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!
Hip pain? Read this before you get a steroid shot!
If there's anything worse than screeching knees, it's a hip that hollers.
Bum knees can keep you off your feet, giving you pain with every step. But aching hips can give you pain when you stand... when you walk... when you sit... and when you sleep.
And don't even THINK about twisting around to look behind you.
It's no wonder that so many folks with hip arthritis turn to steroid shots for relief.
But don't sign up for those injections just yet, my friend.
New research shows how that relief has a dark side -- because those shots can trigger something so much worse than hip pain.
They can cause your bone to weaken and actually DIE right inside your body, leading to devastating damage that you might never recover from.
The risk isn't small, either.
The new study finds that your risk of suffering new occurrences of bone death will jump by up to nearly 500 percent if you get a steroid shot in the hip!
It was so common that nearly 1 in 4 patients who got the shots in the new study suffered new bone death in the months following their injections.
And that's not all.
After bone loses blood and dies, it can collapse, which is just what it sounds like. It falls apart right inside your body.
Think your hip hurts now? Wait 'til you suffer this bone collapse!
And the shots will increase your risk of this condition by more than four times!
Now, some experts say it might not be the shots so much as what happens after. You feel so good that you're not careful, and when you're not careful, you can do more damage.
That's always a risk with pain relief. But that's not what's going on here.
First, steroids are already known to weaken and damage bone, so blaming it on the drugs in this case isn't exactly a stretch.
And second, we're not talking wear-and-tear damage. Bone death and bone collapse aren't caused by folks getting too eager to jump around on their pain-free hips.
It's serious, lasting, and potentially permanent damage -- and in the new study, it happened in as little as three months after those steroid shots.
The researchers behind the study say they're not trying to scare anyone away from the shots. But given the large number of patients who suffered that damage, I would say any arthritis patient should think twice before getting steroids.
Work closely with a holistic medical doctor on non-drug treatments instead, including natural inflammation-fighters and proven nondrug treatments such as acupuncture.
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