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What activity modifications can be done to help alleviate osteoarthritis pain?

What activity modifications can be done to help alleviate osteoarthritis pain?

Avoid Inactivity: You should try to avoid being inactive as this may accelerate osteoarthritis and become a vicious cycle. You should try to avoid activities that exacerbate your pain, such as heavy lifting, excessive bending and twisting, and sudden movements. You should do more light exercises such as walking or jogging, swimming, lifting light weights, and light stretches. ...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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What can be done to reduce or eliminate arthritic pain?

What can be done to reduce or eliminate arthritic pain?

NSAID's: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications can be helpful in reducing the pain of arthritis. Acupuncture is also well suited to this type of pain. Take care. ...Read more

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How can I relieve arthritis pain with physical therapy?

How can I relieve arthritis pain with physical therapy?

PT for arthritis: A physical therapist can assist you with activities of daily living to reduce the stress on the joints affected with arthritis. Also treatments like wax dips to deliver heat to the joints and other exercises can be taught to help you. ...Read more

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What can be done to help or ease back pain from an injury?

What can be done to help or ease back pain from an injury?

Conservative care: Generally you will start with conservative treatment such as physical therapy (including strengthening and stretching) and anti-inflammatory medications. Progressive return to activity as well as ice for the first few day, followed by heat, are also recommended. See a physician if your symptoms continue to persist, or if they worsen. ...Read more

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What can be done to reduce pain of new braces?

What can be done to reduce pain of new braces?

Lots: 1 200mg advil/motrin/ibuprofen 4x/day w food or liquids. 1tsp salt in 8oz warm water 3x/day, swish-spit out. Cover "stickers" w orthodontic wax. Apply orabase-b to sore spots w q-tip. Keep mouth spotlessly clean. Eat a soft high-protein diet. For braces friendly recipes click on www.Drmalerman.Com then click on cookie lady. Ask your orthodontic specialist for other tips. ...Read more

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What can be done to relieve pain after a knee replacement?

What can be done to relieve pain after a knee replacement?

Work with surgeon: Pain after total knee replacement varies from patient to patient. Most orthopaedic surgeons use a "multimodality" pain management approach, using different types of medications, not just narcotics, to help with pain control. A combination of tylenol, (acetaminophen) Celebrex or mobic, and Lyrica can be used with an oral narcotic medication like norco. Remember that ice is an important tool for pain management. ...Read more

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Can neuromuscular release technique...Will that help with sciatica pain?If not can you recommend or suggest once and for all what will resolve pain?

Can neuromuscular release technique...Will that help with sciatica pain?If not can you recommend or suggest once and for all what will resolve pain?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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What can be done to prevent tendonitis in your knees?

What can be done to prevent tendonitis in your knees?

Exercise: Staying active tends to keep your joints healthy. Low impact sports such as walking probably best. It's possible but not proven that joint health with vitamin c and glucosamine supplements may help, but probably not that much if at all (there are other benefits to vitamin c however). If lifting weights, use good form. ...Read more

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What can be done to relieve pain caused by tmj? Are there alternatives to medicinal therapy for long term relief?

What can be done to relieve pain caused by tmj? Are there alternatives to medicinal therapy for long term relief?

Can be complicated.: Tmj disorder can be complicated, and i agree with the other doctors' answers. I will add a couple of things. I have advanced training from the university of michigan concerning tmd. You should certainly stick with a soft diet, with no chewing gum. Try to massage the affected joint. Take Ibuprofen to lessen the pain and reduce inflammation. See a dentist for an x-ray and overall evaluation. ...Read more

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How many trigger point injections would be needed to help with bad neck muscle pain?

How many trigger point injections would be needed to help with bad neck muscle pain?

Depends on response: to the initial shots. Your Doc who is giving you these shots would be able to inform you as to how many you receive. Everyone is different and would have a different need of the number of shots. ...Read more

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What can be done to treat/ reduce pain? I heard injection of steroids into the spine will help with back pain. True? What else?

What can be done to treat/ reduce pain? I heard injection of steroids into the spine will help with back pain. True? What else?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the spine (mid back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Chronic muscle pain unk etiol. I need help to find a cause and pain relief protocol needed as it is severe, what can be done?

Chronic muscle pain unk etiol. I need help to find a cause and pain relief protocol needed as it is severe, what can be done?

M any possibilities: Chronic muscle pain can come from many sources, the most famous of which is fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, there is no test to prove this diagnosis but instead you doctor needs to rule out the other suspects first. If this does end up to be fibromyalgia, avoid narcotic-based pain medications in your protocol. They do little for this type of pain. ...Read more

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I exercise often and want to know what techniques I can utilize to reduce or eliminate joint pain (knees mostly)?

I exercise often and want to know what techniques I can utilize to reduce or eliminate joint pain (knees mostly)?

Anterior thigh: I have found that the anterior thigh muscles seem to atrophy over the years and this phenomena is accompanied by knee pain. Squats and leg lifts are good ways to start strengthening these muscle. Walk backwards up hill and feel you anterior thigh muscles burn and this will let you know how weak they are. Strengthen muscles around joint to fight arthritis. ...Read more

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What can I do to manage pain from osteoarthritis? What medicine (or other means) works best to relieve severe pain from osteoarthritis?

What can I do to manage pain from osteoarthritis? What medicine (or other means) works best to relieve severe pain from osteoarthritis?

Many things: Even though you have arthritis, you need to find a way to continue to exercise. Non-impact things are the best -- swimming, biking, etc. Depending on where the arthritis is can also tailor your treatment. Even just a little exercise each day makes a difference. Medicine includes tylenol (acetaminophen) and anti-inflammatories. Consult with your primary physician to make sure there are no interactions. ...Read more

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What nonaddictive medicines may be given to help ease cancer pain?

What nonaddictive medicines may be given to help ease cancer pain?

Start simple:: Acetomenophen 1st, non-steroidal (ibuprofen and ilk), neural interactive (gabapentin, amytryptiline, analeptics. ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve the pain from mild scoliosis aside from using a fabric brace and doing physical therapy?

What can I do to relieve the pain from mild scoliosis aside from using a fabric brace and doing physical therapy?

Find source of pain: Scoliosis is rarely a cause of pain. Work with your specialist physician to find the source of your pain and then move forward with other treatment options. If you have not yet had an mri, then this could be a helpful test. ...Read more

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What can be done to relieve pain from a toothache?

What can be done to relieve pain from a toothache?

Temporary: Any OTC remedies are temporary. They do not "cure" your infected tooth, only temporarily mask the symptoms. To fix the problem you MUST see your Dentist. Nothing else will do much except cost you money and allow the infection to worsen and spread. ...Read more

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What activity modifications can be done to help alleviate osteoarthritis pain?

Avoid Inactivity: You should try to avoid being inactive as this may accelerate osteoarthritis and become a vicious cycle. You should try to avoid activities that exacerbate your pain, such as heavy lifting, excessive bending and twisting, and sudden movements. You should do more light exercises such as walking or jogging, swimming, lifting light weights, and light stretches. ...Read more

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Does topical CBD oil help relieve osteoarthritis pain? How does CBD Hemp oil compare to CBD oil from medical marijuana?

Does topical CBD oil help relieve osteoarthritis pain? How does CBD Hemp oil compare to CBD oil from medical marijuana?

OA Pain: There is no conclusive evidence at this point that CBD oil is beneficial, and no evidence that it is harmful. I do not believe you need a prescription for it. ...Read more

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Can you give some suggestions on how to alleviate osteoarthritis pain?

Can you give some suggestions on how to alleviate osteoarthritis pain?

A few options.: Consider NSAIDs as main treatment option for OA pain. Also things like steroid injections can be used. You can consider Synvisc/Orthovisc/Euflexxa injections as well. Lastly there are some newer procedures like platelet therapy injections or stem cell injections that can be helpful although these are not covered by insurance yet. ...Read more

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Cymbalta (duloxetine) or celebrex: what is better for treating osteoarthritis pain?

Work differently!: They both can be used alone or together! Both are effective, but my first Rx would be Celebrex! ...Read more

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Is etodolac 300mg cap good for osteoarthritis pain?

Is etodolac  300mg cap good for osteoarthritis pain?

An option: This is one medication that is used, but as with all medications there are benefits and risks. See: http://goo.Gl/dolko. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use lidoderm patches for osteoarthritis pain?

Is it ok to use lidoderm patches for osteoarthritis pain?

Yes: They are expensive but occasionally some people experience some value from them especially for low back pain. ...Read more

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What are some of the pharmacological treatments for osteoarthritis pain?

What are some of the pharmacological treatments for osteoarthritis pain?

NSAIDs: Maybe helpful. Also consider supplements like glucosamine/chondroitin. Lastly if not improving consider how platelet therapy or stem cells can be helpful for you. Check out Regenexx.Com ...Read more

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Does Spinal Cord Stimulation reduce chronic osteoarthritis pain?

Does  Spinal Cord Stimulation reduce chronic osteoarthritis  pain?

Not wise.: Its like using a sledge hammer to crack a soft boiled egg. It is a dangerous procedure that has numerous complications and last for only a few months to a year. No OA is that bad. If spinal OA consider RFA-Radio Frequency Ablation. Its relief also transient but has almost NO complications and is done in 30" at an out patient facility and repeated ad lib. Ask a physiatrist, MD. ...Read more

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What is it about hot water that relieves osteoarthritis pain? What is the mechanism of action and what other therapies have the same properties?

Osteoarthritis: Heat or cold therapy works by stimulating your body's own healing force. For instance, heat dilates the blood vessels, stimulates circulation, and reduces muscle spasms. In addition, heat alters the sensation of pain. You can use either dry heat -- such as heating pads or heat lamps -- or moist heat -- such as warm baths or heated wash cloths. Massage therapy has a similar mechanism of action. ...Read more

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Harrington rod op 32 years ago (dorsal&lumbar). Age, 46. Difficulty walking, sciatica & osteoarthritis pain. What exercises and nutrition could help?

Harrington rod op 32 years ago (dorsal&lumbar). Age, 46. Difficulty walking, sciatica & osteoarthritis pain. What exercises and nutrition could help?

SWIMMING: would be very beneficial for you! Make sure your diet contains enough Calcium (or obtain Calcium Supplements) and vitamin D (You should check these with your PCP! You ahould also consider a "fresh" evaluation by a SPINE Specialist! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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My mother had menopause 3 yrs bak .suffers frm osteoarthritis ,pain in knees nd feet ..wat diet, medicine nd lifestyle changes can help?

My mother had menopause 3 yrs bak .suffers frm osteoarthritis ,pain in knees nd feet ..wat diet, medicine nd lifestyle changes can help?

Exercise: Regular exercise, increased overall activity (i.e. take the stairs instead of the elevator) weight loss, smoking cessation, and a basic healthy diet (i.e. lots of fruits and vegetables, healthy proteins, avoidance of processed and fast foods) are the cornerstones of treatment. NSAIDs (i.e. ibuprofen) can help but chronic use should be avoided. ...Read more

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Is taking ibuprofen, or naproxen, better for chronic osteoarthritis pain? What is the max dose of naproxen that can be taken in a day? Thanks!

Is taking ibuprofen, or naproxen, better for chronic osteoarthritis pain? What is the max dose of naproxen that can be taken in a day? Thanks!

NSAIDs for OA.: Either would be fine, as they both have both anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Naproxen is twice daily dosing, so may be easier to take. Both should be taken with food. Maximum daily dose would be printed on the bottle. ...Read more

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My prescription of naproxen is not dealing with the (osteoarthritis) pain - can I take some ibuprofen as a top-up?

My prescription of naproxen is not dealing with the (osteoarthritis) pain - can I take some ibuprofen as a top-up?

No: Over-the-counter ibuprofen & naproxen are in the same family of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). As such, they shouldn't be used concomitantly as they increase your risk of bleeding ulcers & kidney disease. Acetaminophen (sold as paracetamol outside States) can be used w/either naproxen or ibuprofen. But beware that more than 3,000mg/d +/- alcohol can increase risk of liver disease ...Read more

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Is it safe a chronic use of ppi as prophylactic for nsaids induced ulcer for patients taking nsaids for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis pain ?

Is it safe a chronic use of ppi as prophylactic for nsaids induced ulcer for patients taking nsaids for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis pain ?

Great idea: Recent study: "proton pump inhibitors decrease the risk of bleeding ulcers in high-risk NSAID or Aspirin users with very recent ulcer bleeding by approximately 75–85%., recent head-to-head randomized comparison of two preventive strategies (proton pump inhibitor plus non-selective NSAID vs. Cox-2-specific inhibitor)". Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Does Prozac (fluoxetine) cause Ultram to work better? I saw that Prozac (fluoxetine) increases opiod receptors in brain. Have back pain, osteoarthritis pain, foot nerve damage.

Does Prozac (fluoxetine) cause Ultram to work better? I saw that Prozac (fluoxetine) increases opiod receptors in brain. Have back pain, osteoarthritis pain, foot nerve damage.

Unlikely: No evidence i know of that and there are significant interactions. Though interactions are the same there is evidence that Cymbalta (duloxetine) may help with chronic pain. Talk to your doctor about all the medications you are on and he/she can help you weigh the benefit vs risk of such combinations. ...Read more

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How can you relieve degenerative arthritis pain?

How can you relieve degenerative arthritis pain?

Lots: There are many options for treatment. Medications like anti-inflammatory options like ibuprofen, naproxen, etc. Other options include synvisc/euflexxa injections to help lubricate the joint or even platelet/stem cell therapies as well. Generally these options are not covered by your insurance though. Check out Regenexx.Com. ...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