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What are the goals and principles in arthritis therapy?

What are the goals and principles in arthritis therapy?

What arthritis?: For rheumatoid arthritis the goal, is to stop the progression of the disease with medicines like methotrexate, plaquanil, sulfalazines and others. For osteoarthritis the goal is to aliviate pain, improve function. Only preventing repetitive or occupational injuries to joints may prevent some of the disease, but otherwise there is no proven medicine to stop the progression of oa. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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What should I do before using icy hot arthritis therapy ?

What should I do before using icy hot arthritis therapy ?

Strength?: Clean the skin where you are applying it. Check what strength the icy hot ointment, cream or patch has (this is the % or strengh). Try it on in a small surface first to check for the effect. If it does not help try stronger %. Read the manufacturer recommendations. If it burns too much...Wipe it out. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of icy hot for arthritis therapy ?

What are the side effects of icy hot for arthritis therapy ?

Local irritation: There are very few long term effects and not much gets absorbed into the body, however some people can be allergic to the compounds and develop a rash or inflammation where this is applied. These will typically resolve if the therapy is stopped. ...Read more

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What do chiropractors do in arthritis therapy?

What do chiropractors do in arthritis therapy?

Little: Chiropractors use an outmoded, ancient idea as a theoretical basis for treatment. The use high powered x-rays to find "subluxations" of the spine as a cause of all illness. They provide a deep massage which might give temporary relief but no cures. They cannot treat arthritis with these ideas and are more than likely to aggravate and worsen this condition. See your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What is a good medication for the treatment of severe arthritis?

What is a good medication for the treatment of severe arthritis?

Impossible to answer: It is impossible to answer this without knowing what type of arthritis we are talking about and how severe it is etc. there are vast differences in therapy depending on whether you have inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid disease or non inflammatory disease
You need to have professional help to prerly diagnose see a rheumatologist ...Read more

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What would be the best treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in a 52 year old female. She has hypertension and hypothyroidism and is on medication 4 both?

What would be the best treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in a 52 year old female. She has hypertension and hypothyroidism and is on medication 4 both?

"BEST" treatment : Means really what is the optimal treatent. What is the balance that is needed between drugs, therapy, exercise and surgery for each specific area that may be affected by the ra. Overall lab work is often used to follow the effects of certain disease modifynh drugs or dmards but these are clicial paths that have many twists and turns. This is why the field of rheumatology and when needed orthopedic. ...Read more

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Can arthritis treatment be 100% effective?

Sometimes: It depends on the type of arthritis you have and what areas of your body are involved. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for painful arthritis?

What is the best treatment for painful arthritis?

First of all: the type of arthritis must be determined.
In general ASPIRIN is pretty much an accepted treatment (exception GOUT which may get worse with Aspirin) Suffices to say..get your joint pain evaluated first by your PCP then a referral to a RHEUMATOLOGIST may be advisable
Hope this helps!]
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What is the best treatment for arthritis pain?

What is the best treatment for arthritis pain?

See a rheumatologist: There's no one best way to manage arthritis pain or achieve pain relief.Once a diagnosis of arthritis has been made, effective management of arthritis involves three specific strategies: 1) Patient education, 2) Body rehabilitation, and 3) Pharmacological (medical) management. See a rheumatologist for evaluation and professional management. ...Read more

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What is the best natural treatment for arthritis?

What is the best natural treatment for arthritis?

Supplements & activi: Omega-3 fatty acis, calcium, vitamin d3 and zinc! these will help in food or as supplements. Stay as active as possible, and avoid teraumatic activities, ie. Running, jumping, or contact sports. Cycling, yoga, pilates, circuit weight training are better activities! ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for gout and arthritis?

What is the best treatment for gout and arthritis?

See your physician: The best thing is to be examined to determine the underlying cause. This will determine the best treatment approach. ...Read more

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Which treatment will i get for juvenile arthritis?

Which treatment will i get for juvenile arthritis?

Depends!: Treatments are quite varied and will depend on the preferences of the treating rheumatologist or pediatric rheumatologist. However, treatment for jia should not be directed by a pcp or pediatrician. This is a serious issue! ...Read more

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What treatment will one get for juvenile arthritis?

What treatment will one get for juvenile arthritis?

JIA and treatment: NSAIDs like aleve and ibuprofen can help with joint pain and swelling but will not prevent the loss of cartilage. Steroid injections in larger joints like a knee can alleviate symptoms for a few months. If the arthritis affects many joints, and small joints, than treatment would include lowering the immune system with medications such as methotrexate, enbrel, or humira ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for reactive arthritis?

What is the best  treatment for reactive arthritis?

Depends on duration: Let's assume that the infection that caused reactive arthritis has been treated (without this, very difficult to treat symptoms).

If joint symptoms less than several months (<6 mths), usually start with nsaids (i.e. Naproxen, diclofenac) for a few weeks. Some with resistant arthritis can have steroid joint injections.

For >6 mths, sulfasalazine or Methotrexate is used. Sometimes anti-tnf therapy. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for rheumatic arthritis?

What is the best treatment for rheumatic arthritis?

Depends: I can't give you a straight answer here without more information about you and your diagnosis workup. ...Read more

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What is shark cartilage treatment for people with arthritis?

What is shark cartilage treatment for people with arthritis?

Dangers abound: Shark fin soup, made from the cartilaginous pectoral & dorsal fins of shark, has been in use since at least the ming dynasty in china. It is used medicinally in china to lower cholesterol & to combat cancer & heart disease but it's benefits are controversial. There is a health risk in ingesting shark fins. It is a predator fish with of high levels of bmaa (neurotoxin), arsenic & methylmercury. ...Read more

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What would be the best treatment for arthritis of the spine?

What would be the best treatment for arthritis of the spine?

Back Arthritis: Exercise, avoid inactivity. Get out and walk, do flexibility exercises and stretching, neutral spine core stability exercises will improve the support structures of your spine without aggravating your arthritis. ...Read more

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What can you do to use vinegar in the treatment of arthritis?

What can you do to use vinegar in the treatment of arthritis?

I don't!: When i moved to knoxville, "joggin in a jug, " was a popular commercial extoling the benefits of unfiltered vinegar. While i believe it is healthy, no scientific studies show arthritis benefits! ...Read more

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My girlfriend has rheumatiod arthritis. What is the best treatment?

My girlfriend has rheumatiod arthritis. What is the best treatment?

Rheumatoid arthritis: She can start with an antiinflammatory drug like Ibuprofen or Naproxen but she needs to see a rheumatologist to get more specialized treament regimens. ...Read more

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Can you get arthritis n your head and what are symptoms and treatment.

Can you get arthritis n your head and what are symptoms and treatment.

Not really : The term arthritis refers to a number of conditions in which the cartilage in a joint is either being worn down or damaged. Arthritis can only occur in a joint between two bones. The skull is a single, solid bone. There are no mobile joints in the skull itself, only at the joints where the spine meets the skulland where the jaw meets the skull. Be evaluated if you are having pain in that area. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed with rheumatiod arthritis. What is the first line treatment?

Recently diagnosed with rheumatiod arthritis. What is the first line treatment?

There are many!: Methotrexate, doxycycline, hydroxychloroquine, sulfasalazine, ridaura, (auranofin) low dose prednisone. Other drugs like leflunomide, azothioprine, and Cyclophosphamide are further done the pike. Biologics are always second line drugs. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for gouty arthritis?

What is the treatment for gouty arthritis?

Ideally prevention: Arthritis from gout occurs when uric acid crystals from the blood stream get deposited in the joints. The crystals cause an inflammatory reaction that can cause severe joint damage and arthritis. Ideally the treatment involves lowering uric acid levels in the body either with diet or medication. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for gouty arthritis?

What is the  treatment for gouty arthritis?

Lowering uric acid !: You need to lower uric acid, but if done too rapidly, it paradoxically might bring on an attack. Most patients should have an acute attack dealt with nsaids, colchicine, or even a steroid injection into the inflamed joint. Low dose Allopurinol 100 mg is started a few days later and incrementally increased to lower uric acid levels to or below 6mg/%. No need for anyone to have chronic problems. ...Read more

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Can homeopathy treatment helpful in arthritis?

Can homeopathy treatment helpful in arthritis?

Proven effective: Research from controlled studies in mainstream medical journals proves homeopathy can be effective for both rheumatoid & osteoarthritis. See http://homeopathyusa.Org/home/eb/arthritis.Html & http://www.Homeopathic.Com/articles/using_homeopathy_for_ailments/homeopathic_medicines_for_arthritis.Html
homeopathic treatment is highly individualized so it is best to consult a professional homeopath. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the best treatment for rheumatoid arthritis?

Biologicals: The treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has really improved over the last decade since introduction of new class of medications called biological they have many side effects and need to be selected properly for best fit for individual patient please talk to your rheumatologist who will be the best one to answer your specific question good luck. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for septic arthritis?

What is the treatment for septic arthritis?

See below: The treatment for a septic joint is usually IV antibiotics as well as drainage of the knee infection and sometimes a treatment called lavage to clean out the infection in the joint. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for septic arthritis?

What is the treatment for  septic arthritis?

Antibiotics, surgery: Treatment is to cure the infection. This is that with antibiotics. Surgical drainage may also be needed. This can be by needle aspiration recurrent draining, arthroscopic drainage or opening an infected joint and removing the infection. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more


Dr. C Julio Aponte
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Arthritis Therapy (Definition)

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