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Acupuncture Knee Arthritis
Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more
Inflammed tendon: Chronic inflammation of the patella tendon, commonly known as "jumper's knee"/ typical treatment options consist of rice, antiinflammatories, physical therapy, counterbrace supports, massage, injections... For more info http://drmarkgalland.Com/platelet-rich-plasma-may-have-edge-in-jumpers-knee/ rarely requires surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but hold on: Glucosamine is a natural anti-inflammatory. There have been studies that show improvement in knee pain after taking them (just like nsaids). However, the american academy of orthopaedic surgeons has a position statement recommending against their use because of a randomized controlled trial showing no difference with placebo. Likely will not cause harm if tried however. Discuss with your ortho. ...Read more
Hallux limitus: Arthritis of the great toe ( hallux) is very common and painful primarily due to the amount of pressure applied to this small joint with each step and the amount of pain free motion required to take a normal step. Pain here is frequently due to inflammation of the synovium, or joint lining, but just as commonly due to a broken spur. Ice, low heeled, stiff soled shoe is best. And see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mum has mild inflamm arthritis, knee pain, knee MRI:"loss of cartilage, subarticular stress + joint effusion" Is this old age or the arthritis?
Yes, sometimes: There are always three factors involved in answering this kind of question: 1) the nature of the condition, 2) how responsive you are to acupuncture and 3) the skillfulness of the acupuncturist. Responsiveness is a built- in trait and 3-6 treatments will reveal how well you respond to acupuncture. In general, acupuncture is good for tendonitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Knee pain. Knocked , hyperextended n arthritic knees. 56. Too young for knee replacement. Other treatment options?
Sometimes: There is some evidence that acupuncture can help knee pain in some circumstances. However, it can be quite expensive and time consuming if needed on a long term basis. You should have a good examination by a qualified Doctor to determine the cause of knee pain, if possible. Then a treatment plan can be implemented which may include acupuncture. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
85 year old torn meniscus in right knee, pain/inflammation when walking. Recommend hyaluronic acid joint injection? Other non-surgical therapies?
If your joint is in-: -good condition, a menisectomy would be advised, even if borderline. This can slow down further degeneration & possibly avoid a replacement. Hyaluronic acid if the joint is bad & the only option is a replacement, if you are one of the people that get great results, you still may avoid a TKA. If successful they do need to be repeated over time. ...Read more
Depends: Some people with very specific types of knee arthritis in which one area of the knee is "worn down" far more than the rest can get some relief by wearing a brace that shifts the body weight off the "worn" area. This only works if you have the type of arthritis specified, and custom-fitted braces work better. ...Read more
Knee pain when stand/walk. Osteophytes at bilateral tibial spines. Patellofemoral joint spaces reduced. Early osteoarthritis. Need surgery to treat?
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