Listed below are some alternative or additional therapies that can aid the process of Osteoarthritis Treatment. Consult your Rheumatologist to get a customised list of exercises and other therapies to with your existing medications and routine.
Physical therapy improves muscle strength and the range of motion of stiff joints, as well as your sense of balance. If therapy is not making you feel better within 4 weeks, then it is not going to work for you. Massage therapy may also provide short-term pain relief. Make sure you work with an experienced massage therapist who understands how to work with sensitive joint areas.
Splints and braces may support weakened / deformed joints. You should use these on recommendation of your doctor. Using a brace the wrong way can damage your joints. There are different kinds of braces available in the market depending on the joints they are to be used one. Always get a good quality of braces.
ALTERNATIVE OSTEOARTHRITIS TREATMENT
Acupuncture is Chinese medicine. How it works is not entirely clear. It may provide short-term pain relief in joint pains. S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe, pronounced “Sammy”) is a man-made form of a natural byproduct of the amino acid methionine. It has been marketed as a remedy for arthritis, but lacks scientific evidence.
Severe cases of OA might need surgery to replace or repair damaged joints. Surgical options include:
- Arthroscopic surgery to trim torn and damaged cartilage
- Changing the alignment of a bone to relieve stress on the bone or joint (osteotomy)
- Surgical fusion of bones, usually in the spine called arthrodesis.
- Total or partial replacement of the damaged joint with an artificial joint (knee replacement, hip replacement, shoulder replacement, ankle replacement, elbow replacement)
Your movement may become very limited over time if disease progression is not halted at the early stage by preventive and corrective actions. Doing everyday activities, such as personal hygiene, household chores, or cooking may become a challenge. Treatment usually improves function and halts the further progression. PRP therapy (Cell therapies may help in repairing the damaged tissues, more so, if employed at early stage). Stem cell therapies are also coming in the field very rapidly.
Calling your health care provider
Call your Rheumatologist or healthcare provider if you develop any kind of joint symptoms. Earliest intervention is the best intervention.
Try not to overuse a painful joint at work or during activities. You have to identify your structure and strength, everybody may not be the same in capabilities. So please do not overburden your joints, definitely not suddenly. You might have to gradually build up to develop certain degree of strength. Never, never become overweight if you want your joints to last for a lifetime. People with flexible joints/ hypermobile joints have to be more careful to avoid excess strain over the joints. Learn to give periodic rest to your joints after an hour of strain / stress due to routine activities or exercise.