New Arthritis Treatments

by Josh

New Arthritis Treatments

Since heat and/or cold is not recommended to alleviate symptoms associated with all types of arthritis, the decision whether to use it or not should be discussed with your doctor or physical therapist. If appropriate for use on your arthritis pain, it must be determined which kind of temperature treatment should be used. Moist heat, such as a warm bath or shower, or dry heat, such as a heating pad, placed on affected joint for about 15 minutes may relieve the pain. An ice pack wrapped in a towel and placed on the sore area for about 15 minutes may help to reduce swelling and stop the pain.

Music to my ears. Of course, it will be a long time before we runners convince skeptical friends that we aren't headed for a hellish destiny with pain and arthritis. But keep the faith; the tide is turning. The medical community is slowly coming to accept that running is good for your joints, as well as your heart. And the evidence is growing. This doesn't give you license to pound out long runs while swallowing a handful of ibuprofen. But regular, moderate, pain-free running? Get out there and enjoy it, no matter what your auntie says.Arthritis


People afflicted with osteoarthritis often times have very little inflammation. As such, pain relievers such as acetaminophen, the most well know of which is Tylenol, may be effective. Acetaminophen is a pain reliever but does not reduce swelling. Acetaminophen does not cause stomach irritation and is less likely than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), described later, to cause long-term side effects. Research has shown that acetaminophen relieves pain as effectively as NSAIDs for many patients with osteoarthritis. People with liver disease, people who drink alcohol heavily, and those taking blood- thinning medicines or NSAIDs should use acetaminophen with caution.

Continued research has expanded the umbrella of rheumatic diseases to include more than 100 arthritis-related conditions; the number of people affected is estimated to be around 70 million. The foundation serves them through community-based clinics, educational resources, support and home study groups, and exercise classes. The Arthritis Foundation's information service responds to questions phoned in or e-mailed by more than 140,000 people each year. An important outreach tool for the foundation is Arthritis Today magazine. Issued bimonthly, this commercial publication informs Americans with arthritis-related illness of advances in quality-of-life issues and treatments. Medical journalists are recognized with awards honoring accurate writing on arthritis.

Although there has been a lack of systematic research (in western countries), a case study published in The Lancet found that daily doses of 6 to 9 mg per day were sufficient to cause arthritis in an avid tea-drinker (Cook 1971). The subject of the study , an English woman with a 25-year history of debilitating arthritis, experienced complete relief in her symptoms within 6 months of stopping her tea consumption. In light of the woman’s recovery, the author concluded that “some cases of pain diagnosed as rheumatism or arthritis may be due to subclinical fluorosis which is not radiologically demonstrable.”

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