Read this before you even consider knee surgery!
The whole point of a knee replacement is to ease your pain and make you feel better.
But a stunning new study shows that one of the most common steps taken before knee surgery can undermine your entire operation.
And that could leave you in MORE pain!
Crazy, right? Yet that's what happens to patients who've been taking opioid painkillers before their knee replacement.
Before the operation, the folks in the study rated their pain at an average of 44 on a 100-point scale. Six months later, the folks who had never taken the drugs were down to a 10.
Big improvement, right?
But the ones who had at least one opioid prescription were nearly twice as high on that pain scale, at 17.
It's still better than where they were, but it's not nearly as good as it should've been.
The study gets into a bunch of psychobabble about how patients on opioids are more likely to "catastrophize" their pain, or make it seem worse than it really is.
That's a total cop-out.
The REAL reason is no doubt what other studies have shown: Opioids can, over time, actually make pain WORSE.
And that's especially true in cases of chronic pain, such as knee osteoarthritis. Even in the best of conditions, studies show opioids are only slightly better than placebos at easing pain and restoring function in folks with knee arthritis.
And along with battling higher levels of pain, you can build a tolerance to opioids and eventually need larger doses of the drugs for shrinking levels of relief.
If you're getting to the point where you're considering knee replacement, your doc will claim that none of this matters, since you'll be off the drugs soon enough anyway.
But, as the new study shows, it DOES matter. It matters quite a bit.
It's time for a new approach.
Even when painkillers "work," they don't stop the damage inside your knee that's putting you on a path toward surgery.
But you can give your knees what they need to grow their own "replacements."
I know that sounds crazy, but there are natural therapies that can help the joint to repair itself, easing pain so effectively that, in many cases, you can quit painkillers and even avoid surgery.
The key is collagen, which is the building block of the cartilage inside the joint. Look for a form called UC-II, which studies show is even better than glucosamine and chondroitin at easing pain and restoring function.
You'll find it available both on its own and as part of a knee support formula.