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Getting Rid of Arthritis

Alternative treatments that really help folks with arthritis.

IT CAUSES PAIN, STIFFNESS AND IMMOBILITY.
WHEN YOU HAVE OSTEOARTHRITIS, EVERY SINGLE STEP CAN BE A STRUGGLE. 
THERE ARE INVASIVE SURGERIES AND DRUGS WITH A LONG LIST OF SIDE EFFECTS THAT MOST PATIENTS TRY TO AVOID.
 TONIGHT'S HEALTHCAST SHOWS US ARTHRITIS ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES THAT REALLY WORK.
AS A YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR, DOROTHY KITCHEN WAS USED TO BEING ON HER FEET ALL DAY.
 BUT THEN KNEE ARTHRITIS STRUCK.
"I sit now, instead of stand, when I conduct."
DOROTHY'S DETERMINED NOT TO HAVE SURGERY AND ONLY TAKES MEDS IF SHE'S REALLY IN PAIN.
"I'm not a pill-taker."
BUT ONE THING THAT HAS HELPED?  MASSAGE.
"I feel more alive, my legs feel mobile."
DOCTOR ADAM PERLMAN OF DUKE UNIVERSITY LAUNCHED A PILOT STUDY ON MASSAGE FOR KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS. 
PATIENTS WHO HAD MASSAGES TWICE A WEEK FOR A MONTH AND THEN ONCE A WEEK FOR ANOTHER MONTH, HAD LESS PAIN, BETTER RANGE OF MOTION AND FASTER WALKING SPEEDS.
"And that improvement actually persisted eight weeks after massage was finished." 
ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE: ACUPUNCTURE.
"There is very interesting data suggesting that acupuncture can be effective particularly for arthritis of the knee." 
IN ONE STUDY, 25-PERCENT OF ARTHRITIS PATIENTS WHO WERE SCHEDULED FOR KNEE SURGERY CANCELLED THEIR PROCEDURES AFTER ACUPUNCTURE. THEN THERE'S GLUCOSAMINE.
"The studies are conflicting about glucosamine." 
MOST STUDIES SHOW GLUCOSAMINE SULFATE AT 15-HUNDRED MILLIGRAMS A DAY CAN HELP BUT GLUCOSAMINE HYDROCHLORIDE IS MOST COMMONLY SOLD IN THE U-S AND DOES NOT.
FINALLY FIGHT PAIN BY LOSING WEIGHT. EVERY POUND YOU LOSE MEANS FOUR POUNDS LESS PRESSURE ON YOUR KNEES.
THAT'S WHAT WORKS FOR DOROTHY, TAKING DAILY WALKS AND MASSAGE.
"This will be wonderful! I'll feel good all afternoon!"
WITH ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES TO KEEP YOU PAIN FREE.
DOCTOR PERLMAN IS NOW ENROLLING PATIENTS IN THE MASSAGE STUDY, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THREE CENTERS:  ONE AT DUKE, ONE AT YALE AND ONE IN NEW JERSEY.
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