What your doc won't tell you about arthritis relief
When drugs fail, try... more drugs???
If that sounds downright batty, that's because IT IS.
But a new report shows that patients battling the sheer misery of knee arthritis aren't getting the best and safest treatments -- because they're getting pain pills, and lots of them.
You'd think when the pain pills didn't work, docs would at least move their patients onto something better.
But they're not.
The new study finds that painkillers are the ONLY consistent treatment that's routinely given to folks battling knee arthritis.
Other options are getting the short end of the stick.
Take physical therapy. Not the most fun you'll have over 45 minutes, but studies show that a little PT can restore motion, improve function, and ease pain -- without the side effects of drugs.
Yet the new study finds that only between 39 percent and 52 percent of knee arthritis patients get it.
The numbers for topical creams, many of which are drug-free and can often work wonders for immediate pain, are even worse. Up to 3 out of 4 patients don't use them at all.
The only "treatment" pulling in the big numbers? Painkillers, which are used regularly by up to 80 percent of arthritis patients.
Most use over-the-counter NSAID drugs, which is bad enough -- especially given that regular use of those pills can rip away at your gut, causing painful bleeds and ulcers.
But that's not the worst of it.
As many as 30 percent are using powerful prescription opioid painkillers that are highly addictive. Not only that, but you can build tolerance to them so quickly that you need higher doses to get shrinking levels of relief.
The result? Overdose, which can lead to hospitalization and even death.
There's just no reason for it... not when there are better and safer options... and you're not limited to physical therapy and topical creams.
They're a good place to start -- and certainly far better than pain pills.
But the REAL key to lasting relief... the answer to feeling better than you have in years... so you can get back up and on your feet again without pain... is in giving your knees what they need to rebuild damaged cartilage.
Many people rely on glucosamine and chondroitin, a time-tested duo that millions of arthritis patients swear by... and for good reason: They work.
But believe it or not, there's something even better.
A powerful form of collagen called UC-II is easily absorbed by your body and put to work in the knee to help replace the crumbling "cushion" inside the joint. It's so effective that studies show it can beat glucosamine and chondroitin by just about every measure you care about.
No risks... just relief!