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Posted by: Sharon Wynd
Date: August 4, 2000 12:00 AM

I have osteoarthritis of the knees and feet. What do you suggest before I resort to knee surgery? Are there any bio-oxidative treatments that have been found effective? What other possibilities should I investigate? I have found DSMO to provide no relief although I may not have continued it use for a long enough period.

RE: Osteoarthritis
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: August 4, 2000 2:43 AM

Chondroitin, MSM, glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, DMSO, IV hydrogen peroxide, photoluminescence, IV chelation, surgery in that order. Osteoarthritis involves the inflammation of joint surfaces. Over time this accelerates the normal wearing down of cartilage. When you are out of cartilage the pain begins at an intense level. Until then it is merely an annoyance. After the cartilage is gone the pain occupies your attention almost constantly. An MRI can help delineate the problem. Surgical arthroscopy can help clean up a joint if the cartilage is frayed or if there are loose bits of cartilage causing a problem. When cartilage is gone, that is the time for surgery. One needs to know the facts of the matter, so an MRI is a very useful study when pain persists despite treatment. In the future it may be possible to grow your own cartilage in a lab and replace it surgically or to inject stem cells into the joint to regenerate cartilage in situ. So far that is not possible. Replacement joints do not have the full range of motion of natural joints, at least not at this writing, but for a person out of cartilage they can be a God-send from a pain relief point of view and with physical therapy the function is usually pretty good. Arthritis can be related to food allergies and to gut dysfunction (dysbiosis, gut wall infection - use Search This Site above left to find articles on these subjects). Sorting out and correcting these problems may turn off the source of the joint inflammation. Arthritis is not a normal part of aging, although it is rather common.

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