Saturday, November 29, 2008

Relief For Bad Knees

Arthroscopic surgery may be no better than nonsurgical treatment to relieve arthritic pain in the knee, concludes a study in the Sept. 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Researchers treated 178 people who had moderate to severe chronic knee pain with both physical therapy and medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen; 86 participants also had arthroscopic surgery. After two years, both groups reported nearly the same levels of pain, disability and stiffness.

“Exercise, weight loss, physical therapy and over-the-counter pain medications are first-line alternatives to surgery,” says John H. Wilckens, M.D., an orthopedist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Arthroscopy may provide some benefit to a very select group.”

Source: AARP article.

Having rheumatoid arthritis, I find essential oils of great comfort since they are safe and easy to use topically. Tei Fu Lotion has been such a benefit to the amount of pain I need to deal with and I've avoided even over the counter medications with this topical relief along with my supplement program. My neighbor has had knee problems and she orders three of these at a time and has shared it with others also. I love it when you can find something "simple" to make such a big difference in your life.

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