Can Arthritis Knee Pain be alleviated by using an Arthritis Knee Brace, and will that help prevent Arthritis Knee Surgery?
Should you limit your activities due to arthritis knee pain? - If you have arthritis knee pain, the more you walk the more the knee will hurt. In time, running, tennis, golf and eventually even walking may become impossible. You can minimize the pain by simply cutting back on activities which seem to aggravate the knee. Whenever possible, use an elevator (or an escalator) instead of stairs, and avoid long walks that leave you in pain. However, “saving the joint” by becoming totally sedentary will not slow down the arthritis knee pain. Therefore it is recommended that you remain as active as your pain will comfortably allow.
A reported study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, in 1992 suggests that people with hip arthritis who force themselves to remain active may do better in the long run than those who “baby” themselves. Inactivity leads to muscle weakness, decreased flexibility, and even depression. Whatever the type of arthritis or the stage of the disease, appropriate exercise, often under the supervision of a physical therapist or occupational therapist, is not only possible but highly desirable.
Overcoming the fear of arthritis knee pain associated with starting to exercise initially, however, requires support and encouragement.
A cane has been known since pre-biblical times to be an effective pain-reliever for arthritis knee pain. Unfortunately most people today are too vain to use one! Two important facts about canes: 1). Hold the cane in the opposite hand (yes, the opposite hand) from the side with the knee problem and: 2). The cane should be the correct height. Any medical supply company that sells you a cane will adjust it to the correct length.
Weight loss will probably decrease your arthritis knee pain if you are greatly overweight. But weight reduction alone is unlikely to completely relieve the pain. Obesity also makes the arthritis knee surgery more difficult, and complications occur more frequently in overweight people.
Gold injections and methotrexate may be useful in rheumatoid arthritis. The treatment is complex and usually only given under the supervision of a rheumatologist.
The symptoms of mild and moderate degrees of arthritis frequently improve with the injection of cortisone into the joint. This is not recommended more than once every two to three months or so if it works. The amount needed is very small and side effects are rare or minor. The more advanced the arthritic damage the less likely is Cortisone to be beneficial.
Arthritic knee braces generally have not been found to be very helpful for arthritic knee pain, but recently special arthritic knee braces and wedged shoes have been shown to be helpful in some cases. An ace bandage may help to control swelling of the joint and gives some psychological benefit as well.
Alternative Treatment for Arthritis?
In the word arthritis, the suffix "itis” means inflamed and “arthro” refers to joint. Hence ‘arthritis’ literally means ‘inflamed joint.’ There are over 100 separate entities when all types of arthritis are catalogued. Unfortunately, the cause of most of them remains unknown.
Many of these conditions not only affect joints, ligaments and other supportive tissues but may also attack skin, nails and key internal organs as well. Most occur 2 to 3 times more often in women than in men and osteoarthritis alone costs the US over $65 billion each year! It is the leading chronic medical condition reported by the elderly.
In most types of arthritis, the mangosteen phytonutrients (xanthones, catechins, and proanthocyanidins) appear to be of use to the body in dampening chronic inflammation, protecting against free radical damage, and reducing pain. These are the results that many patients using the fruit frequently report. While we do not clearly understand how the body uses these phytonutrients, preclinical and animal studies indicate that the phytonutrients possess intrinsic properties that may assist the body in all its relevant functions when arthritis threatens or already exits.
Gout and pseudo-gout are types of arthritis caused by the formation of insoluble crystals in the synovial fluid of joints. These crystals occur when the body cannot correctly process urea, the major component of urine. This defect results in increased levels of uric acid in the blood (insoluble uric acid crystals form in joints when blood levels of the substance become excessively high).
The risk of gout can be lowered by instituting dietary modification in which the intake of certain types of animal protein is reduced to decrease the production of uric acid. Additionally, some medications such as hydrochlorathiazide (a water pill) can also increase the blood levels of uric acid and cause a gout attack. The resulting inflammation with its redness, swelling, and pain is often severe.
The imbalances in metabolism that lead to gout appear to be improved when mangosteen phytonutrients are provided to the body. I have observed a decrease in the frequency and severity of gout attacks when the mangosteen has been used.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system has been hijacked (usually by a viral infection) and its attacks are misdirected at the tissues of the body’s joints. Inflammation and pain are often severe and, if unchecked, will lead to severe joint deformity and loss of function. As in juvenile arthritis, drug treatment is fraught with the hazards of severe side effects and mangosteen, with its powerful phytonutrients, has been found to be very helpful in many cases.
Juvenile arthritis is also an autoimmune disease related to rheumatoid arthritis that strikes children. The disease often begins onsets with high fevers and a rash which both may be present for weeks before joint pain is experienced. While there are several different forms of the disease, some of which can cause serious eye damage, all types are believed to have genetic component.
Triggering factors such as viral or bacterial infections also exist but in many cases the cause is unknown. Standard treatment with drugs that have many side effects is usually unsatisfactory. The mangosteen phytonutrients have proven helpful in many cases of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and the juice should be used at least three times a day with meals. View 2 min Video on Arthritis Testimonial
Osteoarthritis often called degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis. It generally involves the neck, lower back, knees, hips, and hands. It is common in the elderly (the majority of people over 70 years old have the characteristic joint changes of the disease, although not all are symptomatic) but may occur in middle age or even earlier if joints have been damaged by trauma (as is often the case in professional athletes).
While some types of osteoarthritis are hereditary, most forms are due to “wear and tear” of the joints as well as obesity. Over 20 million Americans are affected and OA is a major cause of disability in North America. In the earlier stages of the disease, inflammation of the joints is a primary component and mangosteen can intervene effectively because of this fact. In advanced osteoarthritis, the damage and the resulting pain are often past the point of effective medical intervention and surgical joint replacement should be considered where appropriate. While the mangosteen phytonutrients may help reduce the pain of advanced disease, they will not slow down the continuing erosion of the bone in weight bearing joints.
It is perhaps useful to understand a little more about the process of osteoarthritis since it is the predominant type of arthritis.
The bones in all joints are protected from the friction inherent in movement and weight-bearing by cartilage and by synovial fluid. Cartilage may simply cover those portions of the bones articulating within the joint or it may also form cushioning disks or pads as it does in the knees and between the vertebrae of the back. The cartilage and the synovial fluid are in a state of constant change. In the course of normal activity both chemical and mechanical factors combine to cause damage that, in almost all instances except major trauma, is microscopic but nonetheless requires repair. Chondocytes (cartilage producing cells) are involved in the repair process of the cartilage and specialized secretory cells in the renewal of the synovial fluid.
Optimal repair, that is to say repair that exactly matches the amount of damage done during the activity of the joint, is the norm during youth. However, as we age, the body’s ability to maintain homeostasis (a state of equilibrium) in the joint declines and all the damage is not fully repaired.
The equation of “damage = repair” is, of course, neither simple nor unidimensional, and many constitutional factors bear upon the repair process. Nutrition is primary among these factors and, because the damage which occurs at the cellular level is largely mediated by free radicals, the adequacy of the body’s antioxidant-producing mechanism is the key factor in the efficacy of repairs. The availability of adequate supplies of raw materials, principally glycosaminoglycans to permit repair is also a major factor. Hence supplementation that will bolster the body’s antoxidant capacity and provide additional glycosaminoglycans (found in glucosamine sulphate) is highly recommended. Mangosteen, of course, provides a more than adequate source of supplemental antioxidants in the form of xanthones, catechins and proanthocyanidins.
“Wear and tear,” meaning the microscopic damage that does not get fully repaired, and as our repair processes in the body, slow down with aging, is the primary cause of osteoarthritis. This non-repaired damage accumulates over the years and becomes not only visible, but starts to limit joint function as well.
However, factors beside microscopic wear and tear also come into play in the degeneration of our joints. Trauma, for example, can cause tears in the cartilaginous pads in weight-bearing joints such as the intervertebral spaces of the spine or the knee. Sometimes this damage cannot be repaired and scarring and deformity occur. The cartilaginous covering of the bones themselves is also subject to disruption by trauma. When such damage occurs, it usually leads to an acceleration of the rate of degeneration of the joint resulting in premature degenerative joint disease.
Of crucial importance in this evaluation of the worth of the mangosteen phytonutrients to the body as it attempts to prevent and repair joint damage is the fact that both xanthones and proanthocyanidins have laboratory studies indicating they possess impressive anti-inflammatory qualities. Catechins have also shown that, in in-vitro studies, they can protect cartilage from deterioration.
Perhaps as important as the studies indicating that plants have elaborated protective anti-inflammatory elements is the fact that these phytonutrients are totally safe to use.
We have always known about the danger of the NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) used to combat the inflammation present to some degree in all arthritic conditions – everyone of the over 100 entities defined in comprehensive medical classifications of the disease. What we did not know before the advent of the mangosteen was what to do about these dangers, which include life-threatening side effects such as gastrointestinal hemorrhage and kidney and liver failure. Warnings against the uninterrupted use of these drugs abound even in the literature produced by the drug companies. However, both doctors and patients seeking relief from pain largely ignore the prohibition against chronic use.
Several pharmacological COX-2 inhibitors have been developed since the mid-nineties (i.e. Vioxx, Celebrex, Bextra) but these drugs, while an improvement on their predecessors, have not lived-up to their safety expectations. In fact, in the year 2000 in the US, more people died from complications of both old and new NSAIDs than died from AIDS! Additionally, Vioxx was recently withdrawn from the marketplace because it caused heart attacks.
Essentially the message is that man has yet to match the achievement of nature in producing nutrients that can protect our joints.
NOTE: One of the reasons for designing this website is to educate visitors on the benefits of daily consumption of Pure Mangosteen Juice. It is also a web site sharing resources and info about mangosteen juice benefits and Xanthones.
Mangosteen is a fruit. The health benefits from mangosteen due to xanthones have been shown in laboratory studies to be powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and to have other special properties.
However, laboratory results do not guarantee that the same will happen in the human body. Mangosteen is a supplement and not a drug; therefore, no one can say that mangosteen juice benefits include a cure, treat, or prevent any specific condition or symptom the way a drug prescription is administered by a qualified health practitioner.
The United States government, however, has determined and stated that increasing the amount of plant-based foods and supplements in our diet improves our health and decreases the incidence of chronic disease. Look at the available science on the mangosteen and then answer for yourself - Does mangosteen juice make sense for you?
The only way to find out what mangosteen will do for you is to begin taking it. In the case of mental illness, it is important to do this with the assistance of a qualified professional.
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