admin No Comments

Treatments Avialable For Osteoarthritis And Its Scientific Evidence

osteoarthritis-treatment

Since Osteoarthritis is such a common problem, the number of treatments available in various modes for knee osteoarthritis to avoid total knee replacement is increasing in numbers day by day and scientific groups across the world are finding the evidences behind all the treatments and its efficacy in patients who undergo the treatments to pacify their pain and stiffness in their knees.

In this riveting blog, we will study the common scientific evidences available for the treatments of osteoarthritis to avoid total knee replacement as issued by The American Academy of Orthopedic surgeons (AAOS)

  1. Exercises:

It is a scientifically proven that doing exercises will help the patient’s knees and it also strongly shown to reduce the pain, inflammation and stiffness in joints.

  1. Weight Loss:

Obesity is the major factor for the cartilage damage and Knee OA. Since obesity limits the person’s ability to do his/her daily activities thereby resulting in pain, inflammation, weakness of muscle around the joints and results in stiffness.  Evidences suggest that weight loss will help in the management of OA.

  1. Physical Agents (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) :

It is reported that physical agents and efficacy response was mixed because of contradictions in findings in very larger groups. According to AAOS effectiveness of physical agents and combination is very inconclusive due to lack of compelling evidence. Study result showed no significant effects on pain, physical mobility or ambulation time at 4, or 12 or 26 weeks.

  1. Hyaluronic Acid Injections:

OA patient usually lack a critical substance in their synovial fluid called Hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid breaks down in the synovial fluids and loss contributes to the joint pain and stiffness. According to AAOS hyaluronic acid injections are not recommended strongly since pain score, functions, stiffness sub-scales never really improved after injections.

  1. Acupuncture:

According to American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Acupuncture is strongly not recommended for patients with symptomatic OA of the knee. The strong denial was based on lack of efficacy and not any potential harm.

6. NSAIDS:

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are usually used to relieve some symptoms. However It is to be strongly noted that these drugs can’t cure OA and they will help you in getting relieved from pain only as long as one continues to take them.

7. Arthroscopy with Lavage and Debridement:

It is stated that the clinical benefit of arthroscopy is very limited and it is not effective in patients with symptomatic OA of the knee. Infections, venous thrombosis are usually associated with arthroscopy.

We at Elixcell offer a comprehensive scientific treatment for people suffering from Osteoarthritis/ Sports Injury, Knee Joint Pain. We have treated patients including key celebrities, athletes with OA of the knee and hip with no adverse effects. To know more about the treatment of OA, Kindly call us to get your queries answered.

admin No Comments

Tips to reduce Knee Osteoarthritis Pain

Tips to reduce Knee Osteoarthritis Pain

In today’s scenario, osteoarthritis is the leading cause of misery, the world is facing. It is not a deadly disease like cancer, however it is a silent killer that will be with you till the time you are dead. The disease is progressive and can worsen over the period of time. Once you are affected with OA, it will take you to the unbearable pain, dependency or difficulty in performing regular duties, stress, fatigue and overall in the mood of depression. The worst part is that there is as such no cure to reverse the disease or stop its progression but the good part is that science has a provision to manage your disease with little ease and minimum discomfort.

Osteoarthritis is a joint disorder, more active on weight bearing joints such as knee. In the knee osteoarthritis, the cushion bone of the joint known as the cartilage, degenerate due to overuse, weight or age. Due to this degeneration, the two bones of the joints get exposed to shock and fiction, causing the unbearable pain in the bones. The disease can be managed with various rehabilitative approaches such as:

Exercise:

excercise

It is very important to get going even you face lot of pain. Although, the right balance between the exercise and rest is always necessary. Most commonly, aerobic exercises, yoga, swimming are suggested, as they can minimize the stress on joint and still can keep you moving in their long run.

Manage your weight:

Manage your weight

Research has evidence based suggestion that one needs to keep his/her weight in total control as overweight can be a key to the variety of problems. Being overweight can possibly increase the load on the joints due to which friction between the two bones increases. It thus can as well worsen your osteoarthritis with the progressive age. No special diet is required to manage your weight, losing even small amount of your weight with regular exercise can create major impact on disease progression.

Reduce the strain on your knee:

There are number of ways that can be suggested to reduce the strain on your joints such as giving breaks to your activities, rest in between, wearing low heeled shoes with soft, thick soles, use of handrail to support your knee when climbing, not to be in bending position for too long etc.

Use of ice packs:

Use of ice packs

Ice packs can ease pain and stiffness associated with OA. These precautions can be helpful for managing the flare ups of pain.

Tablets and over the counter (OTC) medication for osteoarthritis:

Tablets and OTC for osteoarthritis

Pain killers can help minimize the pain associated with OA. Although these tables cannot affect the arthritis, they are best used when the pain is very bad or before or after exercises. Some non steroidal, anti- inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can as well be suggested for managing the disease by minimizing flare ups but long term use of these tablets is associated with dangerous adverse effects.

Surgery:

Joint surgery can repair or replace severely damaged joints, especially hips or knees.

Complementary treatment for osteoarthritis:

Apart from precautionary measures stated above there are some alternative technologically advanced ways to minimize the pain, manage the disease and possibly slow down the progression such as stem cells technology.

So far in various clinical analysis, it has been proven that these stem cells have the ability to differentiate into various required cells. This potential ability of stem cells can be utilized to differentiate into cartilages, when infused locally through joints. In this regard mesenchymal stem cells activated with autologous platelet rich plasma can be the best choice, in lieu of their potency, easy availability and immune modulation.