If you have or some day do experience knee pain, then this knee pain treatment information will provide a way to knee pain relief. Our treatment for knee pain is based on Dr. Batmanghelidj's work and includes the science and research since his ground breaking research and writings.
There is a natural remedy for knee pain and it is in your cupboard and in your fridge. First, the modern medicine and the science.
Considering the science, the medical treatments and drugs may be the worst option. Evidence supports this conclusion. Consider....
The primary drugs used for knee pain are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs also known as NSAIDs. These include ibuprofen, Aleve and Celecoxib.
Outside the US, Etoricoxib (considered as good as other pain meds but is not for sale in the US).
Side effects are where caution needs to be used. Celecoxib for instance, has a 37% increase in risk of major vascular events, which include nonfatal heart attack, stroke or death from blood vessel related causes. Also there is an 81% increase in upper gastrointestinal complications such as perforations, gastrointestinal bleeding and obstructions.
NSAIDs have similar risks. Other side effects include headaches and dizziness and kidney related problems.
More importantly, research is showing that they may only be providing short term benefits. They may be creating more problems in the long term and accelerating the joint failure and thus, increasing knee pain.
NSAIDs inhibit cartilage repair because they they inhibit the ability for the body to create the key components of cartilage, glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). These are responsible for maintaining the hydration of cartilage which helps its shock absorbing qualities.
NSAIDs Inhibit Healing
Studies have found that anti-inflammatory drugs like NSAIDs inhibit the healing of both soft tissue and bones during the healing process. The damage they do is worse than the benefit of reduced pain.
NSAIDs also inhibit cartilage regeneration or the healing and repair of cartilage that is damaged by arthritis.
Other research has the same findings....Hauser RA, The Acceleration of Articular Cartilage Degeneration in Osteoarthritis by Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs. Journal of Prolotherapy. 1(2):305-322
The question, why are NSAID's used even though there is a lack of independent and unbiased evidence that they are beneficial.
When it comes to bone pain, ibuprofen is several times more effective than morphine for relieving pain. But considering the damage it and other NSAIDs can cause, is there a better choice?
Inflammation plays a role in the healing process. NSAIDs both slow down the healing process and diminish the healing potential in soft tissues like muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage and bones. When RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) is also used, there is an even greater chance there will be no healing.
Where's the Science?: Interestingly, there is no research showing RICE protocol actually works. If there is, please send it to us so we can include it here.
As an orthopedic nurse, I have seen both the traditional treatment fail and the new paradigm work even faster.The Question: Why Didn't My Orthopedic Surgeon Tell Me About This?
In the above study (Hauser), it was noted that people who habitually use NSAIDs need joint replacement earlier and more often. The massive use of NSAID's for the past 40 years is one of the primary reasons for the increase in the numbers of people needing hip and knee replacements.
With out the those surgeries, how will they continue to earn incomes? To be fair, not all doctors are about the money. For most, recommending NSAIDs is not a conscious decision. In our experience speaking to surgeons, they simply do not know the truth about NSAIDs.
Many popular treatments fall by the way side in time. An example, lavage and debridement. While cutting is the business of surgeons, many people like you taking charge of their health and finding better and less invasive solutions. Consider the history of this knee surgery.
In a study by Baylor College of Medicine, the popular surgical treatment for osteo-arthritis of the knee was no better than no surgery (a sham surgery, the placebo).
The surgery involves either debridement (cutting away the bad cartilage) or lavage (washing away the bad cartilage). The third group got a sham surgery. They had the incision but no cartilage was removed and no instruments were inserted.
The two that had surgical intervention did not report any less pain or improved movement than the placebo group.
The placebo group at some points in the two year follow up reported even better outcomes than the debridement group.
While the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in 2002 adopted the findings that lavage and debridement were not very effective, they still promote the use of NSAIDs. Based on the evidence, it seems that continued use will eventually require knee replacement.
The challenge, a quick fix or disciplined help for the body to repair itself. It may take a minimum of 7 days and could take over 120 days.
The question, what if there was a better way?
The Water Cures protocol is a simple and sustainable way to hydrate the cartilage of the knee. It will both help provide knee pain relief and help prevent knee pain. When added to the other natural treatments, it can work even better or make them work better.
Anti-inflammatory therapy in ostheoarthritis including omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. May 2012
Abstract: Osteoarthritis (OA), is a progressive destruction of cartilage, bone remodeling and inflammation of the synovial membrane. Joint pain, decreased joint motion and disability results. Studies point to inflammation as foundation of this disease.
Many different evidence validate that omega 3 alleviate the progression of osteoarthritis and have exciting therapeutic potential for preventing cartilage degradation associated with chronic inflammatory in joints.
Something to Consider: Research on inflammation points to it being a process that facilitates healing. Trying to stop inflammation results in stopping healing. The above oils promote the healing and provide knee pain relief as part of the healing process.
There are hundreds of scientific investigations and double blind placebo studies on the Glucosamine. The second generation became Glucosamine Chondroitin. Then with further research, Vitamin D3 and K2-MK7 in combination, MSM and Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids were added to the mix.
The result, there are several optional way to improve cartilage and end the pain. These may take a few weeks to 120 days to work. Incorporating them with the water cures protocol will make them work both faster and better.
There is something in beets that makes them a powerhouse of nutrition. They are especially helpful when it comes to pain.
Shred 4-6 large carrots
Shred 2-3 small or 1 large raw red beet
Mix with 1/2 cup raisins
Add the juice of 1/2 lemon or 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Eat this for at least 2 days then once a week.
There is a natural substance in the beet (it is killed when cooked) that helps with several kinds of pain.
Depending on the cause of your knee pain, after the second dose, you should have knee pain relief.