Hip and Knee Pain: When is it Time to Consider Surgery?

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Chronic joint aches and pains caused by arthritis can interfere with everyday life, limiting mobility and function.

In early stages of arthritis, pain relief can be obtained from acetaminophen and anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen or, for some, injections into the joint (intra-articular injections). However, when arthritis progresses, the cartilage between the bones disappears, and the joint is “bone on bone.” At this stage, these conservative measures may not be enough.

“As the progression of arthritis cannot be stopped, patients should consider joint replacement surgery when the pain in an arthritic joint is severe and disabling,” says Alejandro González Della Valle, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

The criteria used for recommending joint replacement surgery include disabling pain associated with limp, loss of function and mobility. The best candidates for surgery are people who have seen deterioration in their quality of life or impairment in their activities of daily living due to arthritic pain. Activities such as going for a walk or performing some non-impact recreational sports should not be difficult for people without major health problems.

Before arthritic pain is severe enough to consider surgery, some simple measures can be implemented to diminish pain and promote joint health.

* Respect the pain you feel. Perform activities only to the point of discomfort.

* Plan ahead and be realistic about what you can do.

* Learn how to pick things up properly. Bend from the knees when lifting and carrying weights more than 30-40 pounds.

* Reduce repetitive impact on joints, and distribute weight among them to protect joints.

* When walking more than four or five miles, wear well-padded shoes with rubber soles.

* Think about your weight. The impact on your joints will be less detrimental if you are not carrying extra weight.

“No one is too young or too old for joint replacement,” says Douglas E. Padgett, M.D., chief of the Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service at Hospital for Special Surgery. “Every condition can be addressed, even when compounded by other medical conditions.”

The Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service at Hospital for Special Surgery is the world leader in hip, knee and surgical arthritis patient treatment, education, innovation and research. For more information, visit www.hss.edu.

Treat Pain Without Popping Pills

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – When Americans feel a pain coming on -; whether from a headache, backache or sore muscle -; they reach for their medicine cabinets. And while popping a pain pill on occasion probably won’t cause lasting harm, overuse of even over-the-counter drugs can prove harmful.

Most people think nothing of taking painkillers like Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Motrin and aspirin. But these common pills belong to a class of drugs called Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), which are known to cause gastric ulcers, cardiovascular problems, gastrointestinal bleeding, and liver and kidney damage.

Acetaminophen, or Tylenol, can damage the liver, especially in those who drink alcohol on a regular basis. In fact, according to the Food and Drug Administration, Osteoarthritis” liver toxicity from acetaminophen poisoning is the most common cause of acute liver failure in the United States.

Taking more than the recommended dosage increases the risk of side effects, as does taking the drugs over a long period of time, Those managing chronic pain with NSAIDs or acetaminophen prove especially susceptible to damage.

Osteoarthritis patients often use over-the-counter or prescription painkillers to relieve pain and inflammation. But in doing so, they risk developing new health problems, some of which may prove life-threatening.

But there are other ways to treat pain. For example, the FDA has recently approved an at-home low-level laser device, the QLaser, for treating osteoarthritis in the hands. Low-level lasers have also been approved for treating carpal tunnel syndrome and myofascial shoulder pain.

Low-level laser therapy uses laser light to ease pain by stimulating endorphins, reduce inflammation and encourage cell regeneration. Long used by professional athletes and the British military, low-level laser therapy is non-invasive and produces no known side effects.

The low-level lasers approved by the FDA are completely safe. “Laser light is as gentle as the kiss of a butterfly,” Dr. Larry Lytle, in his book “Universal Healer, Osteoarthritis,” “but from a healing perspective, it is quite possibly more effective than drugs or surgery.”

For more information about the QLaser and to receive a free copy of Dr. Lytle’s book, “Universal Healer, Osteoarthritis,” go to www.qlasersolutions.com and enter the code 5385 in the dropdown menu.To receive a free information packet by mail, call 1-800-597-9231 and use the code 5385 when requested.

Dr. Lytle is available for interviews. To arrange an interview, please e-mail kip@rapidnet.com.