Yes, you can remain active and avoid surgery if you have knee and hip arthritis. But there are certain adaptations that you need to do in order to achieve that goal. Those who do not adapt will encounter a life of pain and/or a big surgical scar. Both the knees and hips can be discussed together because they both respond to similar treatments and lifestyle changes necessary to remain active with less pain. Here are some suggested adaptations you should consider.
Take a Walk : Maybe you already enjoy walking but are finding it harder and harder to do. Walking can be made easier if you use some assistance from a walking stick or a trekking pole or two. Three or four “legs” is better than just two, and aids reduce the stress on your knees and hips. Walking can be much less painful if you follow a few simple pieces of advice like using an assistive device.
Dive In : If walking is not your thing, then try some swimming. Taking a few laps in the pool is a great way t...
Generic Name: ACETAMINOPHEN - ORAL Pronounced: (a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen) Extended Pain Relief Oral Uses
This product is a combination of aspirin, acetaminophen,
and caffeine. It is used for the temporary relief of pain from conditions such
as muscle aches, toothaches, menstrual cramps, or headaches (including
migraine). Aspirin and acetaminophen relieve pain by keeping your body from
making certain natural substances. Caffeine helps increase the effects of
aspirin and acetaminophen.
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If you are taking this medication for self-treatment, it
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know when to consult your doctor or pharmacist. Follow the instructions on the
package and use this medication exactly as directed. If you have any questions
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After years of using pain pumps to control joint pain after surgery, surgeons are getting an inkling that the drug used (bupivacaine) may be the cause of cartilage damage called chondrolysis . Chondrolysis refers to the loss of articular cartilage, the smooth cartilage that allows the two joint surfaces to slide and glide against each other easily. Thinning of the cartilage narrows the joint space, putting more pressure on the joint and causing painful symptoms that eventually lead to joint arthritis. Chondrolysis doesn't develop until many months to years after the use of the pain pump, so the connection hasn't been made until just recently. By the time the patients develop joint pain and swelling, it is so far after the operation that no one has ever linked the two events together. Now, as a result of several case reports, there has been a published recommendation against the use of intraarticular pain pumps until this problem can be studied further. How do we know for sure it's the pa...
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