Arthritis of the Knees Treatment Options!
Choose the best one for you.
Ten years ago I could still play badminton competitively. Then 7 years later, I completely stopped. I couldn’t go after the shuttlecock and stop suddenly without my knees buckling down. I was diagnosed with post traumatic arthritis caused by a motorcycle accident I had when I was 30 years old, fifteen years ago, but I didn’t let it bother me. I looked for answers and found out that what’s good for my post trauma arthritis is also applicable to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in many aspects. So if you’re reading this now, please continue; you may just find out some useful tips that you can use. I took the no-drug therapy route.
I changed my lifestyle and stopped drinking alcoholic drinks. My last cigarette stick was 25 years ago. Coffee is down to one cup a day. Although these don’t affect me directly, I’ve just decided to stay clear of them.
I maintained my weight and continued walking 2 to 3 miles almost every day. Mild exercise helps strengthen the knees and relieve it of stiffness. Try sitting down for a long time or stay inactive, your knees are going to be very stiff and painful to move. You can’t even bend them. I find ballroom dancing good for me. I’m more into the slow tempo cadence such as swing and slow waltz.
No beans, peanuts, meat, organs, small fish, dried fish, or mushrooms for me. They’re rich in uric acid. Uric acid gets deposited in the knee joints and they’ll drive the arthritic pain several notches higher.
I’d wanted very much to avail of laser treatment, but it was just too expensive for me. I did try deep penetrating light therapy, and it helped bring the pain down. Sometimes I use gels and jelly and rub them on my knees. And those plaster stick-ons can really do wonders for the pain. They contain camphor, menthols, and eucalyptus oil that gets to the nerve endings. Oriental techniques such as acupuncture and acupressure also helped a lot in pain management. My technique is to vary my treatment from time to time. I believe that arthritic pain will respond better if you use different treatment approaches.
Drug for treating pain and inflammation
But if you really need to get into oral medication, over the counter drugs such as extra strength aspirin, naproxen, paracetamol (good for RA), and ibuprofen can help relieve some of the pains. They’re referred to as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. They’re safe to use. Prescription strength NSAIDs are also available if you need a stronger drug to ease the pain down. Another drug, acetaminophen, is also very effective in handling pain comparable to NSAIDs.
You can even avail of even stronger doses of drugs by using injectables such as corticosteroids. They can bring inflammation and pain down effectively.
Drugs that slow down arthritis
And more than relieving pain and inflammation, there are also drugs that reverse the effects of knee arthritis. They’re referred to as disease modifying anti rheumatic drugs or DMARDs. They can help in slowing down the destructive nature of arthritis.
When pain continues to hound you, the best way to deal with it is by surgery. Surgery can also restore some knee functions, but not 100%.