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Posted by: anon | 2010/02/22

osteo arthritis

My mom who is 83 yrs of age has recently been diagnosed with osteo arthritis. She has a lot of pain in her legs, hip area and shoulders. She recently had a radio isotope full body bone scan and blood tests. Her orthopaedic surgeon gave her a short course of cortisone and injected her hip with cortisone. He told her to see a physician.

She is waiting for an appointment to see the Physician but in the meantime she is suffering so much. What can she take to relieve and ease the pain?

Any suggestions?

She was fine last year but had a burglary and a week after that developed tremendous pain and stiffness. We all thought it was a side affect of the shock, perhaps the shock was a catalyst for the inflammation surge in her body.

Thanks in advance.

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Hello,
Osteoarthritis is the name given to normal wear and tear of weight bearing joints. So at the age of 83 this would be significant. A burglary would have caused significant stress and resulting in an hyperaroused nervous system which would effect the bodies ability to heal itself. I would recommend placing a hot water bottle between the shoulder blades to relax her spine and nervous system. Supervised hydotherapy or relaxation in warm bath will help mobilise and relax stiff muscles.Try placing heat on tense muscles near the pain, but not on the site of pain as this may make the symptoms worse. Keep to a low acidic diet.You could also try consulting your nearest osteopath who will assess, treat and give further advise.
Best regards

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Posted by: osteopath | 2010/02/23

Hello,
Osteoarthritis is the name given to normal wear and tear of weight bearing joints. So at the age of 83 this would be significant. A burglary would have caused significant stress and resulting in an hyperaroused nervous system which would effect the bodies ability to heal itself. I would recommend placing a hot water bottle between the shoulder blades to relax her spine and nervous system. Supervised hydotherapy or relaxation in warm bath will help mobilise and relax stiff muscles.Try placing heat on tense muscles near the pain, but not on the site of pain as this may make the symptoms worse. Keep to a low acidic diet.You could also try consulting your nearest osteopath who will assess, treat and give further advise.
Best regards

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