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Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Glucosamine and Chondroitin

 

A joint health supplement is a safe and inexpensive treatment for arthritis.  Glucosamine has been used for twenty years to help with joint pain.  Nutramax is the manufacturer of CosaminDS and other glucosamine and chondroitin based joint health supplements.

The joint health supplement industry is not regulated.  That means companies can basically design and engineer their products however they see fit.  Nutramax follows pharmaceutical guidelines at their facility.  That means they produce, package, and ship their glucosamine products following the same regulations that drug companies must obey.

Nutramax has been in business since 1992.  They were the first company to market and sell glucosamine to treat osteoarthritis.  You now why they are still in business and growing?  The answer is simple.  Their products work.



Arthritis Remedies

October 21, 2011
arthritis remedies

Arthritis Remedies

Are you looking for conservative treatments for your osteoarthritis knee pain?  Do you want to avoid taking more medicine?  Looking to postpone knee replacement surgery?
Here are some options to discuss with your doctor:
  • Weight Loss
  • Exercise
  • Stretching
  • Glucosamine / Chondroitin
  • Knee Braces
Try using a knee brace to get you up and moving.  If you can control your knee pain long enough to exercise and stretch you may start losing weight.  Losing weight is one of the best treatment options available for relieving knee joint pain.
If you put your mind to it, and you’re serious, you can be an instrumental part of your arthritis treatment protocol.


Knee Injection

Knee Injection

What is viscosupplementation?

Hyaluronic acid injections are referred to as viscosupplementation.  This osteoarthritis treatment option injects a substance similar to synovial fluid into the knee joint.  This helps lubricate the knee and acts like a shock absorber.

Hyalgan, Synvisc, and Supartz are the brand names of popular pharmaceutical products containing hyaluronic acid.

These injections for the knee help relieve  joint pain, but for an undetermined amount of time.  Orthopedic surgeons have no way of looking at a patient and knowing if this treatment option will be effective.

The Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons say on their website that hyaluronic acid does not offer immediate pain relief and that local reactions like pain, warmth, and swelling directly after the injection are common.  Patients should avoid jogging, heavy lifting, or excessive weight-bearing activities for at least 2 days following viscosupplementation treatment.

This arthritis treatment option is best suited for people who suffer from mild to moderate osteoarthritis looking for short-term pain relief.



Joint Pain

Joint Pain

 

It might be arthritis if you have the following symptoms and signs:

1.  Joint Pain: Does your knee hurt?

2.  Joint Swelling: Is your knee red, warm, and inflamed?

3.  Loss of Range of Motion:  Can you fully bend and extend your knee?

4.  Crepitus: Does your knee crack when you bend it?

 



Arthritis Symptoms

October 10, 2011
Arthritic Knee

Arthritic Knee

Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent kind of arthritis.

What are the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis?

The knee pain associated with OA generally takes time to develop.  The knee joint can become swollen and stiff so you might have trouble straitening and bending your knee.  Symptoms are usually worse in the morning and pain may increase following weight-bearing activities like going up and down stairs, walking, or kneeling.

Your knee joint may feel weak, lock, or buckle.



Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings

I’m overweight and my knees hurt.  I know what I have to do.  I know what I should do.  And sometimes I do.  Sometimes I eat right, and exercise, and stretch.  And sometimes I watch football, drink beer, and eat buffalo wings.  I have a weakness for wings, and my knees pay the price.

My knees aren’t that bad, and I’m not that overweight.  Yet.  But my clothes are tight, and I “feel” my knees more than I am accustomed to.  I understand that being overweight leads to knee pain.  For every extra ten pounds I carry the stress my knees feel increases by 40 pounds.  An extra 40 pounds of stress every step I take.   I am 40 years old and I know that the more stress I put on my knees now will diminish my quality of life down the road.

Im trying something new.  Snacking with a purpose.  Instead of waiting until cravings start distracting me, I eat some fruit, or vegetables or almonds around 3:00pm when I get hungry, sleepy, and crabby.  I’m sure all three are related.  But the healthy snacks help chase away all three.  Also I’m less likely to go back for seconds (and dare I admit sometimes thirds) at dinner.  I’ll let you know if the new strategy works.

I know fruit and vegetables aren’t as instantly gratifying as anything fried, but I work in the arthritis field.  I know what my future holds if I continue doing what I’m doing.



Aspirin

Aspirin

Aspirin helps reduce pain, swelling, and fever.  It is a medicine in the salicylates family of chemicals.  It may be one of the most famous and extensively studied medicines in the world.  Aspirin is often recommended, prescribed, and taken to treat the symptoms associated with joint pain, knee pain, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are often confused for Aspirin.  They are close cousins, but not exactly siblings.  Ibuprofen is a non steroidal anti inflammatory (NSAID), and acetaminophen is in a class of medications called analgesics or pain relievers.

Some brand names you might recognize are below:

Aspirin:  Bufferin, Bayer, Ecotrin

Acetaminophen: Excedrin, Tylenol

NSAID:  Naproxen, Aleve, Advil, Motrin

Each class of arthritis treatment has pros, cons, and side effects.  it is important for your health that you consult with a physician to devise a treatment plan for your arthritis pain.  Self medicating may work at relieving joint pain on a short-term basis, but long term you can destroy your liver, stomach, or mental health with any or all of the above.