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Can joint injections help ease rheumatoid arthritis joint pain?

Can joint injections help ease rheumatoid arthritis joint pain?

Rheumatoid joints: Absolutely. Cortisone injections into joints with inflammation of any cause can be helped . It's more important to get in with a rheumatology specialist as there r medications which can slow or reverse the disease . ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

This common degenerative condition impacts the joints, where normal wear and tear on them gets to a point where they can no longer keep up with the pace of generating fresh cartilage. As a result, the joint space thins, the bone becomes exposed and painful, and bone spurs ...Read more


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Can massage therapy help fibromyalgia?

Can massage therapy help fibromyalgia?

Not the way you mean: Fibromyalgia is a brain problem, not a joint, muscle, tendon or bursa problem. Massage doesn't "help" fibromyalgia the way it may help muscular soreness after vigorous exertion. The pleasurable sensation merely acts as a counter-sensation to fibromyalgia & is only temporary. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition with no "cure," only symptomatic treatment at the neurochemical level, ...Read more

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Can massage therapy relieve carpal therapy?

Can massage therapy relieve carpal therapy?

Carpal tunnel: Maybe. Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by hand pain and recurrent numbness or "pins and needle" sensations in the thumb, index, middle finger and the lateral aspect of the ring finger. It may be triggered by repetitive use, like driving or keyboard typing. Diabetes or obesity increases risk of onset. Wearing a wrist cock- up splint is very effective. Surgery reserved for severe cases. ...Read more

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Are massages beneficial for neck and knee arthritus?

Are massages beneficial for neck and knee arthritus?

In short, yes: Stimulation of the soft tissue around painful sites is often soothing. However, some massage is aggressive enough to be painful, so choose your massage therapist well! warming the area prior to massage is also likely to make the experience more pleasant and the relaxation obtained from the massage more long-lasting. ...Read more

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Can Botox injections relieve arthritis pain?

Can Botox injections relieve arthritis pain?

In early studies, Botox injections appear to reduce arthritis pain in the shoulder, knee and hip: These results are promising, but they fall short of proving that Botox injections are an effective treatment for arthritis pain. Botox injections are the best known of a group of medications that use various forms of botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze muscle activity. Other medications that contain botulinum toxin include Dysport, Myobloc and Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxin a). This toxin is produced by the microbe that causes botulism, a type of food poisoning. So far, participants in various studies have reported improvement in arthritis pain and function after Botox injections. Botulinum toxin works by blocking the transmission of certain chemical signals that relay information between nerves and the brain. These preliminary studies have been small, and many of them didn't include a control group to see if the botulinum toxin injections work better than placebo. So there's much left to learn about the possible role of Botox injections in arthritis treatment. While research continues, proven treatment options — such as exercise, weight loss and medication — remain the focus of most arthritis treatment plans. ...Read more

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Will taking cortisone shots relieve degenerative arthritis pain in joints?

Will taking cortisone shots relieve degenerative arthritis pain in joints?

Possibly: Joint injections with corticosteroids can be very beneficial in arthritic joints . You can see what your specialist recommends and how long they last for you. One has to be careful in limiting steroid use to limit complications. ...Read more

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Massage and stretches for tight hip flexors?

Massage and stretches for tight hip flexors?

Can be very helpful: Both massage and passive and active stretching can be very helpful for tight hip . Flexors. While a home program for stretching can work fine massage needs to be done by a provider trained in neuromuscular massage in order to get the most benefit. Stretches should be demonstrated at least once to make sure they are done properly. Find a facility that provides physical therapy and massage. ...Read more

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Is yoga beneficial for shoulder tendonitis?

Is yoga beneficial for shoulder tendonitis?

Could be.: You can try yoga, and use shoulder symptoms as a guideline. If the yoga activities seem to irritate the shoulder, you may need to stop. ...Read more

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Can chiropractic manipulation help chronic neck muscle pain?

Can chiropractic manipulation help chronic neck muscle pain?

No: Chiropractic uses a deep massage based upon a faulty theory about bodily function. While the massage can temporarily make you feel better there is no cure from their work. Never let a chiro massage your neck. This is a more fragile structure and deep thrusting massage is dangerous there have been cases of paralysis and blood clots from chiros. See an orthopod for this. ...Read more

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Does feldenkrais or acupuncture help with arthritis pain?

Does feldenkrais or acupuncture help with arthritis pain?

Arthritis: It can, but first get clearance from your doctor who can also make the referral if he/she deems necessary. ...Read more

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Does glucosamine or chondroitin help joint pain?

Does glucosamine or chondroitin help joint pain?

Maybe...: Glucosamine and chondroitin are supplements that some believe help osteoarthritis pain; studies have shown mixed results; the american academy of orthopedic surgeons recommend against routine prescription of these for knee oa as a randomized controlled trial showed no benefit; believers recommend 1500 mg of glucosamine + 1200 of chondroitin daily for many weeks; maybe try + see if it works for you. ...Read more

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Is glucosamine helpful for knee joint pain?

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

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Will glucosamine help osteoarthritis?

Will glucosamine help osteoarthritis?

Unknown: I have patients that do believe that glucosamine helps their oa pain. There is no real evidence that it makes a difference. It does not change the arthritic problem but no medication or supplement does at this time for oa. Occassionally I have seen some relief in knee and hip pain in rare patients. ...Read more

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What helps alleviate juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What helps alleviate juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Alleviating Sx?: Alleviating sx? Not the goal. Alleviating inflammation is the goal. Symptom relief is secondary in importance! the drugs used are similar for adults, except the doses are much lower and size-based. Jra no longer exist. It is juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Virtually all children should be remitted with currently available medication. ...Read more

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Does prolotherapy help with chronic knee arthritis?

Does prolotherapy help with chronic knee arthritis?

Prolo: Yes. It aids in stabilizing the knee joint preventing further laxity if the ligaments which contributes to worsening of osteoarthritis. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can yucca relieve arthritis pain?

The bark and root of yucca — a group of shrub-like plants native to the southwestern United States and Mexico — are ingredients in many dietary supplements that claim to promote joint health: Parts of various yucca plants have been used for centuries in traditional Native American medicine. But the only direct evidence that yucca relieves joint pain comes from a single study published in the 1970s and never validated in later publications. Since then, scientists have isolated several yucca compounds that may turn out to have medicinal value. In the laboratory, some of these compounds display properties similar to those of anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat joint pain. What these yucca-derived chemicals do in the test tube, however, is likely to be quite different from what they do in the human body. Scientific studies have validated many alternative and complementary therapies for arthritis, but yucca is not one of them. ...Read more

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Can massage therapy cure tendonitis of the shoulder?

Can massage therapy cure tendonitis of the shoulder?

No: To an extent the answer depends on which tendon is involved. Massage can aid in the recovery of injured tissue by stimulating blood supply, and in the case of a tendon mobilizing it. In general tendons do not repair if their is much tearing, but in the case of minor tears seen in inflammation (tendonitis) improve with gradual strengthening and judicial use of steroids for pain management. ...Read more

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Will a tens machine help with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Will a tens machine help with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

It May: It can help relieve the pain associated with the rheumatoid arthritis but it will not affect underlying condition. ...Read more