be treated by removing extra fluid from the knee using a syringe or seeing your physician to investigate cortisone/steroid injections or topical medications. These may initially help reduce inflammation and swelling, however steroids may actually harm the joint if used on a long term basis. These are occasionally used for rheumatoid arthritis, but rarely for osteoarthritis. Corticosteroids should be used with caution and never in conjunction with ultrasound therapy.
Some health professionals have also recommended natural supplements such as Glucosamine, MSM, Chondritin, Capsaicin, Devil's Claw, or Yucca Leaf to help relieve pain and/or strengthen your tissues. Hyaluronic Acid (Hyalgan) injections have also had a lot of success.
Natural, Non-Invasive Knee Therapies
As mentioned above, the long term us of pain and anti-inflammatory medications can cause damage to organs in your body. If your knee pain persists, it is wise to treat yourself with natural pain reducing and healing therapies to treat your symptoms and heal the source of your knee pain.
Treating your knee with natural therapies will help to reduce your knee pain and/or slow the deterioration of tissue in your knees. Use cold compression therapy if you are experiencing pain or your knees are inflamed. Ultrasound therapy will also help to reduce inflammation while improving elasticity and the health of your tissue. Following up these treatments with blood flow stimulation therapy (BFST) will help to maintain the overall health of your knees and improve tissue strength in the entire area.
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