Anti aging guide

Conventional Treatment for Arthritis



How to treat arthritis using effective conventional methods

Once the arthritis is established it can still be treated. Reasonably effective conventional treatments are:

  • pain-killers and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) which reduce the inflammation within the joint but may cause stomach bleeding (also to be avoided in asthma or blood clotting conditions)
  • steroid injections
  • physiotherapy
  • surgery, as a last resort

The pain of arthritis can be reduced by a cream containing capsaicin, an extract from chili peppers. Capsaicin has been used for many centuries in Mexico and is now used by conventional doctors as a topical analgesic. It blocks the transmission of pain signals to the brain and it may be worth a try.

Doctors have tried injections of hyaluronic acid (brand names are Hyalgan or Sinvisc) into the joint to help stimulate the sinovial fluid. Hyaluronic acid has been found particularly effective in arthritis of the knee. One of the main drawbacks is that, for best results, the injections need to be repeated up to 10 times a year. This treatment is (a ailable from doctors who have had training in the technique.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - March 18, 2012 at 6:11 pm