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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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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

Common degenerative problem of cartilage and joints. Simply stated it is wear and tear to a point that the joint no longer can keep up with depositing fresh cartilage and the joint space thins, bone becomes exposed and pailful, bone spurs and deformity may ensue. And ...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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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 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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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?

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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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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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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