Published on January 17, 2012.
A typical way to treat Osteoarthritis from the medical journal American Family Physician, Jan 2012 (1)
Pharmacologic treatment begins with aspirin, then a step-up to NSAIDs. Exercise can be useful and as well as the supplements glucosamine and chondroitin when taken in combination. Next step the corticosteroid followed by hyaluronic acid injections. Next step Total joint replacement.
At the Magaziner Center for Wellness, we treat osteoarthritis in a different way. The first thing is we do not put you on a fast track to ever increasing doses of an ever increasing potency anti-inflammatories and pain-killers. These treatments have been shown in countless studies to accelerate osteoarthritis and in of themselves cause the need for total joint replacements.
In our chronic pain specialities we use Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, and Stem Cell Therapy for chronic joint pain because they are effective and offer few if any of the side effects high dose medication and surgery do.
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1. Sinusas K. Osteoarthritis: diagnosis and treatment. Am Fam Physician. 2012 Jan 1;85(1):49-56.
Osteoarthritis is a common degenerative disorder of the articular cartilage associated with hypertrophic bone changes. Risk factors include genetics, female sex, past trauma, advancing age, and obesity. The diagnosis is based on a history of joint pain worsened by movement, which can lead to disability in activities of daily living. Plain radiography may help in the diagnosis, but laboratory testing usually does not. Pharmacologic treatment should begin with acetaminophen and step up to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Exercise is a useful adjunct to treatment and has been shown to reduce pain and disability. The supplements glucosamine and chondroitin can be used for moderate to severe osteoarthritis when taken in combination. Corticosteroid injections provide inexpensive, short-term (four to eight weeks) relief of osteoarthritic flare-ups of the knee, whereas hyaluronic acid injections are more expensive but can maintain symptom improvement for longer periods. Total joint replacement of the hip, knee, or shoulder is recommended for patients with chronic pain and disability despite maximal medical therapy.
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