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World Arthritis Day: Most common myths busted

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World Arthritis Day: Most common myths busted

Every year on October 12th, world observes Arthritis Day. It aims to raise awareness about the existence and impact of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.

Arthritis is a condition by which millions of people around the world are impacted. Awareness about the cure is an essential part of celebrating World Arthritis Day.

In this piece, we bought you some myths about the Arthritis.

Myth: Only Adults gets impacted by Arthritis

Fact: It can affect people of any age. Rheumatoid arthritis tends to present in people aged 20–40.

Myth: If your joints hurt, it is because of Arthritis

Fact: Not all joint pain is arthritis, and not all joint discomfort is a sign that arthritis will develop later.

Myth: Heat is better than ice for Joint Pains

Fact: Both ice and heat can soothe sore joints.

Myth: Arthritis is not preventable

Fact: One can eliminate or minimize certain risk factors to prevent the onset of arthritis or slow its progression

Myth: Weather changes can make arthritis worse

Fact: The weather does not seem to affect everyone with arthritis.

 

 

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List of foods that help reduce joint pains

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List of foods that help reduce joint pains

Joint pains can be very painful. The only way to keep your bones healthy is through nutrition. Because certain foods help you to protect your bones and also help you to build a good density.

So, we bought this piece that is furnished with the list of foods that help reduce pain and increase mobility in the joints.

Here’s the list of foods. Take a look.

1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Fish
2. Seeds and nuts
3. Vegetables like cabbage, brussel sprouts
4. Fruits like Apple, Pineapple, tomatoes etc
5. Olive oil
6. Beans and lentils
7. Garlic
8. Whole grains
9. Dark chocolate
10. Bone broth
Also, below is the list of foods one need to avoid.
1. Refined grains like white bread, pasta and rice
2. Limit salt intake
3. Stay away from processed foods.

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Planning a road trip with Rheumatoid Arthritis person?

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

The condition of Rheumatoid Arthritis can be very exhausting and no one denies it. If you are planning a trip with the person experiencing Rheumatoid Arthritis, then you need to have a plan considering the discomfort it can cause.

In case if you don’t know, Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic disease of the joints. If left untreated it can cause severe damage and disability to the joints and also affect various internal organs of the body.

Tips for the road trip:

1. Make sure the person exercises the knees and ankles for a few minutes every hour.
2. Take frequent breaks
3. Also, prolonged sitting in one position can stiffen the joints. This can cause pain and great difficulty while getting out of a vehicle.
4. Make the person stretch the knees or take a short walk whenever possible.
5. Always keep your pain-killer (analgesic) and medication prescribed by your doctor.

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Role of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in knee arthritis

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Role of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in knee arthritis

Bone health should be everyone’s priority because one cannot lead a healthy lifestyle with troubles related to bones especially arthritis. it is time, we take proper care of your health now.

  • $30 billion spend yearly on knee replacements.
  • Should we keep treating it with the traditional methods?
  • Or should we Treat it in a way that can use the body’s own healing ability without all the typical side effects?

REGENERATIVE MEDICINE:

  • Offers ground breaking techniques to treat and control arthritis.
  • Avoid more invasive treatment options.

NORMAL KNEE:

  • Knee is a critical joint
  • Commonly damaged
  • Commonly develops arthritis
  • Cartilages smooth and strong/resilient
  • Ligaments maintain stability
  • Meniscus provides cushioning
  • Good viscosity of the fluid

KNEE ARTHRITIS:

  • Cartilage wears out often to bone
  • Inflammation develops in joint
  • Reduced lubrication / cushioning – hyaluronic acid
  • Knee deforms and becomes unstable
  • Knee becomes painful, swollen and stiff

TRADITIONAL TREATMENT:

  • What is typically offered to patients
  • Rest, Ice and brace
  • Physiotherapy
  • Medications
  • NSAID
  • Corticosteroid and Surgery

 IS THERE SOMETHING WITH TRADITIONAL TREATMENT METHODS:

  • Rest, Ice and brace – NO
  • Physiotherapy – NO
  • Medications – yes
  • Corticosteroid Injection – yes
  • Surgery- yes

REST ,ICEING and BRACE:

  • Certainly helpful
  • No negative effects
  • Comforting
  • Reduces pain
  • Patient can do these on their own at their own discretion

PHYSIOTHERAPY:

  • Certainly helpful
  • Strengths
  • Mobility
  • Home exercise program
  • Prevents further injury
  • Often invaluable for prevention and to help in recovery

Medications – NSAIDs

  • Prescription and OTC
  • How many side ulcers
  • Bleeding
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • One of highest causes of hospitalization and death in elderly
  • Expensive
  • Many pulled off market because of safety issues (Vioxx,Bextra)

CORTICOSTEROID INJECTION:

  • Depo-medrol, kenalog , celestone
  • Do reduce inflammation – but for a very limited time frame

Complications- not trivial !

  • Flare reactions
  • Soft tissue damage – ligaments , tendons
  • Cartilage deterioration-decreased cartilage cell viability- softens cartilage
  • Osteoporosis- softens bones
  • Skin atrophy – deep pigmentation
  • These Complications produce effects that are completely contrary to what the patient needs and wants !

MEDICATIONS – oral and injectables:

  • Produce effects in the body that are completely unnatural
  • Produce effects that are damaging
  • Blocks normal inflammatory cascades
  • Block healing mechanisms
  • Block biological pathways that are necessary for proper healing of damaged tissues

SURGERY :

  • May be needed in some situations- with proper indications
  • Significant risks
  • Invasive
  • Once done is irreversible
  • Long recovery
  • Complications

  SURGERY – COST:

  • Knee replacement- cost would be ranging from 1 to 3 lakhs

WHAT ABOUT PLATELET RICH PLASMA TREATMENT- PRP

     A natural way to stimulate the body to heal damaged tissue

HOW DOES PRP WORK FOR ARTHRITIS?

  • Stimulates body natural healing process
  • Balances inflammation and anti inflammatory
  • Reduces inflammation and pain
  • Stimulates chondrocytes to strengthen cartilage
  • Increased hyaluronic acid secretion and superficial zone protein
  • Inhibits and reverses osteoarthritis pathogenesis pathways ( interleukin, aggrecan, nuclear factor B)

PRP stops and reverses Arthritic process:

  • Strengthens the cartilage – increases the cartilage cell viability
  • Improves protective viscosity of the joint fluid
  • Reverses osteoarthritic pathways
  • MRI and functional have shown that PRP halt the progressive thinning of cartilage and improves function

PRP Advantages:

  • Autologous
  • Natural
  • Safe
  • Stimulates/ activates normal healing pathways that the body already has
  • Does not have the inherent negative effects seen with medications ( oral and injectables)
  • Can avoid or delay surgery
  • Can be outpatient setting
  • Can initiate rehabilitation quickly
  • Long lasting results
  • Can be safely repeated if needed

PRP of knee arthritis :

  • Not all PRPS are alike
  • Intra-articular PRP must be appropriately prepared
  • Reduce inflammation, stimulates chondrocytes, increase hyaluronic acid protection
  • Proper experience and equipment required
  • Reduce erythrocyte and granulocytes in preparation
  • Maintain high platelet and growth factor levels

PRP FOR KNEE ARTHRITIS:

        A Natural way to treat the symptoms of knee arthritis  and help to preserve the structure and function of the knee in its natural state for an extended period of time.

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