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Does Microcurrent Therapy Work On Arthritis
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
A few: Most supplements have poor evidence for efficacy in pain states. That stated, Alpha lipoic acid, acetylcarnitine, and fish oil have some evidence that they help for neuropathic pain, specifically diabetic neuropathy. Perhaps 1/5 of my patients who try this decide to stay on the supplements because they are beneficial. ...Read more
What could be the best treatment for TMJ chronic arthritis in case ibuprofen pills and heat packs don't work any more? Then you very much =o)
Dentist evaluation: Tmj issues can be complex. If you have a displaced articular cartilage, you may need a splint designed to recapture it. If the issue is primarily musculo skeletal, you may need a regimen of physical therapy. It's possible surgery may be required but these decisions require diagnosis by an experienced dentist. The usual process starts with minimal invasiveness and progresses under supervision. ...Read more
Chronic back pain in a 59 yr-old, whose back popped while grabbing a person from falling, 2 years ago, looking for a diagnosis and treatment.....?
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
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Arthritis: Alternative arthritis treatments, which are far more than can be mentioned in 400 letters, are often safe, but often ineffective. Glucosame has some positive effect on arthritis, but most are no better than placebo (help about 30% of those who try it). Most physicians do not recommend treatments that have no more benefit than a placebo, but most patients with arthritis try them anyway. ...Read more
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
Yes, homeopathy: Homeopathy can be effective in chikungunya fever -- a viral disease spread by infected mosquitoes -- and post-chikungunya chronic arthritis. It is not only one medicine for everyone, but individualized homeopathic treatment for each patient so affected. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/23870379 for a review of homeopathy in immunology: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/21622275. ...Read more
Any suggestions for the best treatment for arthritis, 24yo female No PMH and really suffering, still has a long life ahead, Thanks loads in advance!!
If U have DJD @-: -Ur age it needs a thorough investigation. Best 2 start by Cing a rheumatologist to B evaluated. ...Read more
Many good options: There are highly effective treatments. Often, we now use biologic medications, like Enbrel, Humira, Remicade, Simponi, Cimzia or Stelara (ustekinumab). These are injected. Some are pills such as methotrexate. Recently a new pill was approved called Otezla. A rheumatologist is experienced in treating psoriatic arthritis and can help. ...Read more
Biologics-last Rx!: Most patients do not need biologics, which should be reserved for the most severe cases. Sulfasalazine, co-adminstered with mtx is a good option, and very inexpensive. ...Read more
Not much on gene: Therapy for osteoarthritis (oa) if that is what you are asking about. However, there has been some very good headway made in dealing with oa with regenerative medicine. Use of prolotherapy, prp and stem cells has been moving along and showing some great promise. Recent article in archives of pmr said prp was better in oa knee than hyaluronic acid! ...Read more
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
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
See your physician: The best thing is to be examined to determine the underlying cause. This will determine the best treatment approach. ...Read more
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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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
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
Depends: I can't give you a straight answer here without more information about you and your diagnosis workup. ...Read more
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