Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of disability in the U.S., and sometimes the pain is just so unbearable that other people simply can’t live a normal life anymore. Fortunately there are various ways to treat, or at least mitigate, this condition, and many of them don’t involve a prolonged visit to the hospital. Ellisha Rader Mannering of WebProNews listed a few tips that can help relieve osteoarthritis pain, namely: a healthy diet, a good exercise routine, and a regular intake of Vitamins C and D.
From 2007 to 2009, about 50 million Americans were diagnosed with arthritic pain, and 21 million of whom reported that their daily lives were hampered because of it; most probably due to osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis itself is considered to be the most common type of arthritis in the country. This condition is also known as ‘degenerative arthritis’ in some circles, which is rather apt given that it is caused by the natural degeneration of the joints. Even with the latest advancements in medicine, arthritis cases in the U.S. are still expected to reach 67 million by 2030.
Thankfully, doctors remain undaunted by such prospects and they continue to come up with more effective ways to fight osteoarthritis. One approach is to inject the affected joint(s) with a compound known as hyaluronate; commercially known as ‘Hyalgan’ and ‘Synvisc’. This medication was specifically formulated to mimic hyaluronic acid, a substance found in the joints. This makes hyaluronate easy to absorb, turning it into a lubricant and shock absorber that can relieve knee pain.
Receiving Hackensack, NJ knee pain injections is not as straightforward as it sounds, though, because this treatment is used only when certain requirements are met. For example, if the pain doesn’t go away with ice packs and standard pain relievers, only then can doctors recommend a hyaluronate injection. Even then, they have to be careful because the drug can also lead to headaches, back pain, itchy skin, and other allergic reactions.
Still, such risks are a small price to pay, given that exercise and proper diet won’t always be enough to treat osteoarthritis.
(Source: Osteoarthritis Pain: Tips To Relieve It, WebProNews, August 22, 2014)