Osteoarthritis: 2 Common Treatment Misconceptions

November 20, 2014 4:54 PM

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If you've been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, there's a strong chance that you were advised to rest, limit your activities and use anti-inflammatory drugs to treat the symptoms of pain and inflammation. However, in our 25 years of treating people with osteoarthritis, we have learned that there are some major flaws in this advice.

Treatment Misconception: Rest While you may find that resting your arthritic joint relieves the pain, too much rest actually causes the joint to become stiffer and lose its range of motion. When range of motion is lost, the joint will bear load on a smaller surface area and so will wear out even fas...

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