Patient Comments: Osteoarthritis - Treatments

What was the treatment for your osteoarthritis?

Comment from: jkd, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 07

I am a 58 year old male retired physical therapist, involved most of my life in weightlifting, martial arts, and all sports having to do with the beach and water. While sparring I injured my right knee after throwing a high kick. After the pain set in I could tell it was a medial meniscus tear. I have seen 6 orthopedic surgeons over the past 2 years with no resolve for diagnosis of osteoarthritis and possible medial meniscus tear. As a physical therapist I addressed the symptoms with an appropriate protocol with no success. I am frustrated as to why I have not received an injection nor been given an MRI as is the suggested protocol. I have treated the injury with stretching, open chain non weight bearing exercise, hydrotherapy, moderate progressive resistance exercise, diet and appropriate rest. Stretching gives me the most relief. Oh yes, and NSAIDS and ice as indicated. Due to this episode and the lack of interest by our medical professionals, I have terminated my license and will suffer with my condition. I have lost all faith in orthopedic surgeons, and as a former orthopedic physical therapist I refuse to treat their patients. If there is a positive response to a McMurray test, something should be done for confirmation. Nothing is not acceptable.

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Comment from: Wendy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I am 60 and have already had both knees replaced and one hip. In 2 months I go in for the first shoulder replacement. Being heavy all my life (but still very active hiking, canoeing, swimming, camping, biking) I was led to believe the joint damage was as a result of the weight. I could see that with the load bearing joints but the OA is also in both shoulders and is starting in my neck. I suspect it's what is also causing the pain in my back as the x-rays of a chiropractor have shown. Since my mother had it and my dad's mom also, heredity is probably playing a part. Apart from the replacements, daily doses of Tylenol 1's and ibuprofen get me by. Since the hip replacement, the unevenness of the leg lengths is a contributing factor to the low back pain. I look forward to getting back to the gym once the shoulders are done. I still manage to work part time as a banquet hall bartender but know that those days are severely numbered, at least right now.

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Comment from: Optimistic, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

I had a total knee replacement age 54 after suffering for many years (tough operation but for me the results have been excellent). The OA was due to trauma, multiple skiing accidents where I perhaps could have followed advice more closely (young and bullet proof!). My other knee is in line for the same treatment and I have OA in both ankles. I have had a back injury (a lifting accident) and I suspect my numb arms are related to OA in my spine. Oh well! Life goes on. I find Voltaren (Diclofonac) a great relief, having taken a break from it when I found I had reached a tolerance and it was ineffective. Working well at the moment though! I am now looking at diet. Have also used glucosamine with condroiton and fish oil, heat rubs, wheat bags, electric blanket and when turned off (of course) a hot water bottle. I walk, bike, work, play (non-impact!)And I have no intentions of stopping. Some days though you just wish you could get pain free.

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Comment from: Dee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I had surgery on my left thumb about 5 years ago. They performed the surgery that required taking a piece of my tendon or ligament from my left arm and wrapped it between the joints of my lower thumb. I had amazing results with this type of surgery. I am now taking two steroid shots in my right thumb until I decide to have the same surgery (which my Doctor is pushing for). They help for 2 to 3 months and then I go back and get two more shots. Yesterday I went to the VA hospital to get my shots and almost fell and landed hard on my left heel. Now I'm in a boot and waiting for an ortho consult for a fractured bone spur in my heel. Arthritis is an ugly thing.

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Comment from: katiet12810, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I just found out I have osteoarthritis in my spine. I am only 17 years old and nobody knows what the cause of it could be. Before diagnosis I was suffering with severe pain in my lower back and hips whenever I did anything that involved moving. It would take me a long while to get out of bed in the morning to the point where I had to finally begin online schooling for my senior year. I finally talked my parents into bringing me into a doctor for my pain as they thought the only reason I was saying I was in pain so often was for attention. I have tried the steroid injections but had a major allergic reaction to the medication so right now I'm in a rut with my treatment. Pretty much the only thing I can do now is wait for my doctor to figure out if fusion surgery will be good for my problem. I feel very badly for everyone who has to suffer with something like this on a daily basis as I do.

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