Arthritis: Alternatives To Surgery
- Reported, June 21, 2012
N.C. (Ivanhoe Newswire) --It causes pain, stiffness and immobility. When you
have osteoarthritis, every single step can be a struggle. There are invasive
surgeries and drugs with a long list of side effects that most patients try to
avoid. Now weíll show you arthritis alternative therapies that really work.
As a youth orchestra conductor, Dorothy Kitchen was used to being on her feet
all day. But
then knee arthritis struck.
"I sit now, instead of stand, when I conduct," Dorothy Kitchen, a woman who
suffers arthritis told Ivanhoe.
Kitchen is determined not to have surgery and only takes meds if sheís really in
"Iím not a pill-taker," Kitchen said.
But one thing that has helped is massage.
"I feel more alive, my legs feel mobile," Kitchen said.
Dr. Adam Perlman of Duke University launched a pilot study on massage for knee
osteoarthritis. Patients who had massages twice a week for a month and then once
a week for another month, had less pain, better range of motion and faster
"And that improvement actually persisted eight weeks after massage was
finished," Adam Perlman, M.D., MPH, executive director, Duke Integrated Medicine
Another alternative is acupuncture.
"There is very interesting data suggesting that acupuncture can be effective
particularly for arthritis of the knee," Dr. Perlman said.
In one study, 25 percent of arthritis patients who were scheduled for knee
surgery cancelled their procedures after acupuncture. Then thereís glucosamine.
"The studies are conflicting about glucosamine," Dr. Perlman said.
Most studies show glucosamine sulfate at 1,500 milligrams a day can help but
glucosamine hydrochloride is most commonly sold in the U.S does not. Finally
fight pain by losing weight. Every pound you lose means four pounds less
pressure on your knees. Thatís what works for Kitchen, taking daily walks and
"This will be wonderful! Iíll feel good all afternoon," Kitchen concluded.
Dr. Perlman is now enrolling patients in the massage study, which will take
place at three centers: one at Duke, one at Yale and one in New Jersey.
(Sources: Archives of Internal Medicine, Ease Arthritis Pain Naturally, MSN
Health; Put Those Shoes On: Running Wonít Kill Your Knees, NPR, Acufinder.com)
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