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Drinking Milk May Slow Knee Arthritis in Women

 

Same effect was not seen in men, other dairy products tied to poorer knee health.

Women who frequently drink low-fat or fat-free milk may reduce the progression of osteoarthritis.

Women who frequently drink low-fat or fat-free milk may reduce the progression of osteoarthritis.

 

By Robert Preidt of HealthDay News:

 

Milk may be a useful weapon against arthritis of the knee for women, but the same can’t be said for yogurt or cheese, a new study says.

The more low-fat or fat-free milk women drank, the slower the progression of osteoarthritis of the knee, according to the study funded by the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Milk consumption did not show the same benefit for men, however.

Researchers led by Dr. Bing Lu of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston also found that eating higher amounts of cheese had the opposite effect, speeding the progression of knee arthritis in women.

Taking in higher amounts of yogurt had no effect on knee arthritis in either women or men, the study found.

Osteoarthritis is the leading form of arthritis and affects nearly 27 million Americans aged 25 and older, the researchers noted, and knee arthritis tends to be more common and severe in women.

 

(Read More: courtesy of Everyday Health)

 

 

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Stem Cells Being Used To Treat Knee, Joint Pain

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Photo Credit: KDKA.com

With so many new treatments for joint and knee pain available these days, it’s not surprising that stem cells have become yet another option.

Stem cell treatment is so cutting edge, very few medical facilities offer the procedure to their patients, but has been effective on patients who would otherwise rely on medications, physical therapy, or even joint replacement surgery to cope with their pain. The stem cells derive from blood, bone marrow, fat and placentas, and some doctors have seen considerable inflammation decreases in patients who received the injections.

Procedure for stem cell treatments:

Bone marrow from the crest of the hip bone, sent to a lab, where it is spun down to get at the layer of stem cells. They are combined with platelets from the patients (a type of cell involved in healing) and returned to the patient. The goal is having stem cells evolve into new tissue to improve mobility function while decreasing pain.

Advantages:

Patients notice significant improvements within three months, and full benefits within one year.

Stem cell injections are usually done for wear-and-tear knee arthritis of the knees, but can also be used for hip, shoulder, ankle, and spinal pain.

Disadvantages:

While approved by the FDA for safety, like most new treatments, additional studies are needed as to the effect stem cell treatment works on everyone.

Stem cell treatment is not cheap; injections can cost anywhere between a couple hundred and thousands of dollars. The cost is usually out-of-pocket since this procedure will not usually be covered by insurance.

Want to learn more about stem cell treatment for joint pain? Click here.

25 Treatments for Arthritis Hip & Knee Pain

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When it comes to treating osteoarthritis in your knees and hips, you may have more options than you realize. In February 2008, the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting osteoarthritis research and treatment, published its first evidence-based recommendations for treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip and knee. The goal was to eliminate inconsistent treatment approaches by creating simple guidelines that would enable health care providers to determine which therapies would be most useful for an individual patient.

Read more (courtesy Arthritis Foundation)

This entry was posted on December 14, 2013, in Pain Relief.

Review: Salonpas Pain Relief Patch

Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch

Voted Best New Topical Pain Relief product in the 2012 Better Homes and Gardens Best New Product Awards

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Offers up to 12 hours of  temporary relief from mild to moderate pain of muscles and joints associated with arthritis, simple backache, strains, bruises, sprains. Active ingredients: Camphor 1.2%, Menthol 5.7%, Methyl Salicylate 6.3%. For external use only. Do not use otherwise than as directed.

WARNINGS: Do not use on wounds or damaged skin, if you are allergic to aspirin or salicylates, with a heating pad, with, or at the same time, as other external analgesic products. Avoid contact with they eyes and mucous membranes or rashes. Stop use and ask a doctor if rash, itching, or excessive skin irritation develops, conditions worsen, symptoms persist for more than 7 days, or symptons clear up and occur again with a few days.

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As an arthritis sufferer, I’d always been loyal to Icy Hot products for occasional pain relief between Synvisc-One injections. So when I saw an ad for Salonpas Pain Relief patches, I had to wonder if such a product was too good to be true. Really, applying heat to relieve pain without a traditional heating pad? Was that actually possible?

Turns out, the Salonpas patch both met and exceeded my expectations. I felt the warmth of them almost right away from the time I applied the patch, and the dull pain in my left knee relax within several minutes. The relief also lasted 12 hours, just as advertised, and they adhere to the affected area(s) very well. While it’s not advised to apply these patches directly to the skin or leave on overnight, they nevertheless do the job while one is being active during the day.

The best parts? No mess of topical arthritis rubs, no side effects from pain relief medication, and of course, no be held down by a traditional heating pad cord!

The patches are individuality wrapped, which makes them very portable. Try carrying a regular heating pad in your purse or pocket…it just doesn’t work.

Do I recommend these? Yes. For about $5.99 (prices may vary), Salonpas Pain Relief patches are great heat relief for active arthritis suffers who don’t want the messes, side effects, or constrictions of traditional pain relief remedies.

Rating: *****