Many sufferers of osteoarthritis are receiving considerable relief through the ancient practice of acupuncture (thin needles placed in specific points of the body). Others are helped by green tea (a staple of the Eastern diet), and the ancient Chinese martial arts of tai chi helps not only pain, but physical function.
For over a decade, the use of glucosamine and chondroitin has received popular attention. These over-the-counter nutritional supplements have helped many people although there is no clinical evidence to support its use. However, one study did find that the combination of the two supplements significantly improved pain relief in those with moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis.
When osteoarthritis interferes with activities of daily living or nothing relieves the pain, consideration for surgery is always an option. One of the most common surgeries is to remove the damaged joint and replace it with an artificial one. This is called total joint replacement surgery. Another technique that is being tested is a resurfacing of the diseased portion of the joint instead of replacing the entire joint.
Although there is no cure for osteoarthritis, living with the pain is made easier with a combination of treatments depending on the severity of the disease. Consult your healthcare provider for the best option for you and your lifestyle.
New studies are being conducted every day to find new treatment options and to find the cause. But the best treatment is to take care of your joints today, so they can take care of you tomorrow!