Posted by: Karen | 2007/12/17


My sister of 41 who is fit and healthy but has been suffereing from lower back pain has just been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the lower spine and hip. Basically told she is now going to have to deal with a life of pain. Is there anything she can do to alleviate this and slow down the process in as natural way as possible ? Also the doc said she has the smallest hip joint he has ever seen so the ball is almost to small for the socket. She would have been born like that. Apparently it is unusual for someone of her age to already have osteoarthritis !

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Dear Karen
It is rare for women to develop osteoarthritis at this age.
What she needs to do is not overexert the affected joints - it may be worth her while to talk to a physiotherapist about what she can and can't do and what exercises she can do to keep the muscles supple, and to an occupational therapist to help with special equipment to make life easier ( like a raised toilet seat)
Treatment is basically pain relief by using anti-inflammatories. Trials of glucosamine and chondroitin preparations for OA symptoms demonstrated moderate efficacy.
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