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Tina from St. Albert asks: I have arthritis in my knees. It is so bad and the meds I tried don’t help… from advil to Voltaren to ketoprofin and Diclofenac Sodium. Is there a shot of something that would help? It’s hard to walk and swim and sleep etc. I’m trying to lose weight and exercise, but it hurts too much to keep up my walking regiment. Thanks.
The goal for treatment of osteoarthritis, be it in the knees or elsewhere, is to improve pain and function. There are a number of different strategies, many of which can be used at the same time. Pain relievers, starting with regularly scheduled acetaminophen, or NSAIDs as described above, work for some people. For the knees in particular, braces can help. Weight loss, exercise, and maintaining muscle strength around the knees can also be an important part of management. Injections into the knees, often with cortisone but also hyaluronic acid, can also help some people. A walking aid, such as a cane or walker, may also help. If none of the above are helpful alone or in combination, speaking to an orthopedic surgeon about the benefits and risks of a knee replacement may be an appropriate next step.
Patti from Sherwood Park asks: I have osteoarthritis of my thumb. I have tried NSAIDs and glucosamine, and am thinking about trying Sierra Sil. Any suggestions?
Osteoarthritis to the base of the thumb is a common spot to have osteoarthritis. Treatment is aimed at managing symptoms and improving function. Because of this, treatment options that works well for one person may not be as effective for the someone else. We cover many treatment options on our page for osteoarthritis, but one could consider acetaminophen, NSAIDs, a splint, physiotherapy, topical anti-inflammatories, and/or a cortisone injection, amongst other options. In terms of natural products, please visit our pages on glucosamine, Sierra Sil, and other available natural health products to review them for yourself.