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Home Remedies For Osteoarthritis: Procedure, Recovery, Risk & Complication

What is the remedy about?

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis and occurs as a result of the breakdown of cartilage in joints. This causes friction among the bones and they rub against each other leading to excruciating pain. It is more common among women and if not treated in time can lead to other disabilities and replacement surgeries. You can undertake these home remedies for easing out the pain and in controlling the wear and tear.

  1. Hot and Cold Compresses
    Joint pains can be best managed by both hot and cold compress. A hot compress can be used to reduce pain and stiffness and a cold compress can contain the inflammation and curtail the swelling. To make use of this therapy wrap a hot water bottle in a towel or a cloth. Keep them in the affected joints for about a minute or two. Give some gap in between and repeat the procedure for about 10 to 15 minutes.
    To make a cold compress wrap up a few ice cubes in a thin towel or cloth and repeat the above process. You can use them daily for best results.
  2. Massage Therapy
    Massaging the affected areas will also help reduce the severity of the pain. It also manages your blood circulation and can have a soothing impact on the affected muscles. To massage either opt for a professional therapy or if you are doing it at home, please ensure that you are in a relaxed environment. Use olive oil or warm coconut oil in the joints and massage the areas in round circular motions. Use the therapy as needed.
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar
    Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory and alkaline-forming properties that can help in reducing the pain caused by the stiffness in the joints. They also help in getting rid of the toxins accumulated in the joints. To make the best use of it, mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a few drops of honey in a glass of warm water. Drink it twice daily before having your meal. Alternatively you can use it to massage you joints by mixing 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar and a few drops of extra-virgin olive oil.

Are there any side effects?

No, there are no side effects when using these home remedies. But always ensure that you follow the guidelines with care. Try using unfiltered natural apple cider vinegar, as it would be more effective. When using the cold press method, use treated and pure water. The massages should also be done with precision, so that they don't cause any harm. In case of any discomfort, pain or if the condition worsens, consult a doctor.

What are the post-remedy guidelines?

Undertaking heavy chores or exercising after such home remedies can be harmful. If you hurt yourself in any way, rest and call for medical help. Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and your joints supple all the time. Consult with your doctor regarding proper exercise techniques and adhere to them. It is safe to continue using the home remedies even after the symptoms subside.

How long does it take to recover?

Joint conditions recover depending on the severity levels and also your age. Difficult or more painful cases can take some time to recover. But after undergoing these treatments, you will usually feel some improvement in your joints. But remember that in many cases, the condition might not be completely curable. The pain can be however kept under control with these simple remedies.

Are the results of the remedy permanent?

No, the results of these remedies are not permanent, but they can keep joint pain under control and improve your movement and flexibility. Osteoarthritis worsens as one ages. Hence make sure that with the first signs of ageing, some of the home treatments are followed. Take the right kind of exercise to ensure that your joints are always active and healthy. Remember that your joints support your entire body as well as your posture. Since these treatments are safe on your skin, you can keep applying them even after you recover in the short run.

Is there any training or experts required?

To avoid implementing these therapies in the wrong way, consult a doctor to understand the reasons behind your condition. Ask him or her for advice before undergoing the treatments. Always check if you are allergic to certain substances like vinegar, before trying it on your skin. If the symptoms do not go away with such home remedies, seek medical help immediately.

Effectiveness: Medium Side Effects: Low Time for Recovery: Medium Price Range : Approx INR 0 - 400 Training Requirement: No

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Homeopathy for Osteoarthritis: Why is it a Good Option?

MD - Homeopathy, Masters Degree of Homoeopathy
Homeopath, Mumbai
Homeopathy for Osteoarthritis: Why is it a Good Option?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative disease that affects the various bone and joints health, leading to painful movement and thereby limiting the patient's mobility.  Knees, hips, joints of hands and legs are affected.

Symptoms of OA

The symptoms revolve around the bones and joints including:

  1. Pain and stiffness of the joints
  2. Swelling of the joints
  3. Inability to form a clench
  4. Difficulty holding things 
  5. Stooped posture 
  6. Weakness of legs and hands
  7. Reduced height over time

Treatment options in allopathy are limited to nonsteroidal analgesics to control pain and in severe cases, surgical correction, in case of OA.  However, homeopathy takes into account the triggering symptoms, the associated symptoms, and the status of the immune system before deciding on a treatment regimen.

With this holistic approach, homeopathy achieve the following:

  1. Reduce the pain, swelling and stiffness
  2. Slows the pace of further degeneration
  3. Improves mobility of the affected joint(s)
  4. Improves the body's overall immune system, thereby allow the body to promote healing on its own
  5. Homeopathic intervention in the early phases is particularly helpful, as it will arrest disease progression
  6. It also enable better absorption of minerals and nutrients essential for bone health. This allows healing of existing bone fractures and avoids further bone damage by strengthening the bones
  7. Homeopathic treatment also enables the body's chemical state to withstand stress and illnesses better
  8. It vitalizes the body's natural healing and ability to repair itself, to create a better state of health and well-being

Some of the popular homeopathic medications based on areas and associated symptoms are listed below:

Knee joints:

  1. Bryonia Alba: Pain worsened with movement, relieved with rest; associated with swelling and stiffness of the joints; difficulty in climbing stairs.
  2. Calcarea Carbonica:  Swelling and pain that is worsened when getting up from a seated position. The joints feel cold and painful.
  3. Sulphur: Worse with climbing stairs, prolonged standing, feeling of warmth in the knees. 

Hip Joints:

  1. Colcynthis: Cramping pain improved by pressure.
  2. Rhus Toxicodendron: Pain when getting up from a seated position.
  3. Pulsatilla Nigricans: Associated with muscle stiffness and cramping.

Finger joints:

  1. Antimonium Crudum: The pain pain gets worse in cold weather, improved by applying something warm) 
  2. Benzoic Acid: There is an associated crackling sound when the fingers are moved or if there are nodes in the area of joints. . The urine is highly offensive in these people. 
  3. Calcara Fluorica:  There are stony hard nodes formed in the joint area, greatly reducing the mobility.

These medications are safe, completely natural, do not induce habit formation, and are approved by FDA.  They don't just treat the symptoms but help manage the patient as a whole.  This justifies why homeopathy is definitely a good option in treating osteoarthritis.

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Popular Questions & Answers

Hi doctor, I have a problem of osteoarthritis. I had consulted a doctor but how can I cure it at home?

Fellowship in Shoulder and Knee Surgeries, DNB (Orthopedics), Diploma In Orthopaedics (D. Ortho), MBBS
Orthopedist, Nagpur
Nobody gets osteoarthritis at 16. It's disease of ageing. Consult good orthopaedic surgeon to get proper diagnosis.

What are the calcium rich foods that help to strengthen bones and what are the measures to be taken to get rid of osteoarthritis. Thank you doc.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Calcium Rich Foods 1) Raw Milk. 1 cup: 300 mg (30% DV) 2) Kale (cooked) 1 cup: 245 mg (24% DV) 3) Sardines (with bones) 2 ounces: 217 mg (21% DV) 4) Yogurt or Kefir. 6 oz: 300 mg (30% DV) 5) Broccoli. 1 ½ cup cooked: 93 mg (9% DV) 6) Watercress. 1 cup: 41 mg (4% DV) 7) Cheese. 1 oz: 224 mg (22% DV) Avoid to much weight bearing
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Hi Sir, My mother is 60 years old and has osteoarthritis. Please suggest some medicine and particular food ingredients to help in osteoarthritis.

General Physician, Mumbai
I will suggest her to eat nutritious home made food with adequate fluid intake and can start with cp Antharth twice a day for two weeks after clinical examination

I feel pain in my right knee while walking for last few years. As per doctor it is osteoarthritis. What is the remedy for this ?

Diploma in Acupuncture, Pranic Healing, MD - Acupuncture
Acupuncturist, Bangalore
Try this for joint pains try this. Identify the mid point between the ankle bone and tendons and give pressure with a blunt edge on either side of your foot for 2 minutes. Also give pressure in the web between 2nd and 3rd finger from your toe for 2 minutes. Finally give a good massage for both feet in hot water. Identify the dipping portion on the back of your knee folding. Press this dip with both middle fingers and hold your knee with your thumbs for support. Please swing 20 times morning and evenings. This will relieve your problem. Consult after 10 days.

my mom is aged 58 and is suffering from osteoarthritis. she experiences pain while sitting or getting up. Is there any cure other than replacement of knee?

CCP, MBA, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Karnal
Ayurveda offers excellent management in the form of panchakarma. Meet up with a panchakarma expert who will probably start with janu basti, anuvasan basti, tikta ksheer basti along with lifestyle changes. Knee replacement can definitely be avoided.
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What is the remedy about?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-remedy guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
Are the results of the remedy permanent?
Is there any training or experts required?
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Osteoarthritis Of Knee Joint

My name is Dr Deepak Kumar Arora. I am joint replacement and orthopaedic surgeon. Today I will tell you about osteoarthritis of knee joint.

Osteoarthritis is a very disabling disease of old age. In osteoarthritis a healthy cartilage of knee is worn down post pain and knee stiffness of knee joint and the treatment of osteoarthritis depends upon the grade of osteoarthritis. In grade 1-2, usually require medications and in grade 3 usually require intra RTO injections which lubricate knee joints. Sometimes in rare cases the patient requires Arthoscopy to relieve the pain in grade 4 if the patient remains symptomatic in spite of all measures then total knee replacement is the best available option total knee replacement nowadays it is very successful surgery.

In total knee replacement we replace the roll out cartilage with body friendly implants and bone and the muscles remain same total knee replacement is a simple procedure of 7 days in which patient remains hospitalized for 7 days first De we investigate the patient for surgical fitness on second day we operate the patient it takes about 2 hours for both knees and third day we start with physiotherapy 4th and 5th day we make the patients sit walk and stand go for washroom everything 7th day patient goes home.

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Here are causes and treatments of Osteoarthritis

I am Dr Sandeep Chauhan, senior consultant, Orthopaedic and joint replacement at Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon. The growing problem of osteoartritis that is creeping up in our society is primarily due to the changing lifestyles that we people lead and the growing age. Including the trend of obesity, this problem has become multifold in our society and females are mostly suffering from it.

Osteoarthritis is a disease in which the cartridge of the medial compartment of the knee starts getting worn out and Slowly the subchondral bone starts to feel the bent of the weight and leads to pain and deformity of the knees. Basic treatment for osteoarthritis is to change our lifestyle, to decrease our weight and to increase the amount of exercises in our daily life. Exercises has a effect on improving the quadricep muscle strength which controls our knee in a better way.

The Second form of treatment that helps us in osteoarthritis is some analgesics, temporarily when it is inflamed or to do some hot fermentation and wear some supported devices like knee caps and walking braces. Total knee replacement is a resort for oestroarthiritis knees for those people who have pain during their activities of daily living, whose sleep is disturbed because of pain and need to take painkillers for consecutive two or three months.

In case you need any further clarification regarding osteoarthritis or total knee replacement kindly contact
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Top Home Remedies to get rid of Dandruff
Looking over your shoulder while driving is a healthy habit. But looking over your shoulder to check for dandruff could be quite embarrassing, especially for women.

Dandruff is a common scalp condition that is usually chronic but not contagious (unless caused by infection). Formation of dry, white flakes of dead skin on hair and scalp is dandruff. It may also be accompanied by itching and burning sensation.

Those with oily skin are more prone to this problem because it is often a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis.

Dandruff is caused by:

- cold, dry weather
- infrequent shampooing
- overgrowth of yeast-like fungus (malassezia)
- sensitivity to hair products
- conditions like eczema and psoriasis
- hormonal changes
- stress
- a diet lacking in zinc and b vitamins

Try these home remedies to get rid of dandruff:

Home remedy 1
- take a handful of neem leaves.
- boil them in 4 cups of water.
- cool and strain this solution.
- rinse your hair with this decoction 2-3 times a week.

Home remedy 2
- take some coconut oil.
- add half the amount of lemon juice in it.
- mix them thoroughly.
- apply this mixture to the roots of your hair and massage for a few minutes.
- leave on for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off.

Home remedy 3
- take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
- add an equal amount of water.
- add 15-20 drops of tea tree oil.
- mix the ingredients well.
- massage your scalp with the mixture.
- rinse after a few minutes.
- follow this remedy 2-3 times a week.

Now you can confidently say" look, no dandruff anymore"

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Knee Osteoarthritis
Injections for Osteoarthritis and Knee Pain Relief

Hello friends, mera naam Gaurav Chanana hai. Mai Delhi Pain Management mein consultant hoon. Hum Delhi Pain Management me aapke dard ka har tarike se non surgically ilaaz karne ki koshish karte hai. Agar hum baat kare knee pain ki ya ghutne k dard ki to jo zyada dar humare paas mareez aate hain wo osteo-arthritis k shikaar hotein hai. Unko dard hota hai chalne mein, sidiya chadne mein, to aise dard k liye hum pehle unhe advice karte hain kuch medications jinhe hum ensage kehta hai, paracetamol aur kuch exercises, knee braces hotein hai aur kuch physical therapy like hot and cold formentation.

Agar in sab cheezo se unka dard thik nahi ho paata hai to humein kuch interventions ya injections ka sahara lena padta hai. Knee pain mein kayi prakar k injections diye jaate hai jaise ki cortisone injection, ozone gas, PRP injections, Hyaluronic acid injections ar radio frequency injections. Jo sabse zyada commonly used injections hotein hai wo cortisone ya ozone gas hotein hai jo ki kuch samay tak aap k ghutne ka dard kam kar dete hai. Aur agar hum baat kare kuch zyada samay tak k liye injections jo useful rahe to usme hotein hai Hyaluronic acid injection. Hyaluronic acid ek tarah ka joint fliud hota hai jisko hum ghutne k andar inject karte hai aur wo ghutne k jodh ka lubrication aur dard kam karne mein humari madad karta hai.

Agar hum baat kare ghutne me jo damage hota hai aur osteo-arthritis me cartilage k regrowth k liye to humein usme PRP injections use karne padhte hai. Grade I aur II osteo-arthritis me PRP injection k acche results hai. Iss k 3 session diye jaate hai. PRP aap k blood se banaya jata hai jisko centrifuge machine k zariye PRP m convert kiya jaata hai. PRP mein bohot saare growth factors hotein hai jo aapke cartilage regrowth me madad karte hai. Agar in sab injections se aur kayi karano se patient operation k liye bhi nahi ja sakta hai, bimaari k wajah se, wazan ki wajah se ya fir umar ki wajah se to un cases mein hum radio frequency k zariye se ghutne me dard paida karne wale nassoun ko dead kar dete hai. Ise hum Radio Frequency of Genicular Nerves kehte hai. Ye sab injections kaai kam risk waale injections hotein hai, humare centres pe usually kiye jaate hai.

Agar aapko knee pain k liye ya inse judein kisi injection k baare me koi bhi information chahiye ho to aap hum contact kar sakte hai k through ya fir k through. Thank you, have a good day.
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