Drug Therapy Pros & Cons
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While drugs may temporary relieve pain, they can also have side-effects. Check out this video to learn more about drug therapy pros and cons.
Transcript: The IMMEDIATE benefit of using meds to treat your condition is, of course, PAIN RELIEF. Since joint pain...
The IMMEDIATE benefit of using meds to treat your condition is, of course, PAIN RELIEF. Since joint pain is SIDELINING, medicines that reduce pain and inflammation allow you to live a more productive life with fewer symptoms. Medications can also reduce joint damage and slow the progression of the disease, and this vastly improves the long-term outlook of people with rheumatoid arthritis, for example. But what about the LONG-TERM side effects of drug therapy? If you are taking NSAIDs-or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs - for either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, there is an increased risk of stomach problems and in some cases, development of peptic ulcers, intestinal bleeding, heart problems and kidney failure. Even over-the-counter formulations-you'll know them as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen sodium,-come with these risks. In general, doctors will prescribe the LOWEST and MOST effective dose. And, you should take NSAIDs with food and an acid-reducing drug. Acetaminophen, found in Tylenol, is not an anti-inflammatory, but it does relieve pain. It may cause liver damage - IF you disregard what the bottle and your doctors tell you. Your doctor's instructions are especially important if you take disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs or DMARDs to treat certain types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis. All disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs work to calm an overactive immune system, but a weaker immune system ALSO leaves a person more susceptible to infections. Doctors will monitor drug therapy CLOSELY to prevent side effects as much as possible. And for many people the benefits far outweigh the risks. For more information on joint pain treatment, check out additional videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-17 | Tags »
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Physical therapy for arthritis can make a difference in people's lives, and keep their joints active for years to come. Watch more on how physical therapy can help.
Transcript: Can physical therapy help treat arthritis? Absolutely. This is great news for the 50 million Americans...
Can physical therapy help treat arthritis? Absolutely. This is great news for the 50 million Americans who suffer from some form of it-- half of whom feel like there's LITTLE they can do for their pain. There's a common myth that people with arthritis should skip exercise ALTOGETHER to avoid damage to bones and joints. This is FALSE. No matter how severe your condition, physical therapy can help reduce symptoms that cause pain. How? Physical therapy tackles the LONG-TERM complications of arthritis and joint pain...the most COMMON being joint stiffness and muscle loss. For many people this happens gradually over time because the joint pain makes them reluctant to be physically active. Ironically, this results in even more discomfort and makes moving around more challenging. Without treatment, even everyday activities can become difficult. A physical therapist's job is to show you how to safely do exercises and stretches to IMPROVE the range of motion in your joints and STRENGTHEN the surrounding muscles. This includes using tools like exercise bands, stability balls, and weights. Unlike, say, a personal trainer, physical therapists know how to work with diseases like arthritis. They understand that certain movements can be painful and can help you adapt exercises to give you the same benefit but without further injury to your body. A physical therapist can also teach you therapeutic massage techniques as well as the PROPER way to use heat and ice to relieve pain -- all of which, combined with strength-building exercises, can keep you active for years to come. Talk to your doctor to see if physical therapy is a good option for you.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-11 | Tags »
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Our arthritis pain relief at home tips can help you manage the painful condition. Watch this to learn how.
Transcript: Sometimes, you can relieve arthritis pain without medication. Here are a few ways to feel better. While...
Sometimes, you can relieve arthritis pain without medication. Here are a few ways to feel better. While OA symptoms can be debilitating, don't abandon physical activity and exercise! Joint movement BENEFITS cartilage by bringing in oxygen and nutrients and REMOVING waste products. It may sound contradictory, but resting your joints ALL THE TIME will make them hurt WORSE. Of course, TOO MUCH activity will also worsen pain. So take a break from repetitive joint activity every hour. Applying heat and cold packs to the pained area helps. Heat is soothing, while cold numbs pain. Try out an over-the-counter arthritis rub. These creams work best on joints that are close to the skin's surface such as those in the hand, hip and ankle. Watch out, though - OVERUSING joint cream may worsen cartilage damage. If your OA is in your knees or hips, a cane or a splint can help support your joints and make walking less painful. Some arthritis patients believe that certain foods and spices will ease symptoms. Try eating more ginger and turmeric, as well as salmon, herring, walnuts, olive oil, carrots, oranges, mango and other fruits and vegetables. These foods contain certain nutrients which may promote joint health. And, healthy eating in general is a GREAT idea, since weight gain WORSENS arthritis in the hips and knees. While they may seem tempting, most gadgets and concoctions that claim to cure arthritis are nothing more than scams and old wives' tales. Ask your doctor for advice before trying any unconventional treatments. Check out additional videos in this series to learn more about joint pain.More »
Last Modified: 2013-05-17 | Tags »
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