Best Treatment for Knee Arthritis
You can get rid of some or even all of your knee arthritis pain – if you avoid these 3 common treatment mistakes.
Here’s what’s going on with your knee arhtirtis and what you can do about it…
Knee Arthritis aka Osteo-Arthritis
This is the common wear and tear arthritis caused by worn out dry and brittle knee cartilage.
Main Symptoms –
Chronic knee pain around knee cap, inside or outside of the knee
Pain on stairs, sitting, standing and after sports especially running
Mild swelling around knee joint line.
Diagnosis is by history and proper knee exam.
MRI and X-ray show this knee condition.
What is Knee Arthritis?
Your cartilage breaks down into microscopic shards that jab into the joint causing inflammation and swelling.
This is the main cause of your knee arthritis pain.
Knee Arthritis Myths
Arthritis Myth #1 -Bone on bone knee arthritis pain is the only treatment choice is knee replacement surgery.
False. A recent 2012 Korean study showed taht pain has nothing to do with the extenet of your arthirtis.
In fact you could ahve terrible pain with little arthritis and no pain with severe arthritis.
Pain releif is not nececassirly related to the extent of your cartialge damage.
Arthritis Myth #2 – Cartilage is Dead and Doesn’t Grow
False. I was taught this in medical school and it is totally false.
In fact your cartilage turnovers every 6 months.
Your cartilage cells are very metabolically active.
Best Treatment for Knee Arthritis to Avoid Needless Knee Replacement Surgery
Step 1- Stop Pain and Swelling
Step 2- Correct the underlying causes
Step 3 Strengthen for prevention
Step 1- Stop Pain and Swelling
Natural anti-inflammatories with ice with compression (limit time to 15 minutes put towel under ice pack to prevent frostbite),
Apply natural pain relief cream or spray 4- 6 time a day to stop your knee pain.
Glucosamine and chondrotin are wonderful joint nutrients that support healthy cartilage growth but are not enough to stop inflammation by themselves.
Warning Avoid these Three Treatment Mistakes!
Avoid NSAID drugs, cortisone shots and surgery except as a last resort.
All three have been shown to damage your knee cartilage accelerating your osteoarthritis.
Knee braces can be effective with proper fitting and correct choice.
Use an exercise bike without any tension up to 30 minutes a day.
This helps circulate synovial joint fluid to nourish the damage knee cartilage.
If you’re runner or athlete, apply ice and cream or spray to your knee after running or sports.
Get really good physical therapy to help reduce pain and swelling.
Step 2- Correct the Underlying Cause(s)
- Proper foot wear
- Stretching for tight ITB, hamstrings and quads
- Super-nutrients to support healthy cartilage growth
Step 3 Strengthen for Prevention
The rule here is don’t do the exercises unless you can do them without pain.
- Knee strengthening exercises
- Tai Chi
- Progressive resistance whole body weight training
- Lose excessive body weight
Dr. Paul’s Comments
There are plenty of proven natural treatments to help your knee arthirtis pain.
Find the right ones for you!