Rheumatologists are keenly interested in finding medical approaches to arthritis pain which are effective, and do not cause problems for other organs including the kidney, liver and gastrointestinal system. Traditional nonpharmacological approaches to osteoarthritis management include physical therapy, exercise and weight control programs, often effective as additions to medications delivered either directly to the joint by injection or taken by mouth. Few studies have systematically compared topical nonsteroidals (compounded and applied locally), to the same agents taken by mouth. Although the skin provides a certain barrier to systemic absorption, topical NSAIDs have been traditionally regarded as offering similar risk to patients as oral medication. New data from Germany has challenged this assumption. A group from IDEA AG in Munich recently examined tiny nanoparticles (called transfersomes) which are mixed with a nonsteroidal in aqueous suspension, and applied directly to...
What are Green Lipped Mussel Extract supplements, and
should I be taking them for my osteoarthritis?
New Zealand is a beautiful
country. My family lived there when I
was 2 years old. Although I don't
remember it well, I was left with many memorable pictures of its people and
landscapes. Perhaps because my family has fond memories of our stay there, I
have always found myself partial to it.
There is a supplement that originated in New Zealand that has been gaining increasing
attention in the U.S.
I am speaking of green-lipped muscle
extract supplements. The scientific
name for the supplement is Perna canaliculus . If you have spent time on the Internet
looking for arthritis supplements, you may very well have run into this one.
idea behind green-lipped mussel extract supplements is that the extract
contains a mixture of glucosamine, omega-3 fatty acids, and a variety of
minerals that are purported to help arthritis sympt...
Risk Factors In the U.S., osteoarthritis affects about 27 million Americans age 25 years and older. Age Osteoarthritis can affect people of any age, but it is much more common in older people. It rarely occurs in people younger than age 40. Gender In people younger than 45, osteoarthritis occurs more frequently in men. After age 45, it develops more often in women. Some research suggests that women may also experience greater muscle and joint pain, in general, than men. Obesity Obesity, defined as being 20% over one's healthy weight, places people (particularly women) at increased risk for osteoarthritis. It also worsens osteoarthritis once deterioration begins. This higher risk is due to increased weight on the joints. Work and Leisure Factors Because injuries can trigger the disease process, people whose work or leisure activities place them at risk for muscle and joint injuries may face a higher risk for osteoarthritis later on. Occupational Risks. Certain occupations with repeated stressful...
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